History & Staff

Since 1894, the Molden family has owned and operated Molden Funeral Chapel Inc., providing funeral services to the Bucks County community. This tradition of service has been passed down through four generations.

Henry J. Molden, (1860-1940) was the founding Funeral Director who was joined by his son, George Molden, Sr. (1888-1972). Currently George Molden Jr. and Christopher Molden are licensed Funeral Directors who assists with the operation, and are active members of the firm.

Dear friends,

The year 2014 marks an important milestone for the Molden Funeral Chapel, Inc. as we celebrate 120 years of service to the residents of Bristol and the surrounding areas. Four generations of the Molden family have continued to carry on this fine tradition of competent, caring and compassionate service.

Our past…

The firm was founded by Harry Molden (1860-1940), who emigrated from Germany as a young man during the 1800’s. Following his marriage to Katie Betz, he and his wife settled on Bath Street. Harry supported his family by working as a barber and paperhanger, which he continued on a part-time basis after embarking on a career in funeral service.

The February 24, 1884 issue of the Bristol Observer announced that “Harry J. Molden, 542 – 544 Bath Street has resumed the Undertaking business, a profession he followed some years ago. He learned the business in Germany, and attending the college of Philadelphia to complete his knowledge of the embalming process.”

In 1910 he joined in the business by his oldest son, George (1888-1972), who became licensed after attending Eckels College of Embalming in Philadelphia. It was necessary for him to supplement his income, too, and he did this by driving a horse – drawn taxi.

During the early part of the 1900’s in our country, funerals were usually conducted from the home of the deceased. Gradually a trend was starting to have the undertaker use his own home, and Harry did this from his residence on Bath Street.

Then in 1938 something very significant happened. The Moldens decided to purchase a lot on Otter Street and construct a new facility, which included a full chapel, waiting room, office space and rest rooms. This was probably the first building in the area to be constructed specifically for use as a funeral home.

Under George’s energetic leadership and with the advantage of a new facility, the business continued to expand to serve the surrounding communities of Bristol Township, Tullytown, Croydon, and Bensalem.

George, Jr. joined his father in the business in 1950 following his graduation from Ursinus College and Dolans School of Mortuary Science. Both men worked very hard and within the 10 year period from 1958-1968, the building needed two additions; the first to add a display room for caskets and a modern preparation area, and the second to increase the size of the size of the public gathering area.

As the business expanded to the outlying areas, there was a greater need for additional parking. The firm met this need by purchasing the adjoining property and then employed the services of a professional landscaper to beautify the entire property.

The family tradition continued when in 1982 the fourth Molden, Christopher, became licensed as a funeral director following his graduation from Susquehanna University and the American Academy McAllister Institute in New York.

Our Present…

David L. Hernandez Jr, funeral director and Christopher Molden, the fourth generation of family directors, leas the staff comprised of Karen Lamb, Lisa Ruiz, Antonio AliBocas and  A staff of this size provides the manpower needed to assure 24 hour service.

In response to meeting the needs of the ever-changing requirements of both the families we serve and the state and federal agencies, the firm undertook major capital improvements during this centennial year. With the 2,200 square foot addition, we now have:

  • A second chapel
  • Increased accessibility for handicapped persons
  • More spacious public areas
  • A private room for making arrangements
  • Enlarged office space, including a private office
  • Large, well-appointed rest rooms

Our Future…

As we move into the 21st Century, we make this pledge to our community: to maintain a good balance between making the changes necessary to meet the challenges of a new era while at the same time continuing to provide the highest quality of competent, caring, and compassionate service for which our firm has become known.

Our Valued Staff

  • David Lee Hernandez Jr

    David Lee Hernandez Jr Founder, Principal

    David Lee Hernandez, Jr, a native of Northeast Philadelphia, after graduating high school from Calvary Christian Academy in Philadelphia, he relocated to Morganville, where he began his career as a mortuary science apprentice. David continued his studies where he earned a Science Degree and a Certificate of Proficiency in Funeral Services. He became a licensed funeral director in May of 2004, and later continued his education in Legal Studies at St. John’s University, New York.He acquired his first funeral home in 2009 and has grown to operate Jersey’s largest family owned funeral home company, known as “Jersey Memorial Group”. His holdings include funeral homes and cemeteries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.David is active in each community the funeral homes serve; past President and member of various local Kiwanis Clubs, currently serving as President of the Old Bridge, Sayreville, South Amboy Chamber of Commerce, as well as Board Member of Calvary Chapel Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center, and Pennsauken-Merchantville Area Chamber. He has served as an officer in Middlesex Somerset Funeral Directors Association and is also a member of NJ State Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), and a speaking on a number of topics and trends at Death Care meetings. His firms have been inducted into the Hall of Excellence with NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Winners and was awarded the Best of the Best Award from NFDA as the top funeral home operator in the Country. He has been named Business Leader of the Year in 2016 by Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge as well as in 2017 by the Chamber of Commerce. Most recently he was recognized in 2018 with NJ Biz 40 under 40 as a young leader in business, and in 2019 by the Greater Monmouth YMCA as their Citizen of the Year. He has also been a guest speaker at NYU Schack School of Real Estate and Alan Creedy's Blue Ocean Tours. David, his family and team have been featured in Funeral Business Advisor and American Funeral Director Magazines.He and his family attend Calvary Chapel Old Bridge and they volunteer in various ministry opportunities. A licensed funeral Director in New Jersey, he also holds funeral director and embalmers licenses in Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as a Life Insurance Producers License. David enjoys spending time with his wife, Stacey and their three children, Sophia, David Lee III, and Abigail. He also enjoys competitive fitness, OCR, snowboarding, and golf.

  • Michael Vito Grandi CFSP

    Michael Vito Grandi CFSP Vice President of Operations

    Michael V. Grandi began his career in funeral service in 1998. He is a 2000 graduate of the Funeral Service program at Mercer County Community College and became a Licensed Funeral Director in November of 2000. His skills in embalming as well as his care and compassion for people elevated him to a Management position with Waitt Funeral Home in August of 2001. Michael also holds a New Jersey Life Insurance License, giving his firm the opportunity to offer alternative funding options to consumers who wish to prepay for their funerals. Michael is a 13-time recipient of the Pursuit of Excellence award, Best of the Best recipient and Hall of Excellence Inductee, the highest honor received in the industry for excellence in funeral service putting his firm in the top 2 percent of funeral homes nationwide. Michael Earned his CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner) Designation in October of 2019He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association which he previously served as a Trustee, and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. His community involvement is widespread, and is a charter member and has served 3 years as the President of the Kiwanis Club of Marlboro, 2 years as its Secretary and now is the current Treasurer. Michael has remained a member of the Matawan Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce since 2001 and is currently a member of the Board. He is a member of the Matawan Italian American Association and supports its charitable endeavors. He is the Chair of the Supervisory Committee for Entertainment Industries Federal Credit Union. In 2013 he became a proud member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop John C. Reiss Council #15964 and earned his 4th Degree November 2, 2014. Michael is a communicant of St. Clement Church in Matawan and is part of the Lector Group. Michael serves on the exam committee for the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. In his spare time, he enjoys wine making and playing golf.Michael continues to share his experience, knowledge and insight in funeral service with the staff and families he serves."The pride comes from helping each family generate their own creative ideas which leads to the meaningful funeral that represents the life well lived, for those they loved."-Michael V. Grandi

  • Enrichetta Robey

    Enrichetta Robey Funeral Director Assistant

    Enrichetta joined Jersey Memorial Group in 2022 bringing with her 10 years of experience inthe funeral industry. Her career began as a family service counselor and included servingfamilies who had lost loved ones, assisting those interested in learning about the benefits ofpre-planning their end of life wishes, and designing memorial headstones. Today, as a FuneralDirector Assistant, she works closely with our Funeral Directors to ensure each family has thebest possible experience during one of the hardest times of their lives.Outside of work, Enrichetta shares her talents and knowledge with charitable causes. For 15 years,she has been an Advocate for children with special needs, helping parents obtain the correctservices for their children. Enrichetta also belongs to a Non-Profit Group called Never SurrenderHope, which focuses on providing hope while spreading awareness about substance abuse. In2016, she helped establish support funding for the Robey's Family Recreation Center inOkeechobee, Florida. The center is a haven for youth in the community where they are providedwith access to computers and are taught self-discipline and character-building lessons throughboxing and the martial arts.Enrichetta is a life-long resident of Philadelphia, PA and currently resides in FarNortheast Philadelphia. She is the mother of five adult children - Joseph, Kevin Jr., Nicholena andtwins, Jared and Jake. She is a Proud USAF MOM as her son, Kevin, has been serving in the US AirForce for 9 years.In her free time, Enrichetta loves dancing, going out with friends, spending time at the Jersey shore,riding her scooter around her neighborhood, spending time with her family, and cooking. Herfavorite time of year is summer.

  • Frank R. Gatto Jr.

    Frank R. Gatto Jr. Funeral Director