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.

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.

Who We Are

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Brian Zipter

Brian Zipter

Area General Manager
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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
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Charlie began his career 21 years ago in Orlando, Florida as an outside Community Service Advisor at Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home. His passion for helping families in planning their final arrangements has guided him through the past 21 years. Charlie comes to work every day with one goal in mind and that is to help one more family avoid coming into our funeral home/cemetery at the time of need with no prearrangements in place.

Charlie has been married 35 years to his wife Debbie, they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren and two dogs. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys all outside activities including gardening and grilling.

Zulmarie Laporte

Zulmarie Laporte

Location Manager
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Zulmarie was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Moved to Reading, Pennsylvania in 2003 with her family. She graduated from Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA in 2012. Completed her internship at Bean Funeral Homes and Licensed Funeral Director in 2014. Worked as a Funeral Director Supervisor at Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home-Millersville & Lancaster, Pennsylvania for over three years. She was very dedicated to serving a multi-cultural community including Amish, and Jewish cultures.

Zulmarie relocated recently to New Tampa, Florida with her husband, Kaleb and two daughters, Jaiannah and Kayleen. Looking forward to continuing assisting, guiding and caring for families during their time of need.

Karens Manzanares

Karens Manzanares

Office Manager
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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.

Joel Colson

Joel Colson

Assistant Sales Manager

Kimberly R. Meyers

Kimberly R. Meyers

Funeral Director
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Kimberly Rachel Meyers was born in Pennsylvania. Kim found her calling in life after seeing some terrible funerals. She believes she can help one family at a time and believes every funeral should be extremely personized so make sure when you see Kim that you have a list of funeral songs for her.

She graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary college in 2011. She worked in Dale City, Virginia as a funeral director for a few years before she and her fiancé, Bruce relocated to Florida. They currently live in Lakeland, FL with their dog, Hutch.

In her spare time, she volunteers with Lakeland SPCA and her church. She has a passion for helping people and animals alike.

Griselda Martinez

Griselda Martinez

Family Service Counselor
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Griselda came to Florida from New York in 1992. She worked for 18 years as a computer analyst and then decided to change career to find that working with people face to face makes more sense to her. She worked in retail for the next five years (owned her own business).

Griselda is passionate in everything she sets her mind to. Serving the families is one of greatest passions. She loves to serve families and makes it a priority.

She has a daughter and three granddaughters which she loves. On her spare time, she makes it a priority to spend time with her family and with members of her church.

Sherry Tufts

Sherry Tufts

Family Service Advisor
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Sherry is a native Floridian who grew up in the Florida panhandle. She joined the Sunset family on April 1, 2018. Although new to Sunset, Sherry has 10 years of experience assisting families. Whether she helps them navigate through the loss of a loved one or guides them through the process of pre-arrangements. Sherry has a passion and a love for families. She has worked in Indianapolis, IN, Orlando and in St. Petersburg, FL at 4 other cemeteries and funeral homes.

Sherry has a wonderful husband of 35 years, Tom, who is also in the funeral and cemetery business. She has two wonderful children and three beautiful grandchildren who are the loves of her life!

Mary Titmus

Mary Titmus

Family Service Advisor
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Mary joined NorthStar back in April 2018. She brings with her 20+ years of sales experience and brand management. Her passion is to help as many people as she can with the time that she has. Mary takes great pride in her work and appreciates the honor it is to help families keep their legacies alive.

In her off time, you’ll find Mary at the beach, in the gym, or watching her college son pursue his passion for baseball.

Brad Pugh

Brad Pugh

Family Service Advisor

Amanda Shields

Amanda Shields

Family Service Advisor

Shari Zimmerman

Shari Zimmerman

Family Service Advisor

Rico Dixson

Rico Dixson

Community Service Advisor

Larry Alexander Sosa

Larry Alexander Sosa

Community Service Advisor
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Larry has made a career of taking care of people and meeting challenges. After serving in the U.S. Marines, he attended ST. Peter's University, then started a successful diamond wholesale business. His passion to serve people led him to help in educating families to plan ahead for both the inevitable as well as financially. He's been working with people in the greater Tampa Bay area for more than 21 years. His focus is in helping people and families like yours to be prepared and protected for the future.

Jennifer Dunn

Jennifer Dunn

Staff Associate
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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.

Judy Chassey

Judy Chassey

Staff Associate
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Before relocating to Florida from Missouri, she was employed almost 40 years as a surgical nurse. She still works occasionally at a local ambulance surgery center. Completing the Stratford Career Institute Funeral Service Program earned her a diploma as Funeral Service Professional. Her favorite off work activities are dancing and going to the gun range.

Edward Cox

Edward Cox

Staff Associate
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Ed was born in Richmond, Texas and grew up on a farm. Joined the U.S. Navy and spent 7 years as a Quarter Master aboard the USS Tortuga LSD 26. He spent time in Japan, Okinawa, Vietnam and San Diego, CA. After being honorably discharged he attended Pacific Union College and studied technology for 4 years. He moved to Pastor Prince Edward Island in Canada. Ed spent time there and returned to the U.S. to work in the ministry. He continues to work in the ministry in Southern Florida. He's the staff associate at Sunset Funeral Home and Memory Gardens where he helps families at their time of need.

Michele D. Ryan

Michele D. Ryan

Staff Associate
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Born and raised in Indiana, Michele moved to Florida 3 years ago with her now 11-year-old lab and 18-year-old kitty. She came to Sunset Funeral Home after 40+ years in medical management/administration in physicians’ offices and hospital settings. Michele enjoys spending time with friends, animal rescue, gardening, boating, and the beach.

Beverly  Marino

Beverly Marino

Staff Associate
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She is a Buckeye at heart but has lived in Tampa, FL since 1980. Since she can remember, she has helped people and cared for family members since 1998. Helping families at their time of need is very rewarding for her.

Amanda Vazquez Soto

Amanda Vazquez Soto

Administrative Specialist
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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.

Mirelza Rodriguez

Mirelza Rodriguez

Receptionist
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Born and raised in Puerto Rico. At age 18, she moved to New Jersey to pursue her career in social work. Currently, lives in Tampa and specializes in the field of mental health and development. She also has several hobbies such as writing, cooking, yoga, and best of all, spending time with her two beautiful daughters and grandkids. Ways she contributes to the community include volunteering at food banks, clothing drives, Toys for Tots, and Ronald McDonald House. She genuinely enjoys dedicating her time towards helping others.

David Dyal

David Dyal

Superintendent
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David has been a caretaker for 10 years working at multiple locations within NorthStar. He’s a native Floridian who enjoys traveling, fishing and spending time with his family.

Robert Carnes

Robert Carnes

Cemetery Caretaker
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Forman of the grounds crew. A husband and father of 2 boy and girl. Been with the cemetery for 4 years. He loves being on the water, fishing, playing music, and spending time with his family.

Juan  Perez

Juan Perez

Cemetery Caretaker
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Juan joined our cemetery caretaker team recently. He works hard and is very dependable. His hobbies include fishing, playing sports, and working out in the gym.

Eugene Baisden III

Eugene Baisden III

Cemetery Caretaker
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Eugene joined the cemetery caretaker team recently. He loves to cook and spend time with his family.

Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill

Cemetery Caretaker
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Joined our cemetery caretaker team a year ago. He likes to work on cars and go to car shows with his family.