Mr. Christopher Martinez, NYS Licensed Funeral Director/Owner
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.
Ms. Staci Kerdesky, NYS Licensed Funeral Director
An alumna of the Mortuary Science Program at Nassau Community College (Class of 2020) on Long Island, Staci is a licensed funeral director in New York State. Originally a linguistics major, she previously 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 make use of everything she has learned from every step of her journey to best serve her community.
Staci now resides in New Windsor, where she continues to enjoy the natural beauty of the historic Hudson Valley with her two cats, Arthur and Envy.
Mrs. Raquel Martinez, NYS Licensed Funeral Director/Office Manager
Raquel is a transplant from beautiful San Diego, CA. She has a Bachelor in Science, Criminal Justice from San Diego State University, an Associate in Science, Administration of Justice Forensic Technology from Grossmont College, and a Bachelor of Technology in Funeral Services Administration from SUNY Canton. Raquel was in the banking industry for over 14 years before leaving to help Chris, her husband, run the day-to-day operations of the funeral home.
Raquel is a former recipient of the Price Scholarship for her commitment to community service and high academic honors. She continues her passion for giving back by leading various yearly community projects such as Stockings for Soldiers and Sweaters for Veterans. Additionally, she is a member of the Pine Bush Lions Club.
Mr. 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 was a purebred French bulldog born in Slovakia.
Max usually made his presence known during funeral arrangements and was a great source of comfort and laughter when a grieving family needed it. He loved to be scratched and was a loud snorer. He was an amazing companion. We were deeply saddened by his death in December 2021.
Mrs. Jennifer Colon, NYS Licensed Funeral Director/Funeral Home Manager