The renovation of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services in Avon Lake offers an updated resource to the community that has been thoughtfully planned, tastefully modernized and flexibly expanded to meet the needs of a growing community.
Most importantly, it preserves the traditional ambiance and architectural character of this Avon Lake landmark.
“Everything in the home has a purpose for creating the best celebration of one’s life,” said James H. Busch, President, as ribbon-cutting ceremonies took place Sunday.
The updated facility located at Walker Road and Route 83 in Avon Lake is familiar to residents. The home was built in 1925 as a Sears and Roebuck starter home by the Roth family who, at the time, operated the Beach Park Dance Hall.
It has come a long way since original funeral Home founders Fred and Dorothy Burmeister purchased the home in 1944. It merged with Busch in 1986, a move punctuated in 1989 when Jim Busch married Becky Burmeister.
“Feedback has all been extremely favorable on how comforting and inviting the new space is along with the updated enhancements to the original funeral home,” said Busch. “The flexible space we developed allows for tremendous creativity for personalization and working with families.”
Highlights of the new expansion include the addition of 3500 square feet to provide for larger services, a separate lounge space with high-top tables and a bistro feel available for full service catering away from the service. The large new space can be divided into two rooms.
Busch said it was important that the home remain compatible with the original character of the building and the residential area of the city.
Upgrades also include expanded parking, updated landscaping and safer pedestrian access by removing parking from the right-of-way.
Technology is front and center. “Along with the bistro style lounge and updated technology we can do most anything,” said Busch.
Video and audio upgrades allow for customized musical playlists, video tributes, and memorial presentations. Families are able to assemble digital photo albums and set them to individualized music, thanks to smartphone-tablet-computer compatibility. Green design in the new mechanical system is energy efficient, modulating temperature and ventilation air based upon occupancy levels.
Funeral planning is also tastefully discreet. A resource center sits in a separate building where clients can carefully peruse every element of funeral planning in a, stress-free setting.
“We are very affirmed by the feedback we continue to receive and are very grateful for the turnout and warm reception we received this past Sunday,” said Busch.