Our Past, Present, and Future
Robert J. Ambruster founded Ambruster Mortuary more than 100
years ago in the City of St. Louis. They provided the citizens of
St. Louis excellence in service for more than 25 years. In the late
1920's, the Ambruster Family hired the St. Louis architectural firm
of Maritz, Young, and Dusard to design a larger facility to meet
the growing needs of St. Louis County. Mr. Ambruster, envisioned a
funeral home like no other offering the finest funeral services
available that were affordable to meet the needs of all families.
In 1931, Ambruster Mortuary relocated to its current facility
located in Clayton, Missouri. Under the direction of Robert J.
Ambruster, other families members joined in the family business and
continued the belief "That all families deserve a dignified service
regardless of their financial status". In the fourth generation of
ownership this remains a continued belief.
In 1980 the Ambruster Family purchased the Donnelly Funeral Home
located in St. Louis County. The Ambruster Family cherished the
relationship with the Donnelly Family and merged the two names to
create the Ambruster Donnlley Mortuary. Together with the Ambruster
and Donnlley family names the business continues to grow. The
professional staff is highly trained and able to assist your family
at the time of need.
Meet Our Staff
Staff members of Ambruster Donnelly Mortuary are caring and
experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique
and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and
traditions are of the upmost importance to our staff of licensed
- M. Robert Drace - Funeral Director/Owner
- Christopher Franzi - Assistant