History & Staff

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, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.

A History of Caring

In 1993, Charles M. Finegan opened New Mexico Mortuary Service. This was a commercial embalming establishment that specialized in trade work by catering to other funeral homes. After approximately six years of successfully assisting other funeral homes, Charles recognized a need in his community of Albuquerque for more economical funeral choices to be given to families. Riverside Cremations and Burials was opened, and began providing this service. In December of 1997, Charles opened Riverside Funeral Home in Belen, so named due to the vicinity to the Rio Grande. Soon he branched out even further and opened Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque, a full-service funeral home that could better provide for area families. In June of 2005 the business in Belen was sold to an out of state funeral director. After funeral costs in Valencia County began rising at an alarming rate, Charles decided to once again serve the residents south of Albuquerque with affordable options by opening Riverside Funeral Home in Los Lunas. In April of 2017 doors opened at Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe in order to fulfill the needs of families in Northern New Mexico. Riverside Funeral Home was open with the hope of being the least expensive funeral home in the state of New Mexico, which is where he came up with our company slogan of “Affordable Dignity.”

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. 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.

Manuel Mora
General Manager

As a child growing up in Albuquerque, Manuel felt a strong calling to serve my community in any way possible. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and served honorably for the next ten years.

After leaving the Coast Guard, he began working in New Mexico and Colorado in the funeral services industry as a funeral director and care worker. Manuel carries the same sense of duty he did serving his country as he does every individual family he serves. Manuel is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner as recognized by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and a Certified Cremation Service Provider as recognized by the National Funeral Directors Association. He holds an Associate Degree in Funeral Services from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service (Houston, TX), a Master of Science Degree in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School (Falmouth, MA), a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College (Albany, NY) and was a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security. In his spare time, Manuel serves as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor for the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He enjoys the opportunity to educate future funeral service professionals and give back to the profession that he feels has given him so much.

At Riverside Funeral Home we will strive to maintain the standard of excellence our establishment has been known to achieve throughout the last 30 years as we serve your family during this difficult time. Our staff will work diligently and tirelessly for our community in the effort that your family’s expectations of care are met and exceeded.

Gabriel Casaus
Albuquerque Location Leader

Gabriel is a native New Mexican, growing up in Bernalillo, NM. At an early age Gabriel learned to serve his community from his parents, Judy and Tino Casaus. In his freshman year in high school, Gabriel was called to the funeral profession. After graduating from Hope Christian High School, he went to San Antonio College, in San Antonio, TX. He graduated from their Mortuary Program with an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science.  After graduating he moved back to New Mexico to begin his career and serve his community in their most difficult time. 

Gabriel has been a licensed Funeral Director in the state of New Mexico for over 21 years. He has taken care of families all over the state of New Mexico. Gabriel is also a licensed Funeral Director in Arizona and has been licensed in the state of Texas. Gabriel is a graduate of the International Cemetery and Cremation Association University and is a certified funeral celebrant and certified crematory operator. 

Gabriel is a member of the New Mexico Funeral Service Association and past President, a position he held for two and a half years and a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. He was also President of the Sandoval County 4-H amigos, which was a non-profit organization that helped raise money to support Sandoval County 4-H. He has been a member of The Knights of Columbus, past President of the Roswell Kiwanis Club and past board member of the South Park Cemetery board, in Roswell, NM. 

In Gabriel spare time he enjoys working on his family ranch near Cuba, NM, and spending time with his family and daughter Jonauh. 

Gabriel has been honored to care for many families and continues to have a heart of service and caring for his community. 

Dave Maestas
Santa fe Location Leader

Dave is a life-long resident of Las Vegas, New Mexico and a graduate of West Las Vegas High School. Dave received his funeral service degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. He has proudly served the Northern New Mexico Community for 30 years as a Funeral Director and is looking forward to continuing for many more.

Leandra Varela
Funeral Service Intern – Santa Fe

Leandra grew up an only child in the small town of Pecos in Northern New Mexico. She has two amazing parents who have supported her every dream. After high school she attended both New Mexico Highlands University and Santa Fe community college, respectively and plans to finish her associate degree in the next year and continue to mortuary school in the future. Today, Leandra is in the process of obtaining her Funeral Service Intern General License. The funeral industry is so special to her. She relishes the opportunity to make a difference in the hardest time of someone’s life. Leandra is honored to be a part of that.

Anna Ivey
Funeral Service Intern – Albuquerque

Anna began her career in the funeral profession in November of 2009 in Las Cruces, NM as an Administrative Assistant and has been serving families for 11 years. In February of 2016, she moved to Albuquerque from Las Cruces, NM to join Riverside Funeral Home. Soon after Anna obtained her Funeral Service Intern License in Funeral Arranging and Directing.

Anna is rewarded daily by meeting families, helping them in the most difficult times and situations, and planning final arrangements for their loved ones in Albuquerque and surrounding areas. Anna has a passion for helping people who have lost a loved one because she experienced that at a young age. Anna holds an Associate Degree in Business Office Technology with Accounting concentration from Dona Ana Branch Community College and is licensed with New Mexico Board of Funeral Services.

In Anna’s spare time she tries to enjoy every moment with her kids, grand babies, mom, sister, and girl boxer dogs. Together we enjoy, hiking, cooking together, traveling New Mexico and Colorado, snowboarding, spending time at Elephant Butte Lake fishing or just hanging out.

Anna looks forward to continuing serving families in Albuquerque and all of New Mexico and will always strive for excellence at Riverside Funeral Home.

Amanda Stewart
Funeral Service Intern – Albuquerque

Amanda moved to Albuquerque in early 2017 with her husband Christopher (her Rock) and her three boys, Elijah, Tyler, and Landon Stewart. Amanda has been in the funeral profession since January of 2005, shortly after her father’s passing. Her father’s passing was very hard for Amanda so she joined this profession so that she could help other’s during the most difficult times of their lives. Amanda is very passionate about what she does, and she tries to make an influence with the families she serves daily. In her leisure time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, playing the guitar, and cuddling with her fur baby, Emoji. Amanda’s family understands how important her profession is to her and they support her 100 percent. Nothing makes her happier than to hear a family say that she made this process as smooth as possible for them.