For Immediate Release - December 21, 2011

Massachusetts Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers Takes Action against Stanetsky Memorial Chapels Funeral Establishment and Additional Individuals Involved in Case

BOSTON – December 21, 2011 – The Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers announced today disciplinary action against the following funeral establishment and its employees, resolving allegations regarding the wrongful interment and disinterment of a Boston woman in August 2010 at the Stanetsky Memorial Chapels Funeral Home in Brookline:

Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, Brookline:

The Board and Stanetsky Memorial Chapels entered into a Consent Agreement whereby the funeral home agreed to pay an $18,000 fine. The funeral home also agreed to a probation period of 12 months. As part of the probation, the funeral home is required to provide the Board with written verification, signed by two licensed/certified funeral directors, of the identity of every decedent that comes into the care of the funeral home. The $18,000 fine is the largest fine in the history of the Board. The Consent Agreement also marks the first time that probation has been imposed on a funeral establishment. 

Kim L. Perry, Fall River:

The Board and Perry entered into a Consent Agreement whereby Perry agreed that a reprimand be placed on her license to practice as a Funeral Director. Perry also agreed to pay a $1,000 fine.

Bruce M. Schlossberg, Canton:

The Board and Schlossberg entered into a Consent Agreement whereby Schlossberg agreed that his license to practice as a Funeral Director will be suspended for a period of one year. After six months, the suspension will be stayed for the remainder of the suspension period, such that the remainder effectively will be treated as a period of probation.

The Board previously announced Consent Agreements with three other individuals regarding the same wrongful internment: Jane D. Salk of Brookline, Katherine J. Roan of Lynn and Paul J. Glennon of Needham.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure’s web site at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the “Check a Professional’s License” link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.  The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 365,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration.

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