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Delmont History

For a small town, Delmont has always had an adequate number of funeral homes or funeral directors. During the 1800's it had three "undertakers" as they were known at that time. In the 1900's it had two, Leroy Goanell, who later moved his business to Latrobe and A. Barrett Earnest whose father, A. A. Earnest, had a funeral home in Export.

In 1936, Foster A. Bash, an Avonmore resident, opened a funeral home on West Pittsburgh Street, Delmont. Lysle P. Bash was a non-licensed employee of that funeral home. In 1937, Foster Bash rented a house at 110 Manor Street, a more convenient location, and moved his business there. In 1941 the owner of the house returned from Kansas, wanted his house, and the funeral home was moved back to the West Pittsburgh location. After suffering a brain tumor, Foster Bash died in 1943 and the funeral home was closed, leaving only the Earnest home in Delmont. In the early 50's, upon the death of his father, Barrett Earnest closed his funeral home and moved his license to the Export funeral home.

In November 1949, Lysle P. Bash opened his funeral home at 123 Freeport Street. In 1956 he purchased a property and moved the business to 152 Abbe Place, the current location of the Bash-Nied Funeral Home. A year after purchasing the property in 1956 a two-story addition was added to the front of the building, which gave additional viewing area and a casket display room. In 1971 two additional viewing rooms, new rest rooms, flower room, arrangement room, offices, preparation room and heater room were added. Lysle owned and operated the funeral home until 1985 when the business was sold to his son John L. Bash. Additional improvements; new rest rooms, smoking room, enlarging of a viewing room, new heating and air conditioning, second floor was removed a new roof was constructed over the entire building in 1997-98.

John Bash owned and operated the business from 1985 until 2000 when it was purchased by Charles and Peter Nied, owners of the Nied Funeral Home in Swissvale. The business is now operated as the Bash-Nied Funeral Home. After Nied's purchased the funeral home, extensive decorating and furnishing of the interior was made as well as landscaping of the exterior.

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