History & Staff
At Sunnyside, we have provided customizable memorial services for over 60 years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
Founded in 1961, Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes was designed with a focus on creating Portland's most unique and modern memorial event center. With open vaulted ceilings and an outside deck overlooking a creek, our event center and chapel offers audio visual equipment and a small kitchen which can easily accommodate catered events. Our memorial garden areas cover over 6 acres with paths along prize-winning roses, shrubs, and naturally treed areas.
Over the years we have provided meaningful memorial services and permanent memorials for thousands of people all across Oregon and southwest Washington. The trust that thousands of Oregonians have placed in us is not taken lightly. We realize that each individual family is unique and by providing personalized family service with reasonable priced funerals and cremations, we have separated ourselves from many typical funeral homes and cemeteries.
We have an experienced staff and all of the necessary resources to support you through a difficult time. We specialize in helping you arrange for personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one. We’ll carefully guide you through the many important decisions that must be made during this challenging time.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Sunnyside, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Mindy Rocha-Barella, a native Oregonian, started her career in funeral service in 2001 serving her apprenticeship in Dallas, Oregon and graduating from Mt. Hood Community College with her Funeral Service Degree in 2003.
Mindy has spent most of her career working as a Funeral Director/ Embalmer in the Portland Metro Area and has dedicated her work to creating personalized, meaningful life celebrations that showcase the life accomplishments, hobbies and personal traits that make every person unique.
In additional to being a pioneer in personalized life celebrations, Mindy is proud to be considered a Veteran Funeral Service Specialist and has cared for the arrangements of hundreds of veterans, homeless veterans with no family members to care for them and actively serving service men and women. She is a partner with the VA Medical Center, has been a volunteer with the Oregon Army National Guard, participated in various veteran events and causes throughout the Portland Metro Area and has made it a personal mission to ensure that every veteran in her care receives the respect and dignity that they have both earned and whole heartedly deserve.
Mindy is dedicated to serving the community and caring for people during their toughest hours. She is also dedicated to her own family; her husband, 2 step-sons and her 3 dogs. Together they enjoy camping, boating and spending time making family memories.
As a native Oregonian now calling Southeast Portland home, my passions include family, the outdoors, tending garden, live music, and the arts. Through involvement in community outreach and program creation I've fostered connections throughout Portland both professional and personal. Attending Mt. Hood Community College, I studied art and earned a degree in Mortuary Science. Ive been working in the funeral industry for the last six years.
"My ultimate goal is to support members of my community through this difficult process and make things as seamless as possible."
Since 2013, Jordan Westhoff has had the honor and privilege of guiding families though the trying time of the loss of a loved one. Originally from central Montana, Jordan moved to the Portland Metro area where she attended Mt Hood Community College. She received her degree in Funeral Service Education and became a licensed funeral director/embalmer in 2015. She finds great fulfillment in celebrating each loved one’s life with unique and personalized services.
In her free time, Jordan enjoys light hiking, disc golf and watching her favorite television shows with her cat.
Julie has been with the company for over four years. She started as the receptionist, then began the Funeral Director’s Apprenticeship Program. From there, she has since morphed into the Administrator for the Funeral and Cemetery position at Sunnyside.
Julia has been married to her husband for thirty-six years, and has raised four children. Now, she enjoys her eight grandchildren.
Steve Newgard has been running a successful small business in House District 40 for more than 25 years. Steve is a lifelong stonemason and construction contractor who has created dozens of family wage jobs for his neighbors and his community. Steve has built new homes, commercial buildings, retaining walls, and various other structures for his clients over the years. When you build things for your neighbors, you learn a great deal about what they value. Later he has served as a Family Service Counselor at Sunnyside Chimes Memorial Garden.
Steve grew up in the area. Both he and his children attended Rex Putnam High School. In his youth, Steve was a Boy Scout. At Oregon State University, he studied Business Administration, Behavioral Science and Advertising/Design. Steve also played Rugby.
In his career, Steve has been a member of the Retail Clerks Union, trained as a police officer and sold building supplies.
Steve is involved in many youth activities, organizations, and volunteer work. He has coached youth soccer, high school ski racing, and volunteered his time with disabled children. He spent eight years with the Milwaukie Chapter Order of DeMolay (winning their highest honor).
In his free time, Steve enjoys racquetball, golf, skiing, fishing, college football, rafting, boating and motorcycles. At one time, he was a competitive downhill racer and motocross rider. Steve is a member of Milwaukie Masonic Lodge and received the Lodge’s highest honor, the ‘Hiram Award,’ in 2002.
Steve and his wife Linda have two adult sons, one of whom serves in the military. The Newgards attend the Milwaukie Lutheran Church.