August Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award Winner


The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for August was presented on October 4 to Tracy Rongaus, nurse at Interim Hospice. Congratulations, Tracy!

Tracy was nominated as a truly excellent caregiver because she is known to ensure that all patients receive the utmost care. Recently she worked with a widowed patient in his nineties, as he faced his growing inability to take care of himself. During multiple visits, Tracy brought favorite snacks, PJs, slippers, and the most precious gift of all – her time and her presence. She was with him in his final hours.


The August Award for Excellence was handed to Tracy by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director. Due to scheduling difficulties in September, this awards ceremony was only taking place now…Which means that we’re not long away from the announcement of the winner of the prize for September!

The Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award, newly awarded each month, consists of a $50 Visa gift card and a certificate, along with an entry into the drawing for the Caregiver Excellence Award of the Year.   

All area hospices, as well as the families they serve, are encouraged to nominate an excellent caregiver for next month’s award! 


It’s quick and easy to fill out a nomination form, and it’s free! 

For a nomination form or for more information, please go to , or email Katie Brandt at


Choosing Readings For a Funeral

When a loved one dies, family or a close friend will often help arrange the funeral or memorial service. Having a preplanned funeral service at Beinhauer Funeral Home will help to ease the decision making process, with preparations being done in advance.  However, those who know the deceased the best often prefer to select reading for the services, even if a service has been planned in advance. Readings help survivors cope with the reality of their grief, putting into words what they otherwise cannot. Continue reading

How to Handle A Death Away From Home

Dealing with a loved one’s untimely death can be a challenging experience. What happens when the death occurs in a faraway place, with or without you? How can this be handled while dealing with the questions that come with this uncertain time? Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes will help you each step of the way.  Here are a few important things to know about a death which occurs away from home: Continue reading

Beinhauer Family Dives in to Help Homeless Veterans

On the occasion of the Peters Township Community Day on June 24, 2017, the Beinhauer Family ran a Dunk Tank to benefit The City Mission in Washington, PA. On the campus of the Mission, just prior to this Community Day, ground had been broken for their latest project: A new, 22-bed residential facility for homeless veterans, called The Patriot House. With homelessness and addiction being a prevalent threat to veterans, this project couldn’t be built at a better time. The City Mission has long been supporting at-risk veterans, as well as many others, with job training, substance abuse treatment, as well as spiritual direction–all while providing, of course, the lifelines of food and shelter.
Both Rick and Scott Beinhauer are veterans themselves, and love supporting causes that help the veteran community. Not long after the Peters Township Community Day fundraiser, Scott Beinhauer was happy to present another veteran, Dr. Sally Mounts, Director of Development at The City Mission, with a check earmarked to support The Patriot House. (Pictured above with Katie Brandt, Dir. of Community Outreach for Beinhauer Family Services).
The Beinhauer Family wants to express their gratitude to the members of the Peters Township community who came out and supported their Dunk Tank fundraiser!

Security Concerns After the Death of a Loved One

The death of a loved one or a close friend is a trying time. Coming home from a funeral and finding your house ransacked and robbed, or discovering that an identity thief has stolen your deceased loved one’s information is extremely upsetting. Beinhauer Funeral Home would like to offer a few tips to prevent any security challenges from occurring during the time of a loved one’s death. Continue reading

The Still Remembered Project

The Still Remembered Project provides bereaved parents and families Christian-based support and encouragement for a loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death. Our efforts offer hope and healing throughout all stages of the grief journey.  If you’d like more information on The Still Remembered Project, visit 

What You Need to Know About Death Certificates in Pittsburgh

After a loved one dies, there are a million things to do. One of these essential tasks that must be included on the list is completion of the death certificate.  This legal document is issued by the state in which a death has occurred.  Certified death certificates are often needed by family members when probating the estate, closing accounts and liquidating property of the deceased.  Preplanning a funeral through Beinhauer will help make this process easier for your family.  At the time of death, we will help by completing the death certificate and submitting it to the appropriate state agents.  The following is a brief overview of the death certificate process. Continue reading

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