A familiar face at the time of a loss can help provide comfort to a grieving family. The staff at Mehl's Colonial Chapel is just that.

Claudia Mehl, who took over the family business with her brother, Ed, and sister, Dianne, in 1985, is a licensed funeral director and is here daily to help families.  In her off time, she is kept busy by her three daughters Gina, Lea, and Josie, and grandchildren, Ava, Kate, and Cash.


Ed Powell has 30 years experience at Mehl's alone. He is an experienced funeral counselor, licensed embalmer, and insurance agent.  Ed retired in 2011 and is enjoying his leisure time and traveling as much as possible.  Still, he is always available to help out with a funeral service or assist a family with preplanning their final wishes.


Treasa Lucas is a licensed embalmer and funeral director and has been at Mehl's since 2002.  She loves spending her free time with her two boys and her dogs and enjoys cooking.


Orlando Guerra has been employed since 2005 as a bilingual funeral counselor and funeral attendant.  He enjoys spending his off time from the business with his wife and two boys more than anything else.


Paula Hernandez is a bilingual funeral counselor and funearl attendant who has been with Mehl's full time since 2009.  From 2001 to 2009 she had worked part time at Mehl's.  She enjoys her day trips to the casinos and considers herself lucky.  She also loves to cook for family and friends.


Leo Ferrel is a bilingual funeral counselor and funeral attendant and has been with Mehl's since 2008.  He loves spending time with his daughter, keeping fit, boxing, and hiking.


Christopher Gordon is new to Watsonville and works at Mehls as a funeral counselor and embalmer.  He comes from the bay area and enjoys video editing and snowboarding in his off time.


Delia Schekman helps out part time in the evenings and on weekends when she can.  She works full time for the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.


Evan Mehl, Ed's son, helps out part time as a funeral attendant and also assists in many other duties.