The Lakeside Difference
Since 1957, we have been honored to deliver healing experiences to the Lake County community. We exist to serve the unique needs of every family. Learn our story. Lean on us. And let our expertise lead you through the best experience possible.
We’re here to give you care and comfort as we help guide you through the planning journey.
We've learned a lot about caring for families over the years. We realize that we aren't just caring for a loved one, but the entire family. People come to us during their most difficult times, and we respond with kindness, understanding and expertise. Our goal is to make everyone feel at home as we work with them to create a memorable service in honor of a beautiful life.
Tranquility & solace
The flowers, live oaks and symbols of faith are a source of tranquility and solace to our families.
Serenity for acres
Our park’s beauty has been enhanced and maintained better than ever; offering more options than any other cemetery in the area.
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Years in Business
- We're members of the local community who have many years of experience caring for families from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Families know they can count on us to provide them the comfort they need when they need it most.
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John started his career in funeral service in 1989 in New York City. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he grew up in Montgomery, NY, two hours northwest of New York City. John graduated from Valley Central High School and managed Woolworth stores for 3 years.
In 1989, he moved to Middle Village, Queens, NY to start his career in funeral service. He attended the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in Manhattan and graduated in 1991. While attending school, he worked in several funeral homes simultaneously to start his training.
In 1997, John and his wife, Laura Anne relocated to central Florida. They have two beautiful daughters, Rachel Anne and Megan Riley. Laura Anne is the Director of the Wellness Department at AdventHealth Fish Memorial hospital in Orange City and is very active in their community.
Their family attends St. Clare Catholic Church in Deltona and John attends daily Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mount Dora and St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church in Eustis. He is also a Fourth Degree Knight, K of C.
John is the General Manager of Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations in Tavares, Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors in Eustis and Lakeside Memory Gardens in Eustis.
Chapel Manager - Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations in Tavares
I was born in Greensburg, PA and moved to Orlando, FL at the age of 16. I graduated from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando. After high school, I moved to Gainesville, FL, where I attended the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College.
In 1994, I moved to Nashville, TN to begin my career in funeral service. I worked for several different funeral homes, while I was going to school to get my degree in Funeral Service. I graduated from John A. Gupton College in Nashville in 1996.
After graduating from college, I returned to Florida to start my career as a funeral director. I have worked for the same group of funeral homes here in Lake County since returning from college. While working full time as a funeral director, I went back to college taking night courses and received my B.A. degree in Organizational Management from Warner Southern College in Lake Wales, FL in 1998. I currently hold the position of location manager at Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations in Tavares.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, camping, and spending time with my two dogs, Jameson and Zyda.
Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dan has always worked in professions that involve helping people. Having worked in the Cemetery/Funeral industry over 20 years, he is passionate about his work as a Sales Manager in Lake County, Florida.
Dan is dedicated to the families and staff who call on him, seeking assistance, guidance, and practical solutions to their needs. He is trained to listen and personally address particular issues and concerns. He specifically enjoys sharing the necessary information needed to make informed decisions about making arrangements now or planning for the future.
Chapel Manager - Chapel Manager, Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors in Eustis
I moved to Leesburg in 1958. My parents were in the bowling business and built Leesburg Bowling Lanes. In 1960, we moved to Eustis, where they built Eustis Bowling Lanes.
I graduated from Eustis High School, as did my wife, Carol Gill Hilbish. I have an Associate of Science Degree from Miami Dade State College.
In 1964, I began working at, what was then, Zeller, Kennedy, and Hamlin Funeral Home. While in college, I worked and lived at Gerhardt Funeral Home in Miami and at the funeral home here in Eustis, when I was home. Since 1972, I have either owned or managed Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors. In 1975, Mr. Verdual W. Hamlin Jr, Carol and I built what is now Steverson, Hamlin and Hilbish Funerals and Cremations in Tavares. Carol has been the Office Manager here since 1978.
We have two wonderful daughters, Tracey Hilbish Lichtinger and Lory Hilbish Baxley. We are fortunate, they both live locally.
I am proud to have been on the founding board of what is now Cornerstone Hospice. I am a past president of the Eustis Chamber of Commerce. I have received three “Service Above Self” awards from the Rotary Club of Eustis. Carol and I have received many forms of recognition for our work on behalf of Toys for Tots. I have served on many Citizens Advisory Committees and School Advisory Committees at Eustis Elementary School, Eustis Middle School, and Eustis High School.
We are members of the First Baptist Church of Umatilla.
Cemetery Office Manager
Janet is originally from Texas and relocated to Florida in 1991 after retiring from the banking industry. She spent 18 years in real estate before joining the team at Lakeside Memory Gardens in 2016.
Janet truly enjoys caring for our families and managing the office. When she’s not working, Janet loves to spend time with my family. Her interests include crafts, motorcycle riding, and reading.
J. David Sawyer
Family Service Advisor
David was born in Daytona Beach and raised in Orlando, Florida. He is a third-generation Cemetery / Funeral professional who began his deathcare career in Lake County, Florida in 2009 at Lakeside Memory Gardens in Eustis, FL.
David has spent ten years in sales management during his career in the funeral and cemetery profession and is well adept at discovering the needs and developing a meaningful solution for the families he is honored to serve. David always treats every family as his own and knows that God has given him the gift to help others in this sensitive field. He feels that there is no greater reward than to help a family put a plan of protection in place, for one of the saddest days of their life.
David loves sharing life with his wife Ashley, his two daughters, and granddaughter. He also loves spending time reading, fishing, kayaking or just sitting on the beach.
David and Ashley are members of St. Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Florida.
We illuminate paths to peace with personalized ceremonies and memorial tributes that honor your loved one.
What Families Are Saying
We were very impressed with the beauty of the park and all of the recommendation that were presented to us. Everything was set up to our satisfaction. The personnel was excellent and we know where to come when we require more services. - J.MJ.M 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Everything was perfect given the circumstances. Excellent service, friendly staff and the grounds were well kept. R.SR.S 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Dean Netwal was most professional and attended to all our needs and request. Staff was thorough in their work , prompt in helping, kind & aware of out feelings in our loss. Appreciate all they did. Nothing was out of order, excellent service. Thanks to Dean we were very pleased. M.MM.M 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Everything was set up my my satisfaction. You folks did a great job, no flaws. Excellent gravesite and personnel.J.P 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
How thankful people like myself are for the care & service they provide as we grieve our loved ones. They did everything possible with care to us with our lossMr. T 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Excellent personnel, appearance of grave site and park in general. I could not imagine anything more you could have done or anything you could have done better I.RI.R 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
News & Events
News Apr. 14, 2021
FEMA Offers to Help Families Cover Funeral Costs
Up to $9,000 in aid may be available for those who suffered the loss of a loved one from COVID-19.
News Feb. 03, 2021
Learn What Matters Most
These times have shown us that life does not come with a guarantee. Get started with your free planning guide.
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