Irwin J. VanGorder received his diploma from the Pennsylvania College of Embalming, a department of the Pittsburgh School of Anatomy in December of 1905. August 10, 1913 is Mr. VanGorder’s earliest funeral on record from the original Funeral Home on Fifth Street. John Brenner, Jr., 21 of Wayne Township died of “progressive, pernicious anemia”. He was born on March 20, 1892 in Austria to John and Mary Schuster Brenner. He was employed as a laborer. According to record, the funeral was at 2:00 P.M. at the Lutheran Church with Rev. Lentz and burial followed in Locust Grove Cemetery.

In 1979, Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. and his wife purchased the funeral home from P.O. Contrucci and lived at the funeral home from that time until May 1, 2004.


From August 10, 1913 until the day our old location closed, our doors were open to Ellwood City and its families. Our former building at 123 5th Street was the longest continuously operating funeral home in Ellwood City. For 88 years and through 3 different Ellwood City families, it served this city. That building made it to see its 4th generation of funeral director.

Twenty-five years after purchasing the funeral home on Fifth Street, Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. was given the opportunity to provide the Ellwood Area with its first and only full service funeral home. He knew this was the opportunity of a lifetime. Construction began on the new Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory on November 17, 2003 and was completed in just six short months. A ribbon cutting was held on June 2, 2004 and the new building at 97 Grim Avenue in Ellport was open for business.

“Start a New Family Tradition” We’ve started a family tradition of funeral service. We encourage you to start your own family tradition here with us. The Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory is the best the Ellwood Area has to offer.