Meet the Funeral  & Cremation Professionals of the

                            Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, LLC



Brian Arthur Strauch, Funeral Director/Owner

 

Brian is a fourth-generation funeral director who has been very active in community affairs throughout his career. His community involvement includes:

  • North Pocono Rotary Club, charter member
  • Minisink Lions Club, member
  • Pennsylvania Regional Tissue and Transplant Bank, former board member
  • Gouldsboro Area Foundation, founding member
  • American Legion Post 274, member and former chaplain
  • North Pocono Library, former board member
  • Boy Scouts of America, former Scoutmaster
  • North Pocono School District, sponsored and coordinated first Kids ID program 

Brian loves the great outdoors, hiking, boating, and nature walks. He used to enjoy skiing but now likes the warmer weather and beaches. Brian's love of history - all kinds! - led him to join with Robert Knight and Dennis McGinnis in the formation of the Gouldsboro Area Foundation (GAF). Their renovation of the historic Gouldsboro Train Station happened through the tireless work of all the GAF members.

Deborah Strauch, Funeral Assistant

Deborah is married to Brian and brings to our funeral home "A Women's Touch". She is a member of the Alter & Rosary Society of The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena and a past President of the Moscow Women's Club. She enjoys making jewelry, essential oils and most importantly, spending time with her family.

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Abigail "Abby" Haines Administrative Assistant

Abby is a lifelong resident of Madison Twp. and graduated from North Pocono High School, where she excelled in running cross country and in track & field.

The second of six children to David and Anna "Cathy" Haines, Abby has a love for family, friends and especially children. When she isn't working at the funeral home, she could be found babysitting (Jack's daughter Ava tells him that Abby is her best friend), running, square dancing, sewing and spending time with her family.

Abby is also a student a Clarks Summit University, where she is studying Early Childhood Education and runs on their cross country team.

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Charles "Charlie" McLain Funeral Assistant

Charlie is a lifelong resident of Spring Brook Twp, growing up on his family's dairy farm, operated by his parents, Stanley and Ellen McLain. He graduated from North Pocono High School in 1970, where he played baseball and was on the Rifle Team for 4 years, serving as team captain his senior year.

Charlie retired after working as a Road Driver for 32 years from YRC, which used to be Roadway Express. He was also a proud member of Teamsters Local 229 in Scranton.

When he isn't working at the funeral home, Charlie can be found helping people. He's a 50 year member of the Spring Brook Volunteer Fire Co, where he served as Past President and Assistant Chief. You can also find him honoring fallen members of local fire departments as a member of the North Pocono Honor Guard. He belongs to Spring Brook Congregational Church and was a Past President of the church council and he currently serves as the President of the Spring Brook Cemetery Association. Charlie holds social memberships at The Waldolf German American Federation in Scranton and the John J. Michaels VFW Post 5207 in Covington Twp.

Charlie was married to the late Doreen McLain for 35 years and has 3 children and 10 grandchildren. Together with his daughter, Chris and son, Jason, he owns and operates McLain Family Christmas Tree Farm, which is located on the same farm where he was raised.

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In Loving Memory of Richard "Dick" Rozell, 3/10/1936 to 9/21/2012 Funeral Assistant

1st SGT Richard B. "Dick" Rozell, (Ret.), 76, a lifelong resident of Scranton, died Friday evening at Regional Hospital of Scranton, after being stricken ill at home. He and his wife the former Marilyn Detrick were married 53 years. 

Born in Scranton, son of the late Charles and Dorothy Thomas Rozell he was a graduate of Scranton Technical high School. For 35 years during the late 1950's to 1995, he served with the United States Army and Army National Guard retiring as a 1st SGT. He also owned and operated his own Television repair business before re-enlisting in the late 1960's. After his retirement from the Army and Army National Guard he worked as faithful and trusted assistant with Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes, Scranton and Moscow, for many years. He also briefly worked at Home Depot in Dickson City. 

Dick was a member of VFW Shopa-Davey Post 6082, Archbald, Trinity Baptist Church, Scranton, was twice a Past Master of Union Masonic Lodge #291 and a current member of Moscow Masonic Lodge #504. 

Dick enjoyed working with wood, making cabinets, furniture and other items in his well appointed workshop. Idle hands were the enemy so anything he could do to stay busy was fair game in his eyes. Though he retired from the service in 1995 he never lost touch with those he served with and would continually lend a helping hand to his men. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons David and his wife Gina, Scranton, Richard S. and his wife Angela, Bloomsburg; two sisters Virginia Rozell, Ill., Carol Beach and her husband Craig, Bethlehem; four grandchildren Cassandra Bartley and husband Bill, Alexa Rozell, Scott Lynn, Derrick Lynn and wife Celia, four great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by an infant brother Charles Thomas Rozell. 

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In Loving Memory of Robert P. Rabenold, 2/9/1949 to 2/26/2013 Funeral Assistant

Robert P. Rabenold, 64, of Gouldsboro, died Tuesday in Commonwealth Hospice at Regional Hospital Scranton. His wife is the former Linda Daubenhauser. 

Born in Allentown he was the son of the late Lucille Walters Schmalzle and step son of the late George Schmalzle. He was proud Vietnam Veteran having served with U.S. Marines and earning several medals including Nation Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Until his retirement he worked at the Tobyhanna Army Depot as an Electronics Technician. After his retirement he became an avid fisherman and loved Bass fishing with his friend Ron Lowe. Recently he enjoyed his working with the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes and took great pride in assisting with the final services of fellow veterans. Robert also enjoyed his annual trip to Daytona, with Ed and Jean Quinn to see the race and visit with his brother. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons Robert Rabenold and his wife Karen, Allentown, Christopher Rabenold and his companion Elizabeth Jayne, Newfoundland; a brother Ronald Rabenold, Daytona, FL; grandchildren Jessica, Sarah, Brandon and Aaliyah. 

He was preceded in death by a step son Jeffrey Colianni. 

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James "Jim" Strempek Funeral Assistant

A resident of Roaring Brook Twp., Jim is a retired Project Electrical Engineer, where he worked for various Consulting Engineering firms in the Clarks Summit, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre areas.

He proudly served his country in U.S. Army Reserve Unit 1003rd General Support and Supply Co. in Scranton, earning the rank of Spec. 4.

Jim was a guitar playing member of a local 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Rock group, providing entertainment at various venues including weddings, parties, high school dances and Fire Co. events.

He has always been active in his hometown, serving as a Dandy Lion Little League Coach in Moscow and a N.E.P.S.A.Y. Soccer Coach.

Currently, Jim is a committee member and Financial Secretary of B.S.A. Troop 132 in Spring Brook Twp, a member of Wilson–Conklin American Legion Post 579 in Moscow, a social member of John J. Michaels VFW Post 5207 in Covington Twp., a 25+ year member and Past President of the Minisink Lions Club of North Pocono, a member of the Moscow Sportsmen’s Association, Inc, a social member of the Waldorf German American Federation in Scranton and a member and usher of The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena in Moscow.

He is married to Ann Marie, who was the transportation coordinator for North Pocono School District and is serving as the Tax Collector for Roaring Brook Twp.

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Joseph P. "Joe" Napolitano Funeral Assistant

Joe is a graduate of North Pocono High School and a life long member of the community. Born and raised in Spring Brook Twp., Joe is the youngest of six children to Nancy and Larry Napolitano. He grew up in his family's bakery and butcher shop, where he learned the importance of integrity, respect and loyalty to ones family and friends. 

Joe is a member of The Church Saint Catherine of Siena and a 30 plus-year employee of the United States Postal Service. He also belongs to the Knights of Columbus and has played an active roll wearing many hats from football coach to Santa Claus. 

Well know for his entertaining as a D.J. and singing at local affairs and fundraisers, Joe is also an avid golfer, dart champion, husband to Leith (she works at the funeral home too!!!) and grandfather of six.

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Leith Ann Napolitano Funeral Assistant & Facilities Caretaker

Leith was raised in Spring Brook Twp. and is the oldest of four siblings to Joseph and Jean Tinklepaugh. She is a graduate of North Pocono High School. Leith grew up very deeply rooted in the values of Faith and Family; traditions which still serve her well today.

Nothing is more important to her than her God and those she loves. She is married to Joseph Napolitano (he works at the funeral home too!!!) and has two children, six grandchildren, and a dog “Lady”.

Leith attends The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena,  where she sings in the choir and participates each week in the Adoration of the Cross in the Chapel.

She an active member of The Order of the Eastern Star, and in her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, sewing, knitting, crocheting and spending time in her flower beds and herb garden, unless the Grandkids come over, then all bets are off!

Abigail "Abby" Haines

Administrative Assistant
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Abby is a lifelong resident of Madison Twp. and graduated from North Pocono High School, where she excelled in running cross country and in track & field.

The second of six children to David and Anna "Cathy" Haines, Abby has a love for family, friends and especially children. When she isn't working at the funeral home, she could be found babysitting (Jack's daughter Ava tells him that Abby is her best friend), running, square dancing, sewing and spending time with her family.

Abby is also a student a Clarks Summit University, where she is studying Early Childhood Education and runs on their cross country team.

Charles "Charlie" McLain

Funeral Assistant
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Charlie is a lifelong resident of Spring Brook Twp, growing up on his family's dairy farm, operated by his parents, Stanley and Ellen McLain. He graduated from North Pocono High School in 1970, where he played baseball and was on the Rifle Team for 4 years, serving as team captain his senior year.

Charlie retired after working as a Road Driver for 32 years from YRC, which used to be Roadway Express. He was also a proud member of Teamsters Local 229 in Scranton.

When he isn't working at the funeral home, Charlie can be found helping people. He's a 50 year member of the Spring Brook Volunteer Fire Co, where he served as Past President and Assistant Chief. You can also find him honoring fallen members of local fire departments as a member of the North Pocono Honor Guard. He belongs to Spring Brook Congregational Church and was a Past President of the church council and he currently serves as the President of the Spring Brook Cemetery Association. Charlie holds social memberships at The Waldolf German American Federation in Scranton and the John J. Michaels VFW Post 5207 in Covington Twp.

Charlie was married to the late Doreen McLain for 35 years and has 3 children and 10 grandchildren. Together with his daughter, Chris and son, Jason, he owns and operates McLain Family Christmas Tree Farm, which is located on the same farm where he was raised.

In Loving Memory of Richard "Dick" Rozell, 3/10/1936 to 9/21/2012

Funeral Assistant
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1st SGT Richard B. "Dick" Rozell, (Ret.), 76, a lifelong resident of Scranton, died Friday evening at Regional Hospital of Scranton, after being stricken ill at home. He and his wife the former Marilyn Detrick were married 53 years. 

Born in Scranton, son of the late Charles and Dorothy Thomas Rozell he was a graduate of Scranton Technical high School. For 35 years during the late 1950's to 1995, he served with the United States Army and Army National Guard retiring as a 1st SGT. He also owned and operated his own Television repair business before re-enlisting in the late 1960's. After his retirement from the Army and Army National Guard he worked as faithful and trusted assistant with Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes, Scranton and Moscow, for many years. He also briefly worked at Home Depot in Dickson City. 

Dick was a member of VFW Shopa-Davey Post 6082, Archbald, Trinity Baptist Church, Scranton, was twice a Past Master of Union Masonic Lodge #291 and a current member of Moscow Masonic Lodge #504. 

Dick enjoyed working with wood, making cabinets, furniture and other items in his well appointed workshop. Idle hands were the enemy so anything he could do to stay busy was fair game in his eyes. Though he retired from the service in 1995 he never lost touch with those he served with and would continually lend a helping hand to his men. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons David and his wife Gina, Scranton, Richard S. and his wife Angela, Bloomsburg; two sisters Virginia Rozell, Ill., Carol Beach and her husband Craig, Bethlehem; four grandchildren Cassandra Bartley and husband Bill, Alexa Rozell, Scott Lynn, Derrick Lynn and wife Celia, four great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by an infant brother Charles Thomas Rozell. 

In Loving Memory of Robert P. Rabenold, 2/9/1949 to 2/26/2013

Funeral Assistant
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Robert P. Rabenold, 64, of Gouldsboro, died Tuesday in Commonwealth Hospice at Regional Hospital Scranton. His wife is the former Linda Daubenhauser. 

Born in Allentown he was the son of the late Lucille Walters Schmalzle and step son of the late George Schmalzle. He was proud Vietnam Veteran having served with U.S. Marines and earning several medals including Nation Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Until his retirement he worked at the Tobyhanna Army Depot as an Electronics Technician. After his retirement he became an avid fisherman and loved Bass fishing with his friend Ron Lowe. Recently he enjoyed his working with the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes and took great pride in assisting with the final services of fellow veterans. Robert also enjoyed his annual trip to Daytona, with Ed and Jean Quinn to see the race and visit with his brother. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons Robert Rabenold and his wife Karen, Allentown, Christopher Rabenold and his companion Elizabeth Jayne, Newfoundland; a brother Ronald Rabenold, Daytona, FL; grandchildren Jessica, Sarah, Brandon and Aaliyah. 

He was preceded in death by a step son Jeffrey Colianni. 

James "Jim" Strempek

Funeral Assistant
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A resident of Roaring Brook Twp., Jim is a retired Project Electrical Engineer, where he worked for various Consulting Engineering firms in the Clarks Summit, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre areas.

He proudly served his country in U.S. Army Reserve Unit 1003rd General Support and Supply Co. in Scranton, earning the rank of Spec. 4.

Jim was a guitar playing member of a local 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Rock group, providing entertainment at various venues including weddings, parties, high school dances and Fire Co. events.

He has always been active in his hometown, serving as a Dandy Lion Little League Coach in Moscow and a N.E.P.S.A.Y. Soccer Coach.

Currently, Jim is a committee member and Financial Secretary of B.S.A. Troop 132 in Spring Brook Twp, a member of Wilson–Conklin American Legion Post 579 in Moscow, a social member of John J. Michaels VFW Post 5207 in Covington Twp., a 25+ year member and Past President of the Minisink Lions Club of North Pocono, a member of the Moscow Sportsmen’s Association, Inc, a social member of the Waldorf German American Federation in Scranton and a member and usher of The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena in Moscow.

He is married to Ann Marie, who was the transportation coordinator for North Pocono School District and is serving as the Tax Collector for Roaring Brook Twp.

Joseph P. "Joe" Napolitano

Funeral Assistant
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Joe is a graduate of North Pocono High School and a life long member of the community. Born and raised in Spring Brook Twp., Joe is the youngest of six children to Nancy and Larry Napolitano. He grew up in his family's bakery and butcher shop, where he learned the importance of integrity, respect and loyalty to ones family and friends. 

Joe is a member of The Church Saint Catherine of Siena and a 30 plus-year employee of the United States Postal Service. He also belongs to the Knights of Columbus and has played an active roll wearing many hats from football coach to Santa Claus. 

Well know for his entertaining as a D.J. and singing at local affairs and fundraisers, Joe is also an avid golfer, dart champion, husband to Leith (she works at the funeral home too!!!) and grandfather of six.

Leith Ann Napolitano

Funeral Assistant & Facilities Caretaker
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Leith was raised in Spring Brook Twp. and is the oldest of four siblings to Joseph and Jean Tinklepaugh. She is a graduate of North Pocono High School. Leith grew up very deeply rooted in the values of Faith and Family; traditions which still serve her well today.

Nothing is more important to her than her God and those she loves. She is married to Joseph Napolitano (he works at the funeral home too!!!) and has two children, six grandchildren, and a dog “Lady”.

Leith attends The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena,  where she sings in the choir and participates each week in the Adoration of the Cross in the Chapel.

She an active member of The Order of the Eastern Star, and in her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, sewing, knitting, crocheting and spending time in her flower beds and herb garden, unless the Grandkids come over, then all bets are off!