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

Our History

 Adrian M.Dewitt and his wife Hazel L. DeWitt founded DeWitt Funeral Home in 1937 in the Hamlet of Pine Bush, Town of Crawford. The home was located in various parts of Pine Bush until it found its permanent home on Center street.  Adrian served as the Town Supervisor for Pine Bush as well as for the Town of Goshen.  During their years of service, their son Adrian " Sandy" DeWitt was an integral part of the business.  He learned from his parents the importance showing respect and dignity to the families they served throughout the years, and the importance of maintaining a high standard in the community.  In 1961, Sandy became a licensed funeral director and began to take over the family business.  Throughout the years Sandy as served on the Pine Bush planning board, as well as a board member of the New Prospect Cemetery in Pine Bush.

In November of 2012, Sandy DeWitt finally decided to enjoy retirement and sold the family funeral home to Christopher Martinez.  Chris was born and raised in the Bronx and served the community of Morris Park  for 11 years as a funeral director and manager of a family owned establishment.  Chris is experienced in all aspects of funeral service and enjoys being a part of the community he serves.  He believes in the small town values that the DeWitt Family shares and vows to continue serving the community and its members with the up most dignity and respect.  

In July of 2018, we expanded the community we serve and acquired Morse Funeral Home in Middletown, NY.  Morse Funeral Home as been serving the community under the Morse family for over 50 years.  Prior to the Morse family owning the facility, it was know as P.J. Reilly Funeral home which was established in the early 1900's.  


Our Valued Staff

  • Mr. Gilbert Flores

    Mr. Gilbert Flores, Funeral Assistant

    Gilbert is a long time resident of the area and former Assistant Fire Chief of the City of Middletown. Gilbert served the City of Middletown for over 31 years in various aspects of the fire department. Gilbert, or better known as Gil, is our "jack of all trades". You will see him assisting our directors on a funeral service or greeting your arrival at one of our facilities.
    Gil is part of LAMA of Middletown, NY. You will often see him cruising in his Harley.

  • Staci Kerdesky

    Staci Kerdesky, Resident Funeral Director

    A recent graduate of the Mortuary Science Program at Nassau Community College on Long Island, Staci Kerdesky is our Resident Funeral Director. Originally a linguistics major, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Japanese Language Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After living and working in Yokohama, Japan as an English Language teacher for some time, she returned to the states to pursue a career in the funeral service industry. While in school, she worked part time for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as a historic site interpreter for New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site & Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site. As an interpreter, she had the privilege of educating the public about the integral role of our area to America’s War for Independence and the daily lives of colonial people. Her goal now is to acquire a funeral director’s license in the State of New York so that she may follow in the footsteps of a dearly departed family friend and assist families just as he did for so many years.
    Staci now resides in her hometown of New Windsor, New York where she enjoys the natural beauty of the historic Hudson Valley with her two cats, Arthur and Envy.

  • Mr. Christopher Martinez

    Mr. Christopher Martinez, Owner/Funeral Director

    Chris is a 1997 graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School and a 2001 graduate of Nassau Community College. He is a Licensed Funeral Director in New York State and is a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association. Chris is a member of the Pine Bush Lions Club, and a former member of the Wallkill East Rotary, as well as a former board member and Vice President of the Pine Bush Chamber of Commerce. A transplant to Pine Bush by way of the Bronx, Chris is committed to excellence and attention to detail that the DeWitt and Morse Family was known for in Orange County. He vows to continue the tradition of caring and dignified service that our grieving families deserve.

  • Mr. Maximus Martinez

    Mr. Maximus Martinez, Comfort Counselor

    Max is Chris and Raquel's firstborn fur baby. He is a pure bred french bulldog born in Slovakia.
    Max usually makes his presence know during funeral arrangements and tends to be a great source of comfort and laughter when a grieving family needs it. He loves to be scratched and he is a really loud snorer, but he is all about showing love to those in need.

  • Mrs. Raquel Martinez

    Mrs. Raquel Martinez, Office Manager/Apprentice Funeral Director

    Raquel runs the day to day operations of the funeral home. Raquel is a transplant from beautiful San Diego, CA, and is the former bank manager of Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union in Pine Bush. She has a Bachelor in Science, Criminal Justice from San Diego State University, and an Associate in Science, Administration of Justice Forensic Technology from Grossmont College. She is currently attending SUNY Canton to become a licensed funeral director. Raquel is a former recipient of the Price Scholarship for her commitment to community service and high academic honors. She continues her passion of giving back by leading various yearly community projects such as Stockings for Soldiers, and Sweaters for Veterans. Additionally, she a member of the Pine Bush Lions Club.