We are located in Chico, CA about 90 miles north of Sacramento. Our office is conveniently located at 1353 East 8th Street, one block west of the Golden State Highway (Highway 99) at the Bartlett Street intersection as you head toward downtown Chico. Our office is located just a few blocks from the California State University’s Chico campus, as well as Lower Bidwell Park and the Bidwell mansion.
Our service area includes northern California from Yuba and Sutter Counties to the Oregon border and from I-5 east to the Nevada border. The Chico office has the largest service area of any Neptune Society office and we take pride in being able to service Neptune Society members who retire to all parts of our beautiful north state.
We are involved in our local community as well as organizations that support families who are facing the loss of a loved one. We are members of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association, and attend local events such as the CARD Center Senior Fair. We also hold an annual Holiday Open House in our office where we collect donations for Toys for Tots.
Chico is known as the “City of Roses” and is the largest city in Butte County, California, with a population of more than 85,000 people. Chico is home to California State University, Chico, which has an enrollment of more than 17,000 students. The Chico area also includes nearby towns and cities: Paradise, Oroville, Durham, Cohasset, Dayton, Nord, and Forest Ranch.
Chico is home to one of the nation’s largest city parks: Bidwell Park. Bidwell Park accounts for nearly 17% of Chico’s land area, and includes a golf course as well as the historic home of General John and Annie Bidwell, who were among the founders of the city of Chico. Today, the park sprawls across 3,670 acres, covering nearly eleven miles, straddling Big Chico Creek from the Bidwell Mansion in downtown Chico up into the foothills of Upper Park.
We look forward to serving families and individuals who are in need of respectful, sensitive and professional cremation services and advice. If a death has occurred or you are in need of immediate assistance, please call us at (530) 345-7200 or (800) 445-3551.
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Licensed Funeral Director and Manager
Margaret Mundt began her career in the funeral industry 41 years ago with the Neptune Society of Northern CA in San Francisco and was instrumental in the early years of Neptune Society. In 1987, she moved to Paradise, CA and opened the Neptune Society branch in Chico where she continues to serve families today. She is the licensed Funeral Director and Manager of our Chico location.
Margaret and her husband, Michael, have 2 adult daughters, both graduates of UC Davis and pursuing graduate degrees in the medical field. Following the loss of their home in the 2018 Paradise Camp Fire, they relocated to Butte Creek Canyon and are enjoying making new memories and enjoying all that Chico and the surrounding area offers.
Erica Mittendorff has been a Funeral Arranger with the Neptune Society of Northern California’s Chico branch since 2018. She feels honored to help individuals plan ahead and also help families through one of the hardest times we endure as survivors suffering loss.
She is a very proud mother and lives locally with her husband Paul. As a family, they love to craft, play music, and spend as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors. Erica’s working career has been in various customer service roles. After working with the Neptune Society of Northern CA, she has found funeral service to be the most rewarding.
Certified Pre-Arrangement Advisor
Dan Bailey has been our Certified Pre-Arrangement Advisor and Counselor for the Neptune Society of Northern California Chico Branch since early 2017. Having previously worked in the medical field and as a first responder, “I have seen firsthand the importance of pre-planning and what an incredible gift it is for our loved ones. I am genuinely humbled and honored to help people while planning their final wishes. I truly believe it is never too early to protect our loved ones in the future”. He is part of a sixth generation Chico family with deep roots in the North State. He is an active member of the Chico Elks Lodge, enjoys Chico’s wonderful community events, the great outdoors and relaxing creekside at home.
Jon Flachsbarth is a longtime Chico resident and has been in funeral service with the Neptune Society of Northern CA, Chico Branch for 14 years.
Being the first contact families have during the loss of their loved one requires compassion, understanding, and a caring professional. This part of Jon’s work is what he finds most rewarding.
Jon enjoys RVing in his spare time with his wife, Elke and their dogs. Jon is an Officer of the Chico Elks Lodge and volunteers on many of their charity events. Jon also helps his fellow veterans with fund raising through the Elks Lodge.
Nathan Velasquez and has been serving families at the Neptune Society since 2015. Since then he has simultaneously pursued his bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Manufacturing and is in his final year of study at Chico State. While not working at Neptune, Nathan takes pleasure in cooking, car wrenching, fishing, listening to music, and world news/politics. He is passionately committed to doing the very best job possible for families in the critical time after a loved one’s passing.
Michael Dursteler has worked at the Neptune Society of Northern California Chico for four years. As a recent graduate of California State University, Chico with a Bachelors in History, he plans to teach high school social studies. He is passionate about assisting families in their time of need. Ensuring the Neptune Society’s goal of being supportive and accommodating for all customers is extremely important to him. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and fishing.
Dana Daniell has been with the Neptune Society of Northern California’s Chico Branch for 5 years. Dana finds his service to others an important and meaningful part of his job.
He is originally from North Carolina having graduated from Barton College and Lexington Theological Seminary. He is a former minister and has worked with several organizations who give support to people with disabilities. He is fluent in American Sign Language and is currently an ASL instructor at Butte Community College. He is the father of two young adults and has one grandchild. He enjoys miniature trains, collecting gem stones, bluegrass music, and taking long walks.
Paul Mittendorff is the newest member of the Neptune Society of Northern California’s Chico Branch. A northern California native, after residing in several states Paul has made Butte County his family’s home. Through his quiet and calm demeanor, he cares deeply for those entrusted into the Neptune Society’s care.
He enjoys quality time with family and friends. Paul enjoys music, writing short stories, and helping others.
Neptune Society of Northern California’s Chico office provides packaged cremation services and advice to meet the growing need for preplanned and at-need cremations. Today, more than 40% of Americans choose cremation, as compared to only two or three percent just a generation ago.
Why the increase in popularity? Cremation is a cost-effective and environmentally sensitive way to remember your loved ones at a fraction of the cost of a typical funeral and memorial service. Preplanning your cremation takes these advantages even further, allowing you to choose the cremation and memorial services you want before you have a need. It also is a gift for your family, saving them the time and expense of handling these difficult details after your passing.
Our Chico location works with all National Cemeteries. The nearest National Cemeteries to our office include:
Northern California Veterans Cemetery
11800 Gas Point Road
Igo, CA 96047-0076
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
5810 Midway Road
Dixon, CA 95620
Eagle Point National Cemetery
2763 Riley Road
Eagle Point, OR 97524
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