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Our staff is comprised of dedicated professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact our staff members at any time.

Our Staff

Edward Leon

Edward Leon

Owner, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Edward "Ed" Leon purchased Monte's Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home in San Anselmo in 2008 after working for Charlie Monte for the prior 10 years. A native of Windsor, Ed enrolled in the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science about a year after graduating from high school and has worked in the industry since. Ed has worked in Petaluma, Mill Valley and finally San Anselmo. He is one of the last funeral home owner-operators left in the Bay Area, as more and more mortuaries are corporately-owned. Ed purchased Duggan's Mission Chapel in Sonoma in December 2016, after the Duggan Family retired. He is a member of ICF St. James Branch 161 of Larkspur. Ed enjoys travel and adventuring throughout the world.

Embalmer's License # EMB8320

Funeral Director's License #FDR1633

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Brian Hood

Brian Hood

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Brian has been in the funeral business for 23 years. A graduate of San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. Brian and his wife live in East Marin, and when not working, enjoy traveling, their beagle, Bentley and are working towards their goal of eating in the top 100 restaurants in the world.

Embalmer's License #EMB8471

Funeral Director's License #FDR1799

Crematory Manager's License #CRM357

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Kirk Cheda

Kirk Cheda

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Kirk has worked in the funeral industry for many years. Born and raised in West Marin, he graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1984. After working in the funeral industry for many years with his uncle, Leroy Cheda, in Mill Valley, he continued his profession in Petaluma, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and now Sonoma as well as San Anselmo. 


Embalmer's License #EMB7460

Funeral Director's License #FDR1369

Cemetery Brokers License #CEB1391

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