The funeral home located at 1009 Maplewood Avenue was built in the early 1900’s and started out as a private residence in what was called “Olde Economy Plan” of Ambridge, a city that got it’s name from the American Bridge Company. The building sets on what was farming land owned by the former “Olde Economy” founder, Father George Rapp on which eventually became his final settlement.
In the mid 1930's, William R. Towcimak bought this residence for his living quarters and decided to operate a funeral home from the 1st floor. Prior to the establishment of this funeral home, Mr. Towcimak had operated a funeral parlor on main street in Ambridge called Ostocian-Towcimak Funeral Parlor. Mr. Ostocian was Mr. Towcimak's step father and passed away in the late 1920's.
Through the period of 1942-1946, Mr. Towcimak served our country as a member of the United States Army during WWII. While serving, his wife operated the business with the help of a licensed funeral director. Upon his return from the service Mr. Towcimak remodeled the funeral home to fit the needs of those he served, and in 1950 expanded the funeral home by adding an additional viewing room.
Mr. Towcimak continued to operate the business until his retirement on August 1, 1973. At that time he sold the business to Paul E. Bohn who changed the name of the funeral home to Paul E. Bohn Funeral Home.
Paul continued the tradition of service established by Mr. Towcimak and the people of Ambridge continued to support the locally owned establishment. As the business continued to grow Paul had to expand the building and added an addition that doubled the size of the existing building. As the business grew so did Paul’s need for help, and in 1987 he hired Robert P. Matich as a funeral intern. After he obtained his license in 1989 Bobby stayed on with Paul and helped to continue to grow the already successful business.
In December of 2006, Paul E. Bohn decided it was time to spend more time with his family, but wanted to be certain that the Ambridge community could expect the same quality of service that have grown accustom to. Knowing that Bob understood the community and that the community was comfortable with him, Paul turned over the business to Bobby, his long time associate.
Although the name of the funeral home has changed to Bohn-Matich Funeral Home, the faces have not changed. Bob will continue to serve the community as he and Paul once did together always taking pride in offering personalized meaningful funeral services that represent the life style of the deceased, and not what industry standards are. Bob truly believe that creating more value in each and every service adds the “personal touch” families have come to expect from Bohn-Matich Funeral Home.