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Our Beginnings

John, Megand and J. Aaron Brazzell

The Brazzell Family Funeral Homes got it start when John M. Brazzell and his wife Janet and son, Terry came to Avilla in Noble County in 1955. After they graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science, both John and Janet were board certified Licensed Embalmers and Funeral Directors. They went to work for L.E. Berhalter Funeral Homes in Kendallville, Avilla, and Rome City, Indiana. John was the manager of the Avilla Funeral Home. The Brazzell Family stayed in Avilla until 1963 when the family moved to Albion. John went to work for the Bonham and Miser Funeral Home in Albion, and he became a partner in 1967, purchasing the remainder of the funeral home in 1970. 

Terry Brazzell started helping his parents in the funeral home in 1965, and served his apprenticeship in 1969. He moved to Indianapolis, and graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. 
Terry married Jeanie Burtch in September 1972 and they moved to Plymouth, where Terry worked at the Johnson Funeral Home from 1972 to the Spring of 1977 when he and his family moved back to manage the Avilla Chapel. 

In 1992 Terry and Jeanie purchased the Albion Chapel from John and Janet due to Janet's fight with breast cancer, Janet died on March 16, 1996 after a long fight also that year John M. fully retired and moved to Auburn. 

In 1999 the 3rd generation would start with John Aaron brazzell attending mortuary school in Jeffersonville, Indiana. During mortuary school he met his future wife Megan Senters who was also attending to mortuary school. 

John A. became the manager in 2006 with his father declining in health. On May 7, 2010 Terry Brazzell the 2nd generation died peacefully at his residence in Albion. 

Today Jeanie, John, and Megan along with dedicated staff Josh Harper, and Mitch Fiandt continue to run the day to day operations. Sticking with the same values that were started 50 years ago. 

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