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Kevin M. Bean

Kevin Bean is a Berks County native and lifetime resident. As the son of Robert E. Bean, and the late Jacqueline D. Bean, founders of Bean Funeral Homes, Kevin literally grew up in funeral service, helping his parents and learning the business.

After attending Penn State University, Kevin went on to become a 1981 graduate of the Dallas (Texas) Institute of Mortuary Science. He became a licensed funeral director in the state of PA in 1982 and now manages the four Bean locations in Shillington, Reading, Sinking Spring, and Exeter Township.

Robert E. Bean

Robert E. Bean was born and raised in nearby Lebanon County and moved to Reading in 1946., and worked at the former Gibson Funeral Home. He and his wife, the late Jacqueline D. Bean, founded the first Bean Funeral Home.

Robert is a 1949 graduate of the American Academy of Mortuary Science in New York City, and received his "Undertaker" license (yes, "Undertaker") that same year from the PA State Board. From 1951 to 1954, Robert served his country as an Artillery Sergeant in the Korean War, but immediately came back home to serve the community he cares so much about.

Terrence J. Shannon

            1954 - 2014

Terry, a native and lifetime resident of Berks County, had been employed with Bean Funeral Homes from 1973 – the year after he graduated from high school, until his retirement in December 2013. Terry received a degree in Business from Penn State University in 1974, and a degree in Mortuary Science from the American Acadamy-McCallister Institute in New York City, in 1975. He was licensed as a Funeral Director in PA in 1976.

Terry passed away on February 12, 2014. 
Words cannot adequately express our profound thanks for his many years of selfless dedication and hard work. We will miss him always.

Joseph G. McCullough

Originally from Schuylkill County, PA, Joe graduated from Northampton County Area Community College in 1984 with an Associate degree in Funeral Service Education. After completing school, Joe received his PA Funeral Director’s license in 1985 and has been with Bean Funeral Homes since 1996. Joe’s professional, caring attitude surely shines through when assisting families at all four Bean locations.

Achsah Y. Eiceman

Achsah is originally from Lebanon County. She is a 1993 graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College with an Associates degree in Liberal Arts/Social Sciences. In 1995, Achsah graduated from Northampton Area Community College with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Funeral Service Education. Achsah has been associated with Bean Funeral Homes since 1996.

Jacob R. Bednar

Jacob was born and raised in Berks County. He attended Governor Mifflin School District, graduating in 2008. He went on to attended Northampton Community College where he received his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service, receiving his funeral directors license in 2012. Jacob serves on the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Investors Association of Berks County and is a member of Victor Emmanuel II Beneficial Society.

Caitlin J. Mercer

Caitlin was born in Washington D.C. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2002 with a degree in Biology and Music. Caitlin has worked at Joseph Gawler’s Sons in Washington D.C. and Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York City. She is now the Office Manager at Bean's Shillington location. Where she keeps track of all Bean's records. Caitlin and her husband, Chris, have one son.

Mary E. Hartman

Mary is a native of Denver, PA. She is an Office Manager at Bean's Sinking Spring location. Where she uses her creative drive to assist families in remembering their loved ones. Mary Previously served six years in the Army National Guard and is a active running member with the Fivepointville Ambulance Association. Mary and her Husband, Kevin, attend Lighthouse Assembly of God in New Holland. The couple has one daughter.

David J. Burawski

David lives in Shillington. David graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Economics. He spent more than a decade selling life insurance to families. David is in charge of pre need at Bean Funeral Homes. His interests are sports, travel and history. David and his wife, Niki, have two children.

Jeremy W. Boyer

Jeremy is a native of Lebanon.
He is a Funeral Directors Assistant,
and has been with Bean since 2010.
Jeremy graduated for Lebanon
Senior High School and attended
HACC. He is a member of the Travelers
Protective Association. A few of
Jeremy’s hobbies include, fishing,
camping and spending time with his family.

Marie L. Sipler

Marie, is a Resident Interen at Bean. She hails
from Mohnton. She received her
Bachelors in Business-Economics from
University of Maryland College Park.
She Graduated from Pittsburg Institute
of Mortuary Science in 2014. Marie and
her husband, Oscar, have two daughters. They
are members of The Bridge "Baptist Church" is
Shillington. The family enjoys raising and caring for
the alpacas and horses.


Bill Abramowicz
Bill is formerly a classroom teacher and a school administrator of 46 years. During those years he was associated with Reading Central Catholic, the Oley and Muhlenberg School Districts, and Cabrini Academy in Reading. Bill is married, has 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and lives in Pennside. He has been working with Bean Funeral Homes since 2003.

William Baldwin
Bill retired as a Vice President of the Bank of Pennsylvania after 37 years. He enjoys barbershopping with the "Pretzel City Chorus" and the "Never Too Late Quartet." Bill is married, has three children, eight grandchildren, and lives in Exeter Township. He has been working with Bean Funeral Homes in many capacities since March of 1995.

Robert F. Hoch

Robert, a part-time employee at Bean, is a native of Reading. He graduated from Lehigh University with a Masters in Education. He was the Principal at the Jacksonwald Elebemtary Center of Exeter Township School District for 29 years, retiring in 1997. Robert previously served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and is Past President of the Mt. Penn Rotary Club, as well as, Past Master and Past Secretary of Isaac Hiester Lodge No. 660, F. & A.M.. Currently, Robert is a member of numerous Masonic bodies and attends Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing.

Fred Lenich
Fred is a native of Reading, a graduate of Reading Central Catholic High School and Wyomissing Ply Tech. Fred is married, has 4 children, 4 grandchildren, and lives in Exeter Township. Prior to his retirement from Doehler-Jarvis he spent the last 15 years of his career as maintenance supervisor.

Kenneth Long
Kenny worked for AT&T for 30 years before retiring in 1988. He has worked with Bean Funeral Homes since 1989.


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