History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

In 1890, at the age of 15, Ammon Koller began to serve his two-year apprenticeship with George Geiple of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. Then, in 1892, after serving his apprenticeship, Ammon Koller moved to Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania, where he purchased land. Ammon erected a building on this land on Church Street and opened a furniture and undertaking business under the name of Geiple and Koller. He was able to prepare the dead and furnish the coffins. When someone died, he would go to their home to prepare the body by embalming it, and then the coffin was brought to the home. The body would remain in the home for three days until the time of the funeral in the church. Ammon Koller also furnished a hearse drawn by four horses for the funeral procession to the church and the following cemetery procession. After the burial service, friends and relatives would return to the home of the bereaved for a large meal which was usually prepared by neighbors and friends. This custom of families gathering after the funeral service is still common today.
In 1899, this same establishment in Seven Valleys became A.F. Koller Furniture and Undertaking when Ammon Koller purchased Geiple's share of the business. The main reason for the undertaking business in Seven Valleys was because of the mining industry. Mining brought considerable revenue to the area but also was wrought with accidents. The Church site of Ammon Koller's undertaking business was located at the railroad so that bodies could be shipped anywhere in the U.S.A. Also bodies could be received from towns up and down the railroad lines. As mining came to an end, Ammon moved his business.

In 1919, Ammon sold the business and moved to Eberton, Pennsylvania, which is now called West York Borough. The business opened on March 9, 1919, at 1415 W. Market Street. The people in the community would jokingly say that if one were sick he would need to see the doctor. Then, the doctor would send him next door to the drug store; but if that didn't work, then the undertaker was the next door down the street.
Ammon's son, Claude F. Koller, graduated from Eckel's College of Mortuary Science, Philadelphia in 1919. He assisted Ammon until 1942. In 1938, a fire gutted the furniture store located in the rear of the building. As a result of the destruction, the main building was enlarged and improved. The need for larger facilities caused Ammon Koller to sell his furniture business in 1949 and purchase the property at 2000 W. Market Street. The property was renovated, and the business opened on June 1, 1950.  It still remains at that location.

Robert F. Koller, Ammon's grandson, attended Gettysburg College and Muhlenburg College. He graduated Eckel's College of Mortuary Science and after serving his apprenticeship, he received his license in funeral directing. He purchased the business from his grandfather in 1953, and changed the name to Robert F. Koller Funeral Home.

Eileen Koller, daughter-in-law, graduated from Moravian College with a B.A. degree and graduated in 1986 with highest honors from Catonsville Community College Mortuary Science Program. Following internship, she was licensed in funeral directing. In 2001, Eileen Koller changed the name to the present-day Koller Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Inc.

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Eileen S.  Koller

Eileen S. Koller, Supervisor