We are united as a team in our Core Purpose: Healing Hearts, Inspiring Trust, and Comforting the Soul. We work here because of our deep desire to give each family an experience that uniquely helps them tell the story of their loved one.
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Visionary | Gregarious | Progressive
Neil O’Connor was born into a large Irish Catholic family in 1967 as the youngest of seven children. His parents, Jane and Joseph O’Connor had met through their families, both of which owned funeral homes. Jane's father, John Cox, owned a funeral home in Oakland, California, while Joseph's father, Joseph A. O'Connor, owned a funeral home in Los Angeles, California. John Cox and Joseph A. O'Connor were close friends, so close in fact that Joseph O’Connor was the best man at Johnny Cox’s wedding...
Joseph G. Fitzgerald, CFO
Trustworthy | Playful | Reliable
Joe Fitzgerald grew up in Joliet, Illinois, then moved to California in 1984 after graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. While at Depauw, Joe was a two-sport athlete, playing football and baseball. He started his business career in sales with the Gallo Wine Company in Los Angeles and in the commercial real estate business as a broker. In 1992, Joe joined O'Connor Mortuary after spending seven years in the commercial real estate business...
Charles A. Ricciardi, COO
Calming | Encouraging | Big Heart
Chuck Riccairdi was born and raised in Pacific Beach, a (used to be) small town near San Diego, California. He graduated from Mission Bay High School in 1983, where he played on the school baseball team. In addition to playing sports, Charles grew up as an avid woodworker, building cedar chests, tables, dressers, and a 14-foot boat among other projects, several of which won awards at the Del Mar Fair. His father instilled in him a strong work ethic, which was apparent in the series of jobs...
Jeff E. Turner, CAO
Mentor | Safe-Harbor | Dependable
Jeff Turner was born in Garden Grove, California and raised in Westminster, California, with the exception of two years, 1964 to 1966, when his family lived in the village of Ollei in the Palau Islands. He graduated from Westminster High School in 1976, where he played the trombone in the jazz band, orchestra, symphonic band, and marching band, and was the drum major his senior year...
Dedicated | Leader | Adventurous
Joanna started working in our Care Center in 2006. She now manages the Care Center and staff as well as serves in the role of General Manager. An absolutely critical part of our day-to-day, Joanna is a focused leader who always finds a way to say, “yes, we can do that.” Her attitude makes her approachable, trustworthy, and dependable...
Grandfather | Basketball Coach | Pastor’s Heart
Mark joined our staff in 2009 as a Funeral Arranger. A former pastor and hospice chaplain, Mark loves caring for people and gets great fulfillment in serving as a guide and friend to families in need. He feels most passionate when he is actively “caring for and caring about” the families he serves....
Animal Lover | Mortician | Big Heart
Carrie joined us all the way back in 2004 as an apprentice embalmer making her way through mortuary science school. Since then she has worked in just about every capacity here at O’Connor and now serves as a Funeral Arranger caring for and helping families. She is truly an accomplished, respected, and compassionate member of our team....
Committed | Compassionate | Forward-Thinking
In 2010 Jon joined our staff to assist and guide families through the services held for their loved one. He transitioned into the role of Funeral Arranger in 2014 and has shown himself to be a wonderful listener and a compassionate guide. Additionally, Jon tends to all of our maintenance, building improvements, and plans the majority of our company outings. He is an integral part of our team and a wonderful spirit to have around....
Sweet Spirit | Compassionate | Leader
We had the good fortune of hiring Lauren in 2013 as a Service Assistant and quickly realized what a wonderful funeral arranger she would be. The youngest of our arranger team, Lauren’s compassion, drive for excellence and personable nature make her a perfect fit for her role...
Humor | Servant’s Heart | Positive
Joe left his job at Ascension Cemetery to join our staff as a Funeral Arranger in 2002. Joe strives to truly become a shepherd and trusted friend to every family he serves. In his years here, Joe has become one of our finest employees, a joy to be around, and an arranger whose detailed focus is always on what is best for the family...
Meticulous | Strives for Excellence | Deep-thinker
Elsa began her career at O’Connor in our Care Center as an apprentice embalmer in 2007. Recognizing her drive, work ethic, and spirit of service for the families we serve, we challenged Elsa to move into Funeral Arranging and she took on the challenge. She has a knack for detail, thoroughness and a deep desire to give every family a service that is specially tailored to them....
Erin Fodor Service Director
Empathetic | Equestrian | Heart of Service
Erin first came to O’Connor Mortuary at the age of 12 when her father died tragically in an accident. She felt drawn back by her compassion for others who have lost loved ones and joined our staff in 2013 as a Service Assistant. Erin’s heart for others is just one of the wonderful things that makes her so naturally gifted at the work she does. She is passionate, in her own words, about “simply being there for the families we serve” and “feeling that I am a part of something that makes a difference in people's lives.”...
Mitch Gibson Service Director
Musician | Mindful | Warm Hearted
Mitch has been a Service Director at O’Connor Mortuary since 2010. He finds purpose in helping families through what he believes is often the biggest and most emotional event in their lives. Mitch strives to deliver flawless and thoughtful service to everyone he serves and is truly someone we are proud to have on our team...
Michael Thomas Service Director
Thoughtful | Personable | Intuitive
Michael signed on in 2012 as a part-time Service Assistant and was surprised to discover a genuine passion for the funeral profession. He is now a full-time Service Director who genuinely loves people and finds great fulfillment in giving the family a flawless ceremony. His attentiveness helps him meet the needs of the family often in advance and makes him a valuable part of our team...
Sharon Bartleson Service Assistant
Wife & Mother | Music Lover | Compassionate
Sharon started as a volunteer with TIP (Trauma Intervention Program) in 2009, providing on-call help to families in crisis. She attended a training session facilitated by O’Connor to TIP volunteers and in 2012 joined us part-time as a Service Director. She loves being of service to people who are truly in need. Her training in TIP and her heart for others are an ideal combination of strength, confidence and gentleness...
Sarah Eacott Service Assistant
Down-to-Earth | Focused | Strong
Sarah joined O’Connor in 2015 as a Part-Time Service Assistant with the desire to give whatever extra time she could to families in need. With a background in mortuary science, Sarah’s comfort, interest and passion are met when she can assist on a service, hand out a prayer card, and just BE present for our families...
Genuine | Thinker | Open
Bryce was first exposed to the mortuary field through his wife, Molly, an O'Connor employee since 2009. He came to O'Connor with a background in ministry at his home church in Escondido, CA and a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from BIOLA University's Talbot School of Theology. Bryce’s time in ministry led him to believe that the areas of death and bereavement care are sometimes neglected or misunderstood by the church at large and it piqued his further interest into mortuary life. Bryce's deep love and compassion for those in pain help fuel his purpose and passion for the comfort and ministry that a funeral can provide...
Edith Marik Service Assistant
Patient | Bright | Calming
Edith joined the O’Connor service staff in 2014 as a Service Assistant. Her own history of loss began in 1999 with the death of her sister. Edith was helped by Joe Lavoie, one of our Funeral Arrangers, and returned to Joe again in 2010 with the loss of her husband, 2011 for her mother, and 2013 for her father. Edith’s road through multiple losses led her to the Bereavement Team at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church and on to her career here. Edith’s passion lies in showing compassion, kindness and making meaningful connections with our families. She feels that it is paramount to show that we are worthy of their trust by giving our families the highest level of professionalism, respect, and compassion. Edith’s calming presence and joyful spirit make her a natural and beautiful compliment to our team...
Encourager | Wisdom | Mentor
Anne has been our accountant extraordinaire since 1996. With a penchant for numbers and a mind that is wise, disciplined and precise, Anne is someone that everyone in the company relies on and can trust. She is an essential part of our operation, ensuring accuracy, fairness and transparency....
Singer | Thinker | Storyteller
Elinor was hired in 2008 as an Accounting Assistant. She is truly one of our behind-the-scenes players who makes a huge difference in our daily operations. With a passion for numbers, accuracy and detail Elinor is perfectly suited to her unique role here. Originally from New Bedford, MA Elinor has a gift for storytelling and always leaves you with a smile or a new thought...
Mom | Driven | Excellence
Amy came to O’Connor in 2010 after working at several other mortuaries and has at last found where she belongs. Her incredible drive, clarity of mind and ability to multi-task make her the ideal manager of our Administrative Department. Amy oversees the filing of all Death Certificates and other important documentation with a precision and efficiency that makes all of our lives easier...
Empathetic | Witty | Extrovert
Lori began her career with O’Connor in 2009 as a Service Assistant after serving in the Memorial Ministry at Saddleback Church for three years.
She now serves as an Operations Assistant and our Director of Care Coordination which focuses on connecting with families over their specific needs and how we can be a guide. Lori is also our Marker Design Specialist who meets with families to design the perfect tribute to their loved one...
Welcoming | Confident | Happy
Born & raised just down the street from O’Connor’s doors, Melissa grew up the youngest of 3 brothers, attended Laguna Hills High School and went on to get her bachelors in Marriage, Family & Human Development at BYU. Never imagining her path would cross with a mortuary, we owe our thanks to Melissa's brother, Chris, for giving us her name and telling us how great she would be here. He was right! As our Receptionist & Director of First Impressions Melissa is the first person you see as you walk in and often the first voice on the phone...
Mom | Courageous | Compassionate
Pat started working at O’Connor in 1993 doing administrative work before being given with the monumental task of pioneering our community outreach program. Over her 20 years at O’Connor Mortuary Pat has touched and connected with thousands of the professionals and volunteers in our community and shared valuable resources and educational programs with them. Her desire to learn and care for others continues today in her semi-retirement as she continues to meet with families we have served to learn about their experience and offer them her wealth of resources...
Comprehensive | Efficient | Dependable
In 2007 Rosemary joined the team in the unique & supporting role of Director’s Assistant. Her position requires a detailed, editorial focus as she oversees all obituaries and all of our printing. She ensures that our memorial folders and prayer cards are typo-free and customized to illustrate the story of your loved one. She loves how pictures truly tell a story and takes delight in restoring old photos to their original vibrancy...
Contagious Smile | Music Enthusiast | Considerate
Shasta began working in our Care Center in 2010 as an apprentice and now is one of our go-to Specialists. A Certified Crematory Operator, Licensed Embalmer and member of our Service staff, Shasta does a bit of it all and always with the sweetest smile. Her passion lies in the caring and presentation of those who have died, she finds it rewarding when a family leaves our mortuary feeling calm and relieved after seeing their loved one...
Creative | Pioneer | Joyful
Becky signed on as the Director of Community Development in 2013 with a determined passion to bring education, encouragement, and validation to the professional and volunteer communities we interact with. Becky believes that “Education is our most powerful tool in our efforts to help the community learn more about how to cope with death and the journey of grief after loss.” Through our quarterly workshops, seminars and in-service programs Becky is making a difference in our community and changing grief-care for the better...
Passionate | Enthusiastic | Book Lover
Molly joined the O’Connor team in 2009 as a weekend receptionist without plans of a mortuary career. Over the years as her job evolved she discovered a passion for grieving people and was able to fuse that with her love of writing. Molly now heads up our blog and other social media pages, assists with our quarterly educational workshops, and maintains internal...
Charitable | Trustworthy | Detail-Oriented
Angel loves people, plain and simple. Her deep drive to be with, learn from, and serve people makes her a wonderful Advance Planner. Joining the team in 2015, Angel made a splash as our first Korean speaking employee and has been invaluable to us and the Korean community. When Angel was 27 she lost her 51 year old mother to stomach cancer. Her experience showed her the importance of preparing and pre-planning...