Who We Are

Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
  • When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our Valued Staff

  • Matthew H. Simpson
    Matthew H. Simpson, Managing Partner

    Matt, a resident of Salida, grew up in Weleetka, Oklahoma and moved to California in 1988. In California, he attended Delta Junior College as well as Modesto Junior College in Administration of Justice. In 1997 while he was finishing up his schooling, he started working part time at the funeral home – but that quickly turned into full time, Shortly there after he received his Funeral Directors License, and became Managing Partner for Deegan Funeral Chapels and Fry Memorial Chapel.

  • Joelleen  Faias
    Joelleen Faias, Location Supervisor/Mausoleum Admin/Notary Public

  • Kimberly Jager-Queirolo
    Kimberly Jager-Queirolo, Funeral Arranger/Administrator/Notary Public

  • Donald  Brager
    Donald Brager, Embalmer

    Donald has resided here in Tracy since 1991 and has work at Fry Memorial Chapel since 2003. He’s been serving families and their loved ones since 1979.

  • Marvin Bauknecht
    Marvin Bauknecht, Funeral Assistant

    Marvin, a resident of Manteca, grew up in Michigan, moving to California in 1963. From 1956-1962 he was in the Air Force doing Air Rescue. In California he attended Delta College and retired in 1998 from the grocery business as an Assistant Produce Manager. Since retirement he has worked as a head maintenance man for a retirement home in Manteca, he feels that this helped him prepare for the funeral business.

  • Maria Esther Ramirez
    Maria Esther Ramirez, Funeral Attendent

    Maria Esther has been working with Fry Memorial Chapel since 2006. She is one of our Spanish speaking associates and works at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Tracy during the day.

  • Richard  Goeken
    Richard Goeken, Advanced Planning Counselor*

    Richard, grew up in Ceres and Hughson area and he graduated from Hughson High School. Richard lives in Modesto, he has 3 wonderful children, 2 Daughters and 1 Son. Richard is a Licensed Insurance Agent with the State of California. Richard likes helping client families with their insurance needs. Richard and his family are members of St. Joseph's Cathoic Church in Modesto.
    *Employed by PRECOA, Representative of NGL Insurance Company

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