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Our Family Helping Your Family. 
Since 1959 the Risher Family has been living and serving families in Montebello and Downey areas with warmth and understanding in their time of need. For two generations we have been committed to providing our friends and neighbors with sensitive, caring assistance, and have helped them create meaningful ceremonies, and services that honor those who have passed away, while meeting the emotional needs of family and friends. We always have a member of our friendly staff to assist you 24 hours every day of the week and we always have staff at our Montebello office to assist you.

Barbara Risher Welch
Corp. President / Funeral Director

When a Death Occurs
Sharing and Healing
Planning for the Future

Dear Barbara and staff at Risher Montebello Mortuary,

Please accept my sincere gratitude as well as my mother's and sisters for all your assistance with the funeral arrangements for my father Sylvester Denton.

My father had instructed us to go to Risher Mortuary at the appropriate time as he held your parents and you in such high esteem. With his sudden death, we needed to move fast with arrangements.

From the moment I walked into the door in that early hour on April 1, 2013, and met with you, I felt relieved that my father and our family would be taken care of with gentleness and understanding. You listened to what we told you our father would like and your suggestions matched our needs.

Your command of the situation took the burden off of our family and you were patient with us and we gathered some of the answers to the necessary paperwork that must be completed.

My father passed away early on a Monday morning and by early Wednesday we had all the planning in place and I know this could not have been accomplished without your services. We all will have the memory of a beautiful Rosary, funeral Mass and burial thanks to your efforts.


Diane Denton Malcoun

April 2013

Dear Barbara:

On behalf of my sister Eleanor and brother Sal, I would like to say thank you for overseeing the funeral arrangements on 02/03 and 02/04/2013, for my mother Marie Esquivel. When we met with you it was very apparent that your primary concern was to assist us and make suggestions that would help us with our final decisions. Thank you for arranging the service at St. Benedict's Church and ordering the flowers. We were so pleased with our mother's appearance. Everything was just perfect. And thank you for the availability of the reception room. It was such a relief and one less thing that we had to worry about.

A special thanks to Alan, who drove us to the church service, graveside service, and then back to the mortuary. Alan was very courteous and pleasant to be with. He offered to assist us in any way that we needed. It was a pleasure to have him as our driver.

A special thanks to Theresa. Having her present at the viewing was such a comfort. Her genuine greeting to our relatives and friends as they entered the mortuary was very much appreciated along with her willingness to help in any way. She set up the easels for our pictures that we wanted displayed. She did not hesitate in offering to set up the table center pieces for the reception. She assured me that everything would be ready. Just her being there made me realize that I could relax and that everything was going to be okay...and it certainly was.

Thank you again Barbara for everything. I would not hesitate in recommending Risher Mortuary to anyone needing this type of service.

Wishing you many more years of success and prosperity.

God bless you,

Marie Esquivel

January 2013

Dear Risher Mortuary,

Thank you for your professional and respectful service. Our family couldn't have picked a more excellent mortuary as yours. You are the best!

Our deepest gratitude,

The Molina and Melich Families

January 2013

Dear Barbara,

The Zacarias family has nothing but the deepest appreciation for the help you have given them regarding their quadruplets. My sister, Sue Niethamer, is also involved in bereavement here at St. Savio and is related to the Zacarias family and said you are thoughtful, thorough, and very pleasant to work with.

Thank you and God bless you for all you do for the families you serve.


Dianne Lumsdaine

November 2012

On behalf of my family, I would like to thank the Risher staff for the great service provided for our dear uncle Jose Reyes. Risher should be proud to have such caring and special employees.


Danny Calleros

November 2012

Thank you for the kind and thoughtful service you provided for our family. On behalf of the entire Hernandez and Garcia family, God bless!

Gilbert Garcia

November 2012

My mom's service was beautiful. Thank you for all your help. She looked so peaceful.


Regina Salas

November 2012

The family of Paul Allen would like to say "Thank you" to your staff for the kind consideration we experienced during the recent passing of my husband Paul Allen. From the day that hospice informed us that we should make arrangements; your staff was not only helpful, but made us feel cared for, thus we knew this is who we would like to have care for our loved one. After Paul's passing, Barbara worked diligently to meet our needs and took care of everything in a caring and timely manner. The graveside service was a beautiful experience for which we all would like to say "Thank you" to the whole staff and especially Barbara.


The family of Paul Allen

Harriet Allen-wife

Steven Allen and wife Susan

David Allen and wife Michelle.

August 2012

In loving memory of Robert Manuel Doten-my brother.

My dear friend, you have blessed and ministered God's love, care and relief to my broken heart. I can only say humbly, thank you. This is the only word usage in the English language to use but in my heart, it's not enough. So I pray every blessing on you from God Himself.

With love, appreciation, and gratitude,

Barbara Salcido

August 2012

Dear Barbara,

I want to thank you for all of your help with the arrangements for my husband, Jerry Shopfner. You are to be commended for all your hard work. Everything turned out wonderful. You and your staff did an excellent job.

I will definitely be recommending you to all.

Thank you,

Joyce Shopfner

August 2012

Thank you so much and your staff for everything that you did for my aunt/sister Julie Garza. What an excellent job you and your staff did.Tthank you from the bottom of our hearts for going above and beyond for us. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless you and may His love pour on you always.

Monica Arellano and family

August 2012


I would like to express my sincere thanks to each one of your staff at Risher Mortuary.  You made the death of my brother Hector more bearable with your kind words and deeds.  

A special thanks to you and Gloria for your concern, and kind, caring words and ways.


Victor Nunez

June 2012

If every flower in the world had a voice, their petals could not shower you as deep as my gratitude goes for how much your contribution to my father's memorial has meant to me and my family. The loving kindness and gentle care of the way things were handled have touched me unimaginably, I am honored to have been surrounded by such sincerity and Godly character directed toward us, that words are deemed useless to express my sincerest appreciation. Alone, words will never convey my gratitude, so may our Lord bless you for your sweet generosity. This world is a better place because of people like you. Thank you again for all you've done.

Suzy Q. Pereira

April 2012

I appreciate all the kindness and love you have shown to my family and myself. You're very special to all of us, especially me.

Thanks again,

Love, Dee Taylor

April 2012


Thank you so very much for your help, kindness, and so very much more! You are very special and a welcome support and friend when I needed you.

Thank you again.


Terri Chase

April 2012

Dear Barbara;

Thank you so much for beautiful acts of kindness & generosity to Christine's family.  I appreciate you and I KNOW they did too.

With love & light,

Lindee Brown Larsen

March 2012

Thank you so much for making my mother's funeral beautiful. All the hard work is greatly appreciated. I never thought losing my mother would be so difficult. I must remind myself she is at peace and not sufffering anymore.

Thank you,

Lea Marie DeJon

March 2012

Dear Barbara;

Thank you for your prayerful and professional attitude in handling Mary's services.  It all worked out well and I can know that Mary's wishes were carried out the way she wanted.  Thank you for all your work. 


Paul Holdridge


We do not have the words to thank you for all the help you gave us.

Our gratitude to you and all the others.


Mary and Mona Garcia

December 2011


Received the invitation to the Candle Lighting Remembrance. Going to this event does bring peace to my heart. Thank you for having this remembrance for the people in our community. It does help, a lot!!


Lisa Perez-Cappiello

November 2011


Thank you again for all your service, kindness and support you lent my family during my father's passing. It certainly made the arduous tasks more personal and possible.

As you may know, about a week after his service, I lost an officer to an on-duty related incident. Needless to say, my life has been upside down and I am only now trying, yet again, to move forward.

All our best to you and your family-

The Fagers

May 2011

Dear Barbara,

I can't thank you enough for making a difficult day into a beautiful and memorable day. Every detail was perfect. I'm so glad we were able honor Ray that way. Thank you for all you did to make it possible. It's something I will never forget. The pictures are beautiful. I will treasure them forever.


Barbara Sharpe

January 2011

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