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

Jim Semesco

Jim Semesco, Vice President of Operations


Thomas B Spartz

Thomas B Spartz, Sales Manager


April Rose

April Rose, 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


Michael Ciarlone

Michael Ciarlone, Assistant Sales Manager


Nathan Neal

Nathan Neal, Assistant Sales Manager


Matt Pierson

Matt Pierson, Chapel Manager - Tavares Chapel


Art Hilbish

Art Hilbish, Chapel Manager-Eustis Chapel


Russ Critendon

Russ Critendon, Family Service Counselor

Russ Critendon was born in Houston, Texas and has one child, Darby Dowdy. Russ has been in the funeral industry since 1989 and when asked why he is in the funeral industry he states “To help families gain peace of mind, avoid emotional over spending and make decisions together.” What Russ likes most about his job is freedom and helping families pre plan. When he is not working his favorite things to do are, making videos, putting them on YouTube, photography, nature, and his iphone. When asked what the best advice was that Russ ever received she said “Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and body and Love others as myself.”


Gail Keeling

Gail Keeling, Family Service Counselor


Jordan K. Mason

Jordan K. Mason, Family Service Counselor


Aric Mielke

Aric Mielke, Cemetery Caretaker