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Our Staff

Our Staff


Sherry Burns
Memorial Specialist

Sherry joined DeYoung Memorial Chapel in 2010. She brings to the team more than 15 years of customer service experience. When not assisting families with the coordination of burial, cremation and funeral services Sherry enjoys gardening, playing the piano, spending time with family and taking her Boxer, Roxie, for long walks.

Matt DeMello
Memorial Specialist

Matt has been in the death care profession since 2008 and has been with DeYoung since February of 2012. Matt is married with four children that he enjoys spending time with. Matt also enjoys coaching little league which he has done for over 20 years.

Denise Edwards
Community Service Counselor

Denise has worked in the funeral industry for the past 19 years in both family service and advanced planning. She has been honored on several occasions for her outstanding service and performance in her quest for excellence when serving families. Denise enjoys traveling, decorating and hosting events.

Cornell Freeman
Community Service Counselor

Cornell began his career in the Financial Services Industry in 1986. Working extensively with seniors. He specializes in designing and implementing their final wishes. Cornell enjoys helping others with the preplanning process and giving them and their families peace of mind.

William Hansen
Memorial Specialist

Having served in Funeral Services for almost 30 years, I believe that every family is unique and special in their needs and desires. Designing a Memorial or Funeral Service that suits their needs now and in the future is of most importance to me. Although I work hard for my families, I also enjoy boating, fishing, cycling, rock climbing and dirt biking with my wife, family and friends.

Sal Hernandez
Memorial Specialist

Sal has been working here since June 1987. He works as both a gardener as well as doing maintenance. Sal truly loves watching flowers grow and is very happy in his work.

Richard Huntley
Care Center Specialist

Richard has worked at DeYoung’s for 5 years and has over 25 years experience in the death care profession. He attended San Francisco College of Mortuary Science and is a licensed embalmer. Richard enjoys working with miniatures and dollhouses and has a family run shop in Riverbank.

Shirley Isaak
Care Center Specialist

Shirley obtained her Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. She has worked at DeYoung Memorial Chapel since 2006. She enjoys the creative and challenging side of embalming. Shirley loves to watch professional sports with friends and plays the bass guitar.

Ed Lawson
Memorial Specialist

Ed works as a funeral assistant at DeYoung Memorial Chapels. He has over 17 years of experience in the death care profession. Outside of work Ed enjoys riding motorcycles and wrestling.

Mel Lincoln
Memorial Specialist

Mel has worked at DeYoung’s for over 45 year helping families in their time of need. He’s earned a reputation for being both reliable and trustworthy. Mel enjoys hunting, fishing and old cars.

Linda Mar-Veiga
General Manager

Linda joined the DeYoung staff in 2014. As a licensed Funeral Director, she brings with her over 14 years of experience in the funeral and cemetery industry. As an avid traveler, Linda enjoys going to the beach, skiing, and boating. She also enjoys spending time with her family at home.

Celina Ness
Customer Service Specialist

Celina has worked for DeYoung since November of 2011. Prior to joining the DeYoung staff she was a restaurant manager in Stockton. She enjoys her new career and her co-workers.

Bernie Realph
Customer Service Specialist

Bernie started working with DeYoung in January of 2012. She lives in Discovery Bay and has 25 years of administrative experience. She enjoys her 2 grandsons, playing golf, being involved in the Corvette Clubs and putting on events at Discovery Bay Yacht Club.

Gloria Samora
Customer Service Specialist

Gloria previously worked for DeYoung Memorial Chapel in 2009 and has recently rejoined the DeYoung family in 2013. She feels very honored and privileged to be a part of a team that provides such a valuable gift to families in their time of need. Away from work she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading and the outdoors.

Wendy Sanchez
Memorial Specialist

Wendy received her Funeral Director’s license in 2006 and is currently working on her embalmer’s apprenticeship. She is also a graphic designer and an artist with over 20 years experience. In her off time she enjoys spending time with her family, crafts and sewing historic costumes.

Rogelio Soto
Memorial Specialist

Roger has been with DeYoung Funeral Chapels since the summer of 2006 and brings over twenty years of funeral service experience with him. Prior to coming to DeYoung’s he worked for funeral establishments in the Stockton, Sacramento and Bay Areas. Outside of DeYoung’s Roger enjoys family life and being a professional musician. Roger is fluent in Spanish and assists many of our Spanish speaking clients.

Peter WaMeng Thao
Memorial & Care Center Specialist

Peter WaMeng Thao is a licensed Funeral Director and currently he serves as Apprentice Embalmer. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Wheeling, Illinois in 2012. He is also a proud father of four beautiful children. He is bilingual in Hmong (verbally as well as written) and has great knowledge of different Asian customs and beliefs. Outside out of his professional work, he enjoys the great outdoors, mainly big

Steve Trucco
Memorial Specialist

Steve has worked for DeYoung’s part time since March of 1995 – after 31 years working in the Post Office. He is well known in the community for his 62 years playing the accordion, 25 years with his son Michael. Steve continues to carry on Italian traditions such as making salami. He enjoys serving families at DeYoung’s.