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.

Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations has been serving the Tavares community since 1959.

Hermon Steverson, Verdual Hamlin and Art Hilbish devoted themselves to their community. Our staff has continued with the tradition of providing care and comfort to families during their time of loss. 

We value the importance of small details and assist each family with their needs and their preferences.  Whether it is a simple service that you desire or the most elaborate arrangement, we work diligently to create a service that is unique and personalized. 

We offer Video Tributes, Floral Services, Dove Releases, Military Honors, Special Musicians, and dozens of other tributes. Our effort is to ensure that your tribute to your loved one is an event that will be remembered and cherished by all those in attendance.

Who We Are

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

John Roemmelt

John Roemmelt

General Manager
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I've been in funeral service since 1989, working in New York City for several years. Born in Brooklyn, NY, I grew up in Montgomery, NY, two hours northwest of New York City. I graduated from Valley Central High School and managed Woolworth stores for 3 years.

In 1989, I moved to Middle Village, Queens, NY to start my career in funeral service. I attended the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in Manhattan and graduated in 1991. While attending school I worked in several funeral homes to start my training.

In 1997, my wife, Laura Anne and I relocated to central Florida. We have two beautiful daughters, Rachel Anne and Megan Riley. Laura Anne is the Director of the Wellness Department at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City and is very active in our community.

Our family attends St. Clare Catholic Church in Deltona and I attend daily Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mount Dora. I am also a Fourth Degree Knight, K of C.

I currently hold the position of General Manager of Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations in Tavares, Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors in Eustis and Lakeside Memory Gardens in Eustis.

Matthew A. Pierson

Matthew A. Pierson

Chapel Manager, Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations in Tavares

Art P. Hilbish

Art P. Hilbish

Chapel Manager, Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors in Eustis

Brenda Leigh Pucino

Brenda Leigh Pucino

Office Manager
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Brenda Leigh Pucino was born in Goshen, New York and is married to her husband Joseph A. Pucino of 35 years. Together they have three children, Joseph William, Jesika Lara, and Robert Scott Pucino. Brenda has been in the funeral industry since 2010 and when asked what she likes most about her job she states “I love our teamwork in the same goals as we serve each family in a unique and individual way. Knowing we have successfully helped a family, even in a small way for a short time, is a humbling sign of a job well done.” When Brenda is not working her favorite things to do are, Spending time with her family, reading, photography, and gardening. When asked what the best advice was she ever received Brenda said “Know and understand it is impossible to be absolutely perfect and that is ok. It is possible, however, to always do your best – So do your best; Always!”

Thomas Spartz

Thomas Spartz

Assistant Sales Manager

Jesika Lara Pucino

Jesika Lara Pucino

Funeral Director

Debrah Yvonne Williams

Debrah Yvonne Williams

Administrative Assistant
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Deborah Yvonne Williams was born in Gaffney, South Carolina and is married to her husband Ray Williams. Together they have Three (Triplets) Children, Matthew, Jyllean, and Michelle Williams. Yvonne has been in the funeral industry since 2010 and when asked what she likes most about her job she states “That we try our best to do everything possible to help and comfort families at one of the most difficult times of their lives.” When Yvonne is not working her favorite things to do are, spending time with her family and going to St. Louis Cardinal baseball games when possible (Big fan). When asked what the best advice she has ever received was she said “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and if you worry, pray – If you pray, don’t worry.

Edward  Ogborn

Edward Ogborn

Staff Associate

Harold  Robinson

Harold Robinson

Staff Associate