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.
Skyway Memorial Gardens was established over 55 years ago on 41 acres of
pristine countryside dotted with majestic oak trees and traditional
Florida fauna. Today, the countryside has been transformed into
beautiful manicured gardens that offer visitors beauty, peace and
We consider it a great honor that our families have chosen to place their trust in us to care for their loved ones. We are committed to fulfilling that trust with compassion and gentleness.
Historically, Skyway has offered several forms of memorialization throughout our gardens. These choices include Ground Burial, Community Mausoleum, Private Estates, Cremation Niches, Cremation Gardens with Benches, Memorial Boulders and Trees, and our recently completed new Monument Row Garden.
Our Valued Staff
Eric Cahill, General Manager
Eric started in the funeral profession at Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery as a Family Services Counselor whose work was primarily taking care of pre-need planning for families. It seemed like a great fit for him since he has been a licensed insurance agent for ten years, specializing in advanced life insurance and annuity planning. He was a General Manager in the Hotel industry for five years and brings a gentle, personable, hospitality-centered approach to helping families when they need it most.
Eric worked in pre-planning full-time at Memorial Park while extensively studying at St. Petersburg College to earn his degree in Funeral Services. He is the only German-speaking member of our team and is the only one who has three state licenses: licensed insurance agent, licensed pre-need sales agent and a licensed funeral director / embalmer.
Originally from Fishkill, NY, he came to Florida in 1993 with his family when his father retired from his career with IBM. They settled in Pinellas County, but Eric has since lived on both sides of Tampa Bay. When asked why someone would get started in the Funeral Profession with no family already in it the answer is clear, “I’ve always had an interest in funerals and cemeteries and when my dad died, the level of care and compassion was very low. It became a personal mission to do better for people who have had a death in their family than was done for/to my family”.
When he’s not at Skyway, you’ll find him cooking, trying out recipes seen on TV and learning about local history.
Kristen Bascom, Sales Manager
Ricardo Velez, Superintendent
Stacy Krieger, Funeral Director
Stacy was born and raised in the Mobile, Alabama area, where she graduated high school and received her degree in Mortuary Science from Bishop State Community College. She is currently pursuing her MBA.
Stacy brings over 20 years of funeral home experience to our company. She and her family relocated to Florida after living in Virginia for several years.
Her husband Steven works for CSX Railroad. Her son Van is currently enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and is stationed in California, and her daughter Cypress is currently pursuing her BA in Integrative Animal Biology at USF.
In her spare time Stacy and her husband Steven enjoy trying new restaurants, boating, and looking forward to retirement!
Jeff Rosenthal, Community Service Counselor
Kady Brand, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Stefany Rose, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Stefany joined Skyway Memorial Gardens in the administrative department as of July 2017. She previously worked as an Office/Property Manager at a resort on Siesta Key. She also is a certified Medical Coder & Biller, and has an extensive background in customer service, collections and office management.
When asked what attracted Stefany to this field, she said “I have always been interested in this field, and during my research, I found this company is one of the best to work for. I am a people person, extremely compassionate and very grateful to be able to work in such a rewarding field. It gratifies me beyond measure to be able to assure the families that we promise to provide the best after-life care for their loved one.
Stefany enjoys spending time with her 2 young children, family and friends. She is a devoted member of her church, and enjoys serving wherever needed.
Anna Marie DiStefano, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
AnnaMarie started as our Account Researcher in January of 2014. She has been in the industry for over 20 years and is a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 12. The reason she began her career in the industry was to make sure people treated the deceased with respect. Her most rewarding moments in her profession is helping people.
Lori Turbett, Staff Associate
I have worked at Skyway Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Palmetto, FL for 2 years as a Funeral Associate.
I was born and raised outside of Minneapolis, MN and relocated to Bradenton, Florida 4 years ago to escape the cold!
I spent 20+ years in Human Resources prior to moving to Florida and now am currently in Risk Management full time for Feld Entertainment, Inc. and part-time at Skyway Memorial. I spent 10 years as a volunteer EMT in our local ambulance service back in MN. I am currently on the Community Council for a non-profit organization here in Manatee County called “Take Stock in Children” which provides mentorship & full 4 year college scholarships to 25 awarded students each year, with our goal to be 100 scholarships per year by 2020. I also mentor a high-school student through this program as well.
I feel the value we give our families who come to us for service at Skyway is invaluable. I have been in their position some years ago, and I want other families to know that at their most vulnerable time, our staff will do whatever we can to make their difficult decisions much easier, as well as help others pre-plan to make the transition so much easier on loved ones when the time comes.
I have 3 children & 8 grandchildren! Some of my interests include writing, singing & beach time whenever possible!