Welcome to the Orange County Funeral Directors Association (OCFDA),
a non-profit organization comprised of mortuaries, funeral directors and businesses that primarily serve the funeral industry in Orange County, California
On June 26, 2018, the California Funeral Directors Association honored Marie Hess as Funeral Director of the Year at their annual Installation Gala.
Marie is currently the Location Manager at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in Corona del Mar, CA.
She began her career in the funeral industry
in 1999 as a part time crematory assistant. At the time, she was working at Disneyland, the â€śHappiest Place on Earthâ€ť as a manager in Outdoor Vending.
Although working for Disney was exciting, fun and truly a magical experience, Marie always knew there was something missing. Quickly, she realized she wanted to do more in funeral service.
She began helping direct services, doing removals, running death certificates to get signed and filed and even became a Crematory Operator. It did not take long for Marie to realize
she had a real passion for funeral service. She was offered an apprentice embalmer position in a Care Center and decided to leave Disney completely. She is a licensed Funeral Director
and Crematory Operator, and spent the first 8 years of her career preparing loved ones for families' final respects.
A caregiver by nature, Marie finds satisfaction in helping others during some of the most difficult times of their lives. Marie has helped coordinate hundreds of funeral
and memorial services, adhering to a wide variety of religions and cultures, making each service personal and unique. She is fearless, compassionate and goes above and beyond
each and every day in assisting her team and the families they serve. As the Mortuary Manager, Marie valiantly leads a team of 18 full and part time professionals in the mortuary
and care center departments. Marieâ€™s energy and dedication are infectious and her motives for giving of herself are pure and for no other reason than to add to the success of her team.
Marie and her Mortuary Family
Marie and Family
Code of Ethics:
As OCFDA members we commit to follow a strong code of ethics:
â€˘ To set an example of good citizenship by honesty and fairness in all dealings.
â€˘ To perform all services in a dignified and respectful manner.
â€˘ To respect the confidence of each family served.
â€˘ To be ever-mindful of the welfare of co-workers.
â€˘ To observe all public health laws and support enactment of all just laws pertaining to the mortuary profession.
â€˘ To encourage the advancement of all facets of funeral service.
â€˘ To extend any assistance necessary in offering service in individual cases of actual hardship.
â€˘ To conduct all services in a manner that will assist in meeting the needs of the decedent, both religious and personal of all those served.
â€˘ To cooperate and deal fairly with other funeral directors.