Grief & Support
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At Avatar Cremation Service & Crematory, we offer online cremation planning for your convenience. You can get a head start on the arrangement process by completing as much of the necessary details as possible in the comfort of your own home.
We are nothing without our dedicated staff. If you take a few minutes to get to know us online, when you walk through our doors and see familiar faces, it will make your experience with us that much better.
|Steve Grabinski, Manager / Funeral Director|
Steve has helped families here since 2004, and feels honored to be a guide during the very difficult experience after a loss. The longtime Milwaukie resident is a member of Won By One Church, where his wife works in administration part-time. He previously was involved with Milwaukie Elks and Lions Club, and is a former member of New Hope Community Church, Clackamas.
|Suzanne Brawn, Funeral Director|
Prior to serving our families in April 2014, Suzanne was a case manager for a domestic violence safe house for women. She is currently active with Rotary and the Milwaukie Community Center, and is a past supported of Meals on Wheels, Oregon Food Bank, Multnomah County Animal Control, and the Portland Women’s Crisis Line.
|Elizabeth Smith, Apprentice Funeral Director|
Elizabeth joined our staff in April 2015 after graduating from Mt. Hood Community College. She attended high school and university in Colorado, but now lives with her husband in West Portland. She also is the proud mother of one daughter, three sons and multiple four-legged rescues. She is a member of True Life Fellowship, a volunteer in Beaverton area schools and Cub Scouts, and is a frequent visitor of local farmers markets. Architecture, American history, cooking, art, and walking the trails of Hoyt Arboretum in Wash Park are among her favorite pastimes.
|Bret Kohanek, Pre-Planning Specialist|
Bret joined the staff in 2005, and is licensed with Oregon Life Insurance and the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board. He and his 10-year-old Lab-Retriever mix live in the Linwood neighborhood. He is an American Red Cross supporter who donates blood at area churches including St. Johns the Baptist, Grace Point, Milwaukie Lutheran, and Clackamas Christian Center Assembly of God.
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