KeyNews Fall 2021

August 1, 2021

President’s Message

Dear Members, Suppliers, and Friends of the Pennsylvania Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Home Community,

It is a great honor to be writing this as your President. I am the third generation of my family to hold this position and the first woman in the history of the organization to assume this office. For this opportunity I am sincerely grateful.

At this year’s spring conference held in Lancaster in June, I took over the office from David Michener. I want to thank David for his efforts and leadership as my predecessor. I have a great executive committee to work with and I am sure they will be there when I need to rely upon them. Inside you will find an updated officers and board members list for reference.

Getting down to business, I hope you will mark your calendars for November 3rd and 4th and plan to attend “Hindsight is 2021 – Life Lessons and the Road Ahead” the MidAtlantic States Cemetery and Funeral Conference. We understand and take seriously the risk of the latest COVID-19 variant, but hoping that we can get together, the conference committee has put together another outstanding event. Please see more inside this newsletter.

On the legislative front, we are standing with Representative Malagari (HR 1364) and Senator Langerholic in their proposed legislation to lower the operating temperatures of crematories. This will have a direct impact on lowering fuel consumption, wear on equipment, and possible emissions. For those of you with crematories, this gives you another opportunity to continue the important dialog with your representatives and senators. For those that don’t have crematories, this will hopefully show your association’s commitment to improve the financial life of your operations.

Be well, be safe and be the best you can be.


Dagny Neel Fitzpatrick