Our Family & Staff | J. Warren Funeral Services

J. Warren Funeral Services has many 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

The Warrens have been serving the needs of Pinal County residents since 1953 when Janet Warren's father first took ownership of the Eloy Valley Chapel. After graduating from Mortuary School, Jerry Warren, who was born and raised in Eloy, and Janet took over the operation and began a lifetime of service to their community. 

Over the decades, countless things have changed, including customs and technologies.  While J. Warren Funeral Services has kept pace with these changes, the principles, ethics and philosophies upon which it was built have remained steadfast.

J. Warren Funeral Services is now a third generation family-owned business.  Jerry and Janet's son, Brandon, has been working as a funeral director in the family business for nearly twenty years.  Their daughter, Tressii, also works for the firm.  Even the couple's grandchildren have started to get involved-the beginning of a fourth generation.

As the business grew, they acquired "Cole & Maud" funeral homes in Casa Grande and Coolidge, now known as The Gardens Chapel Cole & Maud on Florence Boulevard and Peart Road, and Cole & Maud Coolidge Chapel. 

Since 2000, the firm has owned and operated the Mt. View Cemetery in Casa Grande.  Built adjacent to the cemetery in 2009, the Mt. View Chapel and Crematorium, features a state of the art crematory and preparation room, the only one of its kind in Pinal County.

In 2013, The Serenity Gardens Chapel was added to the cemetery.  This features a cremation garden, granite pavilion, water feature and an above-ground mausoleum.

The addition of The Gardens Chapel in 2004 allowed the Warrens to better serve large group events.  The chapel alone is large enough to accommodate 150 people and has been the location for celebrations of life, church services and weddings.

Adjoining the chapel, in 2013 The Memory Garden was added.  It is a 1900 square foot facility which provides expanded seating capacity and catering services to provide even more opportunities for gatherings.  This facility, with a garden and patio, is open to families and local businesses for a variety of events, including celebrations of life, wedding receptions, christenings and company dinners.

All of these amenities allow J. Warren Funeral Services to provide the families in the community a level of service above their expectations.  They are committed to the continuation of their renowned service to ensure that they will remain in that position of trust.


Our Valued Staff

Jerry  Warren

Jerry Warren, Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer

Born in Casa Grande and raised in Eloy, Jerry is a graduate of Santa Cruz Valley Union High School. He attended Mesa Community College and Central Arizona College. He took his apprenticeship at Valley Chapel in Eloy for two years before attending the California College of Mortuary Science at Los Angeles, where he obtained his Associate of Arts degree. He served as a volunteer with the Eloy Fire Department for 25 years and is a member of the Eloy Lions Club and the Casa Grande Rotary Club. He is a Past President of both the Funeral Directors Association of Arizona and the National Association of Approved Morticians. Always in the service of his community, Jerry leads the J. Warren team with a lifetime of experience, integrity and compassion.


Janet  Warren

Janet Warren, Owner / CFO

Janet was born in Tucson but grew up behind the Valley Chapel Funeral Home in Eloy, which her father built and acquired in 1953. It was only natural for here to go into the funeral business herself. She and Jerry are committed to the excellence and trust the community expects and deserves. She serves on various local committees and boards. She and Jerry were selected business owners of the year for 2013 by the Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce.


Brandon  Warren

Brandon Warren, Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer

Jerry and Janet's son Brandon was born in Casa Grande and raised in Eloy at the Valley Chapel. He graduated from Santa Cruz Union High School and received his Mortuary Science degree from Cypress College in California, December, 1995. Brandon served his apprenticeship at J. Warren. He has three boys, coaches youth sports in the area, and has a passion for football and wrestling. Brandon’s greatest satisfaction is helping families during the most difficult time of their lives.


Tressii  Warren-Sullivan

Tressii Warren-Sullivan, Florist/Decorator

Tressii, Jerry and Janet's daughter, enjoys her work as a florist and decorator at Janet's Flower Shop, adjacent to the Valley Chapel in Eloy. She is married and has one son and two daughters.


Michael Turner

Michael Turner, General Manager


Rhonda  Palmer

Rhonda Palmer, Funeral Director/Embalmer/Cremation Specialist

Rhonda is an Arizona native and a graduate of the Mortuary Science Program at Cypress College in California. Rhonda joined J. Warren in 2009, and is a licensed funeral director, embalmer and cremation specialist, with more than twenty-five years of experience in the funeral industry. She has three sons and seven grandchildren. In her spare time, Rhonda enjoys crocheting and quilting, in addition to many other arts and crafts.


Skip Simes

Skip Simes, Funeral Director

Skip was born in Woodstock, Illinois, and obtained his morturary science license in 1970. He moved to Arizona in 1983.


Jennifer Nyland

Jennifer Nyland, Embalmer/Funeral Arranger/Cremationist

Jennifer was born in Tucson, and has lived in Arizona all of her life. She is a Funeral Director and embalmer intern at the Casa Grande locations. Jennifer has three sons and enjoys spending time with them, especially when they play football. Jennifer and her partner, Stephan Novak, enjoy listening to music and going to concerts. They are avid fans of U of A (Bear Down) and the San Diego Chargers. She loves dogs and has four of them!


Kristin Gramando

Kristin Gramando, Advanced Funeral Planning

Kristin was born in Wisconsin but when she married Al who was in the service, she moved to North Carolina, New Jersey and Korea. When he retired they settled in New Jersey until moving to Arizona in 2000. Since then she acquired a real estate license and a life insurance license. Her experience in customer service, public relations and sales has been useful since she joined the staff at J. Warren in 2012. She enjoys meeting with and advising people in the community, helping them with their pre-planning. Very active in Toastmasters, on the Board of the Santa Cruz Valley Historic Museum, she has one son and two grandchildren.


Bill Dering

Bill Dering, Advanced Funeral Planning

Bill was born in Chicago, Illinois. He, and his wife Mary Lou made Arizona their home in 2006. They have three children, and three grandchildren. Bill brings his vast experience of working with others to his position of advanced funeral planning. Some of these experiences have included hospitality promotion, business ownership (3x), cemeterian (served in cemeteries both in Seattle and Tucson) and social work. He’s a long-standing member of The Knights of Columbus, and enjoys sports, video productions and his children.


Higinio Corral

Higinio Corral, Landscaping & Maintenance

Higinio (Hee-neo) was born in Mexico and moved to Casa Grande in 1976. That same year he began working for the Pottebaums, a pioneer family in Casa Grande. The home and property became the location for J. Warren Funeral Services: The Gardens House, Memory Gardens and The Garden Chapel. Higinio has cared for, and beautified the grounds for almost forty years. He is married with three children and three grandchildren.


Emilio  Bustos

Emilio Bustos, Grounds Superintendent

Born and raised in Casa Grande, Emilio joined the J. Warren staff at the Mt. View location in the spring of 2014. His experience in construction and as a heavy equipment operator has made him a valuable asset. Emilio and his Angela Benavidez have six children, and he enjoys spending time with his family. He and his son enjoy watching sports, especially football; Interests also include exercising and weightlifting. Emilio also takes great pride in his work on cars.


Ruben Beechum

Ruben Beechum, Groundskeeper

Ruben is a native of Casa Grande, and is bi-lingual. He's the father of six, and has 3 grandchildren. Ruben is engaged to Amy.


Kacee R. Escalante

Kacee R. Escalante, Cemetery Specialist

Kacee is one of our Cemetery Specialists at the Mt. View location in Casa Grande. She also works with Cynthia, our event and catering manager, doing both cooking and catering. She has two young daughters, Wrylee and Wraygan. An Arizona Native, she was born in Chander, AZ. Kacee has her associate’s degree in applied science, and has studied criminology.


Sharon J. Gilbertson

Sharon J. Gilbertson, Outreach Coordinator

Sharon moved to Arizona in 1983. She's a California native but has also lived in Hawaii, Missouri, Nevada and Colorado. Sharon is the Outreach Coordinator, with more than 40 years of experience in community relations, adult education, and marketing. Widowed in 1998, she re-married in 2002, and lives with her husband, Lyle, in Florence. Sharon has 3 children, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. She enjoys painting, teaching paper arts/origami and writing.


Karen Hahn

Karen Hahn, Operations Assistant

In 2013, Karen, and her husband Dan, left Iowa to move to Casa Grande, Arizona. She brings more than 30 years of experience in office and production management to her position as Operations Assistant. Karen has one daughter, and one grandson. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching football, baseball, Nascar and reality shows.


Cynthia  Keck

Cynthia Keck, Events Manager


Brenda  Leamons

Brenda Leamons, Housekeeping

Brenda was born in Bourne, Massachusetts, and started her own cleaning business in 1983. In 1996, when Brenda and her husband moved to Arizona, she continued her business as owner/operator. Brenda has worked as a housekeeper for J. Warren Funeral Services since 2003 and has great pride in what she does to keep J. Warren locations clean and organized. Brenda has also worked as a florist designer, and occasionally helps out at Janet's Flower Shop in Eloy. Brenda and her husband have two children and nine grandchildren. She loves serving her church, enjoys sewing, beading, camping, hiking and spending time with her family.


Valentino

Valentino "Val" Rodriguez, Funeral Service Specialist

Val was born and raised in Eloy and is an integral part of the Eloy, Coolidge and Florence communities. He has worked in the funeral industry for more than twenty years. Val joined J. Warren in 2009, in Coolidge, at the Cole and Maude Chapel, but he also serves all of the J. Warren funeral homes. He assists at the local churches, participates in various programs and takes part in helping with fund-raisers for the local, underprivileged children. Val is married, is the father of three, and he has eleven grandchildren. In his free time he enjoys photography and lapidary.


Laura Medina

Laura Medina, Funeral Arranger

Laura has worked in the funeral industry for 13 years, first at Simes Mortuary, where she met and was mentored by Skip Simes. Skip Simes retired and sold the mortuary, and Laura joined J Warren, at the Valley Chapel, in 2011. Laura was born in Mexico and she moved to Arizona in 1983. She has four grown children, three of which live in the US. She enjoys her monthly travels to Mexico to visit her family and photography is her favorite hobby.


Carina Silvas

Carina Silvas, Receptionist

Carina was born in Chicago, Illinois, but has lived in Casa Grande for the past 10 years. She is married to Miguel and they have two small children, Aneles and Nicholas. Her favorite activites include spending time with her family, and she loves assisting her husband who is the coach of the children's baseball team.


Nan O'Donnell

Nan O'Donnell, Bookkeeper

Nan was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and moved to Arizona in 1999. She joined J Warren in 2003. Her background includes accounting for the State of Texas Purchasing Department, the Texas Association of Counties and US Natural Resources. Nan was a member of the Miami-Copper Cities Rotary Club in Miami, AZ. She is married and has two step-children and one grandchild.


Pat Owen

Pat Owen, Floral Design and Arrangements

Pat's the shop keeper and flower arranger at Janet's Flower Shop, and has been for over 40 years. J. Warren is grateful for her commitment to our families and the community.


Richard A. Reyes

Richard A. Reyes, First Call Technician

Richard is an Arizona Native, born in Eloy. A caring and dedicated employee he has been married to his wife, Cynthia, for 34 years. Richard and Cynthia have three children and 7 grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family, is an avid sports fan, and coaches softball.


Leonard Dalton Todd

Leonard Dalton Todd, First Call Technician

Originally from Texas (birthplace Abilene), Dalton moved to Arizona in 2008. He and his wife Brittany both work, so their family time is very important to them. Dalton also has a 6 year old son named Adrian. Dalton enjoys spending time with his family, and is an outdoor's man who likes rock climbing and hiking.


Carlos B Garcia

Carlos B Garcia, First Call Technician

Carlos is a native of Eloy, AZ. He enjoys spending time at the shooting range, fishing and wants to learn more about hunting. In his spare time he also enjoys playing video games.


Keely Petrulsky

Keely Petrulsky, Funeral Arranger

Keely was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but moved to Pinal County in 2001. Keely is a people person who wants to be of service to others. She comes to J. Warren with previous experience in elementary/special education and also worked in guest relations. She enjoys spending time with her fiance, Kevin Winemiller and visiting their extended family and friends.


Judy Malette

Judy Malette, Receptionist

Judy was born in Cobleskill, New York, and moved to Arizona City in 2007. She has one child. Judy brings her years of working with people to her position at J. Warren Funeral Services, having worked extensively in corrections as an officer and a counselor of "life principles" and a program faciliator. Judy also has a background in accounting. She enjoys her membership in Toastmasters, Women's Groups and is active in her Neighborhood Watch.


Kelly Fuller

Kelly Fuller, Funeral Arranger

Kelly is an Arizona native and was born in Show Low. She enjoys volunteering in veteran outreach programs, nationwide. Programs that provide needed services to veterans and their families. Kelly has a great sense of humor and enjoys spending time with her family and, of course, making them laugh!


Anitza Mariscal

Anitza Mariscal, Flower Arranger

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