About Us

We’re a small family owned and operated funeral home in Lodi, California (the only family owned funeral home in Northern San Joaquin County) and serving Lodi, Lockeford, Clements, Galt, Stockton and many surrounding communities. The undertaking business originally began in 1869 by Andrew Rutledge and in 1907, he sold the business to Thomas L. Bawden and in 1909 Oscar Wells joined as partner. As time went on, Harold Wells, son of Oscar took over the business. Russell Gierhart joined the firm in the 1950 and became known as Gierhart & Wells Funeral Home. Eventually the firm was sold to Patrick and Merry Donahue in 1988, They added their name to it and it became Gierhart-Wells & Donahue Funeral Home. The Donahue’s removed the Gierhart-Wells names in 2007 and it is now known as Donahue Funeral Home.

Patrick and Merry are originally from Washington State but settled here in 1975. Pat worked for Gierhart & Wells Funeral Home where he served his apprenticeship. Merry had worked in the medical field working for Dr. Daniel C. Loehrer before the two of them purchased the funeral home in 1988.