Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Jason J. Brinker Funeral Director/Owner
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Beth L. (Walter) Ziance Funeral Director
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John S. Lopatich Funeral Director
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Joseph P. Lopatich Funeral Director
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Corinne M. (Slivoskey) Daughenbaugh Administrative Assistant
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Vincent E. Brinker, Jr. Director's Assistant and Support
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Jeremy J. Cowan Director's Assistant and Support
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Anita M. (Carrarini) Hauser Director's Assistant and Support
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Daniel Hauser Director's Assistant and Support
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John M. “Jack” Hauser Director's Assistant and Support
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Harry Rager Director's Assistant and Support
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George Walter Director's Assistant and Support
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Gene Burd Director's Assistant and Support
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Dave Lizza Director's Assistant and Support

Jason J. Brinker

Funeral Director/Owner
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Jason was born and raised in Latrobe, a community he is so proud to be a part of. Having graduated from Greater Latrobe Senior High School in 2006, where he enjoyed his time as field conductor of the marching band, he continued his education locally at Saint Vincent College. Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, he graduated summa cum laude from Saint Vincent in 2010. While there, he became a founding member and three year drum major of Saint Vincent’s marching band, and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Delta Mu Delta. Following his time at Saint Vincent, he graduated at the top of his class from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2011 and earned his funeral directors license in 2012.

He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Daniel P. Nolan Council #940 of Latrobe and the St. Vincent Assembly #918 of the Fourth Degree. Having twice served as Past Master of Loyalhanna Lodge #275 F. & A. M., he has also held several chairs over his tenure in the Lodge. Other fraternal memberships include the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh, and a member of the Syria Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.

In the community, he serves as Vice President and longtime member of the board of directors for the Latrobe Area Historical Society, is a board member and assistant treasurer for the Latrobe Masonic Building Trust, and serves on the board of directors for the Greater Latrobe Partners In Education Foundation. A lifelong member of Holy Family Church, he had served on Parish Council for many years. Professionally, he holds memberships with the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, and is a past president of the Westmoreland, Indiana, and Armstrong Counties Funeral Directors Association.

Jason has had a desire and dream to be a funeral director since he was seven years old. He became affiliated with the John J. Lopatich Funeral Home, Inc. with a part-time job at age 15 in 2003 and has come up “through the ranks” to become the owner of the Lopatich-Brinker Funeral Home, LLC. His passion for the profession is evident in his “above and beyond” efforts to provide outstanding and memorable service to the families who place their trust in him.

In 2018, he married a fellow “Bearcat,” Hannah (Kahn) Brinker and in January 2020 they welcomed their beautiful daughter, Charlotte Rose. When he is not enjoying time with Hannah, Charlotte and his family, Jason enjoys reading, researching family history, and studying history in general.

Beth L. (Walter) Ziance

Funeral Director
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Born and raised in Latrobe and a proud alum of Greater Latrobe Senior High, Beth went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Medical Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She chose to stay home with her two daughters and became involved in volunteering at Mountain View Elementary School, the East High Acres community association, Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe-Unity basketball program and most recently the Latrobe Reality tour. She went on to work at her husband’s State Farm office as a licensed insurance producer. After a chance meeting with directors from Lopatich Funeral Home, she found her passion and attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS), graduating Summa Cum Laude and earning the Restorative Art award and the Mu Sigma Alpha award for outstanding academic achievement. She interned and stayed on to work at Lopatich Funeral Home as a Funeral Director and Embalmer for the past 6 years. In addition, she has worked for the past 4 years as an adjunct professor in the Restorative Art Lab at PIMS. Beth is also a Certified Funeral Celebrant, providing specialized and personal life celebrations for families.

“Latrobe is my home and I feel blessed to serve the community that I grew up in. It is an honor for me to care for those who have passed and to help their families through these difficult times. I am passionate about serving with the utmost honesty, commitment, integrity and care that is expected and deserved by the families in our community. It is a privilege to be entrusted with the care of a loved one and I work hard to ensure that every person receives my very best.”

“I am excited about the Lopatich-Brinker Funeral Home and being a part of Jason’s team as we continue to offer the quality care that is expected and strive to provide our community with even greater support in times of need.”

John S. Lopatich

Funeral Director
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Joseph P. Lopatich

Funeral Director
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Corinne M. (Slivoskey) Daughenbaugh

Administrative Assistant
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Vincent E. Brinker, Jr.

Director's Assistant and Support
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Jeremy J. Cowan

Director's Assistant and Support
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Anita M. (Carrarini) Hauser

Director's Assistant and Support
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Daniel Hauser

Director's Assistant and Support
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John M. “Jack” Hauser

Director's Assistant and Support
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Harry Rager

Director's Assistant and Support
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George Walter

Director's Assistant and Support
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Gene Burd

Director's Assistant and Support
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Dave Lizza

Director's Assistant and Support
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