Obituaries

Phillip Seplowe
B: 1955-07-13
D: 2015-05-26
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Seplowe, Phillip
Adelaide Brower
B: 1921-08-29
D: 2015-05-25
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Brower, Adelaide
Constantinos Pantazes
B: 1932-11-20
D: 2015-05-25
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Pantazes, Constantinos
Benjamin Tam
B: 1952-10-25
D: 2015-05-24
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Tam, Benjamin
Waltraud Brade
B: 1933-02-21
D: 2015-05-24
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Brade, Waltraud
Nicholas Kirk
B: 1995-04-12
D: 2015-05-23
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Kirk, Nicholas
Salvatore Arini
B: 1935-06-26
D: 2015-05-22
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Arini, Salvatore
Alfred Dwyer
B: 1955-11-15
D: 2015-05-22
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Dwyer, Alfred
Bertha Combs
B: 1916-11-16
D: 2015-05-22
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Combs, Bertha
Neil Matheson
B: 1932-07-31
D: 2015-05-21
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Matheson, Neil
James Delaney
B: 1925-03-21
D: 2015-05-21
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Delaney, James
Edythe Sandberg
B: 1918-03-19
D: 2015-05-21
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Sandberg, Edythe
Dawn Carageorge
B: 1953-01-13
D: 2015-05-21
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Carageorge, Dawn
Richard Lansford
B: 1925-09-02
D: 2015-05-20
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Lansford, Richard
Laurel Perry
B: 1969-01-26
D: 2015-05-20
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Perry, Laurel
Nelson Wadsworth
B: 1940-09-30
D: 2015-05-20
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Wadsworth, Nelson
Jill Aljian
B: 1967-11-29
D: 2015-05-20
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Aljian, Jill
Blanche Isinger
B: 1919-07-28
D: 2015-05-19
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Isinger, Blanche
Jack Spies
B: 1925-06-30
D: 2015-05-19
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Spies, Jack
William Dunleavy
B: 1937-08-25
D: 2015-05-17
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Dunleavy, William
Doris McMahon
B: 1925-06-10
D: 2015-05-17
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McMahon, Doris

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1750 Curlew Road
(Between Belcher Rd. & CR 1)
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Phone: 727.789.2000
Fax: (727) 789-1741

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Keenan Knopke, President & CEO

Keenan is a lifelong resident of Florida and resides in the Temple Terrace area. He is Past President of the Florida Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and is a five-time President of the Funeral and Cemetery Alliance of Florida, is on the Board of Directors of the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association, is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Funeral Cemetery and Consumer Services of Florida and is Past Chairman of the Board of Funeral and Cemetery Services of Florida. Keenan and his wife Rosemary have been married for 42 years and have two children Haley and Kolby, and two grandsons. In his free time Keenan enjoys golfing, fishing, shelling and boating.

“We take great pride in being a family owned business. Being involved in our community is an honor to us.”

Patty Luque, Family Service Counselor

Patty has resided in the Dunedin, Florida area now for several years but is originally from Fairfax, Virginia. She has an outstanding knowledge of the funeral industry and strives to always exceed a family’s expectations.  These qualities are enhanced by Patty’s passion to ensure each family finds the products and services that best suit their needs. Patty is married to her husband Pat and has a beautiful daughter, Lindsay. She enjoys spending time outdoors and playing golf in her free time.

“I cherish being able to help families with the highest quality service from a family-owned company.”

Janet C. Charden-Peters, Family Service Counselor

Janet is originally from Chicago, but she has living here in sunny Florida since 1990.  Janet has dedicated her life to helping those in need through the funeral industry.  For more 25 years, she has been serving families with compassion and dignity.  Janet is proud to have worked at Curlew Hills for more than a decade.  Janet is married and in her free time, she loves spending quality time with her family.  

"I love so many things about Curlew Hills...the beauty of the cemetery, the caring company management and the way I am able to truly help families."  

Steve Harris, Funeral Director

Steve, born and raised in Massachusetts, has been in the funeral industry for 35 years.  He is Past President of the Pinellas County Funeral Home Association and sat on the advisory board of the Funeral Service Department of St. Pete College.  Steve is also a Certified Celebrant and an ordained non-denominational minister. He has been married for 32 years and has two lovely grown daughters, Meghan and Courtney.  In his free time, Steve enjoys golfing, travel and cooking.

“Curlew Hills being family owned allows me to truly put the needs of client families first and foremost.  That is so important to me.”

Denise Childress, Funeral Director

Originally from Massachusetts, Denise has been in the funeral industry for over 10 years.  Her love of the business is driven by her strong desire to help others with compassion and dignity at a time when they need it most.  She lives with her husband Alan, who shares her great love of animals.  Together, they have three dogs and two cats.  Denise loves having an active lifestyle and enjoys hiking and going to the movies.  

Denise Goodwin, Controller

Denise was born and raised in Windham, Maine, where she earned her degrees in Accounting and Business Administration.  She relocated to Florida in 2000 and resides in New Port Richey with her husband of 26 years, Roger, and their two children Robbie and Alyssa.  Denise brings nearly 28 years experience in financial management to Curlew Hills.  Outside of work, she enjoys family activities, boating and summer vacations in Maine.  Denise is currently involved in the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, along with the Chamber’s Golf Committee.  

“I love the family-like atmosphere every day here at Curlew Hills.  There is no place else like this.”

Ericka McKibbin, Funeral Director

Ericka has a friendliness and warmth that Texans are known for.  Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she has been in this area for 25 years.  With a genuine heart for helping people, Ericka has been a funeral director for 4 years.  She chose the funeral profession so she could make a difficult time easier for families by lessening their stress and providing a service that celebrates the life of their loved one.  Ericka has a toddler son, whom she adores and that keeps her busy. She also enjoys boating, fishing and camping.

“There is a true sense of family at Curlew Hills.  Everyone here shares a passion for serving those in need.”

Paul Blizard, Funeral Director

Paul is originally from Dobbs Ferry, New York.  After spending some time in New Orleans, he moved here in 2005. His strong desire to serve his community led him to the funeral industry, where he has been serving families for 15 years.  Outside of work, Paul has many diversified interests.  He enjoys horse racing, real estate management, traveling and spending time with family.  Paul is married to the love of his life, Lola, who is originally from Brazil.  

“Everyone at Curlew Hills genuinely cares about the families we serve and the services we provide.”

Thomas “Tommy” Jenkins, Funeral Home Attendant

Tommy is originally from Maryland.  He moved to Florida 31 years ago and still loves every moment of being here.  Tommy is a retired firefighter who has dedicated his life to helping people.  He has been married to his lovely bride, Marie, for 58 years and together they have a son and a daughter. The couple also has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Outside work, Tommy’s interests include the fire department, airplanes, old cars and baseball.  

“I am so proud of everything that Curlew Hills stands for.  It is the best funeral home in Florida.”

Becky Cantrell, Administrative Assistant

Becky was born and raised in Manassas, Virginia, where she lived until 1987.  Drawn to the beautiful warm weather of Florida, Becky has been here ever since.  Becky is married and has two sons; Heath, 25 and Samson, 10.  She loves watching Samson play baseball and football.  With a true passion for America’s veterans and for helping people, Becky volunteers frequently for Honor Flight. She also enjoys politics, the beach and dirt bikes.  

“The people at Curlew Hills are fantastic.  The grounds and facility are also very beautiful.”

Luisa Grabianowski, Family Service

Luisa has lived in diverse places in her life.  Born in Italy, she was raised in Buffalo, New York and moved to Clearwater in 1991.  Since that time, she has dedicated her career to the funeral industry.  She is Past President and is still active in the Italian American Women of Today.  She is also very involved in the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce.  Luisa is married to the love of her life and has two grown daughters, Michelle and Daniella, as well as three beautiful grandchildren.  In her free time, she loves to cook.

“Curlew Hills is a hidden gem.  We all have a true passion for caring for families during their difficult times.”

David Schramel, Grounds Manager

David is a Florida native, born and raised in Safety Harbor.  In the funeral industry for over 25 years now, David takes great pride in caring for the grounds at Curlew Hills.  His keen eye for detail ensures that the grounds are maintained to the highest standards so that families can enjoy its lush beauty.  David has been married to his wife Debra for 20 years and has three children – Anthony, Jeffrey and Mary Alice.  He enjoys spending time with family as well as boating, diving and offshore fishing.    

“It is a pleasure to work for a company that treats customers as well as employees like family.”

Clifford “Cliff” Meade, Jr., Groundskeeper

Cliff came to Florida from the beautiful Paradise Island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  His love of being outdoors and enjoying nature’s beauty drew him to being a groundskeeper at Curlew Hills.  Cliff also loves sports and in his free time, he plays men’s league basketball.  Sharing his love of sports is important to him, so Cliff also coaches youth basketball at Countryside Recreation Center.  His other hobbies include computers and airplanes.  

“Everyone at Curlew Hills is so friendly. It’s a great place to go to work everyday.”