Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Christina is President and CEO of the Felix H. Morales Funeral Home, established in 1931 by her grandparents, Felix and Angela Morales. Located in Houston’s east end, the Felix H. Morales Funeral Home successfully established itself as the first to serve Houston’s Latino community. The Morales family paved the way for other Hispanic businesses by making shrewd business decisions, having courage and tenacity.
Christina took on the challenge of carrying on the family legacy with great pride. She began her tenure as President in 1993, having attended The Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, where she served as President of the Honor Society. A certified embalmer herself, Christina strives to provide caring, personalized funerals with empathy. She and her staff have continued to provide the same exceptional service to families as her grandparents did before her.
Christina continues to carry out what she considers two of her greatest achievements: leading her family business to its 85th year and initiating its annual Back to School Supplies Giveaway - the only giveaway in Houston providing free and complete packs of schools supplies as required by HISD. In the past 20 years Christina has helped supply more than 20,000 packs to Pre-K through High School students but her focus on solely educating the Latino youth of the East End has uncovered new initiatives – to promote good nutrition and physical fitness along with education. In this new effort Christina has partnered with UT Health and is excited to sustain this relationship for her community.
An avid volunteer, Christina has held numerous positions for various charities and community organizations. Christina served as advisory board chair of Ripley House where she received the volunteer of the year award. Tasked with choosing a new design for the Ripley House building, she continues to support its charitable events. She also serves as board member of the Houston Community College Foundation, the East End Foundation, and the Center for Mexican American Studies Advisory Board, Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board, and the Committee of the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. She also served on Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Transition Committee.
While Christina has long volunteered in a myriad of ways, her passion for giving back has not been overlooked. Her most recent accolades include the selection to be in the 2015 class of Women on the Move; being named one of Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2015 by Houston Woman Magazine; the 2016 Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Award for Education; and she was selected as 2016 Woman of the Year by the Solo Mujeres Magazine for her inspirational work in the community.
Christina resides in the East End and has two children, Anthony Krasnick who works for Tommie Vaughn Ford and Angela Krasnick who graduated from UT McCombs and now lives in New York City. She enjoys furthering her business education, having completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program and the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative Program. She is about to begin the Fellows Program for the American Leadership Forum. When she isn’t saving the world, Christina enjoys sharing her home cooked meals with family and friends and attending sporting events for her favorite Houston teams. You just may have seen her throwing the Astros first pitch!
Joe L. Morales
Funeral SpecialistRead Bio
Joe Morales is a Funeral Specialist at Felix H. Morales Funeral Home. Originally from Houston Texas, he started working at Morales Funeral Home on April 1, 2013. Joe has always worked around the family business off and on. However, a few years back he decided to fully dedicate himself to upholding the great name he was given, Morales, and learn the skills of what his family business does best. They strive to give families the best funeral service they can provide. When a family walks through the doors, He and his team want them to feel as comfortable as possible. Losing a loved one is never easy, and Joe understands this, so he focuses on making this process as seamless as possible. After studying to become a funeral director at Commonwealth, His eyes were opened to the strong traditions the Morales Funeral Home upholds. Every day he continues to apply these traditions and sculpt new ways to dignify the passing of a family’s loved one.
Coming as a surprise to many, Joe lives on the second floor of the Morales Funeral Home so he is always close by. He has always felt at home in this area and loves when he runs into a family he’s previously helped. He feels it gives a real sense of camaraderie to the family and himself. Most could never live where they work, but what Joe does requires him to be attentive to families by any means. The Morales staff agrees, and he always admires their commitment towards making a positive impact on the people they serve. Joe knows he has a great team and continues to learn so much from them every day.
Finally, Joe mentioned he is grateful of his aunt, Christina Morales, who gave him the opportunity to explore his position at the funeral home. He is proud of her success in being an influence in their community and her continued growth as a community leader. Joe is confident that being a part of her team will lead them towards helping families so much more.
Cesar Carlos Sanchez
Funeral Home AdministratorRead Bio
Cesar Carlos Sanchez has been with Felix H. Morales Funeral Home since 1992, his career has expanded over 25 years of service and experience in every capacity of the funeral and mortuary services. Considered a member of the family Cesar holds the position of Funeral Home Administrator.
A native of Monterrey, N.L. Mexico; Cesar arrived in Houston, Texas in 1981 accompanied by his parents and siblings at the age of 8 years old. This journey is what has connected him so deeply to the values of our families and the foundation of what the Morales funeral home was built on.
His interest in art as a young man gave Cesar his meticulous eye and appreciation for perfection. This precision translated easily to his responsibilities at Morales Funeral Home. One of his greatest prides is ensuring our families loved ones look as dignified and at peace at the time of the viewing. He believes it is these small details that matter greatly in a time of grieving. His compassion and dedication to our families is what makes Cesar such an intricate part of our tradition.
Funeral Director/EmbalmerRead Bio
Manuel Guerra is a 35 year veteran of the funeral service and has been apart of the Felix H. Morales Funeral Home family since 2010. Originally from McAllen, Texas; Manuel started his career driving an ambulance as a first aid attendant in the early 70’s. He graduated from the Commonwealth College of Science in 1981 and has been serving the East End community since. Manuel is a 3rd degree knights of Columbus for over 35 years at council #3077 and is a member of St. Patrick’s catholic church.
As a licensed funeral director and embalmer Manuel has provided families with the compassion and empathy that is uniquely required. Despite the changes in practices and technology the business of funeral service has endured, the most important aspect that remains constant for Manuel is the human dimension of the services we provide.
His caring and commitment to create a memorial that is reflective of the deceased and the life they lived is what makes Manuel a valuable part of the Morales Funeral Home Family.
Hector Xavier Beltran
Office ManagerRead Bio
Hector Beltran first joined Felix H. Morales Funeral Home in 2014 after graduating Cesar E. Chavez High School. Hector works side by side the funeral directors and associates to create a pleasant experience for every family that we serve.
Hector graduated with an Associates of Arts in Business from San Jacinto College in 2017. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor Degree in Accounting at The University of Houston-Downtown. When he is not assisting families, Hector prefers to stay busy. He will often be playing softball, bike riding through Segundo Barrio, volunteering his time or simply spending time with friends.
As an office manager, Hector provides peace, comfort and compassionate care to the many families served.
Jose Mario Gongora II
Morales Radio Hall Opens
Family breathes new life into historic space
New East End event location salutes city's first Spanish-language radio station
Awards & Associations
Mujeres Empresarias award from Solo Mujeres Magazine
Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2015
Texas Executive Women - Women on the Move
Christina Morales Class of 2015
East End Hero
Help us congratulate our 2015 East End Hero Recipients, Christina Morales-Berger, with Felix H. Morales Funeral Home and Bolivar "Bo" Fraga, with Neighborhood Centers Inc.! They both give back to our community on a daily basis and we are proud they live, work and support our East End Community! Thank you to our sponsor Gulfgate Center for supporting this award and our festival.