Our knowledgeable staff are passionate about providing families guidance and support during the funeral planning process and well after the funeral. Together, we can honor your loved one’s life while beginning your grief journey.
Edgar Rodriguez is the Owner and Funeral Director for the Families First at Luz de Paz, (Funeraria Luz de Paz), Bridgeport, CT; He is a lifelong Bridgeport resident where he attended Central High School, class of 1988. He attended the Briarwood College where he received his degree in Applied Sciences with focus on Mortuary Science. He opened the funeral home in 1997 realizing there was a dire need to provide funeral services with the highest of standards and ethical practices the public and families deserve. He is extremely passionate in what he does and focuses on the needs of the families the funeral home serves. There is nothing Edgar will not do to make the family burden easier considering the circumstances they are confronting. Although the funeral home has grown where other employees are needed to also serve families, He is always just a phone call away to make sure things run as smoothly as possible because Families ALWAYS come first!
Colette Toni is a licensed funeral director, who has been with Families First at Luz de Paz, (Funeraria Luz de Paz) since November of 2012. Prior to her time at Families first at Luz de Paz, she worked as an intern in the funeral industry locally for three years. She graduated Cum Laude from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service where she received an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies. In addition, Colette holds a Bachelor of Science in Biobehavioral Psychology from the University of Vermont. Most Recently as of September 2018, Colette was married to Daniel Laprade and currently lives just 10 minutes away from our home to arrive within 15 minutes in the event a family needs us. Colette takes true pride in her work and embodies the epitome of everything Families First at Luz de Paz stands for. Know that she will only give you the highest level of care and attention and will settle for nothing less!
Martin Leon Colon has been employed with Familes First at Luz de Paz since May 2014. Currently he assists in many aspects of the operation of the funeral home. He tends to the families needs or requests during services and visitations. You may sometimes catch Martin in the Parking lot making sure the vehicles are safely parked and secure but he stops at nothing to get things done! Always willing and ready to do whatever is needed, he will be there for everyone who comes through our doors. You may see Martin in our Home during services, in your home if someone passes there, but know there is a little bit of Martin everywhere! He is nonstop!
Martin has a compassionate, caring, attentive disposition to assist in whichever way possible. We are glad Martin has become part of Funeraria Luz de Paz and look forward to many years of service with our firm. It is persons like Martin and the rest of our staff that strive for the best experience considering the circumstances for every family we serve. Never hesitate to ask Martin for assistance when you see him, if he can't, he will definitely guide you to where you can get a resolution to your question or concern.
Luis has been with us since 2006. A very quiet man, but one we can count on at anytime day or night. Luis has been an asset with our company since day one and we appreciate his willingness to be there 24/7.
He usually tends our Parking lot during services to make sure that if parking is available the attendees are able to park and exit in a comfortable fashion. if you approach him with a question or concern, he will immediately seek the answer or resolution for you.
Again, although quiet, don't let his quiet demeanor fool you he will get the answer for your question or a solution to your problem.We appreciate him and know that along with the rest of our staff, he will do whatever he can to make things happen for you.
Mirta has been part of our Funeral Home since its beginning in 1997.
She is a woman filled with an amazing disposition to overcome obstacles and making things happen. Nothing is impossible for her, just ask her! Mirta lives her life tending to needs of people, helping anyone who comes her way, in her church, in her private life, in her day job, basically anywhere she can.
During calling hours and at times during the funeral service she will tend to the needs and questions of attendees and families we are serving. She always goes above and beyond to make sure a family is served with dignity, respect, professionalism & the compassion they deserve. A woman with a determined disposition never afraid of a challenge, yet simply a woman who lives her life serving others. In conclusion, a woman proud to be the mother of the owner, Edgar Rodriguez.
Orlando has been with our funeral home since 1997. Orlando is a very quiet, humble man but with a heart of Gold always always wanting to help anyone who comes his way. Orlando usually tends to the parking lot during large services and together with others in our staff they make sure parking is as available as it can be for any attendees to a service at our facility.
Orlando also tends to the maintenance needs of our firm and makes sure that whatever needs immediate attention he is always a phone call away. He never says hes unavailable. He is a wonderful man and if approached always has the disposition to assist in whatever way possible. In conclusion a man who the owner, Edgar Rodriguez, calls his dad, because he is.
Jeff along with his wife Annie is the owner of the funeral home. Jeff is a 1985 graduate of Wayne State University’s Mortuary Science Program.
He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University which he earned in 1992. He enjoys exercising and spending time off with his children – Maggie, Jack and Peter.
Jeff and his family are members of the St. Basil Catholic Church. When time allows, Jeff likes to be active in our community and is a member of the Kiwanis Club, Loyal Order of the Moose, Sons of the American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus. In 2013, Jeff and his family were the St. Basil Knights of Columbus Family of the year.
Jeff was recognized by the Bobby Walker Administration with their Leadership Award in 2010. He was also recognized by the First Spiritual Church of Covert for his role in community leadership in 2015.