Newell-Hoerling's Mortuary | Dedicated Service Since 1907

Our Staff


We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Staff members of Newell Hoerling's Mortuary 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 of licensed funeral directors. 

Lori Keilwitz

Lori Keilwitz

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Lori is a licensed Funeral Director and she joined Newell-Hoerling's Mortuary in July of 2015. My life has been devoted to helping families by providing the care for their loved ones in hospital and nursing home settings as well as in home care. The years of doing this has given me an appreciation for the value of life, love and family. I now continue this work in the form of helping families through the difficult process of bereavement resulting from loss. Every family is important to me and I work diligently to improve the value of our service in order to better serve the families in our community.


Micah Galvez

Micah Galvez

Manager, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Micah moved to Chehalis, WA after graduating from Cypress College with an A.S. in Mortuary Science.  As a former licensed EMT-B and a former security guard, Micah has a significant amount of experience helping people through difficult times.  Serving the community has always been a priority for Micah.  He has always been very active in the community and has volunteered with several organizations including the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and the Midnight Mission on skid row.  He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Lewis County Seniors as well as serving as Secretary for the Mighty 1290 Centralia/Chehalis Toastmasters group.


Dawn Staggs

Dawn Staggs

Pre-planning & Aftercare Consultant, Memorial Marker Sales

Dawn Staggs joined the Newell-Hoerling's team in March of 2019 as a Pre-planning & Aftercare Consultant and Memorial Marker Salesperson.

Dawn is a longtime resident of the twin cities and was involved with our community for several years helping families to memorialize loved ones as Manager of Centralia Monument. She enjoys helping families to tell the story of their loved one with a memorial that will tell that story for generations to come.

Dawn enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and renovating her home as well as helping friends with their own home improvement projects.


Russ Weeks, CFSP

Russ Weeks, CFSP

President & Owner

A Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and President of Weeks’ Funeral Homes, Russ was born and raised in Enumclaw, WA. After graduating from Enumclaw High School, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Puget Sound and an Associates degree in funeral service education from Mt. Hood Community College. In 1990 Russ returned to Enumclaw and joined the family firm. He is a two-term President of the Washington State Funeral Directors’ Association and was voted Washington’s Funeral Director of the Year in 2002. Russ and his brother Doug own or operate 9 funeral homes and 4 cemeteries in the Greater Puget Sound region. They pride themselves on offering the best customer service possible. Russ and his wife Kelley (also an Enumclaw native) have 3 children, Corissa, Trevor, and Ryan. They are active members of Wabash Presbyterian Church and believe their most important responsibility is to introduce their children to a personal relationship with Jesus. With all 3 of their children either in college or just graduating, they plan to spend more time travelling and volunteering with various community and church organizations.


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