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.
Area General ManagerRead Bio
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.
Sales ManagerRead Bio
Shane began his career in the industry at D.H. Burdick & Sons in 2001 as a general operations/sales manager in the retail monument trade. After relocating to Maryland from New York, he continued to develop his expertise in monument drafting, creation and production at Tegeler Monument Company in Baltimore, MD. After 14 years in the retail monument industry, he decided to shift directions and focus on assisting and educating families regarding their funeral and cemetery arrangements as a Family Service Counselor, then as a Sales Manager.
Shane is committed to living his life in Principle Centered Paradigm, which consists of the following: Fairness, Integrity, Honesty, Human Dignity, Service, Quality, Excellence, Potential, Growth, Patience, Nurturance, and Encouragement.
Shane relocated recently to Apollo Beach, FL with his wife, Monica and children (Paige and Isaiah). Shane and Monica also have an older daughter, Jordan, who lives in the Richmond, VA area.
Location ManagerRead Bio
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.
Office ManagerRead Bio
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.
Kimberly R. Meyers
Funeral DirectorRead Bio
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.
Family Service CounselorRead Bio
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.
Family Service AdvisorRead Bio
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.
Family Service AdvisorRead Bio
Kelli grew up in Seattle, Washington, and moved to New Tampa in 2008 where she currently lives with her three daughters: Jaclyn, Mia and Allie. Her desire to help families is what brought her to Sunset Memory Gardens in 2019 from a background in healthcare and the non-profit industry.
Larry Alexander Sosa
Community Service AdvisorRead Bio
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.
Staff AssociateRead Bio
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.
Staff AssociateRead Bio
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.
Staff AssociateRead Bio
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
Administrative SpecialistRead Bio
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.
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 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.
Cemetery CaretakerRead Bio
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.