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 (L to R: Duffy Conneely, Ingrid Morales, Brian Tena Zamora, Maddy Cacciatore, David Royer, Neil Peaty. Not pictured: Angela Johnson, Dylan Inman, Gary Yarbrough) 


Duffy Conneely

Duffy Conneely

Owner

Duffy comes from a five-generation funeral industry family and has been in the funeral industry for 23 years (12 of those in upper management). He is proud to have his grandfather, aunt and second cousins as his professional mentors who taught him about the funeral industry. Growing up, he wanted to be either a Police Officer or Fire Fighter- or a race car driver. Since his racing career was short lived and he didn’t want to wear a bulletproof vest every day to work, he decided to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and enter the funeral industry. He is proud to be a Cardinal Newman graduate and has a diploma and degree in Mortuary Science from the prestigious, San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He was the tenth person in his family to attend the college and received his degree with the last graduating class before the mortuary college closed its doors and moved to Sacramento. He is a California State Licensed Embalmer, Funeral Director, Crematory Manager, Life Insurance Agent, and Notary Public.

The strangest request asked of Duffy was when someone asked if their loved one could be buried with their favorite automobile.  He went on to say some of the most fascinating aspects of the job are: offering a grieving family one last opportunity to see and say goodbye to their loved one; the gratifying feeling being a pillar of support to someone (or a family in need) and helping the family navigate through the grieving process. His motivation stems from his family pride and having the opportunity to continue his grandfather’s legacy in this amazing vocation. In his spare time, Duffy enjoys spending time and creating memories with his family, playing ice hockey, fishing, camping, hunting, following most local professional sports teams and volunteering his time coaching his kids’ various sports teams. When asked for an example of his biggest personal accomplishments he said, “Workwise, I have dealt with some amazing families that have chosen to share some very difficult times with me over the years. It’s hard to pick only one proud moment out of all the families I’ve served…  Personally, I would have to say my family- my marriage to my wife and the birth of my children are my most proud accomplishment. They are amazing to offer unconditional support and love.”



Neil Peaty

Neil Peaty

Removal Specialist, Crematory Operator, Funeral Director's Assistant

Being fairly new to the funeral industry, Neil has quickly become well versed in many aspects of the death and dying process and general day to day funeral home operations. He will usually make contact with WHM families first as a removal specialist and then as a funeral director’s assistant and crematory operator. He is a general handyman and is quite helpful with many different projects around the funeral home. The grounds at WHM have directly benefitted from Neil’s extensive gardening and landscape knowledge. His educational background is in Culinary Arts and Hotel Management. He and his family have resided in Windsor for 31 years, Sonoma County for 52 years, and used to be the proprietors of Chef’s Gourmet Pizza Co. In his spare time, Neil enjoys cooking- especially barbequing, cycling and winemaking. His family is his personal accomplishment of which he is most proud. His wife and kids continue to be his main source of pride. 



David Royer

David Royer

Pastor, Pre-Need Counselor, Funeral Director's Assistant, Removal Specialist

David was called to serve the Lord in 1979 and began his ministry with a BS in Christian Ministry from Southwestern University Assemblies of God in Texas. He has 15 years of experience in the funeral industry getting his start as a pre-need arrangement counselor for Paul’s Mortuary in Pacific Grove. He supports families while pastoring and connects with people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. David likes to remind us that “We are here to help the living (not only the dead).” One thing David would like people to know is that pre-planning can save a person’s survivors a lot of pain, time and even money. Helping people is David’s biggest motivation and hearing the feedback that he really helped them is the most fascinating part of his work. In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family and can be found officiating a service, counseling grieving families, picking up a deceased from their place of passing or helping with various tasks around the office.



Brian Tena Zamora

Brian Tena Zamora

Arrangement Counselor

Brian came to Windsor Healdsburg Mortuary in a unique but most-unfortunate way. His parents died as a result of a Murder/Suicide event and he chose Windsor Healdsburg Mortuary to help with the services. Brian said, “the way Duffy embraced me, helped me, took care of everything, and how he made me feel through the darkest time of my life, I immediately knew I wanted to help people the same way he helped me. He treated me like his own family.” Being an Associate Pastor of his church in Windsor, helping people and spreading the Christian word comes second nature to Brian. “At my church, we accept everyone with open arms as we’re all equals in the eyes of the Lord and it’s the same thing here at the funeral home. We embrace people and treat them like family. I try to help them the same way I was helped.” He attributes his strong work ethic and attention to detail to watching and helping his mother from a young age with her cleaning business. While working over the years in many different fields, the most recent in Construction and Landscape Design; Brian feels this beacon-of-light opportunity to serve families by way of the funeral industry is the silver lining to emerge from perhaps the darkest moment of his life. “In a weird way, I feel like this job found me. I had to go through something terrible to have this remarkable chance to help people. And I jumped at the opportunity… This team is my family now… This job is a lot of stress and responsibility because I want to deliver (perfection) for the family and make sure they are satisfied with our services. It’s really gratifying knowing I was a pillar of support on which to lean for those I have helped.” In his spare time, Brian’s hobbies include wood working, re-furbishing old furniture, spreading the Word, and helping to plan and organize church events with his church family. Most of all, he loves spending time with his wife, children and siblings (who he has since adopted). He is proud to announce he and his wife are expecting another child in 2020.


Ingrid Morales

Ingrid Morales

Director of First Impressions

Ingrid is new to the funeral industry and comes with a criminal justice background. Her studies include criminal law and psychology and she is actively pursuing a double major in both fields. She gravitated toward the funeral industry because she like helping people and finds funeral service fascinating work. She takes pride in helping create an opportunity for families to say goodbye to their loved one. “Having a hand in helping a family say goodbye is one of my biggest motivations.” The in-and-outs of the funeral industry and overall process can be confusing and overwhelming. Being bilingual in English and Spanish, Ingrid is honored to help the Hispanic community navigate the death and dying process and assist with both local and international services. Ingrid cites her co-workers and Funeral Director as part of the most fascinating aspects of working at Windsor Healdsburg Mortuary. “Our team is loyal to each other and the families we serve. We’re constantly working together to tackle any obstacle and meet (the family’s) needs.” Ingrid’s hobbies include hiking, shopping and spending time with her family.  


Maddy Cacciatore

Maddy Cacciatore

Arrangement Counselor

Maddy is new to the funeral industry and hails from a mental health background. She has a BA in Psychology, a BS in Molecular Biology, and is currently finishing her MSW. She really enjoys working with people and is interested to help families work through the challenging transition of the passing of a loved one. To compliment her background in Psychology and Social Work, she enjoys coordinating services for families and places high personal importance on genuinely connecting and serving everyone she meets. Maddy says one of the most fascinating parts of the job is “learning all the different customs and traditions of how to honor the deceased.” She also said, “The workers at Windsor Healdsburg Mortuary are some of the most caring and genuine people (anyone) will ever meet. I’m glad to be a part of this team.” Maddy is motivated by bringing joy to others and having fun. She loves to dance and hang out in the sunshine and looks forward to year-round planning and hosting her annual Halloween party.    


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