History & Staff

Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

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.

Contact us for information about our:

Contact us for information about our:

  • Personalized funeral services
  • On-site crematory
  • Memorial Gardens, including our Veterans Memorial Garden, where all honorably discharged veterans receive a FREE burial space.
  • Our upright marker section
  • Purchasing a headstone from us for placement anywhere in the U.S.
  • Allowing us to design and build your own private family Mausoleum at our cemetery or any cemetery in the country.

Learn the legacy.

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, 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.

We Support Our Veterans

Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery & Crematory provides burial space FREE OF CHARGE to any honorably discharged veteran. 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.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Rick Tuss

Rick Tuss

Owner, Managing Partner and Funeral Director
Michael Fuller

Michael Fuller

Owner and Funeral Director
Dan Fuller

Dan Fuller

Funeral Director
Paul Schelm

Paul Schelm

Funeral Director
Jackie Trzyna

Jackie Trzyna

Funeral Director
Michelle Milazzo

Michelle Milazzo

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
Leigha Murray

Leigha Murray

Event Planner and Funeral Attendant
Herb Henry

Herb Henry

Funeral Attendant
Chas Seybold

Chas Seybold

Funeral Attendant
Ann Mocko

Ann Mocko

Office Manager
Judy Marcotullio

Judy Marcotullio

Dennis Thomas

Dennis Thomas

Maintenance Supervisor
Mike Martina

Mike Martina

Maintenance

Our location.

Learn exactly where we are, plus how and when to arrive.