History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

After retiring from funeral service at the age of 65, the late Boyd E. Braman reentered the funeral service industry and established Boyd E. Braman Mortuary in 1980. He retired at the age of 81 and was deceased two months later. 

Today, his philosophy and goals remain the same: to provide families with the highest quality in funeral service in a modern facility at reasonable prices. 

We take pride in creating meaningful ceremonies that honor the families we serve. We balance personalized memorialization choices in a price sensitive manner. We are honored by the confidence placed in us and strive to provide funeral services worthy of that trust.

Our Valued Staff

  • Ryan  Gray

    Ryan Gray, Manager / Funeral Director / U.S. Army Veteran

    Ryan is a native of the Omaha area graduating from Papillion-LaVista High School. After high school, Ryan served in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha and received his degree in Mortuary Science from St. Louis Community College. Ryan is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Nebraska and Iowa. He has been with Braman Mortuary since June of 1999. Ryan attends City Light Church in Omaha and is a member of American Legion Post #1, V.F.W. Post #2503. Ryan, his wife Juli and their children Landen & Tyla live in Omaha. When not working - Ryan enjoys traveling, fishing, camping, hiking and HUSKER football.

  • Dan  Poole

    Dan Poole, Funeral Director

    Dan was born and raised in Council Bluffs and graduated from St. Albert High School. He is a graduate of Bellevue University and received his degree in Mortuary Science from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas. Dan is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Nebraska and Iowa, with over 15 years’ experience. When not at work, Dan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, especially his two boys, Kellen and Grayson, as well as playing basketball, boating and attending sporting events.

  • Leslie  Scott

    Leslie Scott, Funeral Director

    Leslie was born in North Carolina but raised in Connecticut and Arizona. She graduated high school from Saguaro High in Scottsdale, Arizona. After high school, Leslie attended Gateway College in Phoenix. She married her husband, Todd in 1992. They had two children Amanda and Morgan who are now grown. After raising her children Leslie went back to school and obtained an Advanced Standing Diploma in Mortuary Science from Des Moines Area Community College. Leslie is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Nebraska and Iowa. When not working, Leslie enjoys riding her horses, hikes with her dogs and every moment possible with family.

  • Adam  Beck

    Adam Beck, Funeral Director

    Adam is a lifelong Nebraskan native, who was raised south of Omaha, in the small town of Louisville, NE. There he graduated from Louisville Public Schools. Following this, he went on and received a Bachelor's in Biology from Bellevue University and an Associates of Applied Science in Mortuary Science. Now living in the La Vista area he enjoys exploring the surrounding areas.

  • Madison  Yantzie

    Madison Yantzie, Funeral Director Apprentice

    Madison grew up in the small town of Geneva, NE. She earned her high school diploma from Shickley Public Schools. After high school, Madison moved to Columbus, NE to obtain her Associate of Arts degree and was an assistant high school volleyball coach at Osceola Public Schools. She received her Advanced Diploma in Mortuary Science from Des Moines Area Community College. Upon graduating, Madison returned to her home state. In her spare time, she enjoys all things Husker sports, watching movies and spending time with family, friends and her dog, Sophia.

  • Austin  Nielsen

    Austin Nielsen, Office / Crematory Manager

    Austin was born and rasised in Syracuse, NE and later graduated high school in Centerville, IA. After high school, he moved to Ankeny, IA and attended Des Moines Area Community College where he received his Associates of Arts degree. He has been in a funeral service roll for seven years, and plans to go back to school to recieve his funeral directors liscense. In his spare time, Austin enjoys working on the family farm, spending time with family and friends, restoring antique tractors, and watching Husker sports. Austin is a member at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Louisville, NE.

  • Darlene  Gaudreault

    Darlene Gaudreault, Office Manager

  • Paul  Kelehan

    Paul Kelehan, Family Services Coordinator

    Paul was born in Shirley, Massachusetts. The son of an Army veteran, Paul grew up in several places around the world. He graduated from High School in Munich, Germany, and graduated college in Orono, Maine. He eventually moved to Omaha to be around extended family. Paul and his wife Ellie have one son, Grant. In his spare time Paul enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and attending concerts.

  • LeAnn  Sundberg

    LeAnn Sundberg, Family Services Coordinator

    LeAnn is a lifelong resident of Omaha and a proud graduate of Westside High. She has enjoyed helping people better their lives, through the businesses she has been affiliated with for over 40 years. LeAnn has one daughter Heather, and is grandma to two Fur People. Fun for her is taking loved ones Jewelry, and creating works of art for them to treasure. LeAnn appreciates all the things Omaha has to offer. Great restaurants, shopping and friendly people.

  • Chuck  Caniglia

    Chuck Caniglia, Funeral Director Assistant

    Chuck is married to Randi Caniglia. He has a daughter Kristin, son Robert and 4 grand children. He is a native Of Omaha, Nebraska. Chuck attended Holy Cross grade school, Creighton Prep high school and the University Of Nebraska at Omaha. He served in the Army National Guard from 1966 to 1972. Chuck was the Co-owner of Caniglia’s Venice Inn until 2014. He was the recipient of The Omaha Restaurant Association , Restauranteur Of The Year 2005, inducted in The Omaha Hospitality Hall Of Fame 2007, awarded Italian American Of The Year “Son’s Of Italy Nebr. State Lodge 2008. Chuck was awarded The Sacred Heart Catholic Church Pillar Award along with wife Randi in 2018.

  • Chuck  Cosgrove

    Chuck Cosgrove, Funeral Director Assistant

    Chuck is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Quincy, Illinois. After high school, He served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps. He has been with Braman Mortuary since 2011. Chuck is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and American Legion Post #374 in Millard. Chuck and his wife Kay live in Omaha, they have four sons, 9 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren. Chuck and Kay enjoy their families and HUSKER sports, especially football.

  • Kay  Cosgrove

    Kay Cosgrove, Funeral Director Assistant

    Kay was born and raised in Quincy, Illinois. She graduated from Notre Dame High School, where she met the love of her life, Chuck Cosgrove. They had four sons in 5 years, and whe was a proud stay at home mother. Kay has done lots of volunteer work at schools, Montclair Nursing Home. They are always a big help when a grandparent was needed. She is a proud grandmother of 9 and great grandma to 4. Kay is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and American Legion Post #374. She enjoys playing cards and working with her husband at Braman Mortuary.

  • Gary  Gray

    Gary Gray, Funeral Director Assistant

  • Warren  Studt

    Warren Studt, Funeral Director Assistant

  • Joyce  Glenn

    Joyce Glenn, Receptionist

    Joyce is a native Omahan. She graduated from Duchesne Academy and Creighton University. After attending Boston Theological Union she moved back to Omaha and began working in social justice ministry. Joyce was the Pastoral Associate at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 30 years. During this time she earned a Masters of Ministry Degree from Creighton University. She retired from active ministry in 2016 and began working part time at Braman Mortuary later that year. Joyce enjoys Husker Football, Creighton Baseball, baking, gardening, and being with her family and friends.