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

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. 

Julie Husby
Office Manager

Julie has been with Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes for over five years. She started as the receptionist advancing to the Funeral Director’s Apprenticeship Program. From there, she has since morphed into the Administrator for the Funeral and Cemetery position at Sunnyside.  Having cancer touch her family. Julie is now involved with American Cancer Society, Relay for Life. 

Julia has been married to her husband for thirty-seven years, and she enjoys riding their motorcycle together. They have raised  four children.  Now, she enjoys her eight grandchildren soon to be nine.

Jordan Westhoff
Funeral Director/Embalmer

Since starting her career in 2011, Jordan has had the honor and privilege of guiding families through the difficulty of loss. Born and raised in 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 every life with unique and personalized services.

 In addition to working as a funeral director, Jordan is a proud contributor of veteran recognition services and is looking forward to extending her community services towards animal shelters in the upcoming year.

Cherise Van Hooser
Funeral Director & Embalmer

Cherise Van Hooser is a native Oregonian, while she has lived all over Oregon she calls North Portland her home. She began her career in 2013 and graduated from Mt. Hood Community College’s Mortuary Science program in 2015. She takes great pride in her work in helping create a personalized memorial. She loves to serve her community to the best of her ability. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dog, painting, and going camping.  

Brooke Conover
Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer

I was born and raised on the family farm in South Central Montana where I learned a lot of life’s valuable lessons about working hard. I graduated from Montana State University Billings in December 2017 with an Associates of Business Degree and am currently a first year Mortuary Science student at Mount Hood Community College. I have been with Sunnyside since September 2018 and feel honored to be working as a Funeral Attendant with some of the best in the industry.  I love helping people to the best of my ability and feel very fortunate to be able to serve families anyway I can.  

I enjoy living life to the fullest and am always up for a fun adventure exploring different areas, boating, camping or being on the farm helping my family.

Krystina Shattles
Administrative Assistant

Cindy Abel
Family Service Advisor

Bret Kohanek
Family Service Advisor

Bret is a Native Oregonian and graduated from Rex Putnam High School Class of 1980. 

He wanted to move away from home and went to College at BYU -Idaho and earned his Associates Degree in 1982. 

Being from the Baby Boomer generation, it wasn't uncommon to take a side Job. To feed my  family of three he entered the Funeral Industry as a Last Responder. Wanting to help families Bret believe Pre-Planning is the best way, so he earned a Life Insurance License in 2011. He has been a Family Service Advisor in the Portland Metro area ever since. 

Bret's interests are spending time with family, sports, classic machinery, fishing and outdoor activities, genealogy, ham radio, movies and music.

Mikel Layson
Lead Grounds Keeper

Mikel has lived in the Northwest his entire life and is a new member to the Sunnyside Team. MIkel stumbled into his new career and has found a new love for caring for families during their time of need.  Mikel is a hard worker who takes great pride in the appearance of the Funeral Home and Cemetery grounds.  He is eager to learn and grow his knowledge of mortuary science and funeral home and cemetery operations and excels at maintaining a beautiful sanctuary for families to permanently memorialize the legacy of their loved ones. 

Mikel is a proud father to his son, Ezra and in his spare time he loves to stay active at the gym and play with his son.  

Spencer Harrington
Grounds Keeper/Apprentice/Mortuary Student

I grew up in the Portland metro area and graduated from Gladstone high school in 2013. I then obtained an Associates of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from Clackamas Community College. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors. My hobbies include hiking, fishing, and playing golf. I love friends and family and I am eager to learn more about mortuary science and funeral home operations.

Helaina Bradley
Mortuary Student & Funeral Attendant

A central California native, I moved up to beautiful Portland, Oregon to pursue my lifelong dream of finally working in the funeral industry. I stepped my foot through that threshold back in 2017 and never looked back. I'm a current Funeral Services student at Mt Hood Community College and when I'm not hitting the books, I enjoy my leisure time gushing over my nephew and godson as well as embroider trinkets to send to my brother in California and mother in Montana.

Jasmine Obrigawitch
Funeral Attendant/Mortuary College Graduate

Robyn Wilson
Courier & Removal Tech

I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from David Douglas high school in 2011. During my junior year I took a forensic science class that really intrigued me to further my education in Death Care. For the last 8 years I've worked with Alzheimer’s & Dementia residents and I've worked closely with hospice & many families to provide quality care & dignity to each individual. Ultimately I'm hoping to further my education either in mortuary science or as a medical examiner. 

Shelby Wolfer
Funeral Attendant & Mortuary School Student

I was born and raised just outside of Portland, Oregon. Currently, I am a first year Funeral Service student at Mt Hood Community College. I am extremely excited to join this amazing team and am looking forward to learning as much as I can about the funeral industry! I'm also a certified nursing assistant by night, so caring for people is one of my biggest passions. When I'm not busy with school or work, I love spending time with my boyfriend and our two dogs, reading, trying new restaurants, going for walks in nature, and spending as much time as I can with my family.