Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met. We are here for you.

Navaz Jasavala
Manager/Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: navazj.lfh@gmail.com

Navaz Jasavala is is a licensed funeral director and embalmer who joined the Lodi Funeral Home team in June 2023.
She may have started her career in funeral service on a whim, but quickly realized it was not an average "9 to 5;" she was truly touched by the relationships made assisting families in their first steps through grief and caring for their loved ones.  
Navaz served her apprenticeship and began her career at Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home in 2011, Hillview Funeral Chapels in 2016, and Franklin and Downs Funeral Home in 2017. In 2021, she was able to meet a personal goal earning a Bachelor's of Science in Operations Management and a minor in Music Performance. She is the current secretary of the Valley Lode Funeral Directors' Association and a board member of the Funeral Arts National Board Exam Committee. 
Navaz has been a lifelong resident of Modesto. In her spare time, she enjoys reading classic novels, flying stunt and power kites, various crafts, and playing double bass in local orchestras. 

Merry Mitchell

Funeral Director

Email: merrym.lfh@gmail.com

Merry earned her funeral director license in 1999. She lives in Stockton and attends Holy Cross United Methodist Church where she is in the hand bell choir. She was born and raised in upstate New York, and joined the Army at age 18. She was able to travel Europe and most of the United States before putting down roots in California. She has three children and eight grand children.

Kristi Richerson Davis

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: kristid.lfh@gmail.com

Lodi Funeral Home is pleased to welcome Kristi Richerson Davis, a new addition to our dedicated staff. Born and raised in Lodi, Kristi is a fourth generation Lodi resident and graduated Lodi High School in 1992. Following high school, Kristi attended Cypress School Of Mortuary Science where she pursued her education in the funeral industry. She graduated in 1994 and has been working in the industry since. Kristi started her own trade embalming business “Quality Mortuary Services LLC” and has
serviced the San Joaquin Valley for over 15 years. In 2011 Kristi was awarded the Funeral Director Of The Year Award by the California Funeral Directors Association. Kristi resides in Lodi where she has
raised her 3 children Drake, Stryder and Adeline. Throughout the years Kristi has enjoyed coaching their many sporting activities and has a passion for snow skiing and camping. Kristi comes with
experience, expertise and a special skill set when caring for your loved one during a difficult time in need. She has the desire to put forth the utmost care. Her compassionate desire to serve her Lodi
community will be an asset to us here at Lodi Funeral Home.

Anita Wimpey


Email: juanitaw.lfh@gmail.com

Emily Vandenburg

Assistant Administrator

Email: emilyv.lfh@gmail.com

Lucey Notary

Funeral Arranger

Email: luceyn.lfh@gmail.com

Lucey was born in Modesto, CA and recently returned to the San Joaquin valley. She started her career as an Autopsy Volunteer at the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office and became a funeral arranger in 2022, working at Sanders Funeral Home in Eureka. She has been with us at Lodi Funeral Home since September of 2023 and is currently a student at American River College pursuing a degree in Mortuary Science. This position gives Lucey satisfaction in helping and serving people during the most difficult time of their lives. 
In her free time, she loves to read and travel.