Claysville funeral director resurfaces

  • By Scott Beveridge March 12, 2013
The Michael H. Heinrich Funeral Home on Main Street in Claysville. - Scott Beveridge / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

CLAYSVILLE – A Claysville funeral director whose unexplained absence worried friends and colleagues resurfaced Tuesday and said he is closing his business for health reasons.

Michael H. Heinrich, who also has a funeral home in nearby West Alexander, said he feels “terrible” about not notifying people in the Claysville area about his decision, and that he will seek a buyer in an attempt to keep a funeral director in the small borough.

Claysville area residents began calling other local funeral directors in attempts to find Heinrich after he left his business at 219 Main St. about three weeks ago with a telephone number that since has been disconnected. Some of his customers even began contacting the borough office in failed attempts to find him.

“I will not be continuing because of my health. I feel terrible about not being able to put a sign in the window,” Heinrich said.

He said he is not required by the Pennsylvania Department of State to notify the state Board of Funeral Directors that he left work on a short-term basis and will file notice with the board that he is closing his funeral home.

He declined to go into specifics about his health or where he is residing.

Heinrich said anyone who has a prearranged funeral with him is free to take their business to any other funeral director.

Anyone with questions can call him at 724-350-1055.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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