About Us

History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

San Francisco began to feel crowded as it expanded toward the West at the end of the 19th century. Officials decided that it didn’t want to devote any more of its land to cemeteries. In 1898, burials were prohibited in the City Cemetery. In 1901, the Board of Supervisors prohibited burials anywhere in San Francisco. In 1912 they voted to evict all cemeteries from the City and most graves were relocated to Colma.

On October 1, 1959 local newspapers announced the opening of a new nonsectarian cemetery at the center of the peninsula. It was called Skylawn Memorial Park. The Garden of Inspiration, with pools of water representing everlasting life was to be featured near the entrance. It was designed by French and Jones, noted San Francisco landscape architects. It is located at the intersection of Highway 92 and Skyline Boulevard on the Western slope of Cahill Ridge. Initially encompassing 134 acres, plans were to expand to over 300 acres.

Architect Aaron Green designed the Mausoleum at Skylawn as well as the entry to the Jewish section for Temple Beth-El. Green was the West Coast representative of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The B.P.O.E., or the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, also known just as the Elks Club has an impressive memorial at Skylawn. It was dedicated in 1966. It is an artistic rendition of the clock shape with crypts on two levels. A star is at the 12 o’clock position, and they have room for over 980 crypts and 2,000 lawn spaces for Elks members and their immediate families. In the memorial interior, a clock shaped fountain is at the center, with hands permanently at the eleven o’clock hour. There are three internment lawn gardens representing Justice, Brother Love and Fidelity surrounding the main monument.

Skylawn also provides an area set aside for burials of members of the Fraternal Order of the Free and Accepted Masons ( F & AM) and is identified by the statue of George Washington.

In 1967 in response to the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno being closed Skylawn made it clear that it would set aside special areas for veterans. The “Winged Victory of Samothrace” is present in this area and overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

Special areas of the cemetery have been set aside for Chinese burials and are filled with symbolism. Each garden is laid out according to careful plans; mountains and water are essential elements in keeping the natural landscape pleasing to the eye. Buildings, in the form of terraces and pavilions, are to unify the scenery and provide focal points from which to enjoy it. The triple gate at the top of Bai Ling Yuan II Plaza offers the perfect orientation to gaze down the canyon to the ocean.


Our Valued Staff

Brian Kestenblatt

Brian Kestenblatt, General Manager


Gregory  Lim

Gregory Lim, Sales Manager


Nickol  Ladd

Nickol Ladd, Mortuary Location Manager


Angelina Vargas

Angelina Vargas, Office Manager


Wai Nai Tang

Wai Nai Tang, Office Manager San Francisco Center


Kim Rifredi

Kim Rifredi, Embalming Operations Manager


Clifford Yee

Clifford Yee, Service Manager


Dave Montgomery

Dave Montgomery, Private Family Estate Specialist


Cindy  Naras

Cindy Naras, Funeral Director


Endeliza  Huerta

Endeliza Huerta, Funeral Director Intern


Jessica Lin

Jessica Lin, Family Service Supervisor


Steven  Wong

Steven Wong, Family Service Supervisor


Barney Chan

Barney Chan, Family Service Counselor


Alexandra Chik

Alexandra Chik, Family Service Counselor


Michael  DeWilde

Michael DeWilde, Family Service Counselor


Stephen Estrada

Stephen Estrada, Family Service Counselor


Kenny  Pun

Kenny Pun, Family Service Counselor


Mary  Soubirous

Mary Soubirous, Family Service Counselor


John Hui

John Hui, Family Service Counselor


Michael Thress

Michael Thress, Family Service Counselor


Angela  Ung

Angela Ung, Family Service Counselor


Anita Wong

Anita Wong, Famliy Service Counselor


Matthew Wong

Matthew Wong, Family Service Counselor


Tabitha Wong

Tabitha Wong, Family Service Counselor


Venetia Young

Venetia Young, Family Service Counselor


Leticia  Pizziconi

Leticia Pizziconi, Community Service Supervisor


Kevin  Lam

Kevin Lam, Community Service Counselor


Alexander Zentino

Alexander Zentino, Community Service Counselor


Lorrie  Mikkelsen

Lorrie Mikkelsen, Community Service Counselor


Philip  Co

Philip Co, Community Service Counselor


David  Huang

David Huang, Community Service Counselor


Crystal  Tjon

Crystal Tjon, Community Service Counselor


Amy  Lau

Amy Lau, Community Service Counselor


Brutus  Lo

Brutus Lo, Community Service Counselor


Eric Norris

Eric Norris, Community Service Counselor


Ching Chee Anna Pun

Ching Chee Anna Pun, Community Service Counselor


Kathy Rendon

Kathy Rendon, Inside Community Service Counselor


Cecilia  Soo

Cecilia Soo, Community Service Counselor


Jose Guevara

Jose Guevara, Community Service Counselor


Rick  Huang

Rick Huang, Community Service Counselor


Linh Tuan Nguyen

Linh Tuan Nguyen, Community Service Counselor


Eric  Tjon

Eric Tjon, Community Service Counselor


Kit Chun Wong

Kit Chun Wong, Community Service Counselor


Kari  Loud

Kari Loud, Sales Assistant


Arthelia Aviles

Arthelia Aviles, Clerical & Administrative Specialist


Mollie Fagan

Mollie Fagan, Clerical & Administrative Specialist


Susanne Shahin

Susanne Shahin, Clerical & Administrative Specialist


Lai Fun Heung

Lai Fun Heung, Clerical & Administrative Specialist


Denita Lambert

Denita Lambert, Clerical & Administrative Specialist


Esther Simpson

Esther Simpson, Clerical & Administrative Specialist


Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson, Clerical & Administrative Specialist


Martha Quintanilla

Martha Quintanilla, Clerical & Administrative Specialist


Jessica Torres

Jessica Torres, Clerical & Administrative Specialist


James Belamide

James Belamide, Staff Associate


Ron Mikkelsen

Ron Mikkelsen, Staff Associate


Fiona Norte

Fiona Norte, Staff Associate


Anthony Chu

Anthony Chu, Staff Associate


Mona Chu

Mona Chu, Receptionist


Karen Teson

Karen Teson, Receptionist


Stephanie Olano

Stephanie Olano, Receptionist


Alejandro Avelar

Alejandro Avelar, Cemetery Caretaker


Carlos Ramirez

Carlos Ramirez, Cemetery Caretaker


Candelario Ruiz

Candelario Ruiz, Cemetery Caretaker


Joel Strube

Joel Strube, Cemetery Caretaker


Francisco Velazquez

Francisco Velazquez, Cemetery Caretaker


Jeffery Kunkel

Jeffery Kunkel, Cemetery Caretaker