History & Staff

Located in Punta Gorda since 1959, we have years of experience caring for families with diverse backgrounds and cultures. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in the funeral and interment profession; dedicated to excellence in serving you with the highest integrity.

When we sit down with your family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for your loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as offering creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits your wishes, now and for the future. The goal of Charlotte Memorial is to honor your loved one with a beautiful, fitting funeral as well as support your family with a memorable healing experience.

Our History

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 invested more than $500,000 to complete the renovation of the 12,000 square foot facility.

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

Having a funeral home and cemetery 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.


Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery provides burial space FREE OF CHARGE to any honorably discharged veteran AND their spouse. It is our way of saying “Thank you for your service!”

Whether you’re looking for cremation gardens, burial plots, mausoleum crypts, funeral services, or transporting loved ones back home, we are here to help.

Our Valued Staff

Rick Tuss

Rick Tuss, Owner, Managing Partner and Funeral Director

Michael Fuller

Michael Fuller, Owner and Funeral Director

Dan Fuller

Dan Fuller, Funeral Director

Jackie Trzyna

Jackie Trzyna, Funeral Director

Paul Schelm

Paul Schelm, Funeral Director

Rob Malone

Rob Malone, Funeral Director

Jaeden and Charlotte Tuss

Jaeden and Charlotte Tuss, Daughter (and Assistant) to Rick Tuss with our comfort (and Good Samaritan) dog, Charlotte

Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor, Licensed Representative Advanced Planning Specialist

David Obermier

David Obermier, Licensed Representative Advanced Planning Specialist

George Pence

George Pence, Lead Funeral Attendant

Don Fike

Don Fike, Funeral Attendant

Lou Zuck

Lou Zuck, Funeral Attendant

Leigh Murray

Leigh Murray, Funeral Attendant

Herb Henry

Herb Henry, Funeral Attendant

Ann Mocko

Ann Mocko, Office Manager

Judy Marcotullio

Judy Marcotullio, Assistant Office Manager

Dennis Thomas

Dennis Thomas, Maintenance Supervisor

Mike Martina

Mike Martina, Maintenance