An Inside Look: New Funeral Business Now Open

Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko opened in Peters Township Tuesday.

opened its doors in Peters Township on Tuesday. 

Located on Route 19 (across from the ), the full-service funeral home is female-owned and female-run.

A truly one-of-a-kind place, owner Danielle Andy Belusko and funeral director Erin Leigh Hess said their focus is a hospitality service—not a sales business. 

"My favorite word is passionate," Belusko said. "Neither Erin or I come from a long line of funeral directors. I chose this because I love it and I'm good at it." 

Belusko said they believe women are naturally nurturing, and they take an almost maternal approach to funeral and cremation services. 

"As a result, the families we serve always receive the most compassionate, considerate care." 

The two said they are always focused on their customers' comfort. And, it speaks for itself when one walks through the front door.

"Our remarkable facility is unlike any other funeral home you've seen," she said. "When visitors first walk through our door, they are greeted by a stunning space that looks more like a luxury hotel lobby than the typical funeral home." 

A focal point being the striking elegant water feature—not to mention its relaxing sound. 

The funeral home proudly brews coffee, and serves lemon water and fresh-baked cookies. A professional designer decorated the interior, which offers private family suites, a children's suite, a chapel, three viewing areas and a gorgeous lounge. 

Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire facility—including two kiosks with touchscreen computers (the first of its kind in the area), which allow family and friends to share memories online—via online obituary, Facebook, Twitter, etc.—while at a service. 

Belusko and her husband, Rod, live in Peters Township with their three children. She graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and Robert Morris University with a business degree.

She has worked in the funeral care industry for more than 20 years. She said she willingly chose this career path because she truly loves helping and caring for people at their most difficult time. 

The new business has joined the .

Hess is a licensed funeral director with nearly 16 years of experience in the industry. Belusko said Hess is a perfect fit to the funeral home's warm environment. 

She graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and the University of Pittsburgh with an accounting and finance degree.

She had the opportunity to manage a cremation society, where she was dedicated to making losing a loved one "as dignified and as simple as possible" to the families she served. She's a first generation funeral director in her family as well. 

Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko offers a wide variety of funeral, cremation (done off-site) and burial services. The business also provides lifestyle packages designed to fit a range of budgets.

A public grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony—in conjunction with the chamber—is planned for Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. Stay tuned to Peters Patch for details.

For information or to make an appointment, call 724-260-5546 or email cremationandfuneralcare@gmail.com. Click here to visit its Facebook page.

The website—set to launch soon—can be found at http://cremationfuneralcare.com/.

"The sky is the limit," Belusko and Hess said. "If you can imagine it, we can make it happen."

View our gallery above for an inside look.

Andrea Bosco (Editor) February 23, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Just a friendly reminder about two things: 1. Cremation will be done off-site; it is written above. 2. We ask commenters to please agree to our terms by using their real names, which means no aliases. Please read our full Terms of Use here: http://peters.patch.com/terms. Thanks!
WoodyCreed February 23, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Good luck ladies. You are getting railroaded by the anti-competition Beinhouer's, who conveniently run a crematory in the neighborhood of Dormont. That is the funeral home I will never utilize. I would rather have this business there than one more rundown abandoned building. I wish you all the best, way to keep up the fight. Don't back down. Hopefully someday the people of this community will get wise, and you can move the second part of your business onsite.
Gary Rosensteel February 23, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Cremation is one of the 'funeral services', so why did they feel the need to give that top billing? Looks like their objective is to fight the will of the community and force a crematory into the facility through the courts, and the name of the business is their way of rubbing our noses in it!
Nick Andy February 23, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I'm extremely proud of my sister and her team! I love you guys and wish you nothing but the best! Your determination and ability to hold steadfast got you this far and yes..."the sky is the limit... when you fight for what is right and fair!" Remember, there will always be people that want to take away what you have, or put road blocks in front of you for reasons they might not even understand. In that case all you can do is pray from them and continue on your path to accomplishing your goal. Congrats!!!
Roger February 23, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Congratulations to these folks for getting a new business up and running in Peters. They have transformed this place from an eyesore to an attractive operating business. I wish then success in their operations. As for the naysayers on the crematory, when you clean out the use of all lawn chemicals in Peters residential neighborhoods, then you will have a reason to be heard. Until then, all the ranting is just more hot air.
Laura Phillips February 23, 2012 at 08:31 PM
It looks beautiful Danielle! Congratulations!
Kassandra Retos February 23, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Congrats girl! The funeral home looks amazing! Very well written article! I commend you for walking through the fire in such a confident, classy way. I know it wasn't easy. But just remember, "People throw rocks at things that shine." So proud of you for following through with your dreams!
Lisa Angulo Reid February 23, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Fantastic news, Dee!
Lisa Lombardi February 23, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Great article in deed! You ladies are beautiful, talented, smart, and compassionate! Not to mention classy! You had a dream and you made into a beautiful reality. I pray for those who do not have the knowledge or education about the Crematory. For every one hater, you have 100 supporters! You Ladies will do GREAT! I am proud to call Danielle and Erin 'my friends'.
Cindy February 24, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Joe, PLEASE. REALLY you sound like a hateful human, She is a wonder, caring soul. She continue to fight this. I wish her the best. Joe, relax!!!!!!
Joe February 24, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I didn't work hard my whole life to have my home value ruined because of one selfish women! If she was a caring soul, she would care for the hundred of residents that she wants to put mercury in their air. The fight is over. No Crematory In Peters Twp.!!
Jim Roll February 24, 2012 at 02:41 AM
This whole rebellion was stirred up by one mans greed! Let's get that straight Joe! Furthermore do a little research! Why would children's hospital build within a mile of a crematory? Probably because it's so harmful to children and families! You obviously have a computer, google it! My question is, since she's so hated in Peters, what are you going to do when someone you know is there? Thanks!
George February 24, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Joe please show some class your from peters, there's no reason to speak ignorantly about someone you know nothing about .
Andrea Bosco (Editor) February 24, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Just to be clear so there isn't confusion from comments—as stated in the article above, cremation services will be offered, but they will not be done on-site.
WoodyCreed February 26, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Andrea, we get that, cremation will be done offsite. The people of this community were conned into believing the lies of a rival funeral home, who are trying to protect their territory. I hoped the people will come to their senses and allow these ladies to fire up their ovens in Peters. If cremation is so bad for a community, why do the Beinhouer's continue to drive property value down and poison the people of Dormont, where they operate a crematory.
WoodyCreed February 26, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Joe it is actually two women that are trying to provided a needed service to the community. And hopefully turn a profit. And the fight is just starting. You got used by the Beinhouers, bet you probably voted for Obama too.
Joan Bedillion February 26, 2012 at 02:28 AM
As a resident of Peters Township, that has never met these women, I am very pleased that this woman has taken that awful eye sore and turned it into a beautiful operating establishment. It does look good for our community to have functioning businesses opposed to bankrupt run down buildings. Things like this actually increase our property values. Furthermore I 100 percent believe that all of this fight was created by the Beinhauer's. In my opinion that is not good business. Look at the money the Beinhauer's have spent trying to shut down their competition. They have hired lawyers, sent people out in the community going door to door passing out flyers, and I even received a letter in the mail for a "free vacation" if I filled out a survey! This is just insanity! Congratulations on your opening Danielle Belusko, best of luck, in no time you will have a crematory, and the Beinhauer's should be ashamed of themselves for acting like such cowards. As far as people like Joe, You really should leave these girls alone and support the fact that we have one less eye sore on our main drag! All of the people upset need to realize SHE WON! In happy for her.
Bill Raber February 27, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Congratulations Danielle! We wish you much success. Despite all of the nonsense, you have persevered. We are certain that your new business will thrive, and be a true asset to our community. Bill and Betsy
Jason S. March 05, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Plain and simple, if you naysayers are really so out there that you can't figure out that for years you have been hosed by Beinhauers, then you deserve to continue to get hosed by them. Overrated, over-priced. And if they have to offer a free vacation to someone for filling out a survey, there is a catch. Somewhere, you will get hosed. Now there are some decent folks that work for Beinhauers and I am not speaking badly of them. But Mr. Beinhauer and his family have made a point for years to put the screws to their clients. The best thing they ever taught me in the short time I worked there is how not to run a business and how not to treat employees.
Michael Anderson March 09, 2012 at 02:58 AM
You couldn't be any more wrong. You are getting opposition from people who care about the health of their children and their property values.
Michael Anderson March 09, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Roger, I don't use chemicals on my lawn. If a crematory is built next to my house, I will have no way to prevent my 2 year old daughter from breathing in the mercury and other chemicals from the cremation process other than to move. Would you want your family to breath in mercury on an ongoing basis?
Michael Anderson March 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Andrea you continue to censor my speech without giving any reason. Why are you doing this?
Mary H April 26, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Mary H, Good Luck ladies, These people in Peters make me sick, high class morons, they act like you would be burning bodies in the street, shame on them...
CP, LFD July 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I am in awe of your accomplishment! You are an inspiration to women in funeral service and I wish I had the privilege of knowing you first hand. I wish you much continued success in your "calling". And thank you for showing me that anything is possible.


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