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Kurt Eschbach

Kurt Eschbach

Owner

Kurt Eschbach is the owner and operator of Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home. A native of Johnson City, he graduated with honors from Johnson City High School in 1986 . He then attended Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY, graduating as Valedictorian of the spring class of 1988 and was granted his Funeral Director's license in 1989.

Growing up on Johnson City's southside he witnessed countless examples of neighbors caring for neighbors; observations which helped him develop a heart and mind for service to others. Kurt has been active in numerous civic, religious, fraternal and cultural organizations within the community; including the First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City, the Broome County Council of Churches, Johnson City Unity Masonic Lodge, the Binghamton German Club, the Maine Community Band and the Vestal Community Band.

He spends many  hours in service to his client families and his community. When not at work he enjoys  his Miniature Pinscher Heidi, playing the trombone and vintage automobiles


Benjamin Rangel

Benjamin Rangel

Funeral Director

Benjamin Rangel was born and raised on Binghamton’s West side, and is a graduate of Binghamton High School. His interest in a career in funeral service began when he was a young boy. His natural ease with people and caring personality made it natural to pursue a career in helping others.

He pursued his studies at SUNY Broome and the Mortuary Science Program at Hudson Valley Community College. In 2014 while attending school he began his employment with Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home where he discovered the true reward in serving those in need.

Since 2017 he has been the location coordinator for Wreaths Across America at Chenango Valley Cemetery. When not at work he enjoys spending time with family and friends especially his wife and their Goldendoodle, as well as mountain biking.  


Abby E. Hand

Abby E. Hand

Funeral Director

Abby is a newly licensed funeral director. She is native of Springville, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Elk Lake High School. When in high school she enjoyed helping people in any way she could, from working at the food bank to helping her family and friends with managing sports teams. This led her to realize how much she enjoyed serving her community as a whole.
While in high school she also worked at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home in Hallstead, PA, where she developed an interest in funeral service. After completing high school, she attended Northampton Community College completing her studies in the field of Mortuary Science.
After graduating and passing the National Funeral Service Board Exam she pursued her internship training at the Estey, Munroe and Fahey Funeral Home in Owego, NY. She has successfully completed the NYS Funeral Service Law Exam and is now a licensed funeral director.
In her free time, Abby likes to crochet and read, along with spending as much time with her family as she can.

Isaiah Cechnicki

Isaiah Cechnicki

Funeral Director


Isaiah comes to us from Amherst, NY where he served his funeral service apprenticeship  and earned his funeral directors license.
 
A native of Fort Plain, in New York's Mohawk Valley Region, Isaiah is an honors graduate of Fort Plain Senior and Junior High School. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the Mortuary Science program at SUNY Canton, class of 2020, where he excelled academically, achieving  the  highest GPA in his class during his Freshman year.
 
He formerly worked for the Houghtaling & Smith Funeral  Home in Fort Plain, NY and the Dietrich Funeral Home in Amherst, NY.
 
Isaiah has always felt the need to serve his community, and is excited to be relocating to Binghamton with his fiancee Lucy to pursue his career in funeral service and to become an active and vital part of the Binghamton community.
 
In his spare time Isaiah enjoys fishing and spending time with his family. 
 

 

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