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 A former manager of funeral homes in Grand Rapids and Liberty Center sees an opportunity to fill a void in low-cost service in the funeral industry.

 Brian Habegger recently organized Habegger Funeral Services as a non-profit corporation and is partnering with area churches to provide families with other options when making funeral arrangements.

 “There is a growing trend of families choosing cremation over traditional burial simply because of cost,” he said. “I want to provide another option for families to honor their loved ones in the manner they wish.”  Habegger reasons he can use churches for visitations and funerals and avoid the overhead costs of brick and mortar facilities for the services associated with funerals.

 To date, he has secured agreements with nearly 90 churches in Toledo, Oregon, Northwood, Oak Harbor, Port Clinton, Millbury, Genoa, Holland, Whitehouse, Liberty Center, Sylvania and Grand Rapids.

 “They’re allowing me to use their facilities to offer visitations and funerals,” he said. “This allows me to pretty much go anywhere and have lower costs.”

 For $2,995, Habegger Funeral Services will provide removal care, embalming and dressing for viewing, same-day visitation, a funeral service, obituary preparation and death certificate. The cost includes a steel casket.  Direct cremation service costs $795.

 Habbeger estimates his fees are often less than half of those charged by funeral homes.

 “What I really want to do is provide value and I think people can see that,” he said.

 Habegger is a 1993 graduate of Lake High School and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2003.

 He sold his interest in Wright-Habegger Funeral Homes in Grand Rapids and Liberty Center before forming the non-profit last month.

 “This was always my dream. I’m doing it to take care of people in the services they’re going to receive. I want to fill the niche that no one else is filling,” Habegger said.

 Pre-arrangement funeral plans are accepted.  Habegger Funeral Services is located at 2001 Consaul Street, Toledo. The telephone number is 419-214-2622. The website address is       




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