About Us

Nick and Ellen Brumder:
Nick and Ellen Brumder are the founders of Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery, since its inception in 2002. While spending summers in Austria for many years, they enjoyed visiting the Austrian cemeteries, which are beautiful and an important part of the culture and life of the people.  The Brumders vision was to revive the cemetery in America as a place of artistic merit, reverence, and natural beauty. It has been their passion to create the most inspirational, consoling and hope filled cemetery possible, and Nick's talents as an artist and designer have been applied to that vision. Nick and son, Nick, created the Resurrection Cross, the central feature and theme of the cemetery, as well as the unique, forged temporary crosses gracing the new graves. Nick also designs the monuments, working with the families to create a memorial that reflects the life and faith of the beloved who has passed on.

Nick and Ellen have been blessed with 34 years of marriage, 5 children, 4 grandchildren.

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Ray Martinez:

Compassion, advocacy and understanding are central to helping families and loved ones bring closure after the loss of a love one. After losing his mom at a very young age, Ray Martinez knew he was being called to help other’s experiencing a loss. Years later, Ray lost his father, who taught him dedication, a strong work ethic and empathy. Ray carried these lessons with him while learning his craft. Ray graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Funeral Service. With nearly 20 years of working in the in industry, Ray has proudly worked with families across Texas; Austin has been his home for the last 13 years.

Working as a Funeral Director, Ray Martinez is grateful to serve the community he loves and cares for and helping people during the most difficult time in their lives.

Ray Martinez has joined Our Lady of the Rosary team in January 2020 as Director of Family Services. As a professional, caring and compassionate person, Ray will go the extra mile for the families and loved ones, and provide a truly unique experience helping them make final decisions and selecting a final resting place for their love ones. Ray is fluent in Spanish.

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Carolyn King:

Carolyn King joined the staff of Our Lady of the Rosary in February 2012. Carolyn wears many hats at Our Lady. In addition to assisting our families in need, and keeping things running smoothly at the office, she is currently our Monument Administrator. A Texas native, Carolyn has lived in Austin since 1993 and is a member of St. Mary Cathedral where she serves on the Pastoral Council and Women’s CRHP Continuation Committee. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Houston and has worked in executive positions for non-profits; event management, marketing and investor relations for public companies. She has two sons and two grandchildren. “What a blessing for me to be a part of a team offering comfort and support to all who call upon us to assist them in preparing their final journey home.”

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“Picking a monument for your loved one, especially when it's your beloved child, is extremely difficult, and can easily put you in a downward spiral of grief. However, working with Ellen and Nick, they immediately put you at ease and thoughtfully listen to your memories and interests. They take your thoughts and create wonderful images that become a living memory and their enthusiasm helps you to feel excited to honor your loved one. We are grateful for the time they have spent with us to do this for our lovely son, Shawn.”

- Mark and Laura McGinnity