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Berardinelli Family Funeral Service in Santa Fe, NM

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Meet Our Staff 

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 505-984-8600 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.

Sterling D. Leishman

Sterling D. Leishman

CFSP, Managing Partner

Sterling started his funeral service career in 1983. After graduating from Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, he became licensed in his home state of Utah as a funeral director/embalmer. He worked at Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home in Tremonton, Utah for 12 years, from 1984 to 1996.  He moved to Salt Lake City and spent 5 years managing five funeral homes for Memorial Mortuaries. During his career, he has obtained licensing in New Mexico and Texas, in addition to Utah.

 

Sterling has had the luxury to work in other aspects of funeral service, and worked as a Sales Consultant for Batesville Casket Company for 4 years. His territory encompassed Montana, parts of North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. Missing families, however, Sterling went back to work in a funeral home setting and became a Manager/Funeral Director/Embalmer for French Mortuary in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 5 years.

Another casket company came calling, and Matthews Casket offered, and Sterling accepted, a job as a Sales Consultant in East Texas for two years.

 

In September of 2012, Sterling accepted a Service Managers position with Neptune Society and opened their office in Albuquerque.  In the spring of 2014, Sterling was promoted to Regional Director and had the responsibility of managing over 30 locations.

 

Funeral Service is a calling and Sterling is very fortunate to have answered that call. Sterling loves spending time with his wife, children, and numerous grandchildren as well as his German Shepherd, Jake, and friends.


Rick Berardinelli

Rick Berardinelli

President Emeritus / Licensed Funeral Service Practioner

Rick Berardinelli, a lifelong resident of Santa Fe, served as our company President until early in 2016 and now works primarily in a public relations role. He has been affiliated with the Berardinelli firm since 1975. Rick attended Los Niños Kindergarten, Wood Gormley Elementary School, Harrington Junior High, the University of New Mexico, and Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, where he earned an Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts as a Sous Chef. He worked in that capacity for three years then attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1975.

Over the years he has held the positions of Vice President, President, CEO and Funeral Service Consultant. Rick has earned the credentials of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), a result of many years of education and activities related to his profession. Professionally, he has served as a member and chairman of the New Mexico Board of Thanatopractice, as a board member and president of the New Mexico Funeral Service Association, as a member and lecturer with the National Funeral Directors Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Office of the Medical Investigator for the State of New Mexico.

His community work has included serving as President of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council, President of the Santa Fe Fiesta Foundation, board member of the Santa Fe County Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Bank of Santa Fe (now Wells Fargo), Open Hands, Montezuma Lodge #1 A.F. & A.M., the City of Santa Fe Historic Design Review Board, City Personnel Board, City Parks and Recreation Commission, the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust, Bienvenidos Outreach and as a board member, Past President and current member of the Santa Fe Rotary Club. He is a member of La Union Protectiva in Santa Fe. He was instrumental in the creation of Gerard's House for grieving children and is a current member of their board. He is also currently serving on the boards of the Santa Fe County Chamber of Commerce and Coming Home Connection.


Gerald R. Rodriguez

Gerald R. Rodriguez

Licensed Funeral Service Practitioner / Certified Crematory Operator / Pre Need Counselor

Gerald was born in Santa Fe at the “Old St. Vincent’s.” He is the son of the late Eliseo and Paula Rodriguez, also lifelong residents and world renound artists.

Gerald attended Cristo Rey School then went on to Santa Fe High School. He attended Highland University, Santa Fe Community College and The Amarillo College of Mortuary Science, where he earned his degree in Funeral Science.

Gerald was a Firefighter –Paramedic with the Santa Fe Fire Dept. from 1980 until his retirement in 1999.

His love for Funeral service and wanting to be of service to the folks of Santa Fe began at an early age. In 1972 at the age of 14, Gerald came to work at Berardinelli Mortuary under the tutelage of Robert Berardinelli, the founder of Berardinelli Mortuary. Even while working at the Santa Fe Fire Dept., Gerald “Helped out” on his days off at Berardinelli Mortuary.

After his retirement from SFFD, he has continued to work here at Berardinelli’s as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. He is still very passionate about being able to be of humble service to the people of Santa Fe, Pecos, Pojoaque, and Nambe’.

He is a member of the Perpetual Adoration Society at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Fe, and a member of the choir at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nambe’. He is a member of the Pilgrimage for Vocations

Gerald likes to garden and  play drums.

Telephone: 1-505-984-8600

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Jacob Shaw

Jacob Shaw

Funeral Service Intern

Jacob Shaw has been a funeral service intern with Berardinelli Family Funeral Service since December 2018. He has been in the funeral service business for over 12 years and is a very positive and motivated employee. He is known for treating the families he serves as if they were his own family, with the utmost care, compassion, and dignity.

Jacob graduated from Capital High School and now attends the Santa Fe Community College where he studies grap...hic design. He has been a muralist and artist since he was in middle school and is a freelance graphic designer. Jacob has been a volunteer at the Santa Fe County Youth Detention Center for the past 4 years where he dedicates his time talking with young adults about the dangers of substance abuse. Jacob loves spending time outdoors and is an avid fisherman. He is dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle and has been a vegan for the past 2 years. He is also part of a weekly bowling league and has a high score of 268!


Christy Cantu

Christy Cantu

Funeral Service Intern

Christy was born and raised in Tennessee, in the 90’s she moved with her family to Albuquerque where  she attended Madison Middle School and then Manzano High School. In 1999 she moved back to Tennessee with her family.

She spent the next 14 years in restaurant management and then warehousing for 5 years after that. In May of 2019 she returned to New Mexico with her husband and daughters, this time landing in Santa Fe. She worked a couple of odd jobs when she first got here but in October of 2019 she found her passion serving families.

She takes great pride in what she does and really loves serving the families and the community of Santa Fe.   


Israel Perea

Israel Perea

Ambassador

Born and raised in New Mexico, Israel graduated from Pecos High School and went to school at Western University. He now lives with in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his family. He started with Berardinelli Family Funeral Services in August of 2018. As a licensed Funeral Intern and Ambassador, he has the opportunity to serve clients in their time of need, with compassion, care, and respect. He considers it an honor and a privilege to help families during a most critical time in their life.


Israel is passionate about the funeral profession and is honored to serve all families. He is grateful for the opportunity to provide meaningful options and services to all who call upon the Berardinelli family.

Israel and his wife, Michaelann have three children, Jaden, Caleb, and Brooke. When not helping families, Israel and his family enjoy traveling, all things sports, and spending time together outdoors. 


Max Randolph

Max Randolph

Senior Ambassador

Max has finally been able to come back to us! We are so pleased to welcome our elder statesman back to Berardinelli and are looking forward to spending many more years with him.

When a Santa Fe family turns to us at their time of loss, they’ll find a familiar face to help shoulder their grief. For over 25 years, many have come to know Max and his compassionate nature.

Max has earned the position of Senior Ambassador and most frequently attends evening services and many of our funerals and memorial services. In 2006, we dedicated our chapel as the "Max Randolph Chapel" in honor and recognition of his many years of dedicated and faithful service to those entrusted to our care. Max has been an active member of the Caballeros de Vargas for 35 years and is a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and a 31-year member of the Elks Lodge. Max and his wife Beatrice have been married for 60 years and have three children, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.


Danielle Moreno

Danielle Moreno

Office Administrator

With over 18 years working with the public in some way or another, Danielle has fine-tuned her public relations skills making her transition from Ambassador and Receptionist to Office Administrator easy.  She has been part of the Berardinelli Family for over 4 years and enjoys what she does.

Having three children, she has become an active part of our community.  She was a former board member of the Santa Fe National Little League, and an active member of Communities In Schools  She also tutors reading and language arts at Nava Elementary, and is a "team mom" for numerous teams her children are on.  On top of all of this she is a supporter of First Serve New Mexico, and the Santa Fe Humane Society.


Carmela Aldeis

Carmela Aldeis

Ambassador

Carmela Aldeis has worked for Berardinelli Family Funeral Service for 11 years. She was born and raised in Santa Fe and comes from a big family. She is a graduate of St. Catherine's Indian School and attended Highlands University. Carmela is well known for her excellent customer service and impeccable attention to detail. She is deeply involved in the community and has coached volleyball, basketball, and softball at the Santa Fe Indian School. In addition to her coaching, she volunteers at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis. She is on the altar society, a member of La Conquistadora and she serves as a Eucharistic minister. She also takes the time to visit patients at St. Vincent’s Hospital and administers communion to patients who are unable to attend mass. If you ask her what her biggest pride and joy is she will always answer with a wide smile and say it is her 92 year old roommate who also happens to her mother, Anita. Carmela is extremely close with her mother and she is always proud to tell people that her mother is everything that she lives for. 

Telephone: 1-505-984-8600


Amanda Chavez

Amanda Chavez

Ambassador

Amanda “Goldie” Chavez is easy going and personable; her ability to put people at ease in a time of grief is unparalleled. She is always willing to go the extra mile for the many families that we provide services for at Berardinelli Family Funeral Service. She was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. She graduated from Capital High School, GO JAGS! She is a VERY proud Army BRAT. Goldie started serving families over 15 years ago. Her adventure started out with the National Cemetery and she later went on to work at local funeral homes in Santa Fe. We are lucky to now have her working for Berardinelli Family Funeral Service. In her spare time she coaches a girls AAU team.


Santiago H. Salazar III

Santiago H. Salazar III

Embalming Supervisor

Santiago H. Salazar III

 

Santiago is a valuable member of the Berardinelli team as the leader in our preparation room and embalming supervisor.

 

1976 Graduate of the Commonwealth Institiute of Funeral Service in Houston, TX.

 

He is a dual licensee in Texas and is also licensed as a Funeral Service Practitioner in the State of New Mexico

 

Former Clinical Embalming Instructor for the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service.

 

Santiago is married and a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, and a member of the American Legion.


Melissa Trujillo

Melissa Trujillo

Ambassador - Community Liaison

Melissa Trujillo is an ambassador and community liaison at Berardinelli Family Funeral Service. She is the daughter of Charlie and Debbie Trujillo and was born and raised in beautiful Santa Fe. She is a proud graduate of St. Michael’s High School. Melissa is the fourth generation from her grandmother, Rosina Schutz’s side of the family to attend St. Michael’s/Loretto Academy. She earned her business degree from New Mexico State University.

Melissa loves giving back to the community. She is a reading tutor at Amy Biehl Community School. She volunteers for the Food 4 Kids program, providing nutritious snacks to elementary school children every week. In 2018 Melissa started a food pantry at Amy Biehl Community School and currently feeds up to 65 families every week. She has been a volunteer for 7 years with the Cooking with Kids program. She has also coached many sports teams over the years including volleyball, basketball, and baseball. She is thrilled that her daughter Casey has followed in her footsteps and loves to play volleyball as much as momma does!

Her greatest joy comes from spending time with her husband Mike and children Jason and Casey. And of course watching her son Jason play golf and her daughter Casey play volleyball.


David Radman _ Transfer Care  Team Leader

David Radman _ Transfer Care Team Leader



Alex Rico Lucero

Alex Rico Lucero

Ambassador / Transfer Care Specialist



Hannah Crider

Hannah Crider

Trasnfer Care Specialist



Elizabeth Macey

Elizabeth Macey

Aftercare / Support Counselor

Elizabeth enjoys providing support and continued care to all the families we serve.


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Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
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1399 Luisa Street
| Santa Fe, NM 87505
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Tel: 505-984-8600
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