History and Staff

Designed for our families to be comfortable and peaceful, our home features an intimate chapel and viewing area, a spacious lobby and a kitchen that families can use to serve food and refreshments to their guests. 

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.

Vic and Nadine Savino
Founders

Vic and Nadine understand that death is a sad but inevitable part of life, and families praise their quality service and respectful, compassionate understanding.

Vic has managed individual mortuaries, national funeral and cemetery corporation facilities in the San Francisco Bay area, and facilities in the high desert.  He also served as Vice-President of Operations at a mortuary-cemetery complex in Orange County.

Nadine has worked for a national funeral and cemetery corporation, and now manages Legacy’s local mortuary offices.  Her background as an office professional is a perfect complement to Vic’s industry experience.

License: FDR 920



Ted Nilsen
Service Director

Ted Nilsen has been a funeral service professional since 1970. Prior to joining the Legacy staff, he was employed with the San Diego County Medical Examiners Office for 33 years. His last position was Examining Room Supervisor. Ted is a 1973 graduate of the California College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed Embalmer, Funeral Director and a member of the British Institute of Embalmers. He is also a member of Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, NU Chapter.

Ted feels his compassion for families at a very difficult time was his calling in life.



Emily Scheet
Apprentice Embalmer

Emily had the desire to be a part of the funeral profession for as long as she can remember. Born and raised in San Diego, Emily attended Cypress College to further her education and graduated with her Mortuary Science Degree as well as receiving her Funeral Directors license. She served a year in the profession before becoming an apprentice embalmer. Emily joined the Legacy Funeral Care Family to use her acquired preparation room talents in the areas of funeral assistance, embalming, cosmetics and restorative art. She plays an important role at Legacy Funeral Care in helping honor and serve the community.  



Georgette Corral
Funeral Attendant

Georgette's main duty at Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care is to work directly with the San Diego County Health Department of Vital Statistics to file death certificates. She is also an apprentice embalmer. She previously attended Cypress College, majoring in Mortuary Science. She hopes to be able to complete the course whenever time allows. 



Rudee Slavik
Funeral Director/Embalmer

Rudee has worked for a private, family owned company and gone on to manage for an international funeral and cemetery corporation. She now works as a licensed funeral director with Legacy’s local mortuary office, and as a licensed embalmer, oversees the preparation of loved ones in their care.

Rudee knew at a young age that her calling was in funeral service. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, she attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and received her Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science. Rudee understands that each death is difficult and unique and the special relationships that families hold dear are to be honored. She focuses to take care of all the details while developing a lasting impression of comfort and care with each family.



Cassandra Pimentel
Funeral Arranger

Cassandra lived right next to a funeral home at an early age. She walked in and introduced herself, never knowing that it would be a life-changer. After volunteering at a young age for two funeral homes, she realized that comforting others during a difficult time was her calling in life.

Cassandra attended Cypress College, majoring in Mortuary Science. During that time, she had a beautiful daughter and made the decision to dismiss herself from the program in order to focus on her family. She hopes that one day she’ll be able to return and complete the program.

A year later she joined an international funeral and cemetery corporation and learned to preform various tasks. Also, she served as a crematory operator for a smaller family-owned funeral home. A couple of years later she joined Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care and her role is to help families find the closure they need to let their loved one’s rest, meanwhile comforting and caring for each family.