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Garden of Memories Funeral Home and Cemetery in Metairie, LA

Meet Our Staff - Metairie, LA

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 504-833-3786 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.

John B. Appel Jr., Esq.

John B. Appel Jr., Esq.

Managing Partner/Funeral Director

John has been helping families since 2005, having joined the industry thirty days before hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana.  He attended Jesuit High School, Loyola University and Loyola Law School, is married to Jean Newman and is the father of twins, John III and Patrick (graduates of Jesuit High School and University of Louisiana - Lafayette) and step-father to Scot, a student at Jesuit High School.  He changed careers after the unexpected death of his father.  Going through that experience revealed to him the need for preplanning and the importance of educating families that their burial property and funerals can be handled before the loss of a loved one.


Carrie Kippers Bruno

Carrie Kippers Bruno

Funeral Director

Carrie has been serving families since 2008, joining the industry after losing her great-grandmother and having to assist with making her funeral arrangements.  She is married to Brad and is the mother of Cameron and Dagan, both students at John Curtis Christian School.  She is a lifelong resident of River Ridge, Louisiana.  Carrie's first role in the funeral and cemetery industry was as a Family Service Counselor at Garden of Memories, assisting families with making cemetery property selections, both pre-need and at-need.  The more experience she gained the more she knew she wanted to focus on helping families at their time of loss, so she became a Funeral Director.  Carrie enjoys serving her community by helping families have a meaningful funeral and celebration of life for their loved ones.  


Toni Palestina

Toni Palestina

Funeral Director



Tina Mayeux

Tina Mayeux

Funeral Director



Alexandra Mahoney

Alexandra Mahoney

Funeral Director Intern



Marc Gelpi

Marc Gelpi

Manager - Family Services



Stephanie Manos

Stephanie Manos

Family Service Counselor



Ernesto Aguilar

Ernesto Aguilar

Family Service Counselor

Ernesto is a native of Mexico City and has settled in Slidell LA for the last twenty six years; he considers himself as an “adopted child” of the greater New Orleans area. He holds a degree in public accounting from the International Technical Institute from Mexico City and is fluent in both English and Spanish.  He’s been married for twenty four years and has three children; he’s also a “Papi” to four adorable grandchildren.  Ernesto became a citizen of the United States in 2004 and as a result of the 9/11 attacks he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  As a Chief for the Navy Reserves, he has performed hundreds of military funeral honors and is unwavering in his belief that serving our nation is the best choice he’s ever made.  Ernesto is passionate about helping families prepare, protect and secure their end of life pre-need plans. He combines his professional knowledge, his training, and personal experiences to understand the most difficult moments that families go through when losing a loved one.



Patrick Oxley

Patrick Oxley

Family Service Counselor



Erik Matos

Family Service Counselor



Eric Spears

Family Service Counselor



Catherine Alesich

Manager - Advanced Planning



Gail Calderone

Gail Calderone

Advanced Planning Counselor

Gail has been serving families since 2012.  While she has previously worked in the travel industry and furniture and design industry, nothing comes close to her current position here at the Garden of Memories.  Gail finds the most rewarding aspect of her job the ability to help her families with some of the most important decisions of their lives, to offer them direction and to guide them in what will be in their best interest.  She knows making decisions on the day you have lost a loved one can be very difficult and having someone there to assist you is crucial. 




Contact Us


Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Cemetery
|
4900 Airline Drive
| Metairie, LA 70001
|
Tel: 504-833-3786
| Directions
Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Cemetery
|
4900 Airline Drive
| Metairie, LA 70001
|
Tel: 504-833-3786
| Directions

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.

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