Sharon Ryave Brody, Licensed Funeral Director

Owner and President

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Sharon Ryave Brody

Owner and President, Licensed Funeral Director of her family’s business, Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., Sharon is the third generation of Ryave family funeral directors, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Jacob Ryave, her father, Arnold Ryave, her brother, David, and her mother, Gail Perlut Ryave, all deceased.  Sharon proudly holds the distinction of being the first Jewish woman to become a licensed funeral director in Pittsburgh following her graduation from  the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science as Class President in 1995.

Sharon’s professional affiliations include memberships in the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association (PFDA), the Allegheny County Funeral Directors Association (ACFDA), and the Jewish Funeral Directors of America (JFDA). Ralph Schugar Chapel is a proud member of KAVOD.  She is on the Board of Directors for the Jewish Cemetery and Burial Association and a Lifetime Member of the National Council of Jewish Women, where she is currently a board member.  Former Board of Directors member of the Aleph Institute, Northeast Division.  

A resident of Mt. Lebanon, Sharon is a member of Beth El Congregation, Temple Emanuel of South Hills and Rodef Shalom Congregation.  

Sharon enjoys offering talks and tours to local synagogue and temples' members and their religious school students to educate and inform the Jewish community on traditional Jewish funeral practices.  Regarded as a community leader and valuable resource, Sharon is often quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Jewish Chronicle on topics related to Jewish funeral customs, death, dying and grief support.

Rosemarie Carfagna Au, Licensed Funeral Director and Supervisor

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Rose Carfagna Au has been in funeral service for 37 years. She has been associated with Ralph Schugar Chapel in Shadyside since May 2001. Prior to that, she worked for Burton L. Hirsch Funeral Home in Squirrel Hill for 22 years, beginning with her internship in 1979 and ending her tenure as a Location Manager.

Rose is a 1978 graduate of Penn State University with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and a 1979 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

In 1994, she became the first female president of the Allegheny County Funeral Directors Association in 100 years. She has served on the Board consistently in different capacities since that time and is currently serving as Treasurer and Annual Fund Drive Committee Chairperson.

In 1999, Rose became the first female Board of Governors member of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association serving as a District Governor of Allegheny County until 2003. She is also a Certified Funeral Service Celebrant.

She and her husband, Frank reside in Ross Township with their son, Tony.

Eric N. Sarokon

Licensed Funeral Director

Eric N. Sarokon has been in Funeral Service since 2001. He has been associated with Ralph Schugar Chapel in Shadyside since July, 2008. Before joining the staff at Schugar's, Eric worked as the Supervisor of the Kevin A. Beardsley Funeral Home in Curwensville, PA and as a licensed funeral director at the Walter J. Zalewski Funeral Home in Lawrenceville. When Eric is not working, he enjoys sports of all kinds as well as spending time with his two young children.

Donald J. Vey

Licensed Funeral Director

Donald J. Vey has been in Funeral Service for 38 years.  He is newly associated with the Ralph Schugar Chapel, but, before joining the staff here, he has held the position of Regional Area Manager for the Meridian Mortuary Group, the Keystone Group and the Service Corporation while maintaining the position of Location manager and Funeral Director for the Griffith Mortuary and the Healy Hahn Funeral Homes.  


Don is a graduate of the Allegheny County Community College with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.


Don’s profession affiliations include the National Funeral Director’s Association, the Pennsylvania Funeral Director’s Association and the Allegheny County Funeral Director’s Association.  


Don currently resides In Peters Township with his wife Susan.


Dionna M. Kost

Licensed Funeral Director

Bio coming soon

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