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Terry Roberts

Terry Roberts

Licensed Funeral Director

Terry was born to Edgar and Doris Roberts and has enjoyed life in the Ocala area for the past seventy six years. His is a life of service to those in the community. Being born into a ‘funeral home family’ he soon learned plans change, lives change and service to others is paramount when dealing with those difficult situations.

Upon graduation from high school, Terry attended CFCC and later went on to study at the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in Dallas, Texas. He trained as a military policeman while in the Army and had the distinct honor of serving on President Eisenhower’s Honor Guard for his last military review at Fort Gordon, GA.

Terry recalls the days when the funeral hearse also served as the local ambulance, and him responding to emergencies, as well as funeral calls. Those calls, often in the middle of the night, made a lasting impression on his life and today he still has such high regard for the first responders who deal with those life and death moments on a daily basis.

Community, faith and family are the foundation blocks in Terry’s life. He has served as past president of the Ocala Shrine Club, the Fort King Lions Club, the Dunnellon Kiwanis Club, coached the Dunnellon Little League and was Chairman of the Southeastern Youth Fair for two years. Youth and agriculture have always been two areas of special interest to him. Throughout the years he has shown horses competitively, dabbled in breeding and racing horses, competed and drove horses in Combined Driving and still enjoys the ones he refers to as ‘pasture art’ around his home in Dunnellon.

Terry, and his wife Sherry, are blessed with six children, thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Terry is an avid hunter and

fisherman and enjoys nothing better than a day on the water or sleeping in his deer stand while listening to the sound of rain on the tin roof! 

Email: sherryandterry@gmail.com


Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson

Licensed Funeral Director

    I grew up and lived most of my life in Gainesville.  I attended Gainesville High School, Santa Fe College, Liberty University and the University of Florida.  I went into my family’s business and eventually owned and operated flower shops for 30 years.  After leaving the flower business, I started working part-time with a funeral home in Gainesville.  Working with families in their time of need became a passion and a true calling.  I went back to school to become licensed as a funeral director. After graduating I completed my internship with Forest Meadows Funeral Homes and Cemeteries in Gainesville eventually becoming the manager.  


    In 2015, I left Forest Meadows for a position with StoneMor Partners as General Manager of Arlington Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Jacksonville and was eventually transferred to Ocala to manage the Roberts Funeral Homes.  In October of 2017, StoneMor Partners moved out of the original Roberts Families Downtown location and that is how we ended up partnering to re-open the original Roberts Funeral Home as a family owned and operated funeral home.  

    I have two kids and two granddaughters that I love spending time with.  Being Pop Pop is the best job I have ever had.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time on our boat and golfing.

Email: Bill@Robertsfunerals.com


Josh Leverette

Josh Leverette

Licensed Funeral Director


    I am 26 years old, and I was born and raised in the small town of Trenton, Florida. I attended Florida Gateway College, The University of Florida (GO GATORS), and St Petersburg College. I graduated from St Pete College in December of 2016 with my Degree in Mortuary Science. After school, I immediately began my one-year internship with the State of Florida which is the last step to obtaining a Funeral Director/Embalmer License.

    I have been working in the funeral business since June of 2015 at all different capacities. Helping families arrange the most memorable celebration of life is one thing I pride myself on. I like to go above and beyond, and put the special touches on a service that the families will remember. During their time of loss, I like to be the rock that families can rely on, to help get them through the difficult time.

    When I am not at the funeral home, I tend to be at my family’s restaurant, The Ivy House, where I have waited tables the last 7 years. I also love to spend time on the water fishing and skiing, or spending time in the mountains. 

Email: Josh@Robertsfunerals.com


Karen Hummel

Karen Hummel

Chief Executive Officer

    I was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida.  I graduated from Gainesville High School in 1978. After high school, I started my working career at Publix Supermarkets in Gainesville, Florida where customer service was of the utmost importance. After Publix I took a job as the office manager at Maris Distributing Company in Gainesville. After 36 years, I am proud to say that I am still very close with the Maris family, and continue to help on a part time basis. In October of 2016, I took a full time job at Roberts Funeral Home owned by Stonemor Partners, a large funeral corporation out of Pennsylvania. After a little over a year, I knew the corporate values that large conglomerates run by was just not for me. Without hesitation I was very excited to be apart of something special in Ocala, and join my partners in opening a Family Owned and Operated Funeral Home. I could not think of anything more that I would rather do, then to help families during their most difficult times.

    I am also the proud mom of my only daughter Nikki who is currently attending Grad School at FSU. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, friends, reading, and going for walks. 

Email: Karen@Robertsfunerals.com


Tammy Sontag

Tammy Sontag

Family Care Advisor

    I was born in Lakeland, Florida and raised in Leesburg, Florida. I graduated Leesburg High School and went directly into a Nursing Career that is very extensive including the Care of my 23-year-old very special needs son, Devin. I have always been a leader in anything that I have been apart of. I have been involved in the startup of several successful business in Marion County, as well as being a part of a Major Magazine that has been in Marion County for over 30 years. I’ve held the position of Community Liaison for the Marion County Hospitality Council for the last 3 years as well. I am the proud mama to 5 kids, and Memaw to my 15 Grandchildren. In my free time I love fishing, and spending time with my family. 

Email: TammyS@Robertsfunerals.com


Janie Niswonger

Janie Niswonger

Funeral Attendant

I was born in Charleston, Missouri in 1949.  I spent most of my life in Missouri until following my husband to Florida in 1994 when he took a job in Gainesville.  We came to Ocala the following year and have been here ever since.  We have three daughters and five grandchildren ranging in age from 5 to 22 years old.  I started in the funeral business in 2002 working for Roberts Funeral Homes which were then owned by Stewart Enterprises and later by Stonemor Enterprises.  When Roberts decided to move out of the downtown location, I made the decision to follow Bill and Josh as they began their own family owned and operated funeral home at that location.  Being the caring person that I am, I have always welcomed the opportunity to be there for families during their time of need.  When I am not working here, I perform volunteer work with the Hospice Eleventh Hour service.  Since all my children are grown, I now surround myself with my two dachshunds and my two rescue cats.  I love to read and collect cook books from all over the world.  My dream is to eventually travel to Alaska when I get old and retire.


Pat Buono

Pat Buono

Receptionist/Funeral Attendant

     I was born & raised in New Jersey. At the age 0f 16, I took my first full time job working in New York City for an insurance underwriter firm.  After moving, I worked as a secretary to the Sales Office Mgr. Of a chemical company. In 1968 I married my husband of 38 years, Frank, and gained 4 great step-children.  In 1970 I attended nursing school, and worked in private practice for 12 years. In 1974 we moved to South Florida, where I opened a horse boarding business. The year 1998 saw us moving to the Ocala area. In 2007 I applied for a position with the funeral home owned by Stewart Enterprises which was then bought out by Stonemor Corp. In 2017 I left the corporation and came to work for Roberts of Ocala Funerals & Cremations, where I enjoy working in a more traditional, family owned funeral home, which gives me many of the things I felt while nursing. I also continue my passion with horses, thru the care, training & showing of them


Robin Andrews

Robin Andrews

Funeral Attendant



Betty Ward

Betty Ward

Funeral Attendant



Delores Schmidt

Delores Schmidt

Funeral Attendant

Delores has been working in the funeral business since 2004 in Ocala. As a widow, she enjoys that her work allows her to help families. She is a parishioner at Queen of Peace Catholic Church and serves on the Marion County Sheriffs Office Funeral Escort Unit.  She lives in Ocala with her son Robert and his two kitties Squeaks and Gidget. Her hobbies include quilting, computers and bingo.


Gerry Pizzolorusso

Gerry Pizzolorusso

Funeral Attendant / Maintenance

 

     I WAS BORN IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK IN 1950.  AT AGE 6, WE MOVED TO LONG ISLAND. AFTER ATTENDIMG HIGH SCHOOL, I ATTENDED CLASSES AT ISLAND DRAFTING SCHOOL. I THEN JOINED THE 101ST AIRBORNE WHERE I SERVED FOR 2 YEARS. IN 1973 I WAS MARRIED TO PATTI, MY WIFE OF 41 YEARS. WE HAD 3 GREAT KIDS, 2 SONS AND A DAUGHTER. IN 1989 WE MOVED TO OCALA.  IN 2015 I WENT TO WORK FOR STONEMOR CORPORATION. I FOUND THAT HELPING FAMILIES WAS VERY REWARDING.  IN NOVEMBER, 2017 I STARTED WORKING FOR ROBERTS OF OCALA, BEING IMPRESSED WITH THE THOUGHT OF IT BEING A FAMILY OWNED FUNERAL HOME. I FEEL TO BE TRULY PART OF THEIR FAMILY, HELPING OUR COMMUNITIES FAMILIES DURING THEIR TIME OF NEED.  

   


Nick Elder

Nick Elder

Funeral Attendant / Apprentice

I am 29 years old and was born in Ft. Lauderdale Florida but raised in Dunnellon Florida.  I began working in the funeral business about 6 years ago. First with a funeral home Owned by SCI in Beverly Hills Florida and then with Roberts Funeral Homes owned by Stonemor.  I decided to join the Family owned Roberts Of Ocala Downtown Chapel in February of 2018.  I have always had a passion for helping people in their time of need. When I’m not working at the funeral home I like to be on the beach, spending time with family and friends and traveling.


Barry Lederer

Barry Lederer

Family Care Advisor

Barry was born in Amityville, New York and attended school in Miami, Florida. He proudly served six years in the Air Force Reserves. Barry is married to his wife Barbara, who is a Florida Native, and they have 2 children and 2 Grandchildren. 

He has 26 years experience in Funeral and Cemetery Arrangements. His number one priority is serving families. He believes having an insurance license gives him the ability to provide his families more options when considering their final arrangements. Barry is available at all times to help and answer any questions that anyone has. Barry says he is proud to be apart of the Roberts of Ocala Family. 

Email: Barry@Robertsfunerals.com


Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson

Cremationist/Apprentice

I was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida where I have lived most of my life.  After graduating High School I immediately entered the work force for a small computer repair shop.  After two years of working in IT I was ready to move on to something new.  I took an entry level job as a baggage handler at the Gainesville Regional Airport in 2010.  Over the course of the 5 years I worked for the Airline Industry, I worked my way up to General Manager in Fayeteville, NC.


In 2016 I made the decision to move back to Gainesville where I eventually ended up working for a Medical Supply chain.  In late 2017 when my Dad told me he was working with several partners on opening up a Funeral Home of their own, I immediately knew I wanted to be a part of what he was doing.  I had been working part time as an Associate for Forest Meadows in Gainesville and quickly realized how much I respected the industry.

I'm currently attending school and will be completing my Funeral Services degree at St. Petersburg College in Spring of 2020.  I'm more and more excited every day to be a part of Roberts of Ocala and feel truly blessed to be a part of this family.

Email: KyleJ@Robertsfunerals.com


Richard Goolsby

Richard Goolsby

Family Care Advisor

Hello, I’m Richard G. Goolsby.  I am a Native Ocala resident with my heritage dating back to the 1800’s.  I grew up on a farm just North of Ocala and came to enjoy the rewards of hard work at an early age.  The memories of the “Old Days” will remain with me always.

I met my future wife Sherrie in the first grade and by the grace of God we have been married nearly 50 years – what a beautiful lady !  Our children and grand daughter are our inspiration and we look forward to being with them at every opportunity.

My background has been in real estate and commercial development.  I retired in 2008 and in a by chance opportunity ended up working in the Pre-Need Funeral Industry – best job I’ve ever had.

Assisting families in making their end of life choices has been an honor for me.  I’m pleased to share my life experiences with everyone in hopes that they can use them in making their decisions.  

Email: Richard@Robertsfunerals.com


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