Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met. We are here for you.

Timothy Ehrlich

General Manager

“Once you chop the dock lines, everything is an easy reach.”

Over 25 years in the Funeral Industry, Tim has worked in almost every aspect of service to the community, including corporate operations and sales, Tim found the opportunity he always dreamed of in the opportunity to serve the Anaheim community at Melrose Abbey.   Tim is committed to providing the best customer service available to the families we serve and looks forward to seeing Melrose Abbey becoming the premier Cemetery and Funeral home in Anaheim and Garden Grove.  When not working at the cemetery Tim enjoys time with his wife and friends on the boat in Long Beach.

Abby Adam

Funeral Home Manager

Life is one big Hokey Pokey. You go in, you go out, and you shake it all about. Enjoy the ride, and don’t forget to randomly yell “HOKEY POKEY”.

Abigail started her journey in the funeral industry in 2014. She is a licensed funeral director, licensed embalmer, and licensed crematory manager.  Abigail resides in Corona, California with her fiancé, three cats Killian, Polly, and Bean, two parakeets Peetie and McFly, her tarantula Charlotte, and their leopard gecko Enzo. She grew up in Orange County where she went to school at Fullerton College and Cypress College to receive three associate degrees and a bachelor’s degree. Abigail has had the opportunity to travel all around the world. Her favorite trip was with her Mom when they backpacked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago throughout France and Spain. Abigail enjoys working in the funeral industry because she gets to help families through one of the hardest times of their lives. It is a privilege to serve families and honor their loved ones.  

Catherine Powell

Office Manager

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou

Catherine started her administration career in the Funeral Industry in 1999, came to Melrose Abbey as the Mortuary Administrative Manager in 2012 and now is the current Office Manager. She is an artist, poet (published), crafter, cake decorator, party planner and costume designer which comes in handy at the Renaissance fairs she enjoys attending. She has been married for over 28 years, together, they raised four beautiful daughters and are extremely proud of the strong women they have become. Catherine grew up in Long Beach, attended Cypress College and enjoys participating in fundraiser events like Relay for Life and The Diabetes Walk. She loves working with her co-workers and enjoys being part of the Melrose Abbey team.

Dee Zrinski

Family Service Counselor

“Don’t take life too seriously, no one gets out alive.”

Dee began at Melrose Abbey in 2005 and says the best part of her job is connecting with families and helping them through a difficult time in their lives.  She also enjoys listening to their memories and stories about their loved ones.  When Dee is not here at Melrose she enjoys ocean cruises, shopping and relaxing with family and friends.  Over the next few years she is looking forward to traveling to Croatia and trying Skydiving.

Diego Aguilera

Family Service Counselor

“It is the decisions we make in how we treat others, that shows who we really are.” 

Diego is a first generation Californian from East Los Angeles, his family migrated from Michoacan, Mexico in the 80’s.  After College he got his start in Funeral Services in 2015 and started at Melrose Abbey in 2020 upon seeing an opportunity to bring something positive to the business by helping families make sense out of everything that goes into a funeral.  Diego is married, and if he looks familiar, he was almost famous after being in a Sketchers commercial.  When not working Diego enjoys fantasy movies and playing with his dogs.

John Montgomery

Licensed Funeral Director

After a stint in the Coast Guard and working in the medical profession, John entered the Funeral Industry in 1992 and has served the community ever since.  In his spare time, John enjoys spending time in Las Vegas, but his best vacation has been a cruise to Alaska.  If you want to catch his favor, make sure he gets a slice of pizza.

Lupe Vasquez

Licensed Funeral Director

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right―for you’ll be criticized anyway."

Lupe started working in the funeral industry in 2020 during the pandemic. She had to quickly catch on to assist the community during this extremely difficult period. During this time, Lupe found a passion to help those in need. She personally knows all too well how challenging it is to lose someone you love, so she strives to be there every step of the way for the families she serves. Some of her favorite things are the Back to the Future movies, building Lego sets, and spending time with her fiancé & cats. Lupe has two associate degrees and is still furthering her education. She has decided to dive deeper into the funeral industry by attending Mortuary Science School. 

Lynette Cassaro

Administrative Assistant

New to the Funeral Industry, Lynette started her career at Melrose Abbey in 2020.  She was drawn to this industry by the experience she had at another funeral home when her grandparents passed away and wanted to be involved in a similarly kind and supportive environment.  In her spare time she plays video games with her husband, spoils their dog, Pumpkin, and strives to keep her plants alive.  If you want to get on her good side... bring chocolate.

Candace Turney


Candace originally hails from the Windy City, Chicago, but California sunshine stole her heart and she grew up in Anaheim. When she's not ensuring things run smoothly here, you might find her cheering on her favorite women's college basketball team, soaking up the rays at the beach, or spending quality time with her amazing family, which includes her fantastic 20-year-old daughter!