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

Murphy Funeral Home 1897-1984

Murphy Ruffenach Funeral Home 1994-2013

Murphy Ruffenach, Brian W. Donnelly Funeral Home, Inc. 2013- present

We are so proud of the traditions, accomplishments and legacy of the of the past 120 years of service that has been provided to those we serve. Our funeral home continues to be a beacon that shines throughout our community and city helping families through their worst times. We take great pride in knowing that we do make a difference in these times whether it is through the celebrations we arrange or our newly creating bereavement groups which meet monthly know that we are here to help you

Our Valued Staff

  • Brian Donnelly

    Brian Donnelly, Funeral Director/ Owner

    I have been a licensed funeral director for the past 25 years and began working in the funeral business at the age of 14. I am a graduate of St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, St. John Neumann High School, Community College of Phila and Mercer County Community College Mortuary Sciences program. I opened my first funeral home in 2002 at the former Michael J. Bigenis Funeral Home site located on Wharton street in Philadelphia which was named changed to the Brian W. Donnelly Funeral Home, Inc. We take great pride in planning funerals that are truly celebrations of a loved one’s life. Whether it is an immediate cremation, a funeral with a horse drawn carriage and brass band behind it, we will create a funeral that is unforgettable just like the loved one we are celebrating. In 2009 we opened our second facility in Gloucester City, NJ and most recently have the honor of continuing the traditions of the Murphy Ruffenach Funeral Home in Philadelphia, which has been serving families since 1897. The new name of this acquisition has been the Murphy Ruffenach, Brian W. Donnelly Funeral Home, Inc. operated by myself and family at the newly purchased site. We provide our families with a beautifully appointed exterior and well decorated interior home located in the Whitman Neighborhood in South Philadelphia.

  • Patricia  Yagle-Donnelly

    Patricia Yagle-Donnelly, Vice President

    I am a former graduate of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School as well as a graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School, Class of 1995. I handle the basic workings of the funeral homes day to day operations and am here to assist you in your time of need. I am very involved in the community whether it is a church function, a mummer’s organization event to helping with many charity events we are here. Also, I create many of the beautiful personalized family DVD’s that are produced in celebrating the lives of the families.

  • Jonathan  Donnelly

    Jonathan Donnelly, Future owner/ Funeral Director

    I am a former student of Sacred Heart of Jesus School and a graduate of Our Lady of Hope (formerly Epiphany Grade School) and now attend SS: John Neumann and Goritte High School. I currently work alongside my parents in our family business.

  • Angela M. Ryan

    Angela M. Ryan, Funeral Director, Celebrant, NJ Lic. No. 4586

    Angela M. Ryan,
    Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. For the past 23 years, she has resided in Marlton NJ along with her daughter, Alexis.

    Angela Ryan has 22 years in the funeral profession. She attended the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City and graduated from Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, NJ . A Licensed Funeral Director in New Jersey and Pennsylvania State, she has extensive knowledge and responsibilities caring for the deceased, their family members and the community in a respectful and dignified manner.
    She is also a Licensed Insurance Agent in the State of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
    Angela is a Certified Celebrant, creating, composing and conducting numerous “life celebration” services. As a Star Class Program Instructor, she educates and implements an age-appropriate environment for children to understand and express their grief and loss; along with assisting parents deal with the grieving process, creating a positive and informative death experience for both parents and children. Angela is a member of the New Jersey Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Certified Celebrant through In-Sight Institute, The Association of Pet Loss & Bereavement, Animal Welfare Association and the Pet Loss Professional Alliance.

    Angela’s commitment to providing the utmost care, compassion and raising awareness in the death care industry has provided strong lasting relationships throughout the community. During her free time, Angela enjoys traveling, cooking and relaxing with her family and good friends. She is a proud pet parent her furry felines, Toulouse and Razzle and , her faithful companion, Tyson.

  • Barbara Leiferst

    Barbara Leiferst, Administrative Assistant

  • Jeffrey

    Jeffrey "Jeff" Osborne, Director of Public Relations