After living in Lake Worth, Florida, for 12 years, Helen Babione moved to Boca Raton in 1960 where she and her husband Robert opened Babione Funeral Home. Desiring to serve, she quickly became active with the communities in and around Boca Raton.
Helen is a half-century member of the Women’s Club, past president and board member of Soroptimist Club, a life member of the Debbie Rand Memorial Service League and a member of the Caridad Center. Full of compassion, she is a founding member of both Horses and the Handicapped and the Society for the Disabled. She has also co-chaired the Go Pink Luncheon for Boca Raton Regional Hospital for many years.
Paul Lawrence Moss
Since the late 1990s, Paul has provided comfort to families in Palm Beach County. Born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada, Paul came to Boca Raton to attend Lynn University, where he earned a mortuary science degree. After working many years in the West Palm Beach area, Paul became a location manager with the Dignity Memorial network. This allowed him to be closer to his wife and 2 boys. When he is not working, Paul finds time to be involved in his son’s sporting activities and the Boy Scouts.
Joe Veccia and his late wife, Mary Babione, became licensed funeral directors in 1987. Following the 1988 retirement of Robert Babione, Joe and Mary purchased what is known today as Babione – Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center in east Boca Raton and, a few years later, opened a second location on the west side of the city.
Joe remains very active in the community serving on the board of trustees for the George Snow Scholarship Fund, St. John Paul Academy and Boca Raton Regional Hospital as well as on the board of overseers for Lynn University and the board of directors for the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. Joe holds an Associate of Science degree in mortuary science from Lynn University.
Larry M Ott
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Larry, originally from Gladstone, Michigan, and a graduate of Trinity College, spent years as a school teacher before returning to school to receive a degree in mortuary science from Miami Dade College. He has been a funeral director with the Dignity Memorial® network since the early 1990s.
A past member of the board of trustees for Fort Lauderdale City Cemeteries, Larry currently serves on the Broward County Navy League and volunteers with Fort Lauderdale’s annual Fleet Week. He coordinates a Christmas project for the Fort Lauderdale Life Guards each year and is a deacon at his church. In his free time, Larry spends time at the beach, collects cigar boxes and humidors and watches British TV programs.
Robert Dale Russell
Robert Russell started working at the R. Jay Kraeer Funeral Home in July 1967. He began as a general employee—working funerals, making removals, running ambulance service and cutting the grass. Bob graduated from Miami Dade College with a degree in mortuary science. He became a licensed embalmer in 1971 and a licensed funeral director the following year.
In 1974, Bob became the manager of the Kraeer Fort Lauderdale location and by 1976 was managing 5 more locations. Previously a co-owner, Bob has remained dedicated to the Kraeer Funeral Home family and has been a consistent presence throughout several changes. Bob served as a regional partner over operations in Florida and Puerto Rico before transitioning to his position as a consultant.
Bob served on the board of the Florida Funeral Directors Association including a term as president. He is also the president of several Osceola County funeral homes and cemeteries.
Bob is married and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren and in his free time enjoys fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.
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