Ambruster Chapel

Ambruster Chapel Since the early 1900's, Ambruster Chapel has been committed to providing funeral services and cremation for St. Louis families based on each one's individual needs and customs.
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Ambruster Chapel is experienced and offers a wide variety of burial options. It's important for our funeral and cremation services pricing to be 100% transparent so people can make the best possible decision based on their needs, wants, and budgets. It is just that simple.

Ambruster Chapel is experienced and offers a wide variety of burial options. It's important for our funeral and cremation services pricing to be 100% transparent so people can make the best possible decision based on their needs, wants, and budgets. It is just that simple.

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It's a new week. How can #AmbrusterChapel help you, your family, and your friends? We are here when you need us! Find ou...
08/10/2020

It's a new week. How can #AmbrusterChapel help you, your family, and your friends? We are here when you need us! Find out more at:

www.ambrusterchapel.com

"The Moment That You Left Me"
08/07/2020

"The Moment That You Left Me"

Yes, it's a thing. Have questions? #AmbrusterChapel can help!
08/05/2020
In Praise of the Zoom Funeral

Yes, it's a thing. Have questions? #AmbrusterChapel can help!

The Zoom funeral left me feeling much more connected to everyone involved—and to everyone else who has lost a loved one during this pandemic.

Benjamin Harvey Boone, 94, died in his home, holding his beloved wife's hand in the early hours of Wednesday,  July 29, ...
08/03/2020

Benjamin Harvey Boone, 94, died in his home, holding his beloved wife's hand in the early hours of Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Ben was an amazing human being, husband, father, and grandfather... someone worth knowing.

Born in Jefferson City, October 28, 1925 to Bessie Buhla (Baker) and Frank Leslie Boone, his life turned when his father died in his arms in 1934.

He learned early to live life on his own terms. At age 17, Ben joined the Navy and was later commended for his distinguished service in World War II.

Primarily self-taught, skilled at multiple trades, he later started his own business. Ben was admired for his mechanical ingenuity, deep knowledge of nature, and devotion to family.

Each and every one of his family members: wife Jeanette and children Cindy, Patty, Jenny, Kerry, and Mike were the most fortunate human beings to have had him in their lives. He will always live in our hearts, inspire us to our best, and guide us in troubled times.

www.ambrusterchapel.com/obituaries/benjamin-harvey-boone

We are happy to answer any questions, but also know the best way to move forward is with a quick conversation. Just tell...
07/31/2020
Schedule Appointment — Ambruster Chapel | Funeral Services and Cremation

We are happy to answer any questions, but also know the best way to move forward is with a quick conversation. Just tell us what you are "thinking" and how you would like to be contacted and we will be in touch soon!

#AmbrusterChapel #ScheduleAppointment

Just tell us what you are "thinking" and how you would like to be contacted and we will be in touch soon!

Proof that funerals still remain important during these times!"It was a testament to the extraordinary times in which Le...
07/27/2020
Scenes from Inside the Funeral of an American Hero: John Lewis

Proof that funerals still remain important during these times!

"It was a testament to the extraordinary times in which Lewis lived and died and, along the way, etched his name in the most sacred precincts of American history."

It was a testament to the extraordinary times in which Lewis lived and died and, along the way, etched his name in the most sacred precincts of American history.

Norbert Frank Stevens (born Szczepaniak) was born March 5, 1936, to Frank and Sophie Momot Szczepaniak in Gary, Indiana....
07/24/2020

Norbert Frank Stevens (born Szczepaniak) was born March 5, 1936, to Frank and Sophie Momot Szczepaniak in Gary, Indiana. He later moved with his family, now including three sisters, to nearby Hobart, Indiana. In childhood, he attended St. Bridget’s parish school, and graduated from Bishop Noll Institute, where he was a member of the choral club.

Norb served in the United States Marine Corps before moving to St. Louis, Missouri to enroll at St. Louis University. While working full-time, and later with a son, he earned both a B.S. in business and an M.B.A. It was in St. Louis that he met the love of his life: his soon-to-be wife, Geraldine Okai, a maternity nursing instructor.

In 1966, Norb and Gerri were married at the Old Cathedral Basilica in downtown St. Louis, with the gleaming Gateway Arch soaring overhead. In 1970, they welcomed their beloved son, Matthew. Norb was proud to have spent nearly a quarter-century as Director of Finance for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, retiring in 2002.

After the loss of his wife in 1994, Norb travelled with Matt, joined for some years by his mother-in-law Clara, across America and around the world. From the streets of New York and the beaches of Hawaii, from the hills of Asturias to the battlements of Krakow, he met distant relatives and wrote new chapters of his story with lifelong friends and family.

In retirement, Norb became an accomplished genealogist, helping many people far and near discover their roots and family stories. While simultaneously looking for his own family history, Norb made a host of friends and became a globe-spanning detective from his home office nook.

In his golden years, Norb welcomed new family members: his daughter-in-law, Anita; and his grandson, Joey. As a grandfather, like he was as a father, Norb was patient and playful, delighting in long visits with Joey. Joey and his “Papa” would play with building toys and spaceships, spin out hours of adventures with just a couple of Legos, watch animated movies, and scour the Internet for videos and new toys.

Norbert was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, yet he remained a man who found joy in life. He loved music, listening to artists as different as Andrea Boccelli and classic Motown. A man who loved to laugh, Norb enjoyed comedies, and enjoyed Mel Brooks and Melissa McCarthy movies.

Norb was, throughout his life, a man who exemplified kindness, honor, and unconditional love. He was generous to all he knew, compassionate to everyone, and thoughtful in his actions. He suffused all these virtues with a deep modesty. As a brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, neighbor, and friend, he will be remembered fondly, warmly, and often. Through his quiet greatness of spirit, he will be with us always.

www.ambrusterchapel.com/obituaries/norbert-frank-stevens

Who else is ready for the return of #Cardinals baseball?
07/22/2020

Who else is ready for the return of #Cardinals baseball?

All of us at #AmbrusterChapel really appreciate your testimonials!“Thank you for your services yesterday for my mothers ...
07/20/2020

All of us at #AmbrusterChapel really appreciate your testimonials!

“Thank you for your services yesterday for my mothers funeral. You did an amazing job and made it very peaceful and comforting. Robert and his team are just awesome with their services.”

“I was very impressed with how the staff made me feel comfortable when my husband passed away. They were helpful, attentive, consoling and respectful. I am glad to have the opportunity to express my appreciation.”

“My grandmother passed away unexpectantly and we had to make last minute funeral arrangements on her behalf. We contacted Ambruster and they were very consoling and helped us arrange the funeral quickly. Her funeral service was beautiful and we were very pleased. I would highly recommend Ambruster to anyone needing funeral services in the St. Louis area.”

We have a bunch of neat old paintings, photos, and tapestries hanging on the walls, but this is a personal favorite. It ...
07/17/2020

We have a bunch of neat old paintings, photos, and tapestries hanging on the walls, but this is a personal favorite. It hangs in the office of Robert Drace (our Funeral Director).

#FarBackFriday #Freemason #AmbrusterChapel

An NPR report from a funeral home in NYC..."Fourth-generation funeral director Patrick Kearns has seen a lot in his 25 y...
07/15/2020
New York Funeral Director: Pandemic Has Been A Wave That 'Knocks You Over'

An NPR report from a funeral home in NYC...

"Fourth-generation funeral director Patrick Kearns has seen a lot in his 25 years working around death. But nothing, he says, compares with the intensity of what he has experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Fourth-generation funeral director Patrick Kearns and his brother-in-law Paul Kearns-Stanley are partners in a 120-year-old family funeral business. They describe their unrelenting work and worries.

July's #BlogPost on #BobbysBlog: "These are our answers to the nine most common questions about a funeral service"1) Wha...
07/10/2020
These are our answers to the nine most common questions about a funeral service — Ambruster Chapel | Funeral Services and Cremation

July's #BlogPost on #BobbysBlog: "These are our answers to the nine most common questions about a funeral service"

1) What do we do if our family death occurs away from home?
2) Why is a funeral important?
3) What does my funeral director do?
4) What is embalming?
5) Is embalming required when a person dies?
6) How can I personalize a funeral service?
7) What is a viewing/visitation/wake?
8) What is a memorial service?
9) What if I still need support after the funeral is over?

Many people have questions that they may or may not feel comfortable asking their funeral director. We hope this will be of some help to you. If you think of something else you would like us to add to this list of questions, please contact the funeral…

An interesting article on some of the very first #FuneralHomes in the history of mankind! #AncientEgytian #FuneralHome"C...
07/08/2020
Ancient Egyptian 'funeral home' was one-stop shop for the afterlife

An interesting article on some of the very first #FuneralHomes in the history of mankind! #AncientEgytian #FuneralHome

"Couldn’t afford a deluxe burial mask crafted with gold and silver? You might be offered the "white plaster and gold foil" deal instead."

"Not enough cash to store your innards in jars of lustrous Egyptian alabaster? How about a nice painted clay set instead?"

New evidence shows priest-embalmers were savvy entrepreneurs who offered burial packages for every budget.

We fly the Stars & Stripes pretty much year round, but it always means a little more on #July4th and #IndependenceDay we...
07/03/2020

We fly the Stars & Stripes pretty much year round, but it always means a little more on #July4th and #IndependenceDay weekend! #AmbrusterChapel

Farris, Martha "Marti" (nee Rhoades) asleep in Christ, June 24, 2020. Loving wife of the late Terrence "Terry" Farris, E...
06/29/2020

Farris, Martha "Marti" (nee Rhoades) asleep in Christ, June 24, 2020. Loving wife of the late Terrence "Terry" Farris, Esq; dear sister of Marlott (Sheila), Marilyn Morton, Stephen (Mary), Lyle (Patricia), and Guy; loving aunt, cousin, sister-in-law, and friend to many.

A memorial service to be scheduled at a later date. Donations may be made to: Rural Parish Workers of Christ the King, 15540 Cannon Mines Road, Cadet, MO 63630. (Learn about their work at: rpwck.org)

The Family invites you to share memories of Marti on her Memorial page:

ambrusterchapel.com/obituaries/martha-rhoades-farris

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SOME END OF THE WEEK ADVICE >> What can you do to help your parent through his or her grief when a spouse dies? This is ...
06/26/2020

SOME END OF THE WEEK ADVICE >> What can you do to help your parent through his or her grief when a spouse dies? This is indeed one of the major losses in life, but there are things you can do to help.

Acceptance -- Be accepting and supportive of the new person your parent becomes in the wake of this devastating loss. Support him or her in new ventures and new friendships. Your parent must find a new way to live, and build a new life for himself or herself.

Decisions -- Let your parent decide when and how to dispose of the deceased's clothing and personal items. Some may not be ready to do this right away. Others may want to get it over with almost as soon as they get home from the funeral.

Family Traditions -- Let your family traditions change and evolve to fit your family's new structure. Don't force things that don't work without the deceased, or that are exceptionally painful without him or her.

Independence -- Help your parent be independent. Teach him or her something new that the deceased used to do rather than taking it on yourself. This could be anything from balancing the checkbook to maintaining the car to cooking.

Major Decisions -- Encourage your parent to delay making major decisions, such as selling a home or moving to a new part of the country--for at least one year after the death. Discourage other major financial decisions as well.

Money -- Your parent may be tempted to loan money to family or friends. Help them resist this urge, at least until they have a better understanding of their new financial circumstances, whether it's for better or worse.

New Life -- Encourage your parent to make a new life for himself or herself. Encourage him or her to make new friends, take up new activities, and find new focus in life.

Talking -- Talk about the deceased parent. Tell stories, and bring up his or her name often. Talking about the person keeps the memories alive and helps the healing process.

Telephone -- Call your parent frequently, and make sure they feel comfortable calling you more often. A surviving parent may become very dependent on his or her children for communication and companionship, at least in the short term.

"Tiedemann-Bevs answered the governor’s call for the production of scarce but badly-needed personal protective equipment...
06/24/2020
Tiedemann-Bevs Supporting Both Funeral Homes and Healthcare Workers | Connecting Directors

"Tiedemann-Bevs answered the governor’s call for the production of scarce but badly-needed personal protective equipment (PPE). In their case, Tiedemann-Bevs put its sewing professionals’ skills to use making isolation gowns for the state’s healthcare workers."

Tiedemann-Bevs, a 150-year-old Indiana casket textiles distributor, is making isolation gowns for front-line health care workers amid the PPE shortage.

#MotivationMonday
06/22/2020

#MotivationMonday

#FathersDay is Sunday. Is anyone planning to visit Dad at his final resting place? And if not that, then are you plannin...
06/19/2020

#FathersDay is Sunday. Is anyone planning to visit Dad at his final resting place? And if not that, then are you planning to honor or remember Dad in a special way? Let us know!

Who remembers our neighbor at the corner of Clayton & Big Bend? Still miss #TheParkmoor! #WayBackWednesday
06/17/2020

Who remembers our neighbor at the corner of Clayton & Big Bend? Still miss #TheParkmoor! #WayBackWednesday

We are located on Clayton Road, between Big Bend Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue, off of I-64 (old highway 40). If you are...
06/15/2020
Location — Ambruster Chapel | Funeral Services and Cremation

We are located on Clayton Road, between Big Bend Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue, off of I-64 (old highway 40). If you are driving east on I-64, then exit left on Big Bend Boulevard going north, and then turn right on Clayton Road going east (and you will see Ambruster on your left). And if you are driving west on I-64, then exit Clayton Road and "stay straight" going west (and you will see Ambruster on your right).

www.ambrusterchapel.com/location

We are located on Clayton Road, between Big Bend Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue, off of I-64/Hwy-40.

Good to know! What does a #FuneralDirector do?• Pick up the deceased and transport the body to the funeral home (anytime...
06/12/2020

Good to know! What does a #FuneralDirector do?

• Pick up the deceased and transport the body to the funeral home (anytime day or night)

• Notify proper authorities, family and/or relatives

• Arrange and prepare death certificates

• Provide certified copies of death certificates for insurance and benefit processing

• Work with the insurance agent, Social Security or Veterans Administration to ensure that necessary paperwork is filed for receipt of benefits

• Prepare and submit obituary to the newspapers of your choice

• Bathe and embalm the deceased body, if necessary

• Prepare the body for viewing including dressing and cosmetizing

• Assist the family with funeral arrangements and purchase of casket, urn, burial vault and cemetery plot

• Schedule the opening and closing of the grave with cemetery personnel, if a burial is to be performed

• Coordinate with clergy if a funeral or memorial service is to be held

• Arrange a police es**rt and transportation to the funeral and/or cemetery for the family

• Order funeral sprays and other flower arrangements as the family wishes

• Provide Aftercare, or grief assistance, to the bereaved

It's St. Louis. It's Summer. The weather is perfect. If you're like us, then you're thinking #PorkSteaks drenched in BBQ...
06/10/2020

It's St. Louis. It's Summer. The weather is perfect. If you're like us, then you're thinking #PorkSteaks drenched in BBQ sauce! #StLouisTradition

#ThrowbackThursday! #TBT! Is there anyone out there who remembers him? Robert J. Ambruster: August 5, 1894 to July 30, 1...
05/28/2020

#ThrowbackThursday! #TBT! Is there anyone out there who remembers him? Robert J. Ambruster: August 5, 1894 to July 30, 1954

Our #FuneralDirector, Robert Drace, recently took these photos after a visit to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery:"A ...
05/26/2020

Our #FuneralDirector, Robert Drace, recently took these photos after a visit to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery:

"A special section for unknown soldiers at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. It overlooks the Mississippi on a bluff on the other side."

Address

6633 Clayton Rd
St. Louis, MO
63117

Ambruster Chapel is located on Clayton Road in Richmond Heights just East of Big Bend Boulevard and just West of Bellevue Avenue.

General information

Robert J. Ambruster founded Ambruster 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. In 1931, Ambruster relocated to its current facility located in Clayton, Missouri. In 1980, the Ambruster Family purchased Donnelly Funeral Home. The Ambruster Family cherished the relationship with the Donnelly Family and merged the names to create Ambruster Donnelly. After some changes, the name is now Ambruster Chapel.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday 09:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(314) 863-1300

Products

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Our History

Robert J. Ambruster founded Ambruster 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. In 1931, Ambruster relocated to its current facility located in Clayton, Missouri.

In 1980, the Ambruster Family purchased Donnelly Funeral Home. The Ambruster Family cherished the relationship with the Donnelly Family and merged the names to create Ambruster Donnelly. After some changes, the name is now Ambruster Chapel.

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Thank you for your services yesterday for my mothers funeral. You did an amazing job and made it very peaceful and comforting. Robert and his team are just awesome with their services.