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.
Raymond A. Lucero is the Managing Partner of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service and has been serving families in Northern New Mexico for over 12 years. He was born in Santa Fe and raised in Pecos. He is a graduate of Pecos High School and attended New Mexico State University. Being a native to Northern New Mexico allows Raymond to not only understand but to honor all ...the traditions and rituals of our unique community. His main focus is to ALWAYS put families first. He truly makes it a point to take care of every family with the best service, love, and compassion. Because of his steadfast dedication to Berardinelli Family Funeral Service Raymond has built lasting relationships with the families he serves. Raymond is humbly honored and thankful to be allowed to care for loved ones who have passed and their families during such a difficult time.
He is a dedicated volunteer and board member of Gerard’s House which is a non-profit organization that offers grief support to children and their families. He was also selected to be a part of the Pecos Suicide Prevention Task Force. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and his two furbabies Gracie Valentina and Bailey.
He is proud to have built such an amazing team that puts families first because to him, that is the most important thing you can do in this line of work. This year Berardinelli’s is celebrating our 50th anniversary and Raymond is pleased to be a part of this momentous occasion. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service has always been a pillar in our community and he is honored to lead the amazing Berardinelli team!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Funeral Service Assistant / Certified Crematory Operator
Daniel is one of our most dedicated and reliable employees. Recognized as our Employee of the Year in 2015, Daniel has a constant and reliably positive attitude. He performs a long list of tasks, from basic facility maintenance, automobile maintenance, and transferring loved ones into our care. He also serves as an ambassador at funeral services. Daniel is a Certified Crematory Operator.
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.
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.
Funeral Service Intern
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.
Licesened Pre-Need Family Counselor
Ambassador / Transfer Care Specialist
Trasnfer Care Specialist
Aftercare / Support Counselor
Elizabeth enjoys providing support and continued care to all the families we serve.
You are welcome to call us any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience.