History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
In 1964 Cunningham Mountcastle Funeral Home opened in Woodbridge Virginia. In 1987 a second location, Mountcastle Funeral Home was built in Dale City. Earle and Meg Mountcastle owned and operated the facilities. In 2000 Michael Turch was named General Manager and in 2010 the firm changed its name to Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home and Crematory.
Michael is very clear on the mission of the firm. “Everyone’s life is meaningful and deserves to be celebrated. Giving honor to a loved one’s life makes the experience more meaningful. At Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home and Crematory, we believe in bringing family, friends, and the community together, comforting each other at a time of loss.
“We serve families in the same manner we would want to be served. We treat the deceased with the same dignity and respect we would want our loved one to receive. We practice with the highest ethical standards and unquestioned integrity in the relationships we build with the family, community and each other. We are a life celebration home.”
Our Valued Staff
B. Earle Mountcastle, President
Growing up in Alexandria Virginia, working for his father at Cunningham funeral home, Earle branched out in 1963 to open Cunningham Mountcastle Funeral Home in Woodbridge. He has been an active member of the community ever since and has been active in such organizations as the Lions club, Rotary, Jaycee's,and Kiwanis club just to name a few. He has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and proudly served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army.
Michael E.M. Turch, Vice President/General Manager
Born and raised in Woodbridge, Michael began working for the Mountcastle family briefly in 1987, then returned in 1991. Starting off mowing the lawns and washing cars while attending college at night he has worked his way up to one of the owners and manages the day to day operations. In addition to his Mortuary Science Degree Michael has a Liberal Arts Degree from Mary Washington. He has authored a book as well as several magazine articles and is the 2010-2011 President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
James Clinton Oxendine II, Director of Pre-Need
James came to us in 2000, with a diverse professional background which includes four years of services as a hospital corpsman for the U.S. Navy. We are fortunate to have access to his 26 years of funeral service experience, his enthusiasm, and his compassion.
Jeremy S. Blake, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Jeremy has been with the establishment for 7 years, and he is a native of West Virginia. Jeremy has a true passion for the industry and loves meeting and consoling families.
Gary Maxwell, Funeral Director
Sarah Neal, Funeral Director
Carrie Fikani, Office Manager
Mitzi Nickle, Associate Aftercare
Erich Geppert, Funeral Assistant
In his 14 years with the Mountcastle Turch family, Erich has dedicated himself to serving both our families and our community. He has volunteered at the local fire department, the Red Cross and REACT team. Erich is the oldest of six brothers and sisters and is married with one son.
Larry M. White, Maintenance Supervisor
Larry has been a supportive member of the Mountcastle Turch family for three years. "The work is very challenging, and very rewarding. Every day, I know the work I do affects the quality of life for our client families."
Larry has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education, from Virginia State University. He's been married for 34 years. He and his wife raised two sons together. Larry has coached little league football, baseball and basketball.
Larry is a member of the Masonic Lodge #188, in New Canton, Virginia. He is also a member of the National Educational Association, the Virginia Educational Association, and the Buckingham Education Association.
Josh Charland, Funeral Assistant
Josh has been a funeral assistant with Mountcastle Turch for three years. "It's very rewarding work. I get a good feeling from helping people in their time of need."
He has a high school diploma from Osbourn Park High School. Prior to joining us, Josh spent time in retail - which is where he gained valuable 'people skills.'
He is the proud father of one son, Noah.
Santos Sorto, Funeral Assistant
Santos is new to the industry, but in a short period of time has made a great impact on the Mountcastle Turch families. Santos is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Betsy Laitinen, Visitation Greeter/Receptionist
Betsy Laitinen has been employed at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home for the past four years. Prior to retiring and joining the funeral home she was a mortgage loan processor for 23 years. Her job as a visitation greeter is very rewarding. Consoling grieving families, and helping them through their visitation hours makes Betsy feel like she's helping them cope with their loss.
She happily resides with her husband of fourty-five years. She has three grown children along with her three beloved grandchildren. Betsy's hobbies include shopping, tending to her flowers, reading, and most of all spending time at the beach with her family.
Kathy Miskin, Visitation Greeter
Kathy has five years of experience in the funeral business and loves her work. She has worked in law enforcement, construction and owns a club. Kathy has also been the Easter Bunny in hospitals and nursing homes. She has three children and eight grand children.