Over a Century of Service

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As Devlin Funeral Home approaches it’s 100th year serving the Pittsburgh community, it is important to reflect on the journey leading up to this occasion. As a son of Irish immigrants, Bernard Bede Devlin was born in Pomroy, OH in 1877. Bede was one of ten children, seven boys and three girls. In 1901, the family moved to Pittsburgh and settled in the Hill District. Bede grew up attending St. Bridget’s parish with his family.

To this day, the Devlin family continues to carry on Bede’s legacy, by guiding residents in Pittsburgh through the arrangements necessary to create a meaningful ceremony that celebrates the unique life being honored.

1917 was a very important year for Bede Devlin.

Not only was that the year he opened his funeral office on Ohio Street in the North Side of Pittsburgh, it was also the year he wed Marie Meyer in Annunciation Church in Pittsburgh. In 1920, Bede moved his family to Western Avenue where Devlin Funeral Home was founded. It was here where he had the ability not only to operate his business, but to raise his three children, Betty Clair, Thomas, and Mary Jane.

As the business grew, Bede moved the funeral home to 602 Sherman Avenue which was the former Arbuckle Mansion. This move allowed Bede to be closer to his home parish of St. Peter’s. Devlin Funeral Home operated at this location for the next twenty years.

B.B. Devlin served an important role in the family business until his death in 1978 at age 91.

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Thomas B. Devlin was born in 1926.

He grew up in the North Side of Pittsburgh and became a member of the first graduating class of North Catholic High School in 1943.

After being Honorably Discharged from the Army Air Corp in 1946, Tom attended the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

He graduated from both schools in 1949 and joined his father in the family business. In 1949, he married Marie Fandl, a school teacher for the City of Pittsburgh.

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In the early 1960s, Pittsburgh was going through an urban redevelopment.

The funeral home was one of many buildings affected by the construction of Allegheny Center Mall. Thomas Devlin had to make the decision of relocating the business. In 1963 he purchased the former Wohl’s Market Building at 806 Perry Highway to be the new location of the funeral home.

The Devlin family relocated to the North Hills as well, settling in Ross Township. We have operated out of this location for the past 47 years. Thomas Devlin continues to be active in the business and is proud to be a license funeral director for over 60 years.

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In 1973, Mark Devlin graduated from John Carroll University and enrolled at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

He followed in both his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps to become a funeral director. In 2003, Mark began construction on Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry in Cranberry Township. His goal was to provide the families of Cranberry Township and the surrounding areas with the high level of service that his family had done for over 80 years. The Cranberry facility was completed and opened in 2004. In 2006, Mark’s son Brian Devlin became the fourth generation funeral director in his family.

The roots of Devlin Funeral Home grow deep in the Pittsburgh and North Hills area. New roots have been planted in the Cranberry Township Community. As these roots grow deeper, Devlin Funeral Home will continue to serve as a Family Owned Funeral Home for the next 100 years.

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Meet Our Team

  • Mark B. Devlin
    Mark B. Devlin Supervisor, Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry

    Born and raised in the North Hills, Mark attended St. Athanasius and St. Teresa of Avila grade schools, followed by high school at North Catholic and Sewickley Academy. He returned to Pittsburgh after receiving his BA from John Carroll University in Ohio. He then graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and joined the family owned business. Mark and his wife Maririta have been married for forty-one years and have two children. His son Brian joined the business in 2006 representing the fourth generation. In addition to managing the funeral homes, Mark has stayed active in his community. He served on the North Hills School Board for two years, and was the District Justice of Ross and West View for over 25 years. Currently, he serves as chairman of the Ross West View EMS and lectors at his church. He continues to be a familiar face across North Hills.

    • Thomas B. Devlin
      Thomas B. Devlin Funeral Director & Supervisor Emeritus

      Tom has been a licensed funeral director for over 65 years. He is a longtime member of St. Teresa of Avila Church. He and his wife Marie “Mitzi” have been married for 66 years and have 3 children. Tom was responsible for bringing Devlin Funeral Home from the Northside of Pittsburgh to Ross Township over 50 years ago. At 91 years old, he comes to work almost every day and is a familiar face for the families we serve.

      • Brian P. Devlin
        Brian P. Devlin Supervisor, Devlin Funeral Home of the North Hills

        Brian is a 4th generation family member involved in the business. He attended St. Teresa of Avila grade school and North Hills High School. Prior to becoming involved, Brian attended John Carrol University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in finance and worked in the Risk Management Casualty Department of Marsh, Inc. Brian graduated Cum Laude from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in January 2007 and was inducted into Mu Sigma Alpha, the National Honors Society of Funeral Service. Brian became a licensed funeral director in May 2008. He resides in Bradford Woods and is a member of St. John and Paul Parish.

      • Joseph M. Mignella
        Joseph M. Mignella Funeral Director

        Joe has worked with the Devlin family in some capacity since he was 16. He began as a parking lot attendant and has worked as a license funeral director for over twenty years. Joe grew up in Avalon and graduated from Northgate High School. Upon graduation he attended the Community College of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He and his wife Jen reside in Ross Township.

      • Jonathan W. Pugh
        Jonathan W. Pugh Funeral Director

        Jonathan joined the Devlin team in October of 2016. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2013, and received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration shortly thereafter. His attention to detail, compassion for families, and quality of presentation is what sets him apart. Jonathan is a dual licensed funeral director/embalmer in Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Jonathan is a member of the Ohio And Pennsylvania Funeral Director Associations, Ohio Embalmers Association, Cranberry Township Rotary Club, and the Trocars Motorcycle Association. He, his wife Marissa, and their two sons Lorenzo, and Gianni reside in Cranberry Township, and are parishioners at St. Kilian Parish.

      • Jim O’Friel
        Jim O’Friel Facility Manager, Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry
      • Mary Anne Schmeltzer
        Mary Anne Schmeltzer Funeral Attendant
      • Linda Trautman-Freeman
        Linda Trautman-Freeman Funeral Attendant
      • Janet Watton
        Janet Watton Funeral Attendant
      • John Wersing
        John Wersing Funeral Attendant
      • Ray Wilt
        Ray Wilt Funeral Attendant

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