Peter “Skip” Urban
Licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of funeral directors in 1981, Skip is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the PA Funeral Director’s Association, a past president of the Montgomery County Funeral Directors Association, and a member of the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR). OGR is an organization of independently owned and operated funeral homes where he serves on the Independent Advocacy Committee and Education Committee.
Skip is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ambler Savings Bank where he serves as chairman of the property committee, St. Alphonsus Church in Maple Glen where he serves as a lector, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Ambler Area YMCA.
He joined the Wissahickon Fire Company in Ambler in 1975 and has served as Fire Chief and a firefighting officer since 1980. He has served as Treasurer, Chairman of the Trustees and served on numerous committees. He was recently joined by his youngest son Andrew as a Firefighter. He is a member of the International Fire Chief’s Association, was Vice President, and serves on the Standardization Committee of the Montgomery County Fire Chiefs Association.
Skip Joined the Ambler Rotary club in 1995 and served on the board of Directors before being elected President for the 2003-2004 term. Skip and his family have hosted Rotary Exchange students from Italy, Sweden and Japan.
Skip married his wife, Dolores in 1982 and has raised three children. Jacalyn, an MBA graduate of Farleigh Dickinson University, continues to reside and work in North Jersey. Peter, a graduate of Gannon University and Northampton Community College, has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science and completed PA State Licensing requirement earning his Funeral Directors license in 2011. Skip proudly welcomes his son Peter into the family business. Andrew is a Criminal Justice major and competitive swimmer for the University of Scranton.
Skip believes his father Anton B. Urban would be proud today of the business that he started in 1950 and moved to Ambler. Skip has continued to expand the quality of service started by his father helping families honor a life lived.
Peter A. Urban, Jr.
Peter A. Urban Jr. is a life time resident of Ambler and a third generation licensed funeral director in the Urban family. He has been working at Anton B. Urban Funeral Home since 2001.
Peter is a graduate of Lansdale Catholic High School Class of 2004. During his high school years, Peter began helping his father with odd jobs around the funeral home, ultimately assisting with visitations and funeral services.
After high school graduation he pursued his passion for funeral service by attending a cooperative program between Gannon University in Erie, PA and Northampton County Community College in Bethlehem, PA. He achieved his education goal in 2009 receiving both a bachelor’s degree and associated degree in Mortuary Service. This accomplishment entitled him to serve a yearlong internship during which he completed National and State Boards earning him his PA State Funeral Directors License in January 2011. While in college he was an active member of Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) Fraternity where he served on several Executive Positions including Vice President. He organized several fundraisers for the Children’s Miracle Network. He was also a member of Sigma Phi Sigma a National Fraternity of Funeral Directors.
Currently, Peter is still active with ZBT on a national and local level. He is an active parishioner of St. Alphonsus Church in Maple Glen, International Order of the Golden Rule, and the PA Funeral Directors and National Funeral Directors Associations. He is also a member of the Bucks County Fish and Game Association.
Peter’s goals are to bring new ideas and technology of the funeral industry that will better serve families at their time of need. He believes that the tradition of funerals is an important ritual in managing ones grief after the loss of a loved one. He looks forward earning the respect of his community.
Gertrude A. Urban
Gertrude A. “Trudy” Urban was born and raised in Philadelphia. She was the daughter of the late Anthony and Magdalena Matje. Her father worked as a barber and her mother in her family’s photography studio.
Trudy was a graduate of John W. Hallahan High School Class of 1949 and Drexel University Class of 1953 where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree as a Dietitian.
In 1953, she married her beloved Anton B. Urban. She also worked at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the dietary department and shortly thereafter, raised two sons Anton P. “Sonny” Urban and Peter A. “Skip” Urban. Trudy returned to school when her sons entered grade school. She attended and graduated from Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia. In 1963 she completed the requirements to be licensed as a Funeral Director.
Trudy and Anton worked together owning a Funeral Home in Philadelphia until 1980, as well establishing our current location in Ambler in 1964. After the death of her husband Anton in 1988, Trudy worked diligently to continue the legacy of the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home with her son Skip. Trudy has continued to be active in the area churches and community. Her past activities have included the board of the Community Ambulance Association of Ambler, VFW Auxiliary of Ambler, the Colony Club of Ambler, Lioness of Ambler, Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, as well as the Treasure of St. Anthony’s Ladies Guild.
Today, Trudy attends daily Mass and remains active in the daily activities of the Funeral Home. She continues an active social life as the President of St. Alphonsus Senior Citizen’s Group and chairperson of the St. Anthony’s Bridge & Pinochle Marathons. She loves to cook, iron and travel.
Dolores A. Urban
Dolores (Loftus) Urban grew up in Maple Glen the oldest of the six siblings. She is a graduate of Upper Dublin High School and De Sales University where she earned her bachelor degree in Nursing.
Dolores began her nursing career at Chestnut Hill Hospital and married Skip Urban in 1982. Together they raised three children; Jacalyn, an MBA graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, continues to reside and work in Northern New Jersey. Peter Jr. who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science from Gannon University and Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service from Northampton Community College, resides in Ambler and works in the family funeral home. Andrew, the youngest, is a Criminal Justice major and competitive swimmer at the University of Scranton.
Dolores worked in multiple areas of nursing prior to joining her husband in the family business in 2007. She considers it an honor to work beside her husband, mother-in-law and son. Her compassionate care skills are now shared with the families they are honored to serve. Dolores manages the Funeral Home office, but also continues to work part-time at the Artman Lutheran Home and Montgomery Hospital.
Dolores is an active member of St. Alphonsus Church where she is presently chairman of the Hospitality and Aid for Friends Committees. She is also a member of the International Order of the Golden Rule. She was a past member of the Ambler Community Ambulance Association, St. Alphonsus Home & School Association and Parish Council, as well as, past member of Ambler Catholic Home & School Association (now St. Anthony’s-St. Joseph’s School). Dolores also enjoys family gatherings, spending time with friends, and swimming.
Dolores hopes she can bring comfort to your family during the difficult days after the loss of a loved one.