About Us

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 funeral directors.

  • M. Robert Drace - Funeral Director/Owner
  • Christopher Franzi - Assistant