History & Staff

Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.

A History of Caring

After suffering extensive damage during Hurricane Charley, Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery remained operational from temporary facilities. During that time we were owned by a large, out of state company. In 2010, new, local owners, Brian & Debbie Strauch began much needed renovation to the funeral home building.

In 2012, Michael Fuller and Rick Tuss purchased Charlotte Memorial and made a significant investment to complete the renovation of the 12,000 square foot facility.

Not only is Charlotte Memorial the only full-service funeral home, cemetery and crematory combination in Charlotte County, we are also the most beautiful! We like to refer to ourselves as “The Perfect Combination.”

Having a funeral home, cemetery and crematory in one location is especially advantageous here in Florida since family members frequently travel long distances to attend a funeral or memorial service here. With everything handled in one location, there is no traveling across town through traffic.

Whether you are looking for cremation inurnment, burial spaces, mausoleum crypts, funeral services or transportation up north for your loved one, we are able to help.

We can also provide granite or bronze grave markers for installation anywhere in the country.

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. Our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.


Rick Tuss

Location Leader




Dan Fuller

Funeral Director




Paul Schelm

Funeral Director




Michelle Milazzo

Funeral Director




Jaeden & Charlotte Tuss

Daughter & assistant to Rick Russ with our comfort dog, Charlotte




Timothy Taylor

Licensed Representative Advanced Planning Specialist




David Obermeir

Licensed Representative Advanced Planning Specialist




George Pence

Lead Funeral Attendant




Don Fike

Funeral Attendant




Lou Zuck

Funeral Attendant




Leigha Murray

Event Planner & Funeral Attendant




Herb Henry

Funeral Attendant




Chas Seybold

Funeral Attendant




Ann Mocko

Office Manager




Judy Marcotullio





Dennis Thomas

Maintenance Supervisor




Mike Martina

Maintenance