Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief. Staff members of Lakeside Colonial Chapel are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff.

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Edward Pochay Operations Manager, Funeral Arranger, Crematory Operator, Removal Tech edward.p@lakesidecolonialchapel.com

Edward started with CSG in 2018 as a part time Removal Tech.  Today he is the Operations Manager, certified funeral arranger and cremetory operator.  Edward has worked with non-profits since 2008.  Today he continues to work with empathy, compassion, and integrity as an expression of gratitude for life.  

He considers it an honor to be part of this stage of the families journey

Edward enjoys church, Icho Ryu Aiki Jitsu,  time with his 2 cats. A snow bengal and F4 savannah, and growing bonsai tress from seed.

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen 11:1

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Anthony Banar Funeral Arranger, Removal Technician, and Crematory Operator

Anthony has been serving families in the funeral industry since 2016. He first started working funeral services for Miller Funeral Home in Folsom, CA. Anthony is always happy to help families in their time of need.

Anthony graduated in 2017 from Futures High School in Sacramento, CA and then furthered his education at American River College. He attends and serves at Missionary Gospel Church in Fair Oaks, CA and Bridgeway Christian Church in Roseville, CA.

Anthony enjoys and prioritizes spending time with family and friends. On his free time, Anthony likes to serve at church, travel/ hike, and spend time with his dogs (2 great pyrenees named Millie and Gordo). Anthony’s hobbies consist of playing the guitar, participating and watching sports, and collecting watches.

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Mark Eliason Pre-Need m_eliason715@yahoo.com

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Matt Almas Funeral Arranger, Crematory Operator matt.almas@outlook.com

Matt joined Chapel of the Twin Cities staff in May of 2019. His compassionate heart for serving others founded on his Christian morals allows him to treat each family as if they were his own. Matt takes joy in being able to work with each family by discovering and learning about their loved one and their wishes in order to ensure a meaningful tribute. He enjoys uncovering unique traits about each families loved ones and arranging funerals in such ways that those traits are displayed. Matt  views this opportunity to be a light to all who walks through our doors.

”Having the opportunity to love and serve families through such difficult times is truly an honor”

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Victor Semenyuk Funeral Director/ Embalmer v-semenyuk@hotmail.com

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Valeriy Shishkin Operations Manager vshishkin916@hotmail.com

Born In Ukraine and raised in Sacramento County. Val moved to the Yuba-Sutter area in 2017. Val married his beautiful wife Vanessa in 2015 and they have two beautiful kids, Adam and Mila. His compassionate heart for serving others founded on his Christian morals allows him to treat each family as if they were his own. Prior to joining the Funeral Family Val spent nine years as a manager in the Food Industry. Honesty and Integrity are one of his strong character traits he holds dear to himself. In his spare time, he enjoys playing Basketball, Jui jutsu and Spending time with his wife, kids and two dogs Frankie and Kiba. 

“Honesty saves everyone’s time.”

Edward Pochay

Operations Manager, Funeral Arranger, Crematory Operator, Removal Tech
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Edward started with CSG in 2018 as a part time Removal Tech.  Today he is the Operations Manager, certified funeral arranger and cremetory operator.  Edward has worked with non-profits since 2008.  Today he continues to work with empathy, compassion, and integrity as an expression of gratitude for life.  

He considers it an honor to be part of this stage of the families journey

Edward enjoys church, Icho Ryu Aiki Jitsu,  time with his 2 cats. A snow bengal and F4 savannah, and growing bonsai tress from seed.

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen 11:1

Anthony Banar

Funeral Arranger, Removal Technician, and Crematory Operator
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Anthony has been serving families in the funeral industry since 2016. He first started working funeral services for Miller Funeral Home in Folsom, CA. Anthony is always happy to help families in their time of need.

Anthony graduated in 2017 from Futures High School in Sacramento, CA and then furthered his education at American River College. He attends and serves at Missionary Gospel Church in Fair Oaks, CA and Bridgeway Christian Church in Roseville, CA.

Anthony enjoys and prioritizes spending time with family and friends. On his free time, Anthony likes to serve at church, travel/ hike, and spend time with his dogs (2 great pyrenees named Millie and Gordo). Anthony’s hobbies consist of playing the guitar, participating and watching sports, and collecting watches.

Mark Eliason

Pre-Need
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Matt Almas

Funeral Arranger, Crematory Operator
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Matt joined Chapel of the Twin Cities staff in May of 2019. His compassionate heart for serving others founded on his Christian morals allows him to treat each family as if they were his own. Matt takes joy in being able to work with each family by discovering and learning about their loved one and their wishes in order to ensure a meaningful tribute. He enjoys uncovering unique traits about each families loved ones and arranging funerals in such ways that those traits are displayed. Matt  views this opportunity to be a light to all who walks through our doors.

”Having the opportunity to love and serve families through such difficult times is truly an honor”

Victor Semenyuk

Funeral Director/ Embalmer
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Valeriy Shishkin

Operations Manager
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Born In Ukraine and raised in Sacramento County. Val moved to the Yuba-Sutter area in 2017. Val married his beautiful wife Vanessa in 2015 and they have two beautiful kids, Adam and Mila. His compassionate heart for serving others founded on his Christian morals allows him to treat each family as if they were his own. Prior to joining the Funeral Family Val spent nine years as a manager in the Food Industry. Honesty and Integrity are one of his strong character traits he holds dear to himself. In his spare time, he enjoys playing Basketball, Jui jutsu and Spending time with his wife, kids and two dogs Frankie and Kiba. 

“Honesty saves everyone’s time.”