Our knowledgeable staff are passionate about providing families guidance and support during the funeral planning process and well after the funeral. Together, we can honor your loved one’s life while beginning your grief journey.

 

 

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Rachel Kennedy Becker Owner
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Rose Rodriguez Funeral Director (FDR 1509), Embalmer (EMB 8532)
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Bari Hendershot Funeral Director (FDR 3758)
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Charlie Hinton Arrangement Counselor
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Julie Peterson Arrangement Counselor
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Rooney Therapy Dog

Rachel Kennedy Becker

Owner
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Rachel Kennedy Becker is the owner of Diablo Valley Cremation and Funeral Service. She was born and grew up in Dublin, Ireland.  She graduated from Hotel and Catering Management in 1996 from Trinity College Dublin and Cathal Brugha Street. She started in the funeral industry in 1998 with her husband Jay, who owns a removal service.  " I believe that we have the best funeral directors and staff in the industry and we take so much pride in helping every customer who calls. We all love what we do, so it makes it easy to come to work everyday". Rachel has 3 kids and 3 dogs. She loves coaching soccer, going to tahoe and hiking with friends. 

Rose Rodriguez

Funeral Director (FDR 1509), Embalmer (EMB 8532)
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A 1996 graduate of San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, Rose has been an embalmer and funeral director for over 20 years. She completed her apprenticeship in Concord, CA and received her embalmer’s license shortly thereafter. She then acquired her funeral director’s license and, for the last 14 years, held a cemetery salesperson license. She joined Diablo Valley Cremation & Funeral Services in July of 2017.

She met her husband, Danny, in high school. They dated for 9 years before they got married in August of 2000. They have one daughter and live in Benicia.

Rose enjoys watching her daughter play competitive soccer and loves to travel with her family.

Bari Hendershot

Funeral Director (FDR 3758)
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Bari Hendershot has been in the Funeral Business since 2007. Although her collegiate studies covered Art History and Gallery Exhibition, Bari found her unexpected path in the funeral industry and never looked back. Bari is well known point of contact for cremation information with various local hospices and care facilities and frequently gives informational talks on family preparation and what to expect when the time comes.

After hours, she is a local dance instructor and professional dance artist. She loves travel, reading, cooking, and spending her free time with her significant other, their two cats and their families.

Charlie Hinton

Arrangement Counselor
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Charlie has been in the funeral industry for over 20 years. He began doing transportation in the mid 1990s. He has worked with many different mortuaries throughout the bay area. Charlie has been with Diablo Valley Cremation & Funeral Services, as an Arrangement Counselor and office assistant, since 2015.

Charlie is also a musician and performs three to four nights a week at local venues in the Contra Costa area.

Julie Peterson

Arrangement Counselor
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Julie has been in the funeral industry, and with Diablo Valley Cremation & Funeral Services, since 2016. A graduate of St. Mary's College of California, she has two children, a crazy dog and spends her free time working on her friends' ranch.

Rooney

Therapy Dog
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Rooney became our office therapy dog in July 2020. He brings a happy smile to all our staff when he comes to visit. He loves to swim, play in the snow and bring everyone a toy, ball or whatever he can put his mouth around.