History and Staff

At Mission Memorial Park & Seaside Funeral Home, we provide personalized service options that allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.

Mission Memorial Park opened in 1934 as Mission Memorial Cemetery and for many years was run by the city of Monterey.  In 1988 Monterey Peninsula Mortuary opened on the grounds of our beautiful Seaside location.  In 2007 we closed our Chapel of Seaside at our Noche Buena location and merged the two to become Mission memorial Park and Seaside Funeral Home.

The community and our families have embraced our funeral home and cemetery combination as it offers peace of mind knowing all is done in one comfortable environment with one caring staff.  At  Mission Memorial Park and Seaside Funeral Home we offer burial and cremation services and many cemetery options for burial or cremation.  We are proud of the reputation we have earned and continue to be Seaside and Marina's most recommended funeral and cemetery service.

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At , our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.

Sandra Stella
Location Leader/Funeral Director/Embalmer

Sandra Stella, originally from Boston, Massachusetts moved to the Monterey area in 2011. She earned her degree in Mortuary Science from Mt. Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts in 1999. Sandra began her career in the Boston area before moving to Las Vegas, NV where she spent 10 years serving the families of Palm Mortuary. In 2011 she joined The Paul Mortuary in Pacific Grove, California where she served families as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for 5 years. Sandra joins Mission Mortuary with education, experience and her passion for helping families.



Edgar Carabello
Sales Manager/Advanced Planning

Edgar Carabello, originally from Riverside, California, moved to the Monterey area in 2017. He began his career in the Southern California area where he spent 22 years serving the families of Riverside and Los Angeles Counties. In 1995 Edgar joined the Oakdale Mortuary & Cemetery team where he served families as a Funeral Arranger and quickly moved into management roles such as Funeral Supervisor, Preneed Supervisor, and Sales Manager.

Edgar joined Mission Memorial Park & Seaside Funeral Home in 2017 as Sales Manager and is looking forward to help educate families and prepare them for planning their future arrangements. He brings experience, excellent training, and a passion for reaching out to the families in our community. He hopes to convey awareness of the importance in preparing for the future to ease the stress and complexity of the passing of a loved one.



Melissa Walchli
Administrative Assistant

Melissa comes to us with a deep passion to help our local community. She spent over 20 years volunteering for homeless animals with several local nonprofits. She is an active Travel Tour Guide for adults with developmental disabilities. She is very passionate about helping these wonderful travelers experience as much of the world as they can. Melissa also has an extensive background in event coordination and fundraising with several nonprofit agencies. Before she came to Mission Memorial Park and Seaside Funeral Home, she spent 18 years as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper for a custom home builder in Carmel, CA. Melissa enjoys going to the beach, traveling, attending concerts and spending time in nature. She knows that everyday is a gift and strives to live her life to the fullest.



Anamarie Morales
Cemetery Administrator

My name is Anamarie Morales and I am an Administrative Assistant here at Mission Memorial Park and Seaside Funeral Home. I enter at-need and pre-need cemetery contracts into our computer system as well as assist our counselors with research on said contracts. I enjoy my job helping my fellow employees provide help and assistance to families in their time of need. In my spare time I enjoy painting and good food.  I also love going camping and getting away from it all with my wonderful husband.



Stephanie Miller
Funeral Arranger and Apprentice Embalmer

Stephanie, originally from Virginia, moved to the Monterey area with her family after spending four years in Hawaii. After experiencing the difficult loss of a close personal friend, Stephanie pursued a career in the mortuary industry. She is very passionate about helping families by providing closure and preserving the memories of their loved ones with respect and dignity. She enjoys photography; particularly portraiture and is an avid surfer. Stephanie lives in Prunedale with her fiancé, Jessica, and two children. 



Michael Reeder
Funeral Arranger and Cremation Specialist

Michael was born in Tulare, Ca. As a child he was raised around the Mortuary Industry. He later moved out of the country, finishing his education and training, and then returned back to the U.S. Mike has worked in New York and Arizona before moving back to California. He met his wife Michelle and had 3 kids. Michelle and Mike have lived in Santa Cruz for 15 years; he has spent 7 years in micro systems and 8 in the Mortuary Industry. Michael is certified as a Funeral Counselor and Crematory Operator, and works after hours dedicated to serving and care for those that just suffered a loss of a loved one.



Jimmy Welch
Funeral Associate

Jimmy Welch, a Monterey Peninsula native, attended local schools and churches throughout his life. The son of a preacher, Jimmy has always had a passion for funeral services. As a child, he watched his father prepare sermons, meals, and travel for grieving families later becoming a familiar face in the funeral business himself by continuing on his fathers’ legacy. Jimmy is active in the local community in various churches, civic organizations and committees throughout the peninsula. Jimmy is passionate about helping our local families in their time of need, treating each of your loved ones as one of his own. His satisfaction comes from knowing he provided outstanding customer service to his community.



Antoine Dunham
Funeral Associate



Valerie Lyttle
Family Service Advisor and Advanced Planning

Valerie Lyttle, originally from California’s Central Valley relocated to Santa Cruz county 22 years ago. Having held positions in a variety of fields she is able to utilize skills gained from past positions when necessary to better help families. She has successfully ran two business’ and spent time numerous hours volunteering with her church. She is committed to the families she helps by providing any assistance necessary. Valerie looks forward to assisting families with their cemetery and pre need arrangements.



John O'Neill
Family Service Advisor and Advanced Planning

John O'Neill a life long resident of Monterey County entered the Funeral & Cemetery Service following a long career as a Sales Manager in the Auto industry.  John worked in Seaside, Salinas and Gilroy dealerships.  He brings a strong desire to help families, ensuring a detailed and organized service.  



Greg Schuster
Family Service Advisor and Advanced Planning

Greg is originally from San Jose, relocated to Capitola 4 years ago. Married to Kim for more than 40 years with  a family of 2 boys and 1 girl. Greg spent 38 years in the foodservice industry and ran two business’s. Joined Mission Memorial Park and Seaside Funeral Home in 2018 as a family service advisor. His day is spent assisting families with immediate needs or helping them preplan for their final arrangements. Greg enjoys the role he plays and believes he makes a difference. His work has a direct impact on relieving the burden for his families. In his off hours Greg enjoys running, reading history and the car hobby.



Gabriel Medina
Cemetery Superintendent

Gabriel Medina entered the Cemetery Industry in 2006 when he started at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose. In 2008 Gabriel passed his Interment Rights Exam allowing him to become a Superintendent. At that time he was hired on at Mission Memorial Park where he oversees the day to day operations of Cemetery Grounds and Crew.



Sergio Sanchez
Cemetery Grounds Crew



Jose Pedroza Rojas
Cemetery Grounds Crew