Rhea Miranda Brandenburg

I spent my first couple years in Taneytown and went to grade school in Hanover. My family moved to Thurmont in 1997, where I attended Catoctin High School, class of 2001.

 

In 2006, I started employment with Grove Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, PA. After working there for a few months, I realized that yes, this was the career for me. I attended Penn State (Mont Alto Campus) and was then accepted into the Mortuary Science Program at CCBC (Baltimore). In 2008, I went to work for Rest Haven Funeral Chapel and Cemetery in Hagerstown, where I worked for over eleven years. During my tenure there, I simultaneously worked as a trade embalmer for several other funeral homes located in both Frederick and Washington Counties.

 

Working at Rest Haven is where I met Jim, my business partner, who happened to share my passion and goals to make death more meaningful and hands on for families. Together we worked diligently to find the perfect location for our business venture. We both decided that because the Civil War normalized embalming and basically created the funeral business, Gettysburg was the perfect location for us. This is when we discovered the Grace Lutheran Church was for sale and we started the task of purchasing it in late 2019.

I'm a resident of Waynesboro, Pa., where I live with my husband, Thomas, and our 5 cats. I'm a volunteer with Washington County Hospice, National Home Funeral Alliance and a member of  National Funeral Director Association. I enjoy antique malls, visiting cemeteries, bird watching, and learning new things.

James H. Stein, Jr

I was born and raised in Binghamton, New York, after trying to find myself for a couple of years upon high school graduation, I enlisted in the United States Navy in January of 1980. As a surgical technologist, I spent time at places like Great Lakes, Illinois; Camp Lejune, North Carolina; Twenty-nine Palms, California; Little Creek, Virginia; and Bethesda, Maryland. A deployment took him to Manilla, Philippines; Rota, Spain; Toulon, France; Izmir, Turkey, and Somalia, Africa. During my last duty station assignment in Bethesda, Maryland, I decided to fulfill the dream I had as a child at the age of 6, on the way home from a visitation for my great-grandfather, I told my parents that I wanted to be a funeral director when I grew up. I attended Catonsville Community College in Baltimore, Maryland where I obtained an Associate of Science Degree in Mortuary Science. During this time, still on active duty with the Navy, I worked as an apprentice, then funeral director, at Collins Funeral Home in Silver Spring, Maryland. After retiring from the Navy in 1998, I decided it was time to move away from the funeral profession. Having held many different types of employment, including that of a DJ at a radio station in Frederick, Maryland, I made the decision that I wanted to return to the funeral business, first starting as a Cemetery Sales Counselor for Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Frederick, then becoming a funeral director again with Resthaven Funeral Services, Skkot Cody, P.A. in Frederick. It was here that I met my business partner, Rhea, and finding that we both had a lot in common when it comes to the Funeral Industry. Our goals of providing people with a positive and personal experience when facing a tough time in their lives, the passing of a loved one, led us to where we are today. We both have a love of funeral history and traditions and felt that joining together and opening a business in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, would enable us to bring the funeral process “full-circle” taking it back to earlier times in history. Our passion for providing families with a more personal experience during this time with green/natural burials has become a driving force in achieving our goals and plans. Forming Brandenburg & Stein Funeral Parlor, Inc, in 2020, will provide us the opportunity to fulfill our dreams by not only providing traditional funeral and cremation options, but to educate and provide the community with their options for green/natural burials.  

 

I am a licensed funeral director in Pennsylvania and Maryland, licensed Cemetery Counselor in Pennsylvania and Maryland, member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Certified Crematory Operator, and a Certified Celebrant. 

 

I have been married to my wife, Sheri for 20 years and between us we have 6 children, living in Gettysburg, PA, provides us with the opportunity to enjoy country living, fresh air, and relaxation. My free time consists of cooking, everything from grilling to smoking, where I love to create and provide my family with many different tastes from around the world. I love to create my own marinades, rubs, and sauces, enabling me to step outside my traditional comfort zone. I enjoy playing fantasy sports like football, baseball, and basketball. My greatest enjoyment though is taking trips to places we have never been. We love to go to bed and breakfasts all around country, enjoying the different foods of the area and learning about the history that created this country along the way. We have been on many cruises, something we both really enjoy, and last year we went to Hawaii for a vacation where I surprised Sheri, by re-proposing and redoing our wedding views in a traditional Hawaiian Wedding Ceremony.