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.
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.
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.
Allan Tricoche Jr., Funeral Assistant
Allan "AJ" is a Bronx native and is currently attending Nassau Community College to obtain his NY State Funeral Director License.
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.