Morris was born in Boston’s West End and worked for his father at Goldstein’s Moving and Storage Company, a very successful company serving the Jewish community. Goldstein’s moved families from the West and North End of Boston to the Jewish suburbs of Dorchester, and then to Mattapan, Newton, and Brookline.
In 1942 Morris married Beatrice Levine, grandaughter of Jacob H. Levine, founder of The Levine Chapel and daughter of Henry Levine. Morris had every intention of continuing in his father’s business, but on the fateful evening of November 28, 1942, tragedy struck Boston when the infamous Coconut Grove Fire claimed 492 lives. Morris was recruited by his father-in-law to help remove bodies from the Boston City Morgue. While he never talked about that experience, from that point on Morris felt a calling to help people at their most difficult time. He attended mortuary school and joined the family business upon his graduation in 1950, ultimately serving as President of The Levine Chapels.
Morris was very well respected in the Jewish community for his adherence to Jewish traditional funeral practices and the establishment of the first mikvah for the performing of Taharah (ritual washing) in the United States outside of New York. He also served as a mentor to many young funeral directors through the years.
Morris’s son David Brezniak received his funeral director’s license in 1967 and served as Vice-President of Levine Chapel until 1989 when the Brezniak family sold their interest in Levine. David founded Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors in West Newton in 1992, where the father and son worked together until Morris’s death in 1998. In 2017, David’s daughter Marcy joined the team as a funeral apprentice, becoming Director of Operations in 2020.
RODMAN, George J. Co-founder of Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors George J. Rodman, of New Seabury (Mashpee) and West Bridgewater, formerly of Sharon and Newton, died at home in the arms of his loving wife Beth on August 10, 2018. He was 71 years old. Born in Newton on January 14, 1947, George was the only child of the late Mary (Schlossberg) and A. Harvey Rodman. He was raised and educated in Newton, graduating from Newton South High School in 1964. George went on to study at the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sanitary Science in Kenmore Square, Boston, where he earned his degree in Mortuary Science. He then earned his license as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. George began his career in funeral directing at his family’s funeral home, Schlossberg Memorial Chapel in Mattapan, which was founded by his grandfather. He continued on with them when the funeral home relocated to Canton. He moved to Sharon in 1978, where he raised his sons along with their mother Roberta. In 1992, George (from the Schlossberg family) and his partner David Brezniak (from the Levine family) co-founded Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors and built a reputation of compassionate care for bereaved families over the past 26 years. They also went on to acquire the Levine-Briss Funeral Home and were proud to remain as an independent family owned funeral home. Past president and membership chairman of The Jewish Community Center of Stoughton, George was a member of Temple Israel in Sharon since 1978, co-chairman of the Maccabee Games, past chancellor of The Knights of Pythias, former board member of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and a member of the Massachusetts and National Funeral Directors Associations. He was also honored to be the first recipient of the Annual Lights and Spice Ball of the JCC in recognition of service to the Jewish Community. George was also proud to have served in the Army Reserves in a medical unit. An avid marathon runner and cyclist, for over 10 years George raised thousands of dollars for The Jimmy Fund and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute as a cyclist in the Pan-Mass Challenge and as a runner in the Boston Marathon. May his memory be for a blessing. He was the beloved husband of Beth (Karas) Rodman of New Seabury (Mashpee) and West Bridgewater; father of Andrew Rodman and his wife Julie of Miami, FL and Michael Rodman and his wife Rebecca of Sharon; step-father of Matthew Lechter and his wife Brittany of Franklin; grandfather of Emily, Allie, Ava, Peri, and Marcus Rodman and Nolan Lechter; and son-in-law of Martin and Sandra Karas.