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.

Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors in Eustis has been under the same local management since 1974 when Verdual Hamlin & Arthur and Carol Gill Hilbish purchased the former Zeller Kennedy & Hamlin Funeral Home. We strive to provide compassionate, empathetic service and value to the families we are honored to serve. 

Our friendly and caring staff members help each family create a service that is unique and truly honors their loved one. We know the importance of small details and assist each family with their needs and their preferences. Be it an elaborate service or a simple event, we take care to see that your loved one is honored according to your wishes. 

You can choose from a selection of memorialization options including, Video Tributes, Floral Services, Dove Releases, Military Honors, Special Musicians, among others. Whatever your preference, we will ensure that the arrangements and service are executed to your satisfaction. Above all, we strive to ensure that each service is a memorable event that honors and celebrates the life of the departed soul. 

While we conduct services in any religious institution, and/or Cemetery, we invite you to choose our funeral home. The tasteful decor and rich woodwork of our chapel creates an ambiance that is warm and comforting and among the finest in the Lake County area. We also have our own cemetery and offer a number of entombment and cremation options. Our facilities are designed to cater to your specific needs and provide a peaceful and well-maintained final resting place for your loved one.

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.

Thomas Spartz

Thomas Spartz

Assistant Sales Manger

Art  Hilbish

Art Hilbish

Chapel Manager-Eustis Chapel

Matt Pierson

Matt Pierson

Chapel Manager-Tavares Chapel

Carol Hilbish

Carol Hilbish

Office Manager-Eustis Chapel

Vera Martin

Vera Martin

Staff Associate

Harold  Robinson

Harold Robinson

Staff Associate

Sanford C. Colley

Sanford C. Colley

Staff Associate

Jack M Bliffen

Jack M Bliffen

Staff Associate

Cheryle A. Tiefert

Cheryle A. Tiefert

Staff Associate

Virginia S. Ranta

Virginia S. Ranta

Receptionist