Our Beginnings:Keller Funeral Homes, Inc. first began operation as two sole proprietorships by brothers, Gilbert and John Keller. The first funeral home opened in February of 1937, in Fogelsville, under the name of Gilbert F. Keller Funeral Home. The second, located in New Tripoli, is one of the oldest funeral homes in the Lehigh Valley. It originally was founded in 1842 by Jonas Snyder. John purchased it in 1950 under the name of the John F. Keller Funeral Home. Gilbert graduated from Allentown Preparatory School in 1928 and entered Muhlenberg College where he was enrolled for two years. He received his professional training at the Eckels College of Embalming in Philadelphia graduating with the Class of 1933. For the next four years, he was associated with Russell Scheirer Funeral Home in Orefield, serving his apprenticeship and gaining practical experience to aid him in his profession. He was assisted in the business by his wife Elizabeth M. (McGuckin) Keller.Continuing the Family Business:In 1985, Gilbert, Jr. and his wife Grace S. (Mikylychak) Keller purchased the funeral business from Gilbert, Sr. and Elizabeth. In January of 1986, Gilbert and Grace purchased the John F. Keller Funeral Home in New Tripoli. A corporation was formed in April of 1986 changing the names of both to Keller Funeral Homes, Inc.After assisting her husband for many years, Grace, also a graduate from Parkland High School as well as Keystone Junior College, graduated from Northampton Community College with a degree in Funeral Service in 1989. She assists at both locations and is currently the Supervisor at the New Tripoli Branch.Gilbert and Grace have two daughters, one of whom followed into the family business. Amy L. Keller Thomas graduated from Parkland High School and the University of Colorado, Boulder. She entered the Funeral Service Program at Northampton Community College graduating in 2002. Gilbert, Grace and Amy continue to serve families in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities.In April of 1969 a partnership was formed with his son, Gilbert F. Keller, Jr. a graduate of Parkland High School, Moravian College and American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Services in New York City, NY. The business was then known as Gilbert F. Keller and Son Funeral Home.-----------Plan a Funeral : Our ServicesIn Time of NeedWe understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with two options as you consider making immediate arrangements.In PersonPlease call us at (610)395-1652 to make arrangements in person with a caring professional.OnlineWith online Arrangements, you can take your time to select the arrangements which are best for your preferences and budget. Explore different options until you find those that are right for you.-------------------Plan Ahead : Life ChoicesMost of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to plan their own arrangements.In PersonPlease call us at (610)395-1652 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.OnlineSimple PlannerOur Simple Planner is designed specifically to provide you with an alternative way of considering funeral arrangements at your time of need.