Our Professional Staff 2020-06-11T05:24:08-07:00

Our Professional Staff

We are united as a team in our Core Purpose: Healing Hearts, Inspiring Trust, and Comforting the Soul. We are here because of our deep desire to give each family an experience that uniquely helps them tell the story of their loved one.

Departments

Owners meet the team
Management Team meet the team
Funeral Arrangers meet the team
Service Staff meet the team
Administration meet the team
Care Center meet the team
Grief Support and Education meet the team
Advance Funeral Planners meet the team
Accounting meet the team

Owners

Joseph G. Fitzgerald : Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Joseph G. Fitzgerald

Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Trustworthy | Playful | Reliable

Joseph Fitzgerald grew up in Joliet, Illinois, then moved to California in 1984 after graduating with a Bachelor’s 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. When he started, his primary responsibilities were serving as a funeral director and assisting families with arranging and directing their funeral arrangements. He is now the Chief Financial Officer, responsible for overseeing the financial aspects of the business, and Chief Executive Officer.

As a member of the O'Connor family through his marriage to Kathryn, Joe is proud and honored to carry out the family's tradition of personal family service within the community. Joe and Kathryn have three children who keep them very busy. When Joe is not at one of his children's sporting events, he enjoys staying active mountain biking and running. He is also a member of the Monarch Beach Rotary Club and was a past president of the Laguna Hills Club.

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Charles A. Ricciardi : President

Charles A. Ricciardi

President
Calming | Encouraging | Big Heart

Charles A. Ricciardi was born and raised in Pacific Beach, which used to be a 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 he took on at a young age: he worked a paper route for the San Diego Union starting at the age of 12, then as a dishwasher at a family owned Italian restaurant, and later at Souplantation while attending school at Mesa Junior College and San Diego State. His hard work earned him multiple promotions, from dishwasher to management, and eventually on to be a food and equipment sales representative for S.E. Rykoff and Co.

He began working for O’Connor Mortuary in 1992, after marrying into the family. It was a field in which he never thought he would work, but he quickly came to realize how rewarding it is to help families through the most difficult times of their lives. He has served in multiple capacities at O’Connor Mortuary, including running the Pre-Need sales department, spearheading the opening of the arrangement center in Irvine, serving as community relations liaison and crematory manager, and served as COO, partner, and co-owner since 1999. We are now pleased that he has stepped into the roll of President of the company.

Charles is locally involved with the Lions club of Laguna Niguel as well as the Exchange Club of Irvine. His greatest accomplishment in life was meeting and falling in love with his beautiful wife, Loretta (O’Connor), and having three children who continue to amaze, thrill, and test the two of them every day: Faith, Christian, and Cameron. It is his honor to help and serve the families of Orange County when they need it the most.

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Jeff E. Turner : Vice President

Jeff E. Turner

Vice President
Mentor | Safe-Harbor | Dependable

Jeff Turner was born in Garden Grove, California and raised in Westminster, California, except for 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.

Jeff married his wife Karen on February 17, 1979. Together, they had two children and lived for three years above the first mortuary Jeff worked at in Long Beach, California. During that time he completed the Mortuary Science program at Cypress College and his apprenticeship in 1987 to become a licensed embalmer and funeral director. He began working at O’Connor Mortuary in 1989 and has been a partner in the firm since 1999. Jeff now serves as our Vice President. His responsibilities include staff development and training, compliance with Federal and State agencies, IT development and maintenance, human resources, and management of decedent care.

Jeff is privileged to serve on the Cypress College Department of Mortuary Science Advisory Committee. His hobbies include computers, small boat building and sailing, a love of his since living aboard a 40-foot sailboat with his parents for three years as a teen. He and his wife are now members of the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.

Jeff is a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed in 1988 at the age of 29. Surgery and chemotherapy saved his life, and this ordeal has given him some insight into what many of the families he serves experience in the time leading to the death of a loved one. It is his great privilege to help such families at the O’Connor Mortuary.

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Management Team

Joanna :

Joanna

Leader | Loyal | Adventurous

After 3 years at a funeral home in Florida, Joanna made her way to O’Connor and started working in our Care Center in 2006. A graduate of Cypress College, Joanna is a licensed Embalmer, Funeral Director and Crematory Operator. Her drive, honesty, conviction and leadership skills landed her 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.”

Born and raised in LA, Joanna now lives in Sunset Beach where she can be regularly found with her husband and two children. They deeply enjoy their time together and try to get away on road trips as much as they can.

The life philosophy she abides by is, Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

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Amy :

Amy

Mom | Driven | Excellence

Amy came to O’Connor in 2010 after working at several other mortuaries, having 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.

In her off time, you can find Amy with her two daughters, romping around their happy place - Disneyland. Amy’s encouragement comes from the Bible, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“ -Jeremiah 29:11

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Funeral Arrangers

Teresa :

Teresa

Heartfelt | Dedicated | Servant

Teresa came to O’Connor after experiencing profound loss in her life. Her experiences with grief gave her a compassion for bereaved people and a desire to serve them. Already active as a volunteer in her community, Teresa’s work with us is simply an extension of her desire to care for those in need.

She deeply enjoys cooking and hosting people she loves at her home. She is an avid LA Galaxy and Dodger fan and an spending time with her recently adopted beagle. Her favorite quote is one she lives her life by, “Spread Love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." – Mother Teresa

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Sasha :

Sasha

Intentional | Supportive | Companion

Sasha comes from a background in insurance and customer service and in those professions, learned how much she treasured helping people. A companion to the suffering is a role Sasha feels very much called to. She decided to pursue a career in funeral service as an opportunity for personal growth, and a way to truly care for the most broken-hearted.

At home, she has 8 precious rescue pets - 2 dogs, 3 rats, 2 guinea pigs, and 1 cat. She also makes time to bake, sew, read, and play video games. She is the real deal when it comes to open compassion and a heart that beats for others.

Unsurprisingly, her favorite quote and life mantra, is:

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop

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Erica :

Erica

Inquisitive | Resourceful | Detailed

Erica has been interested by the death-care profession since a young age. She responded to the call by enrolling in the Mortuary Science department at Cypress College and touring as many mortuaries as she could. Here’s what she said about meeting us for the first time, “I felt differently from the moment I was greeted at O’Connor. I felt such a sincere and welcoming attitude from everyone.” It was meant to be. Her passion for funeral service is fueled by the opportunity to plan a meaningful and healing event that honors the life of those we are serving.

A native to West Virginia, she misses the slow paced small town feel she knows and loves. It wasn’t until she moved to California in 2013 that she realized how much she loved and missed things like rainy days and the silent winter nights. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her son Benny doing just about anything and the simple things like cuddling to watch a movie. Erica is married and is looking forward to making more great memories with her family.

Her life quote is “Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

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Terese :

Terese

Social | Bright |Inquisitive

Terese came to us as our Aflac Representative, and was definitively not looking for a career change. After spending time with our staff as our rep, however, she began to feel a pull not only into funeral service but specifically to the team at O’Connor. In her own words, “I could tell there was a great team at O’Connor… people who really care about what they do and the families they serve.

Terese’s background includes a career at Hewlett Packard, being a stay-at-home-mom, and volunteering herself into a position as the music teacher & choir director at the Mission Parish School. While her exposure to the funeral profession had come from her talent as a singer, often singing at funerals and usually helping families make musical selections that their loved one would have liked, Terese also has experienced personal loss. Her empathy for grieving families is tremendous. Terese is a people person whose compassion and instant warmth make her an ideal Funeral Arranger.

Music is still a passion of Terese’s, along with cooking, socializing and playing board games with her family and friends. Terese is also a proud Bruin and graduate of UCLA, as well as a faithful member of the Catholic Church. Her life quote is, “Work like everything depends on you, but pray like everything depends on God!”

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Stephanie :

Stephanie

Wise | Invested | Creative

Stephanie had a successful career as a Product Marketing Manager in high tech and healthcare fields, but when her father died in 2010 she felt a dear calling to help people who were grieving. She has a tender spot for the life stories that she gets to hear as a funeral arranger. She says that so many of these stories “are an inspiration” to her and we love this about Stephanie, she takes the families she serves to heart.

In 1981 she came to the U.S. from England and “pledged allegiance to the flag” in 2004 when she became a legal citizen. She says that she lives “the American dream every day,” enjoying the freedoms here but also giving back so much more. Stephanie volunteers as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the city of Laguna Niguel and in her spare time, loves to spend time with her family and friends, garden, and mingle at flea markets. She also has particular passions for Formula 1 Motor Racing and the Everton Football Club.

Stephanie is driven to not only make the world a better place every day, but to do it with joy and fun, which is made clear in her personal motto, "don’t rain on my parade."

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Jennie :

Jennie

Hospitable | Thoughtful | Peaceful

Jennie is perhaps one of the most naturally gifted and beautifully qualified people to work in the funeral profession. For 10 years she worked in emergency room administration management and helped families through illness, injury, and sometimes death. Her professionalism, calming demeanor, and organizational strengths have added tremendously to the strength of our team.

Jennie’s heart is for people, but the people most precious to her are her thriving teenagers, her daughter is involved in teaching special needs children and her son recently earned his Eagle Rank in Boy Scouts. Jennie loves hiking herself and in addition to earning the Woodbadge rank herself (the equivalent to Eagle Rank), she also staffs the Woodbridge program. She also has a deep love of painting and finding ways to be creative.

Jennie’s life follows her philosophy, “Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.

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Katlynn :

Katlynn

Welcoming | Attentive | Positive

From an early age, Katlynn knew that she wanted to work in a profession that cared for people in need. She is passionate about guiding families through their first steps of loss and creating an experience for them that honors their loved one.

Katlynn is a complete people person who loves being out whether it’s trips to Disneyland or touring museums with friends or spending time with her family and pets (she has a LOT of pets!). Katlynn also enjoys more creative endeavors and takes time to practice photography and savor a good novel. Her favorite bit of wisdom comes from the famous author, Virginia Woolf – “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

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Service Staff

Remle :

Remle

Remle has been a member of our Part-Time Service Staff since 2018.

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Carolyn :

Carolyn

Carolyn has been a member of our Part-Time Service Staff since 2019.

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Tristan :

Tristan

Thoughtful | Capable | Calming

When he was 15, Tristan’s mother died. His experience at the funeral home was memorable for how compassionate and kind they were to him and his family. He still remembers how they made him feel and it’s helped to lead him to where he is now.

Tristan is a helper at heart but when he has time to himself, he is often playing Neverwinter, a favorite video game with his girlfriend, or enjoying time on the basketball court. Tristan’s life is guided by his mother’s wisdom, “You only got one life on earth, so live it, treat others as you want to be treated, and no matter what in the end, BE HAPPY.”

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Gordon :

Gordon

Gordon has been a member of our Part-Time Service Staff since 2007.

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Adam :

Adam

Adam has been a member of our Part-Time Service Staff since 2021.

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Linda :

Linda

Linda has been a member of our Part-Time Service Staff since 2021.

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Natalie :

Natalie

Adventurous | Genuine | Kind

Natalie’s journey into the funeral profession began young in life with the sad death of her beloved grandfather. When she contemplated later in life what she would like to do, this singular event stood out to her, I remembered how meaningful it was to have seen my grandpa and how much it helped in my grieving process and I thought it would be amazing to give that to other families.”

A girl of surprising talents, Natalie played the flute for 9 years before moving over to a 5-pound marching baritone and joining a drum corps. This experience let her travel all over and even perform at Lucas Oil Stadium. She also enjoys frequent trips to Disneyland and time with her sweet rescue dog, Luna. Her life quote come from Buddha, “Our life is the creation of our mind.”

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Christine :

Christine

Hospitable | Fun-Loving | Kind

Christine has been an EMT, worked in Law Enforcement with the Orange County Sheriff Crime Lab coordinating examinations with the Coroners office all before deciding to go to school to become a licensed Embalmer. Her interests and abilities opened up many opportunities to her, but as she considered her personal experiences of loss, she realized the funeral profession felt like the right place. Having planned beautiful funerals for each of her parents, Christine is passionate about “paying it forward” to the families she serves.

Christine’s personal time is filled with friends and her dearly beloved family and she travels when she can find the time. Her favorite quote comes from Ferris Bueller, and this fits her so well, “Life moves pretty fast; if you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you might miss it.”

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Mitch :

Mitch

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.

Mitch finds great solace in music. He both writes and plays, and is recharged by the emotional and spiritual power of music. In his own words, “My personal philosophy is to treat people like I would want to be treated. I try to make things easier for our families. Life is difficult enough.”

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Administration

Gabrielle :

Gabrielle

Creative | Conscientious | Ordered

Gabrielle grew up attending funerals and finding beauty in the tradition and gathering community. Realizing she needed a place to firmly plant her feet, Gabrielle landed at Cypress College in their Mortuary Science program and then here, at O’Connor.

Her passion and capacity to care for people in their most vulnerable times makes her shine bright. Gabrielle is a sweet mixture of a Disney-loving, stuffed-animal-hugging sweetheart who will also stand up and fight for her beliefs, convictions, and for you. She loves sharing her baked treats with others, draws in charcoal, and has a major hobby in horticulture, surrounding herself with well cared for plants.

Gabrielle lives her life by a wise and brave set of principles that she sums up best: I truly believe that every person out there deserves to live their best life. Personal progress shouldn’t be measured by milestones that others have reached. Make your growth your own. Above all, stay informed, stay educated, and stay involved!”

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Ann :

Ann

Giving | Warm-Hearted | Safe

Ann is very community-minded and in her search for the right professional fit, it was important to her that the employer be pro-active in reaching out and being a source of local communal support. She found that at O’Connor. Ann appreciates the opportunity to be a person that can answer difficult questions for families and put them at ease in a very difficult time.

Her personal time is similarly spent in giving to others through her love of cooking and baking for her friends and family. Over the years Ann has also been active in numerous volunteer organizations that focus on feeding and caring for the homeless.

Her life philosophy comes from C.S. Lewis, “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

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Lynneah :

Lynneah

Genuine | Anchoring | Guiding

Lynneah was uniquely interested in the funeral profession since she was very young. She graduated from Cypress College’s mortuary science program in 2019 and chose O’Connor because the values we share are the same: providing sincere care and support to grieving families. Her greatest passion lies in death education and helping others navigate the funeral process with a compassionate guide.

Everyday life holds beloved hobbies like baking, spending time outdoors, and a deep enjoyment of hockey season cheering with friends & family. Lynneah also treasures time with her cats and finds time outdoors deeply rejuvenating. The words she tries to live by are simple but powerful, “Be good and do good.”

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Erika :

Erika

Active | Compassionate | Helpful

Erika knew from an early age that she wanted to live a life that served people in challenging times. A student athlete for 16 years, Erika was an avid swimmer and was recruited by the University of Northern Colorado where she majored in Criminal Justice, seeing an avenue there for helping victims and families. When she heard about an opportunity to work at a funeral home she jumped at it feeling that this was a perfect fit for her passion.

Full of energy, Erika likes to stay active with yoga, scuba diving, and spending time at the beach with her sisters.

Every day she tries to live by the quote, “Listen to understand, don’t listen to respond.” She believes in the power of presence and that listening can bring more comfort than words. We are so grateful she is on our team.

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Linda :

Linda

Supportive | Adventurous | Faithful

Linda is passionate about serving people. She came to us after 22 years of working with Special Education students at the suggestion of a friend and O’Connor employee who knew that Linda would be a perfect fit. Linda’s heart for ministering to families in a time of need is deep and wide. Linda’s favorite part of the job is listening to the people she meets, hearing their stories and finding the best ways to help them.

Free time for Linda is filled with family, her kids and many beautiful grandkids doing as much laughing as they possibly can. She loves exploring, doing anything outside and enjoying the peace of the outdoors. Her faith in God is a profound part of her life and her philosophy, one of her favorite quotes is helpful to all of us, “Perspective eliminates the despair, LOVE BIG.”

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Rosemary :

Rosemary

Comprehensive | Efficient | Dependable

In 2007, Rosemary joined the team in the unique and 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.

She enjoys walking, reading and spending time with her family, and loves finding time to play her piano and classical guitar. She lives by the golden rule, “Treat others as you wish to be treated.”

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Care Center

Jeremy :

Jeremy

Kind | Understanding | Sincere

Jeremy’s one requirement for the work he does is that it leave a meaningful impact on other’s lives. He saw the funeral profession as a critical time in life where people are most in need of compassionate care. In his own words, he is “passionate about finding ways to be compassionate.”

He is an avid reader, diehard LA Chargers fan and a frequenter of the outdoors – Big Sur being a particular favorite to visit. Jeremy sums up his outlook on life with the belief that “there is no such thing as an unsolvable problem. Anything can be fixed with the right tools, perhaps a new perspective, a new attitude, or even just will power.” – An attitude and mindset we are thrilled to have on board with us.

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Karla :

Karla

Gentle | Enthusiastic | Steadfast

Knowing from a young age that she wanted to work with dying and grieving people, Karla spent 10 years as a nursing assistant. After the loss of a friend, her interest in funeral service led her to learning about the local Mortuary Science school. As a member of our Care Center team, Karla feels deeply passionate about her work and the healing, significant moments it gives.

Karla loves sports but no team has her heart like the Lakers. She is also deeply interested in music, enjoys quiet time at the beach, and is obsessed with her little Corgi, Luna. Her favorite quote comes, fittingly, from her favorite person, Kobe Bryant: “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”

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Susy :

Susy

Bright | Genuine | Welcoming

Susy studied forensic anthropology at Cal State University of Los Angeles and from there decided to pursue her degree in Mortuary Science at Cypress College. She found her way to O’Connor because she fell in love with the compassion and mission of our team. Her values aligned perfectly with our company culture and we were thrilled to invite her to our team.

Susy is passionate about hiking, loves pizza and has a soft spot in her heart for turtles. Her quote is a lyric from her favorite band, Paramore, "Don't miss a chance to move forward. Daydream a little. Don't be scared to embrace the way that it hurts just to grow. You'll look back and your heart will thank you for not standing still when what you needed the most was to move forward."

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Katie :

Katie

Creative | Calm | Deliberate

Katie found her way into the funeral profession when the time to plan her grandmother’s ceremony fell largely upon her. While this wasn’t the ideal way to discover her calling, it awakened her to the meaning and purpose that lies within caring for the dead and bereaved. Katie says that she treats everyone she cares for “like they are my Nana” – it’s her life commitment to give others a treasured experience, memory, and ceremony.

At home, Katie is “obsessed” with her kitties, Duff & Snowball, she is a frequenter of Disneyland, and loves taking off for trips to the mountains or beaches. Katie is a beautiful blend of a fun and spunky personality with a deep and wise spirit. Her life philosophy is one tried and true, “treat others the way you wish to be treated.” We are so happy to have her on our team.

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Angela :

Angela

Reliable | Relaxed | Proactive

Angela completed her degree in Mortuary Science at Cypress College in 2015 and began her apprenticeship with us the same year. Angela brings a calming but active presence to our team as she is eager to learn but careful to not rush the process. She has the dream of owning her own funeral home some day and thought O’Connor would be the perfect place to start.

Angela is dedicated to her family, particularly her young daughter, Aria. Whether they are hitting the disc golf track or enjoying a day at home, in her own words, her “free time is family time.” Angela is also very creative, a talent of hers that finds an outlet in her work as a Care Center Specialist.

Her life is lived around the famous quote from James Dean, "Dream as if you'll live forever, live as though you'll die today."

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Grief Support and Education

Becky Lomaka, MA, CT :

Becky Lomaka, MA, CT

Creative | Pioneer | Joyful

Becky signed on as the Director of Grief Support and Education 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.

Becky is proud to be a “Hockey Mom” who spends much of her free time watching her two boys and her husband out on the rink. She loves getting together with her close-knit neighborhood friends for dinners in the backyard and enjoys walking with Sandy, their yellow lab. Becky truly lives her life by the advice of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

To contact Becky for more information about community events & resources simply email her at: blomaka@oconnormortuary.com.

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Molly Keating, MA, CT :

Molly Keating, MA, CT

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, Facebook and other social media pages, assists with our quarterly educational workshops, and maintains internal organization and structure. In 2015 Molly received her Certification in Thanatology (CT), the study of Death, Dying & Bereavement. Molly is driven to provide helpful resources to the online and real-world communities.

With a master’s degree in English Literature, Molly spends a lot of her free time reading and writing. She can also frequently be found at Disneyland or in a good coffee shop laughing with her husband. Her favorite quote comes from one of her favorite books, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables: “Woe, alas! To him who shall have loved bodies, forms, appearances only. Death shall take all from him. Try to love souls, you shall find them again.”

To contact Molly for more information about the blog or community events & resources simply email her at: mkeating@oconnormortuary.com.

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Advance Funeral Planners

Lindsey :

Lindsey

Active | Joyful | Strong

Lindsey was excited to join the O’Connor team because of what a friend and now coworker shared about the culture and purpose of our team. Lindsey’s care for people, attention to detail, and desire to customize our services to meet a family’s wishes make her a perfect addition to our mission.

Full of energy, Lindsey coaches basketball at Aliso Niguel High School where she teaches her students to value competition as much as heart and character. She has two dogs who she takes along on all of her adventures from hiking to surfing! She loves exploring California and spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite quote is,

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

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Shawn :

Shawn

Attentive | Thoughtful | Father

Shawn has pursued a life and profession focused on serving families, one at a time. At O’Connor, Shawn found a place of work that aligned with his values. A gifted listener, Shawn deeply enjoys learning the stories of the families in front of him and helping them craft a ceremony unique to their needs and their life.

He is a very proud father of three and loves spending time with them exploring food. Whether they are cooking together or trying new dishes at restaurants, there is a deeply shared love of food. Shawn’s southern roots help him to savor all the more the importance of a good meal and good company.

Shawn’s life philosophy is most beautifully expressed in his own words – “…always pursue joy. Joy is always in process, it has no end, it is not tied to an outcome, it is a constant.” The optimism, comfort and hope that Shawn carries with him is reflective of this unique and poignant perspective.

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Luis :

Luis

Believer | Patriot | Sportsman

Luis came to O’Connor with 15 years of insurance experience and a desire to care for the families in his community. Pre-planning quickly became a new passion for Luis, who finds great purpose in helping families plan ahead for the most difficult days in a person’s life: dealing with the loss of a loved one. In his time at O’Connor, Luis has helped hundreds of families create memorable and meaningful funeral ceremonies tailored to meet their personal needs and wishes.

A father to three sons, Luis’ free time is packed and fully committed to his children, and he spends lots of time with friends and family in the great outdoors, at the beach, or a favorite sporting event. Luis’ life is encompassed by a quote from the legendary Bob Marley, “Love the life you live, and live the life you love.” Every day, his goal is to do just that.

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Accounting

Donna :

Donna

Calming | Confident | Driven

Donna has an extensive and impressive background in Accounting and Human Resources, and while working at a mortuary had never been on her radar, she was drawn to the unique combination of her gifts that could be used here. Donna ensures that some of the essential components of our company are run with excellence. Donna is detailed, capable and steady, an ideal and trustworthy person to have managing the more technical elements of our work.

Her free time is spent volunteering to serve those in need and if she gets time to herself, she is an avid reader and relaxing at the beach. Perhaps her greatest joy is in the sweet company of her daughter and two grandsons. Her face lights up whenever she can share time with them. Donna is guided by this passage from the Bible, Jeremiah 29:11: “’For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,’ says the Lord, ‘thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.’”

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