Compassionate Funeral Professionals in the
Ferndale & Bellingham Area
John William Moles, 4th Generation Owner/Manager Moles Farewell Tributes, Bellingham
As fourth-generation steward of the Moles family business, John continues to find meaning in facilitating a team of associates providing innovative healing for those experiencing a loss. John’s background includes serving the community through numerous nonprofits and service organizations, and his schooling includes the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific, and the MBA program at Western Washington.
John has served in all positions in funeral and cemetery operations and has maintained a special focus serving the people of the Nooksack and Lummi Nations. John and his wife of over 20 lovely years, Anathea, are raising a family of nine children on a farm on Lummi Island.
Michael Anderson, Director of Family Services
Joining Moles in 2001 and after assisting a family suffering with the loss of a loved one Michael realized immediately he had found his calling. Combining a passion to serve those in need of cemetery arrangements at the worst time in their lives along with the opportunity to serve others planning their own wishes for the future; both farewell tributes (aka funeral/cremation arrangements) and memorialization (aka memorial headstones and cemetery arrangements), has proven to be the most fulfilling of career choices. Moles Farewell Tributes provides Michael with the freedom and continued encouragement to exercise degrees in business administration (MBA) and marketing to create and oversee the development of new gardens at the companies cemetery; Greenacres Memorial Park, memorialization offerings and customized farewell tributes. Through ongoing training and staff development Michael enjoys sharing his knowledge and years of experience to help and join his fellow team members provide every family served with the caring and professional attention they deserve and value in funeral care.
Dedicated to creating meaningful healing experiences
Brian is a lifelong resident of the most beautiful place on earth, residing in rural Whatcom County with his wife, daughter, and Jack the dog. After a satisfying career as a fine woodworker, Brian came to work for Moles Farewell Tributes in 2009 to develop our Green Burial offerings. Since that transition Brian has been privileged to work with families in a variety of capacities at all our locations, and is now the managing funeral director at our Bellingham location. He is an energetic and engaged community member with a passion for helping others create unique, and meaningful healing experiences. Brian has served on the Board of Trustees for HonorWorks and is the Past President of the Green Burial Council, an international non-profit engaged in certification for green burial offerings. He takes every opportunity to get out and enjoy the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest. You may have caught Brian around Whatcom County performing as a professional storyteller.
Dr. Dale Pollard, Funeral Director/Celebrant
Dr. Dale Pollard is the funeral director for our Ferndale location. He is our lead celebrant and offers families a personalized tribute for their loved one and helps families in the beginning phases of mourning. Dale completed his Doctorate in Spiritual Formation in 2007 concentrating on the spirituality of palliative care as well as focusing on the process and journey of loss and grief.
Ed J. Wahl, Embalmer/Funeral Director
A member of a pioneer Whatcom County family, Ed was born in Bellingham, graduated from Bellingham High School, Western Washington University and the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He received a Master of Public Health degree in Health Services Administration from UCLA and was elected to membership in the American College of Hospital Administrators.
A licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for over 50 years, Ed received an appointment by the governor and served for ten years on the Washington State Regulatory Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. Ed is a U.S. Army veteran and has three children. His son is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a retired Navy officer and lives in Bethesda, MD. His daughters live in Asheville, NC and New Braunfels,TX
Alexandria McEldowney, Funeral Director/Embalmer Intern
Alexandria hails from a large Native Alaskan family. She has worked as a Federal Park Ranger in each of the west coast states, and Arizona. In 2014, when Alexandria and her husband landed in Whatcom County, they knew that had found home. After the death of a family member in 2013, Alexandria was inspired to return to school and become a funeral director. Four years later she graduated from Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Through her own experiences with grief, and through daily helping families deal with loss, Alexandria has come to view grief as a swirling patchwork of emotion, trials, and alas, checklists. It is a calling to walk alongside families, supporting them through their own grief work. She has seen firsthand the peace that can come when folks, with the right support, roll up their sleeves and physically, tangibly work through their experiences during and after a loss. Alexandria is honored to express her deep commitment to the wonderful Whatcom County community by facilitating life changing, healing experiences.
Gene Morales, Funeral Director
Hailing from New Jersey, Gene is new to Bellingham, and has rapidly acclimated to the many charms of Whatcom County. Gene received undergraduate and law degrees from Rutgers University, and completed his Funeral Service degree at Mercer County College, all in NJ.
He lives with his wife, Kati, and two step-daughters. Among various interests, Gene enjoys cooking and craft beer, exploring nature, weightlifting, and trivia games.
He is excited to be a part of the Moles team and to serve the families of this vibrant community.
Jody Johnson, Administrative Assistant
Jody began working for Moles Farewell Tributes in 2000 and has been a resident of Whatcom County since she was six.
She and her husband, Steve, have two grown children and 4 grandchildren, who she loves spending time with. When she's not serving families at Moles, she enjoys beading every chance she can get and selling her pieces at local craft shows. Jody is honored to be serving families in her community by guiding them through the process of funeral planning and aftercare.
Kathy Bastow, Accountant
Kathy has lived in Bellingham since it was a small town of 40K. Born and raised on both coasts, California and New Jersey, she chose Bellingham based on its proximity to the beautiful bay, mountains, lake and rivers. Kathy holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University. She received her Master of Arts in Behavioral Science, with an emphasis in Leadership and Organizational Development from City University. She has served in the role of controller over the past 15 years in for profit manufacturing, distribution and service businesses as well as serving as finance manager in non-profit organizations.
Kathy enjoys working in the Moles environment where improvement and learning are a strong cultural work value. She respects and appreciates working with the kind, communicative and empathetic co-workers that surround her and who provide assistance to the families’ that Moles serves. In addition, to loving the challenges of the accounting work at Moles, Kathy is a prolific artist and craftsperson in her personal life. She’s an avid painter, jeweler, tinkerer, guitar player and gardener.
Jonathan Jackson, Family Service Advisor
Jonathan has a deep passion for serving others, and also to create strong and trusting relationships with those in his community. He spends a large portion of his time outside of work serving others in a ministry that helps people work through grief and loss. He was born and raised in Whatcom county, and plans never to leave this amazing place.
Jonathan and his lovely wife Cassie enjoy the adventure of raising their 5 beautiful children. Being a father is one of his greatest joys (and challenges). Jonathan also loves to keep up with all of the latest advancements in technology, so he is regularly reading blogs and articles about all things electronic.
Jonathan has expressed that there is a deep satisfaction he experiences by helping families in their time of need, but also in helping to get their arrangements completed before loss has occurred. Educating the local community about the importance and benefits of being prepared for the end of one’s life is very important to him.
Tina Metz, Family Service Advisor
Tina Metz joined Moles as a Family Service Advisor during the Festival of Flags 2017. Previously, she worked at the Christian Healthcare Center in Lynden as a Certified Nursing Assistant. After experiencing great personal loss, she has a heart for helping others going through grief. She sees the value and healing that can come through celebrating and memorializing each loved one’s life. As a Family Service Advisor, she is passionate about the value and importance of advance planning.
Tina has lived in Whatcom County since moving from Montana at the age of 4. Tina has one son, who lives close by with his wife and adorable daughter. She loves to travel, enjoys gardening (passed down from her parents), art, swimming, long walks down at Boulevard Park, and spending time with family and friends. Tina feels very honored to be part of the Moles family.
Lisa Zerbes, Family Service Advisor
Lisa has always had a huge passion for helping others and is able to do that here at Moles Farewell Tributes in a way that takes that wonderful characteristic to an even deeper level within our communities.
Lisa and her husband Pete of over 15 years relocated to Bellingham in 2012 and along with their 2 sweet daughters have made Whatcom County their forever home. They enjoy being tourists within the PNW as well as throughout British Columbia and are always open to new family adventures. Lisa also keeps busy with activities driven by her entrepreneurial spirit as well as taking care of the family cat Tommy, dog Daisy and dwarf lionhead bunny Stella.
Giving back is something that Lisa and her family never lose sight of throughout their day. From playing a key role in our annual Festival of Flags event each Memorial Day to volunteering resources for local organizations and schools they live the importance of these activities every day.
Lisa truly enjoys her calling here as a Family Services Advisor on our team to work with individuals and families at their time of need or prior to that need. She enjoys explaining the value of the process and making it as efficient and easy for you as possible in creating the ultimate gift for your loved ones.
Maureen, Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in California, Maureen is new to Whatcom County, but she loves learning all that Bellingham has to offer.
As well as administrative work, Maureen is also part of the Moles first call team and assists with services and receptions.
April Morehouse, Accounting Assistant
April was born and raised in Marysville, WA and moved to Bellingham in 2008. She now resides in Blaine with her husband, Jake, and dog, Lucy.
Working in accounting for over a decade, she is excited to bring her talents and caring heart to Moles.
Avah Moles, Administrative Assistant
Avah Moles is the fifth generation of the Moles family to work in the family business. As cemetery administrator, she works alongside the Family Service Advisor Team and assists families in creating memorial markers for their loved one. Avah also serves as the chairperson for the Festival of Flags, and is grateful to have this opportunity to honor those who have served our country.
In her free time, she loves working with kids as a violin teacher, singing, leading worship, and studying for her bachelor’s degree in history.
Ryan Christie, Grounds Superintendent
Ryan joined the Greenacres team at a time of great challenges and changes in the park. He is a life long resident of Whatcom County with a vast majority of it spent in the Ferndale area. His background in agriculture, heavy equipment operation, construction and leadership has proven to be a good fit. Ryan is a graduate of Ferndale High school after which he served honorably in the U.S. Marines before becoming a Firefighter/Emt with Whatcom County Fire District 7 (Ferndale) in 2010. He is the proud Father of 4 Daughters who needless to say keep him on his toes. Ryan enjoys helping those who can not help themselves and volunteers his time, energy and skills to many charitable causes throughout the community.
Chris Cowen, Grounds Crew Member
Chris has lived in Ferndale his whole life and has had a variety of experiences which led him to begin working at Moles. He has experience with serving the community in a variety of ways including volunteering with Whatcom County Fire District 7 as a Firefighter and EMT. Since beginning at Moles, Chris has enjoyed working with families to make sure that their experience is exactly what they want it to be. Chris oversees all the burial operations that make our cemetery run smoothly.
Marie Honrud, Celebrant & Administrative Assistant
As a lifelong resident of Ferndale, Marie has a special connection with Whatcom County and it’s families. Her family has been in Ferndale since the 1880’s and 3 of her grandparents homesteaded in Whatcom County. At an age when most women would be ending their career, Marie tackled college and graduated from WWU in 2012 with a teaching degree. After being a substitute teacher for 3 years and giving it “the old college try” to land a teaching job, Marie decided to look for a more unorthodox career that would embrace all her creativity, storytelling and passion. Being at Moles has done just that. She not only gets to greet people as they tentatively walk through the door and make them feel at home, she also has the opportunity to craft a very personal farewell for those who have passed away. Whether it is creating a display of memorabilia that symbolizes someone’s life or telling their story by taking on the role of Celebrant at their memorial service. She will always meet you with a smile and an outpouring of love and respect.