About Us | William Murphy Funeral Home

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

"The William Murphy Funeral Home, Inc. has been independently owned and operated  since 1885. My great grandfather, William Andrew Hartzel, began his career in Zelienople with his father-in-law, Edwin Zehner, who was the owner of the Zehner Undertaking and Furniture Company. He moved to Rochester in 1885 and began his own business under the name of Hartzel Brothers Furniture and Undertaking Company. In 1918, my Grandfather, Frederick C. Murphy, who had married Amy O. Hartzel, joined the business. Their son and my father, William A.H. Murphy, joined the businesses in 1938 and I, William F. (Rick) Murphy in 1970.  My son, Brian C. Murphy,  is a licensed funeral director (having joined the firm in 2015).  Brian is the 5th generation of our family owned funeral business. Through the years, and through 5 generations, my family has perpetuated the business with the same service-oriented philosophy."-Rick Murphy

Our Valued Staff

William F. Murphy

William F. Murphy, Supervisor

As you are browsing through our web site I, Rick Murphy, as owner and president would like to welcome you to the William Murphy Funeral Home, Inc. online home. Our family and staff is here to provide a service for the families of the Rochester, Pennsylvania and surrounding communities. When called upon, our personnel are trained in various capacities to assist families with their specific needs during the most difficult time of their lives. We endeavor to provide each of our families with the same care and consideration we would extend to our own personal families. Our objective is to continue to serve our community with the dignity and ethics befitting our profession, while providing a comfortable home-like atmosphere during a stressful time. It has been our privilege to serve these communities since 1885, and we thank you for affording us that opportunity. You have my word that we will strive to achieve our continued "commitment to caring".