Wayne P. Urbine added to his business by creating one of the largest funeral homes in the Lycoming /Clinton County region and located it in the heart of Jersey Shore at 408 S. Main Street.
The Jersey Shore office of his business, the Wayne P. Urbine Funeral Home, Inc., opened in July.
Urbine purchased the property, the former First Baptist Church, in December 2007, however it took him an extended period of time to renovate the facility.
Wayne P. Urbine shows his York Merchandising Showroom. The room shows which wood and steel casket Urbine sells. Each one also has a drawer that opens to show what the material on the back of the casket will look like.
After renovations, the facility is now a handicap accessible, consists of two chapels, and a York Merchandising Showroom, which shows people various designs of caskets offered in both wood and steel construction.
The caskets in the showroom are manufactured by the York/Milso Casket Co., Pittsburgh, PA and all of the wood caskets are handcrafted in York, PA. Urbine also has numerous urns and urn vaults available for those selecting the option of cremation.
When it came to the renovations, Urbine wanted to have a room that would meet every family's need so he created two chapels: a larger one, with more of a "church like" setting complete with stained glass windows, pipe organ and a seating capacity of 225 people; and a smaller, less formal chapel "family room setting" with a seating of 75 people. The funeral home provides over an acre of parking located at the rear of the building.
The funeral home offers it's client families the full gamut of services including traditional funerals, cremations, memorial and graveside services. Also available are cemetery monuments and memorials.
Urbine said that what makes him successful at his occupation is his attention to detail.
"When I help people create their memorial services, I assist the family in almost everything," Urbine said. "By notifying the clergy, the florist, the cemetery and the newspapers, I can arrange for anything else that needs to be completed, and the attention to detail is of utmost importance."
Urbine said that families that have lost a loved one can call him, and he can sit down with them and discuss the various types of services available. After the conference with the family, he can begin by making the necessary contacts so that the family's wishes and desires are fulfilled.
"The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult situations to face in life," Urbine said. "This can be especially stressful if you are in charge of making the funeral arrangements."
Urbine can also assist people who wish to pre-arrange their funerals, and by doing so alleviate a lot of the stress and decision making.
There are several ways that Urbine can help people personalize a remembrance service such as with a military honor guard, a balloon release, arrangements that include loved ones by reading or singing, or a cultural remembrance such as having a bagpipe player.
Urbine said that because every family is different he can customize a funeral that will be unique for each person who requires his service.
In addition, Urbine described his prices as very "competitive."
Urbine also owns a funeral home in Loganton, located at 95 E. Main St, which is probably the smallest funeral home in the two county region, Urbine said.
Traditionally funeral service has been a family business handed down through generations, but it is not so much anymore, Urbine said.
Urbine began working for a funeral home when he was 19 years old, became more interested and involved with the business and decided to become a funeral director. He has been in the funeral service industry for almost 25 years.
Urbine graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Pittsburgh, PA where he served as president of his class and received the William J. Musmanno Memorial Award.
He is married to the former Lisa Bailey, they are members of Crossroads Community Church, Jersey Shore and reside in the Jersey Shore area.
Main office- 408 S. Main St.
Jersey Shore, PA
Branch office- 95 E. Main St.