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Our Experienced Staff
Each of the staff members at Legacy Options is committed to providing your family with the finest in personal care. It is comforting for area families to know that we are available to help at any time of the day or night.
When a loved one dies, all you need to do is make one phone call. From that moment on, we’ll take on the responsibilities of the physical care of your loved one, and the emotional care of those left behind.
Please take a few minutes to get to know our staff. We’re sure you’ll find each of us to be all that you would hope for in a trusted funeral professional.
|Michael Whyte, Funeral Director|
Office Phone: 239-659-2009
Michael grew up in Hollywood, Florida having moved from Boston, Massachusetts in 1958. He attended middle school and graduated from McArthur High School in Hollywood, Florida in 1964, and enrolled in an apprentice/intern program with a family owned funeral home located in Miami Beach.
In the 1960’s Florida had no funeral service schools so Michael returned to Boston, Massachusetts and, in 1965, enrolled in the New England Institute of Anatomy. Michael graduated in 1968 and completed his intern program in 1970. In 1971, Michael received his Massachusetts embalmers license and funeral directors license.
Michael practiced in Massachusetts until he moved to Naples, Florida in 2005, and became associated with Service Corporation International. After SCI acquired Hodges Funeral Home in 2007, Michael was assigned as manager of advanced planning. In 2007, upon receiving his Florida embalmers and funeral directors license, Michael became general manager of Hodges Funeral Home and Naples Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Naples, and Hodges Josberger Funeral Home in Marco Island.
In recent years, he resigned his position from SCI to pursue his vision of a community based funeral establishment as a founder of Legacy Options, LLC.
|Glenn Witzenburg, Funeral Director|
Office Phone: 239-659-2009
Glenn has worked as a licensed funeral director for over 40 years in Iowa, Nebraska and Florida. His first two professional years were spent in Iowa as an embalmer and funeral director. From there he moved to Auburn, Nebraska where he eventually purchased a local funeral home. Throughout his years of private ownership, Glenn gained vast experience into the day to day operation of a community based privately-owned funeral home.
In 1989, Glenn sold his funeral home to a corporation with funeral homes across the US. He continued his relationship with this national corporation until the late 1990’s, at which time Glenn re-purchased his funeral home along with several other homes. He later passed his funeral homes to his family and in 2005, moved to Florida with his wife, Pamela.
Realizing his love of profession, Glenn began assisting at a Naples funeral home until he met Michael Whyte and both, he and Michael founded Legacy Options, LLC.
Throughout his professional years, Glenn has been involved as a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Independent Funeral Directors of Florida, Florida Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association (also acting as its past President), Chamber of Commerce (also serving as Auburn, Nebraska President), and has served on numerous church boards. He is also a current member of Naples North Rotary Club and Celebration Community Beach Church.
|Jeffrey A. Macasevich, Funeral Director & Pre-Arrangement Counselor|
Office Phone: 239-659-2009
Jeffrey was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he graduated in 1974 from Bethlehem Catholic High School. He then graduated, with honors, from Northampton Community College, Bethlehem where he served as President of Phi Beta Lambda.
While a Senior in High School and attending Northampton College he worked for the City of Bethlehem Police Department as a Communications and Emergency Operations Dispatcher. Through the loss of two grandparents, he also became interested in Funeral Service and began assisting at a funeral home in his home town of Bethlehem.
He graduated from Simmon's School of Mortuary Science, Syracuse, New York and has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for over 37 years. Jeffrey practiced in Pennsylvania until he came to Florida in 1997 to find the warmth and beauty of South Florida. Jeffrey continued his funeral l service career and has served Funeral homes along Florida's East Coast, managed a cremation society and was a Funeral Director at the former Johnson-Pittman Funeral Home which was located in Naples.
Jeffrey is active in Naples community where he is a member and past distinguished President of East Naples Kiwanis, with 12 years of perfect attendance. Jeffrey also serves as Vice-President, Program Chair and Board member of the East Naples Civic Association, volunteers at Lorenzo Walker Technical High School, member and active volunteer at Unity of Naples Church and a member of the School Advisory Council at Shadowlawn Elementary School. He has been a member of the National, Pennsylvania and Florida Funeral Director's Associations, Cremation Association of North America, and is a certified crematory operator.
"As a Funeral Director I believe in the value and peace of mind that prearranging one's funeral or cremation service in advance gives to you and your family. Once you take care of your arrangements, you are truly showing how much love you have for your family and friends. It is my belief that the time spent prearranging one's own service makes a difficult time and ultimate reality a time truly for remembering and honoring one's life lived. "
Contact Jeffrey anytime regarding at-need funeral or cremation arrangements or any questions about pre-arranging.
|Nicole Partin, Funeral Director|
Nicole, born to missionary parents spent most of her childhood crisscrossing the globe experiencing the culture and diversity of various countries.
Her desire to carry on the family heritage of compassion and care to those in need coupled with her innate gift of public speaking drew her to the field of bereavement and funeral service.
In pursuit of her dream, Nicole enrolled in an apprentice program and served families through a family owned funeral home in Tennessee.
In 2011 Nicole graduated from one of the nation’s leading mortuary schools, John Gupton College in Nashville Tennessee. She received recognition for perfect attendance and for maintaining the status of academic top 10% of the school throughout her enrollment. She became a licensed funeral director and a licensed embalmer.
Nicole was the recipient of the National Funeral Director Association’s Professional Women’s Scholarship and was honored at a ceremony in Washington DC.
In 2011 Nicole relocated to Naples, Florida from her home state of Tennessee. After receiving her Florida funeral directors and embalmers license, Nicole became part of the staff of Hodges Funeral Home in Naples and later became the Funeral Director in Charge at Hodges Josberger Funeral Home on Marco Island.
In 2013 Nicole attended the Insight Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and became a Certified Celebrant broadening her skills for both planning and speaking at funerals and celebrations of life.
Nicole has made numerous television appearances on CNN/HLN including appearances with Rita Cosby, Anderson Cooper, as well as a long time frequent guest on the Nancy Grace Show.
Out of all her accomplishments she is adamant that her greatest roll is that of adoring mother to her three beautiful children.
Last year, she resigned her position with Hodges Josberger Funeral Home, Marco Island to pursue her first love of the business ~serving families through a family owned funeral establishment. It was with great pleasure that she joined Legacy Options Funeral and Cremation Services where she continues to serve families on Marco Island and surrounding areas; adopting a customized, more personal approach to helping families remember and celebrate their loved ones.
|Lois Bolin, Ph.D., Pre-Arrangement Counselor|
Office Phone: 239-659-2009
Mobile Phone: 239-777-2281
Lois' journey to become one of our area's most active community stewards, began in her home state, South Carolina, as a cheerleader and educator. During her 33 years in her adopted home of Naples, her business, Success Fulfillment, Inc., focused on strategic innovative ways to think, for both for profit and non for profit businesses, incorporating the success principles of proactive planning and service to community - the key to fulfillment.
Her model of connecting and collaborating for the greater good of community has resulted in more awareness on the value of Naples history, thus sustaining the legacy of pioneering families. Her most recent collaboration with the City of Naples resulted in a free Web App for smartphones and tablets that maps Naples historic markers so families can plan their own outings to connect with each other and their community.
She says her love of elders and their stories comes from her Southern roots. She was taught that honoring one's family name, heritage and legacy matters the most, next to respect for Veterans and their families whose sacrifices preserve our freedom. These non-negotiable values have followed her throughout her life, no doubt inspiring her to facilitate national veteran's initiatives locally, Keep the Spirit of 45 Alive and Taps Across America and to re-energize the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.
Her service has been recognized by various organizations, earning her the title of 2013 'Woman of Achievement', by the American Association of University Women; 2008 'Woman in History' by the American Business Women's Association (Neo. Chapter); and a 2004 'Woman of Initiative' by the Community Foundation of Collier County.
Lois sees pre-need planning through the same lens as any strategic solutions by 'beginning with the end in mind'. By taking care of the details sooner, rather than later, we are able to focus on what really matter the most: bringing loved ones together to honor the name, heritage and legacy of a family.
|Pam Witzenburg, Pre-Arrangement Counselor|
Office Phone: 239-659-2009
Home Phone: 239-331-2432
Pam has had exposure in the funeral industry for the past three decades and is versed on the advantages of pre-planning and the comfort it offers families. Pam participated and managed the pre-arrangement program that was offered by her and her husband’s Nebraska funeral business and will be active in Legacy’s pre-planning program.
Pam has had a diverse background as she was an elementary teacher for 20 years and owned a custom framing company in addition to the pre-arrangement program. Pam is active in her community, The Glades Country Club, and enjoys her roll as the chairman of the Activities Committee and a member of the Ladies Golf Association. Her personal highlights are the 5 children, 1s grandchildren and 2 great-grandchild that have been a blessing in her life.
Feel free to contact Pam with any questions you might have concerning pre-arrangements for you or a loved one.