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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

Sunset Memory Gardens has served the Tampa Bay area families as a cemetery since it was founded in 1958. In 2012 we opened our Key West themed Funeral Home and have continued the same quality of service our families have come to expect from us.  We are devoted to exceeding expectations and providing a standard of service that goes above and beyond.

Occupying 70 acres, our beautiful and spacious cemetery offers a comforting, park-like environment highlighted by numerous trees and flowers. We offer families a variety of memorials from in-ground to upright monuments. Our staff is known for its caring, professional services and Spanish-speaking capabilities.

Our Valued Staff

Brian Zipter

Brian Zipter, Area General Manager

Brian is a stand out patriot who proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps. He is passionate about being an American and serving veterans. Brian’s commitment to Sunset Memory Gardens is personal as his young daughter who lost her battle with cancer is interred here at Sunset. In 2016, he lost his 27-year-old son Stephen Zipter as well, who is also interred at Sunset. Brian has turned his adversities in life to fuel his unwavering desire to help families going through loss. Brian’s leadership has brought incredible upgrades and beautification to Sunset. He has been married for 31 years to his lovely wife, Patty. They have two sons and 2 grandchildren.

Charlie Singleton

Charlie Singleton, Sales Manager

Dean  Maloney

Dean Maloney, Location Manager & Funeral Director

Dean is one of several Florida natives here at Sunset. He was born in Daytona Beach and is a 4th generation Floridian. He is a 3rd generation Funeral Director. Serving families has become a mission for Dean. Assisting them in the process of saying goodbye to their loved one and giving survivors hope is his calling. Dean and his wife of 26 years have 3 children. Dean enjoys racing, music, playing drums and attending concerts and sporting events. He is a Rotarian and has served as an officer in the Elks Lodge.

Karens Manzanares

Karens Manzanares, Office Manager

Karens brings over 10 years of passionate service to our industry as an administrative details person. She is originally from Cuba and came to the US in 1998. She has 2 small children and loves shopping and dancing.

Terry Dennis

Terry Dennis, Family Service Supervisor

Terry is our new Family Service Supervisor. She has been married to her husband, Randy for 21 years. Has served in the Funeral Industry for 31 years and enjoys fishing and crafting.

Jennifer Bowers

Jennifer Bowers, Family Service Counselor

Jennifer has been passionately serving families for 10 years. Helping families in their hours of need is what brings Jennifer out of bed every day. Every life has meaning and Jennifer strives to help shine a spotlight and the legacy and handprint that those lives have brought to our world. Jennifer specializes in helping families with advance planning their funeral services and cemetery arrangements. She is a graduate of Plant City High School. Prior to her funeral career, Jennifer spent 30 years as a dental industry. She enjoys living in the country and spending time with her son, Matthew and daughter-in-law, Shayln and socializing with friends.

Margaret Cantre

Margaret Cantre, Family Service Counselor

Margaret brings 20 years of experience serving families. She came here from Brooklyn, New York and has 2 sons. Margaret loves reading, cruises, being involved in church and being a grandma to her 2 “perfect grandchildren”.

Miguel Quinones Olivares

Miguel Quinones Olivares, Family Service Counselor

Griselda Martinez

Griselda Martinez, Family Service Counselor

Dylan Scaglione

Dylan Scaglione, Family Service Counselor

Dylan Scaglione was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Liberty University in 2016. After getting married in the Summer of 2017, he returned to Tampa with his wife. He serves as a Family Service Counselor at Sunset Memory Gardens. Dylan enjoys going to the beach, playing sports, and being outdoors with his wife and dog.

Flora Boyle

Flora Boyle, Community Service Counselor

Flora was born and raised in the Philippines and came to Tampa Bay in 1985. For most of her career, she owned a Philippine and Oriental Store. Now in the funeral/cemetery industry, Flora is honored to serve families. Her outlook is this more of a ministry than a career. Flora is a mother of 5 and grandmother of 9. Most all of her family has relocated to the US from the Philippines. She is very happy to have them nearby.

David L Rulon

David L Rulon, Community Service Counselor

April McGuire

April McGuire, Community Service Counselor

Christopher McGuire

Christopher McGuire, Community Service Counselor

Constance J Dziezic

Constance J Dziezic, Staff Associate

Constance comes to us from beautiful Phoenix, Arizona. She brings to Sunset Funeral Home a warm smile and genuine caring nature for people. When she is not at work here, she spends her time as a professional and leisurely photographer. She also enjoys rock concerts and taking in the outdoors.

Jennifer Dunn

Jennifer Dunn, Staff Associate

Jennifer was raised in Florida. Prior to working with Sunset she owned and managed two successful companies in the foliage industry. She enjoys spending time with her 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Ginger Heath

Ginger Heath, Staff Associate

Ginger Olson Heath, originally from Michigan, spent her early years as a “snowbird”, and relocated to the Tampa Bay area in 2001. As a pastor’s daughter, Ginger considers herself blessed to have had parents who were great role models in dealing with families during times of grief and loss. With an extensive background in healthcare and hospice, Ginger continues her passion of serving families and loved ones now as a member of our staff. A former graduate of Eckerd College, she is pursuing her Funeral Director Certification at St. Petersburg College. Ginger also holds certification as a Funeral Celebrant & Officiant through “Remembering the Life and Telling the Story”. Helping others find joy in the midst of grief is her mission and ministry. Ginger spends leisure time as a performing pianist and teacher, has a love for the outdoors, and most importantly, always looks forward to quality time with her husband, Chris and their rescue husky “Jazz”.

Judy Chassey

Judy Chassey, Staff Associate

Vivian Soto

Vivian Soto, Staff Associate

Vivian was born in New York City. She graduated from the Catholic University in Puerto Rico with a BS in Science majoring in chemistry and biology. She then graduated for CETEC in the Dominican Republic earning her MD degree. She has lived in Spain for 17 years, Puerto Rico for 20 years and the Dominican Republic for 8. She has 5 grown children and enjoys working here at Sunset.

Amanda Vazquez Soto

Amanda Vazquez Soto, Administrative Specialist

Amanda Vazquez Soto moved to Tampa in 1995 from Puerto Rico. Studied Biology at Saint Leo University and proceeded to work with Veterans out of college. She is passionate about helping others and being a Mom. On her free time, she likes to go to the shooting range & travel.

Elizabeth Lackraj

Elizabeth Lackraj, Receptionist

Janet Thompson Tomberlin

Janet Thompson Tomberlin, Receptionist

Janet moved to Tampa from Pittsburgh, PA 50 years ago. She graduated from King High School and also attended Hillsborough Community College. She is married to her husband Wayne and has two sons and five beautiful grandchildren. After working for GTE/Verizon for 36 years, she has volunteered at her church in the office, and is a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. She is active with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). She has a passion for helping people in their darkest hour. She always offers a big smile and displays a kind heart. She likes to sing and cook.

David Dyal

David Dyal, Superintendent

David was born and raised in Apopka, Florida. He has been in cemetery service for 6 years and loves fishing and darts. David has two children.

Drew Middaugh

Drew Middaugh, Foreman

Drew and his wife Christina relocated to Tampa 8 years ago from Richmond, Virginia. They have a 5 year old daughter and a 2 month old baby boy. Drew enjoys fishing and going to the gun range. Drew served our country for 4 years in the United States Marine Corps.

Robert Carnes

Robert Carnes, Cemetery Caretaker

Robert came here 3 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland. He enjoys football, cooking and eating. Robert is married and has 2 children.

Clifford Cody

Clifford Cody, Cemetery Caretaker

James Bass

James Bass, Cemetery Caretaker

Jim Bass has been serving here at Sunset Memory Gardens for 2 years. He has been in the cemetery business for 21 years. He and his wife have 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He enjoys fishing in his spare time.