About Us - Belle Vernon


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What is now the Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations was built in the early 1900's as a private residence. On April 5, 1937 Harold R. Toner moved the funeral home from 410 Broad Ave., North Belle Vernon to the current 626 Broad Ave. location. IN 1973 Harold R. Toner retired, selling the funeral home to Gerald R. Essey. Upon Mr. Essey's passing in 1975 Leonard J. and Mary Joyce Parzynski purchased the funeral home property moving in on April 15, 1976.


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The funeral home has undergone many changes over the years beginning in 1984 with a major expansion of the two visitation chapels to better accommodate our families' needs. Along with the addition of the chapels are four stain glass dogwood tree windows that were created to replace the trees that were removed for the addition.

In 1994 another expansion of the funeral home added new office space and a third chapel to the facility for services or visitations. This chapel has three stain glass windows that duplicate the original stain glass window on the stair landing of the funeral home.


In late 1995 the front of the funeral home was given a new look with various trees, shrubs and plants accenting the funeral home with vibrant colors in the spring leading into the fall. A waterfall and pond which is home for many fish sits along side the front porch adding a soothing sound for peaceful moments of reflection.

In 1996 a new selection room was added for the convenience of the families which we serve.

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Leonard J. Parzynski and his wife, Joyce are active and beneficial members of the community. They are members of St. Sebastian R.C. Church. Leonard, himself, is a member of Belle Vernon Rotary Club serving as President in 1980-81 and honored with receiving the Paul Harris Fellow in 1988, member of Belle Veron Knights of Columbus Council 3026 and a 4th Degree member of Bishop Phalan Assembly of Mon Valley, is a life member and past officer of the North Belle Vernon Fire Department, served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, very active in the Untied Way of Southwestern PA, has served on North Belle Vernon Council since 1996, member of The Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the Westmoreland-Indiana-Armstrong County Funeral Directors Association where he served as President in 1991 and currently sits on the county board. He and Joyce raised their family, son Michael and daughter Michelle in the residence above the funeral home. Leonard is a family man, proud grandfather and good neighbor, who has a caring and compassionate feeling for the people of the community. Leonard has over 40 years of funeral service experience.


In 2012, Michael J. Parzynski and his wife Sherri purchased the funeral home and currently operate it as Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations. They have three daughters Rachael, Samantha and Rebecca and a son Michael J. Parzynski II. Michael and his family are active members of St. Sebastian R.C. Church, Michael is a member of the Belle Vernon Knights of Columbus Council 3026, Belle Vernon Rotary Club, member and past officer of the North Belle Vernon Fire Department, the Emergency Management Coordinator for North Belle Vernon Borough, serves as a Probation officer on the Rostraver/North Belle Vernon Youth Commission, is an instructor at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, enjoys coaching his girls in fast pitch softball and watching his son play hockey. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the Westmoreland-Indiana-Armstrong County funeral Directors Association where he served as President from 2000-2001 and currently sits on the Board

After the events of September 11, 2001, Michael volunteered his services and assisted in Somerset County. During his time in Shanksville, he spent several days at the National Guard Armory logging data in the computer preparing to make preliminary identifications of the passengers and crew that died in the crash.. Time was also spent at the actual crash site. Michael says, "It was an honor to volunteer my time to help these families who all lost loved ones and true heroes."

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