History & Staff

Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.

A History of Caring

Even though our family has been assisting the Venice community for more than 50 years, our tradition of service dates back to 1932. My grandfather, John J. Farley, embarked on a lifetime of funeral service by opening his own funeral home in Indianapolis in 1932. He soon recruited his father, Omer Farley, and his brothers to work alongside him. After he sold the funeral home to his brothers, he established the funeral home in Venice in 1962 along with the help of my father David and uncles, Joseph, Mark and Phillip.

In 1970, the company expanded further and now operates a location in North Port. Our family’s dedication to compassionate service caused the company to grow, and in 1987, the Venice facilities of the Rawles Funeral Home were acquired.

We invite you to call or stop by to meet our family and staff. Our doors are always open to you.

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. Our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.

Funeral Directors

Danielle Bicker

General Manager, Location Leader, Lead Funeral Director & Embalmer


Danielle is originally from Northern Illinois and relocated to the Venice area in April 2020.  She graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois in 2011 and has worked in the Funeral Services industry since 2009.  Danielle serves our families in both the Venice and North Port locations as well as building relationships in our community as the Community Outreach Coordinator.  She is a licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator and Certified Funeral Celebrant.

Danielle is married with two children, enjoys spending her spare time with friends and family and outdoors whenever possible.  She also volunteers as a "Big Sister" with Big Brother, Big Sister.

Alexus Warger
Lead Funeral Director and Embalmer


Originally from Henryville, IN, Alexus relocated to Venice in 2007.  She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy from Florida Gulf Coast University, and in 2021 she graduated from St. Peterburg College with an A.S. in Funeral Services. Alexus is licensed as a Funeral Director & Embalmer and is a Certified Crematory Operator.

Bruce C. Kingsbury
Senior Funeral Director & Embalmer


Bruce graduated from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Business Administration and from St. Petersburg College with an A.S. in Mortuary Science. He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator, and Certified Funeral Celebrant.

His civic and professional involvement has included board positions with the Kiwanis Club of Venice, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce.

James Eric Swope
Funeral Director and Embalmer


Eric is a Sarasota County native and graduate of Riverview High School. He began his career in funeral service as a teenager. Upon graduation from high school, he enrolled and graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service with an A.S. in Mortuary Science. He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and Certified Crematory Operator.

His civic involvement includes membership in the First Church of God South Venice and Past President and current member of the Sunrise Rotary Club.

David Piccolo
Funeral director and Embalmer


Originally from Queens, NY, David relocated to Florida in 2015. David is a 1996 graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Services in NYC. In addition to Florida, David is also licensed in New York and California. He is a member of the National Disaster Response Team being one of the first to respond during 9/11 and most recently with the Covid-19 outbreak in New York City. He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with expertise in the restorative arts and Certified Crematory Operator.

Thomas Pacyna
Funeral Director and Embalmer


Tom is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University receiving his B.S. and M.S. degree. He is also a graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in NYC. He began his career in funeral service as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1969 in Connecticut, before relocating to Florida in 2011. In 2013, Tom became a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Florida.

While in Connecticut, he was the Co-Founder of Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 75 in New Britain.

KImberly MCClure

Funeral Director and embalmer


Kimberly was born and raised in Marietta, GA. After high school, she attained her Critical Care Paramedic certification and worked for many years in Emergency Medical Services. Kimberly then furthered her skills and studies attending Jefferson State College in Birmingham, AL. She graduated Cum Laude with her A. A. S. in Mortuary Sciences in 2015 and relocated to Florida in 2016. She is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator, and Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. Kimberly enjoys spending time in the outdoors and taking adventures with her only son.

AShley McLemore
Funeral Director and Embalmer in Training


Ashley, originally a native of East Tennessee, relocated to Venice, FL in the Spring of 2022. She began working in the funeral service industry in 2021 and is expecting to graduate with her A.A.S. in Mortuary Science in the Fall of 2023. Ashley is currently serving our families as a Funeral Director and Embalmer Intern. Ashley can be found enjoying the outdoors when she’s not at work or serving along side her husband at Bayside Community Church – Fruitville campus.

 Family Service Advisor

Coral Gonzalez
Family Service Advisor


Coral graduated from college in 1992 with a B.A. in Business Management. Coral is a Licensed Family Service Representative with Venice Memorial Gardens and Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory. She has extensive experience in helping families with their funeral and cemetery arrangements and is also fluent in Spanish.

Her civic and professional involvement includes active membership in Calvary Chapel Church, as well as past membership in various chambers of commerce.

Catherine Jeffers
Family Service Advisor


Cathy attended the University of Rhode Island and is a licensed Pre-Need Sales Agent and an Aftercare Family Services Representative, helping families plan ahead to protect their loved ones and giving grief support to those families previously served.  Cathy is also a licensed Life and Health Insurance Advisor with over 28 years experience in the Health Insurance field.

Cathy has served on the Board of Directors of Westerly Community Credit Union and presented insurance related topics for Lorman Educational Services.

Timothy Taylor
Family Service Advisor


Timothy has served families in the funeral profession as a Licensed Pre-Need Advisor since 2015. In his earlier career, Timothy served as a Pastor in Texas and Florida. His work with the church inspired him to minister to those making difficult life decisions, leading him to his current path, where he believes that prearrangements result in less stress for the bereaved at their greatest time of need.

When he is not walking alongside families through their end-of-life care options, Timothy spends his time with his wife, Beth, and their two boys, Joshua and Caleb. Timothy and Beth enjoy the life they are building together and find joy in watching the boys play soccer, basketball, and baseball. The Taylor family truly understands what Dr. Seuss meant when he said, “you’ll never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”.

Funeral Home Support Team

Becky Belanger
Administrative Assistant 


Jennifer Pace

Administrative Assistant


Steve Cory
Funeral attendant and Transfer Care Specialist


Originally from Indiana, Steve relocated to Florida in 2014. After working 45 years in the automotive industry and 15 years as a volunteer firefighter and EMT, retirement was calling. However, his desire to care for people and to be a light in someone’s dark day urged him to keep serving. In 2015, Steve joined the Farley team as a Funeral Attendant and Transfer Care Specialist serving the families with compassion and care.

Steve’s enjoyment in life is spending time with his love, Maggie, at either Nokomis or Siesta Key beach.

John Radomski
Funeral Attendant and Transfer Care Specialist


Jim Govatos
Funeral Attendant and Transfer Care Specialist


Jim began working part-time at Farley Funeral Homes in October of 2020 after completing 40+ years of full-time ministry as a pastor in churches, including one in Australia. Jim's background makes him eager to serve families in their time of greatest need. He is married to Susan and together they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren spread throughout America. Jim and Susan currently reside in Venice.

Mike Hoisington
Funeral Attendant and Transfer Care Specialist


Born and raised in New Hampshire, Mike relocated to the sunshine state in 2021 to get out of the cold and finally retire for good. He first retired after serving as a Deputy Chief with the Hooksett Fire Department in 2016, the last 12 years of his 30-year career as a Firefighter and First Responder. Mike then stepped out of retirement into another public safety role with the TSA before relocating to Venice to enjoy his re-retirement. Mike’s not one to stay down for long, so while enjoying Venice and all his re-retirement had to offer, he decided he wasn’t done serving others and retirement would have to wait again. So, in 2022 Farley welcomed Mike to join our team serving families as Funeral Attendant and Transfer Care Specialist. Mike enjoys cooking at the Elks Lodge in Venice on Friday evenings and spending time with friends and family.

Jon Beebe
Funeral Attendant and Transfer Care Specialist


Jon relocated to Venice in 2016 from Woodbine, MD to have more access to cruises and the amazing Florida beaches. He enjoys playing pickleball with friends and spending his leisure time supporting the Lightning hockey.

Cemetery Support Team

Lorrie Contreras
Lead Administrative Assistant


Marjorie Dellecker
Administrative Assistant


Marjorie is a native of New Jersey, a past resident of California and Mexico, and relocating to Venice, Florida in 2004 with her husband.  She has over 30 years experience in the banking industry and has been a member of the Venice Memorial Gardens family since 2016 offering support to the Office Accountant and Family Service Representatives.

She loves giving back to her community and in 2017, Marjorie introduced a "Little Free Library" to the cemetery.  She is also responsible for coordinating the annual Memorial Day Flag Placement activities as well as the annual Candlelight Memorial Service which is held the second Saturday every December.