History & Staff
We have many years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. As leaders in the industry, families know they can count on us to provide them with the comfort they need when they need it the most.
Why Choose Us?
Learn The Legacy
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 suit 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 advisors 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.
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
Everything was perfect given the circumstances. Excellent service, friendly staff and the grounds were well kept. R.SR.S
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
Who We Are
General ManagerRead Bio
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 TavaresRead Bio
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.
Sales ManagerRead Bio
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 EustisRead Bio
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.
David Kenneth Crane
Born and raised in Mobile, AL, Kenneth is married to Rebecca Crane. He was home-schooled from kindergarten through 12th grade. Kenneth graduated from Bishop State Community College with an Associate's Degree in Business Management and Supervision Technology.
Kenneth has been in the funeral Industry since 2016 and when asked why he is in the business Kenneth states, "I have always enjoyed helping people. Whether it is helping them set up a new type of technology, or helping them set up their final arrangements. Helping someone understand something that would usually be difficult and making it easier provides me great joy."
When asked what the best advice was he had ever received, Kenneth said, "Every single person you come into contact with has their own story. They are meeting us during one of the worst times of their lives, so it is our duty to help them out in any way we can to make this difficult time easier."
When Kenneth is not working his favorite things to do are: watch movies, play games with my family, ride a bike, and spend time with his wife.
Cemetery Office ManagerRead Bio
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.