It is not always possible to pay respects in person, so we hope that this small token will help.
A gift to your family, sparing them hard decisions at an emotional time.
Our Experienced Staff
Each of the staff members at Welch Funeral Home is committed to providing your family with the finest in personal end-of-life care. In fact, for years, it’s been comforting for area families to know that we are available to help at any time of the day or night.
When a loved one dies, all you need to do is make one phone call. From that moment on, we’ll take on the responsibilities of the physical care of your loved one, and the emotional care of those left behind.
Please take a few minutes to get to know our funeral home staff. We’re sure you’ll find each of us to be all that you would hope for in a trusted funeral professional.
|John W. Welch II, Funeral Director / Owner|
A Northern Neck Native with over 55 years experience. He apprenticed with Joseph W. Bliley Company, Richmond; Employed by the former Sanford Funeral Home, Montross (Subsequently purchased by Welch); Founder of Welch Funeral Home; purchased the former T.D. Marks Funeral Home in 1992, which is now the Marks Chapel and was relocated to Haynesville, Va. Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
|J. Paul Welch II, Funeral Director / Owner|
Northern Neck Native; 25 years experience; Apprenticed with Woody Funeral Home, Richmond and Welch Funeral Home; Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer; Co-owner and General Manager of Welch Funeral Home, Manager of Marks Chapel,Warsaw/Haynesville. Licensed Crematorium operator. Former President of the Independent Funeral Homes of Virginia. Former Board member of the State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. Married to the former Julie Germain in 1990. Father to Emma Douglass Welch and John W. Welch III.
|Amaris N. Bandy, Funeral Service Licensee|
Amaris joined the Funeral Home in January of 2013. She served an internship and became a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in 2014. She also is a certified crematory operator. Amaris has impressed us all with her attention to detail and care for families. We are so lucky to have her as part of our family was well. Upon the retirement of long time Director, V. Wade Wilkins, Amaris has taken over as Manager of the Montross Chapel. She is excited to take over in caring for families at our original funeral home with its 54 year history.
|Lenna Daiger, Office Manager|
Lenna joined our business is the fall of 2015. Her business knowledge and kind way with families is a wonderful addition to our funeral home family. We are blessed to have her.
|John Dunn, Funeral Assistant/Monument Specialist|
John joined the Funeral Home in 2004. He is a Funeral Assistant, helping families through the entire process. John is also a Monument Specialist and oversees Monument lettering and setting. John is an important part of our caring for families.
|Ann Rubio, Funeral Service Licensee|
Ann joined the Welch family in April of 2017. She recently became a licensed funeral director, after graduating with honors from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Ann previously worked with Riverside Hospice as a Bereavement Counselor. She will add a layer of aftercare to our family of caring professionals. Ann wants to initiate regular grief counseling sessions to help those suffering after a loss. We are lucky to have Ann, as caring for people is very important to her.
|Sarah Welch Hughes, Funeral Assistant/Monument Designer|
Sarah grew up in the Montross Funeral Home along with Paul and was helping from a young age. She recently retired from the banking industry where she had worked in Customer Service for nearly 40 years. Sarah's people skills and attention to detail will be a wonderful addition to our team.
|Emma Saunders, Funeral Assistant/ Intern|
Emma joined our family in 2020, after graduating with Honors from Northumberland High School. She is currently serving a Funeral Service Internship and will attend Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. We are glad a local young lady has joined our team to help us care for area families.
|Ben Shepherd, Funeral Assistant|
Ben Shepherd is a graduate of Rappahannock High School and an MP in the Army Reserve. We appreciate his service to our country! Ben was hired in 2020 as a Funeral Assistant . He will be assisting with funerals, managing our Crematory, and helping in monument installation. We are happy Ben joined our family!
|Ruth Packett, Part time office & Funeral assistant|
Ruth has been with us since the closing of her business in Montross. She helps us on a regular basis in the office & is ever present, greeting people at most funerals and visitations. We are very lucky to have this sweet lady on our team.