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Range of funeral and memorial services
At Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home, all of our services are designed to help you through one of the most personal and challenging stages of life. Whether you wish to arrange for a traditional funeral service, are interested in a Life Well Celebrated® memorialization, plan to have a large gathering or a more intimate service, our associates will work with you one-on-one to ensure all of your desires and needs are met.
Plan ahead to manage costs
At Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home, we also recognize that funeral arrangements and associated expenses can feel overwhelming. In addition to assisting during your immediate time of need, our funeral directors specialize in working with families to plan your final arrangements in advance.
By preparing these details ahead of time, you provide a sense of relief, peace of mind and comfort for your loved ones while ensuring your wishes are met to your specifications. We are here to discuss your funeral, cremation and cemetery options should you wish to do so in advance.
In 1854, Charles W. Tschumy Sr. established Tschumy Brothers Furniture, Manufacturing and Undertaking. Tschumy's sons, Charles Jr. and Edward, continued the business as did the 3rd-generation represented by Herbert and Robert Tschumy. During these years, the Tschumy family handled funeral arrangements for many leading citizens, including the funeral of President Rutherford B. Hayes in January 1893.
The early years
The funeral business operated from the rear of the Tschumy Furniture Store at South Front Street until 1936. At that time, we relocated to 416 South Arch Street, a spacious home previously owned by Water Bach of the Bach and Dreyfus Clothing Business.
In 1947, George A. Keller—who had worked for the Tschumy family since 1922—purchased the funeral home. In 1956, George's son joined the enterprise, and our name changed from Tschumy Brothers to Keller and Son Funeral Home. Simultaneously, for nearly the same amount of time, another funeral establishment had offered services to the community. In 1888, Frank and Amelia Ochs established Ochs Funeral in a furniture store and carriage works operated by Frank's father in a location now occupied by Fremont Athletic Supply.
In those days, it was considered proper for a woman to handle the funeral arrangements of other women. Thus Amelia Ochs was a partner and embalmer with her husband, Frank. Their 3 sons—Edwin, Carroll and Ambrose—all continued in the funeral business. Ambrose remained active until his death in 1968. The 3rd-generation (Ambrose Jr. and John Ochs) were partners with their father in the business until the late 1960s.
During this time, Ochs Funeral Home moved to 2 different locations. In the 1920s, it moved to 704 Napoleon Street, and in 1936, the business was moved to 222 North Clover Street, where it remained for nearly 50 years.
Modern amenities and services
In 1956, Larry Koch began working for Ochs Funeral Home while he was a sophomore at St. Joseph High School. About 10 years later, he was licensed as a funeral director, and in 1971, he purchased the Ochs Funeral Home from John Ochs, adding his name to the business in 1976. In 1983, the 3 names—Keller, Ochs and Koch—joined in a merger operating at 416 South Arch Street. The business operates today as Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home, bearing the name of director Julie Chudzinski and retaining the last names of former owners Phil Keller and Larry Koch.
Contact our team
Please contact our experienced associates at Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home if you need immediate assistance, wish to tour our facility or would like more information about our products and services.