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November 8, 2013 – Brunswick Memorial Home Wins Local & National Awards

East Brunswick Funeral Home's Pursuit of Excellence Award

Brunswick Memorial Home was recently honored with the 2013 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Pursuit of Excellence Award. Only 153 firms from around the world received this prestigious recognition, placing Brunswick Memorial Home among an elite group of funeral service professionals. Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients raise the bar on funeral service excellence by adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards and providing unsurpassed service to families and communities.

In addition to receiving the 2013 NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award, Brunswick Memorial Home was one of only three funeral homes in the U.S. that received the Best of the Best Award in recognition of their development and execution of innovative programs and services that had a positive impact on the families and communities they served this year.

Brunswick Memorial Home earned the Best of the Best Award, as the NFDA took into account all of the community initiatives that the Central New Jersey firm participates in throughout the last year.  In addition to its Cell Phones for Soldiers and on-going children’s sneaker collections, Brunswick Memorial supports many Veterans’ causes.  It was the funeral home’s “Senior Prom” at Menlo Park Veterans’ Home that caught the selection committee’s attention most.

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June 5, 2013 – Brunswick Memorial Home hosts “Senior Prom”

On the heels of Memorial Day and Military Appreciation Month, Brunswick Memorial Home in East Brunswick, New Jersey is putting forth a concerted effort to exemplify that the brave men and women who defend our country deserve much more recognition than 31 days.  On June 4th, the family owned Funeral Home hosted the residents of the Menlo Park Veterans Home for their very own “Senior Prom.”

Peter Kulbacki, owner of Brunswick Memorial Home, along with a dozen staff members volunteered to welcome residents of the facility, along with a guest, to an afternoon full of catered food and live music, complete with professional photographer and floral arrangements.  “Veterans’ causes are special to us,” Peter said, noting that the funeral home also collects Cell Phones for Soldiers year round and has donated over 100,000 minutes of talk time for deployed troops in the last two years.  The Funeral Home also puts out a flag for every service man or woman with connections to New Jersey that has passed during the War on Terror every Memorial and Veterans’ Days; this past month 151 flags flew across the front lawn.

Tuesday, however, was much more of a celebration than anything else.  While one resident danced to the YMCA with the husband of Funeral Home employee Susan Ford, others enjoyed meals catered by Camelot Caters, handed out by part-timers and Funeral Directors alike.  Then there were the glowing smiles as couples who were welcome to pose for Jay Grosholz of Lifetyme Photo and Video, husband of Funeral Home Business Manager Jan, who also donated his skills and time to the event.  Each couple was given their shots complete with frames as souvenirs, along with floral arrangements and corsages from Especially for You Florists.

To continue reading about this event, as well as to see pictures from the “prom,” check out the story on the East Brunswick Patch

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February 15, 2012 – Press Release

59,640 minutes. 1000 cellular phones.  The latter number represents Brian Kulbacki’s estimation on how many cell phones the community has donated through Brunswick Memorial Home for Cell Phones for Soldiers.  The former represents the precise amount of minutes in talk time CPFS has provided US troops with by recycling the items collected at the family firm.

While these may be large numbers to many, to the staff at the Brunswick Memorial Home, they’re not large enough.  “We had set out to donate 1000 phones by Memorial Day 2011 and fell just shy of that goal,” stated Peter Kulbacki, manager of the firm, “but the amount of minutes the community’s donations earned far exceeded our expectations, and that number doesn’t account for the boxes upon boxes of accessories we shipped.  I could not be happier.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers takes each shipment from Brunswick Memorial Home and recycles the devices, as well as any accessories that the firm receives with the donations, and turns that money directly into talk time for US Soldiers deployed away from their families.  While recently the bulk of the donations went overseas, troops all across the states were beneficiaries of the donations throughout the last year.

For more coverage on this story, please Click Here for what was published in the Home News Tribune, or Click Here for the East Brunswick Patch story.

June 16, 2011

Michael Kulbacki, 27, has two diverse careers that he sees as providing balance in his life. He is a Newarkbased commercial pilot for Continental Express and United Express airlines, where, as a first officer, he flies passengers from Canada to Mexico as well as throughout the United States.

Kulbacki also is a licensed funeral director, and in 2009 joined the staff of the Brunswick Memorial Home in East Brunswick, his family-owned business.

“Both careers are stressful, but I’m able to find balance in my life by changing from one career to the other,” said Kulbacki, who re- sides in South Amboy with his wife, Ashley. “Then, neither one seems like work to me.” While the two career choices may be unique, he said many pilots have second careers.

“Most flying schedules are known in advance and include long trips followed by numerous days off,” said Kulbacki. “I have time to be both a pilot and a funeral director.”

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June 10, 2011

Over 700 used cell phones were collected by the staff of the Brunswick Memorial Home in the past three months in support of Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPS), a nonprofit charity which recycles the units and uses the cash to distribute free prepaid calling cards to troops serving overseas.

“While we will be an ongoing drop off site for CPFS indefinitely, we wanted to give this project a big boost and decided we would engage the community” according to Peter Kulbacki, manager of the funeral home. “We reached out to some schools, churches and temples, all of whom were enthusiastic about what we were doing.”

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May 26, 2011

One flag normally flies tall above the landscaping at Brunswick Memorial Home in East Brunswick. A staple of the property throughout its nearly 30 years in business, that flag is no longer alone. Beginning the Wednesday, “Old Glory” was be accompanied by 133 other flags, proudly saluting the heroes who defend the United States of America.

The funeral home, which supports and participates in many area events supporting both Veterans and current Armed Forces members, has decorated the entire length of its Cranbury Road property line with the red, white, and blue. Each flag that Brunswick Memorial Home’s team planted symbolizes the life lost by one of the brave men and women who lost their lives in Iraq or Afghanistan with ties to New Jersey.

When you think of a funeral home, however, thoughts of politics are not something that typically come to mind and that is just the way Brunswick Memorial Home wants it to remain.

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March 13, 2011

The recession’s stranglehold has spilled over into after-life planning, with Central New Jersey’s funeral homes beginning to feel the pressures of a slumping economy.

Local funeral directors say they are encountering more penny-wise consumers and an industry trying to accommodate their conservative spending habits.

“People are being better consumers, and we’re getting a lot more price-shoppers these days,” said Peter Kulbacki, owner of Brunswick Memorial Funeral Home in East Brunswick.

Death is coming at a much higher cost these days, too, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. Nationally, it estimated the average funeral in 1960 cost $708, but said today’s median funeral rates range from $6,560 to $8,000.

A portion of this increase can be traced to the industry’s rising fixed costs, such as employee insurance and property taxes, said David Hernandez, director at the Old Bridge Funeral Home. Regulations from local, state and even federal authorities only add to these expenses, he said.

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October 18, 2010

New Orleans, LA – After being recognized earlier in the year with a national community service award, Brunswick Memorial Home owner, Peter Kulbacki, sent a delegation consisting of funeral directors and management team members to the Bayou: Brian Kulbacki, Business Manager, was joined by Anthony Cantalupo and Michael Kulbacki, both licensed Funeral Directors, as well as Diane Kulbacki, co-owner of the funeral home. The group, along with over 40 other NFDA members, worked side-by-side with two AmeriCorps volunteers, a Habitat for Humanity site manager, and the future home owners, a half hour away from Bourbon Street.

The crew departed downtown New Orleans in the early hours on October 9th and was hard at work by 8 a.m. Upon arrival, Brian Kulbacki was astonished to see that the majority of houses on the street remained completely abandoned, saying “About one-third of the houses on Dale Street are occupied, some have for sale signs out front, and the rest still have water marks on them, about 3 or 4 feet up, and are un-inhabitable.”

Brunswick Memorial Home was the 1st NFDA Funeral Home to ever sponsor the outreach program, which takes place during the annual convention.

Five years ago, the NFDA Annual Convention was scheduled to be in New Orleans, but like many of the city’s residents, was displaced due to the devastation inflicted upon the region by Mother Nature. In the same year, Michael Kulbacki, in Alabama working toward his Master’s Degree, was tasked with a service project as part of his studies. Along with four classmates, he transformed an abandoned school building near his Auburn, AL campus into a Red Cross shelter for Alabama residents displaced by the storm. After two weeks the shelter was fully operational – a task FEMA said would have taken them 6 months.

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