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

Zulmarie Laporte

Zulmarie Laporte

Location Manager

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 Meyers was born in Pennsylvania. 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

Sherry Tufts

Sherry Tufts

Family Service Advisor

Mary Titmus

Mary Titmus

Family Service Advisor

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

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, Judy Chassey was employed for 18 years as a surgical nurse, assisting 5 different surgeons in various procedures involving the eye. She now works occasionally at an Ambulatory Surgery Center in Brandon, but her main focus is in being a funeral service professional. Judy is enrolled in the Stratford Career Institute Funeral Service Program. She expects furthering her education in this field to be helpful in caring for clients and in general operating procedures at Sunset. Her favorite off work activity is dancing and she is a previous dance instructor.

Edward Cox

Edward Cox

Staff Associate

Michele D. Ryan

Michele D. Ryan

Staff Associate

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

David Dyal

David Dyal

Superintendent
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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.

Robert Carnes

Robert Carnes

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

Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill

Maintenance