The History of Striffler Family Funeral Homes
In 1866, W.W. Hunter was an undertaker in McKeesport, PA at the corner of Sixth and Market Streets. George Edmundson later joined the firm to form Hunter and Edmundson Funeral Home.
At about the same time, in Meadville, PA, Frank Adam Striffler, was operating his undertaker business. His two sons, Frank Sebastian and Edgar Jacob Striffler came to McKeesport in 1905 and opened a funeral home on Walnut Street. Seven years later, they relocated to Market Street (where the American Legion Post #361 existed for many years until 2014).
In 1927, the Striffler Brothers, by which the firm was known at that time, merged with Hunter and Edmundson at the corner of Sixth and Market to form the Hunter-Edmundson-Striffler Funeral Home. The fourth generation Striffler family funeral directors continue to operate at the 600 Market Street location…since 1866.
W.W. Hunter and George Edmundson died, leaving William O. Hunter and Edgar J. Striffler to operate the business. Mr. Hunter decided to branch out on his own. So in 1954 Edgar J and his son Frank S. Striffler became owners of the Hunter-Edmundson-Striffler Company. In 1955, the Striffler's purchased Dr. Fawcett’s home in White Oak, (which at the time was occupied by the Hoerr family), at the corner of Lincoln Way and O’Neil Boulevard. They opened what is now known as Striffler’s of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services, Inc. Edgar J. Striffler continued as president of the firm until his death on January 29, 1965. At that time his son, Frank Sheridan Striffler, became president of the firm. Frank S. Striffler continued to grow the family funeral business after the death of his father. He purchased a branch facility in Port Vue Borough in 1976, established Design Monuments in North Versailles and McKeesport in 1978, and in 1984 another funeral home was purchased in Dravosburg/West Mifflin. Mr. Striffler also acquired the Campbell Family Funeral Homes and Beaver Falls Cemetery and Mausoleum in 2000.
Mr. Striffler remained president of the firm until his death on March 26, 2006. His daughter, Sue Striffler Galaski, now serves as president. Over a century and a half later...since 1866...the Striffler Family Funeral Homes still continue to operate.
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