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 null 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.
Nicole started her career in the funeral industry in 2016 after transitioning out of social work where she had helped survivors of domestic violence for nearly a decade. The interest in moving into the direction of the funeral industry came from past experiences of loss of close family and friends and seeing how helpful the funeral directors were during such a deep time of need.
Originally from Minnesota, Nicole made her trek out to Oregon to pursue graduate school and to have a nice escape from the year-round snow. She enjoys spending her time outside of work doing activities such as camping, exploring, reading non-fiction, enjoying the various vegan eats around town, and spending quality time with her partner and cat, Hobbes.
Since starting her role at Sunnyside Funeral, Cremation and Memorial Gardens, Nicole connected with a local non-profit organization, Buzzy's Bees, that assists families who have loss children from stillborn to twelve years old. Nicole is a current board member and committee chair of the Give Grief a Voice Project. She is privileged to work with such a wonderful organization and be able to offer additional assistance to families who have experienced such a tragic loss.
Samantha has been in the funeral industry since 2017, and a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2019. She has been with Sunnyside since 2020.
Samantha is a lifelong local of Clackamas County. She was born and raised in the Clackamas area, and has spent her whole life living in Clackamas and Happy Valley.
There is nothing that makes Samantha happier than helping others, which is why she chose to be in this profession. She has great compassion and care for the families that she helps and is always looking for ways to go above and beyond for those that she serves.
Jennifer joined the Sunnyside team in January of 2021. She brings over 25 years of local experience as a funeral director and embalmer, both licensed in Oregon and Washington. A graduate of the Funeral Service Education Program at Mt. Hood Community College, Jennifer also attended Marylhurst University, where she majored in Bereavement Studies. Her family, including three teenage daughters, her toddler granddaughter, and her mother all share a home and keep her life full. A native Oregonian, Jennifer loves trips to the beach, the mountains, the Gorge, and around the Pacific Northwest whenever she can travel. She volunteers her time mentoring young women in Job's Daughters International as well as with organizations and agencies that assist local foster families after finding her Forever Family through foster care and adoption.
Benjamin Irwin was born in Nashville, Tennessee, grew up moving every few years (mostly in the Southern and Appalachian states) before settling in Oregon at sixteen. He graduated from Warner Pacific University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in History and Human Development/Family Studies and has worked in the funeral industry since 2018. Ben lives in Portland with his wife Lauren and their dog Jack London. In his free time, he enjoys reading, creative writing, watching movies, drawing, playing guitar, cooking, hiking, swimming, and weightlifting.
Julie has been with Sunnyside Funeral, Cremation, and Memorial Gardens for over seven years. She started as the receptionist, advancing to the Funeral Directors' Apprenticeship Program and from there, has morphed into the Administrator for the Cemetery.
Julie enjoys family time with her husband of 40 years, kids and grandkids.
Although newer to Sunnyside Funeral, Cremation and Memorial Gardens, Nadia has been working in the funeral industry for approximately 10 years. She began her journey in the industry back in Healdsburg, California where she grew up among the beautiful vineyards and wineries. After beginning mortuary college in Cypress, California, she transferred to Oregon to finish her degree at Mt. Hood Community College. While she hopes to someday continue on her path with funeral directing, she is very happy to support the funeral home in whatever capacity she can.
When not working, Nadia loves to spend time with her amazing husband, Anthony, her wonderful daughter, Yael, as well as their five cats, one dog, a fish, and a mini pig. She explains her home as full of love and chaos.