About Us | Lakeside Memory Gardens

About Us

History & 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.

Our History

The flowers, live oaks and symbols of faith are a source of tranquility and solace to our families. Memories of those who have passed on will always remain in the hearts of their family members and friends. Honoring their memories with a permanent place of memorialization is an important part of the healing process when we lose someone we love.

Our beautiful memorial park offers more options than any other cemetery in our area. Unlike the local city cemeteries that have suffered with budget cuts, our park’s beauty has been enhanced and maintained better than ever. We offer a variety of options for cremation placement and traditional casket burial that will suite everyone’s needs at affordable prices. Above and below ground, traditional and private areas with custom designs are available for both cremation urn and casket placement.

We honor the memories of our veteran’s who have died to preserve the luxury of our freedom with a special Memorial Day Tribute Service. The entire community is invited to join us for this special occasion Memorial Day morning at 9:30 am.

We welcome you to stop by for a guided tour of our gardens. Our family service counselors would be happy to offer private consultations or provide informational seminars for large and small groups. Thank you for visiting our website. We would be honored to serve your family.

Our Valued Staff

John  Roemmelt

John Roemmelt, General Manager

I've been in funeral service since 1989, working in New York City for several years. Born in Brooklyn, NY, I grew up in Montgomery, NY, two hours northwest of New York City. I graduated from Valley Central High School and managed Woolworth stores for 3 years.

In 1989, I moved to Middle Village, Queens, NY to start my career in funeral service. I attended the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in Manhattan and graduated in 1991. While attending school I worked in several funeral homes to start my training.

In 1997, my wife, Laura Anne and I relocated to central Florida. We have two beautiful daughters, Rachel Anne and Megan Riley. Laura Anne is the Director of the Wellness Department at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City and is very active in our community.

Our family attends St. Clare Catholic Church in Deltona and I attend daily Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mount Dora. I am also a Fourth Degree Knight, K of C.

I currently hold the position of General Manager of Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations in Tavares, Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors in Eustis and Lakeside Memory Gardens in Eustis.

Brad  Pugh

Brad Pugh, Sales Manager

Thomas B Spartz

Thomas B Spartz, Assistant Sales Manager

April Rose

April Rose, Assistant Sales Manager

April Rose was born in Massachusetts and has one son, Dylan. She has been in the funeral industry since 2013 and when asked why she is in this business she states “I worry too much. By helping people pre plan, I like to give them one less thing to worry about.” When April is not working her favorite things to do are, Working out, playing with her dog at the dog park, and spending time with her family. When asked what the best advice was that April ever received she said “Act with integrity in all you do.”

Janet Driggers

Janet Driggers, Office Manager

Matt Pierson

Matt Pierson, Chapel Manager - Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations in Tavares

Art Hilbish

Art Hilbish, Chapel Manager - Chapel Manager, Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors in Eustis

Will  Baxley

Will Baxley, Superintendent

Everett Butler

Everett Butler, Family Service Advisor

Kennedy Cobb

Kennedy Cobb, Community Service Counselor

David Crane

David Crane, Community Service Counselor

John Glass

John Glass, Community Service Counselor