Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
On November 12, 1996, Michael S. Fuller proudly announced the opening of his new funeral home on Pine Ridge Road in Naples, Florida. He had seen the growth in Naples and realized that there was a great need for a modern facility to meet the community’s growing needs. The size and central location of this beautiful new facility were intended to meet those needs and as people became aware of the local ownership, they responded.
The building is large and spacious and provides a comfortable atmosphere. The traditional brick exterior and columns stand apart from any other funeral facility in the area. The large foyer, accented with a fireplace and fine furniture, provides an atmosphere of comfort and warmth. The chapel is large and can accommodate 200 but may also be divided for a smaller, more intimate space if desired. The casket and cremation merchandise selection areas offer many choices and allow families making arrangements to see the options available to them. Unlike many funeral providers, Fuller Funeral Home owns and operates its own crematory, which is located on premises. The funeral home is conveniently located to serve North and Central Naples, as well as Bonita Springs and Golden Gate.
In July 1999, Fuller Funeral Home – Cremation Service opened a second location at 4735 Tamiami Trail East in Naples. The design and appointments of the Pine Ridge location were so well received by the public that they were essentially duplicated at the East Naples location. This funeral home is conveniently located to serve East and Central Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and much of Collier County.
To better serve the residents of Cape Coral, Michael acquired the Kath-McFarland-Schmidt Funeral Home in 2001. In 2005, Cape Coral Memorial Funeral Home was acquired and both funeral homes were merged into one facility, known as Fuller-Cape Coral Funeral Home – Cremation Service. Located at 3740 Del Prado Blvd. South, this facility serves the entire community of Cape Coral, North Ft. Myers and the residents of Pine Island. Like the Pine Ridge facility in Naples, Fuller-Cape Coral Funeral Home operates its own crematory, which is located on premises.
Michael S. Fuller, Founder
Born in Mt. Holly, NJ, Michael was raised in Florence, NJ and graduated from Florence Township Memorial High School in 1977. He attended Mercer County Community College School of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1980 with a degree in mortuary science. He attained licensure as a New Jersey state funeral director and embalmer in June 1980.
In December 1987, Michael purchased and operated Lee Funeral Home in Mt. Holly, NJ until 1993 when he sold the business. Recognizing growth potential in Southwest Florida, he became a full time resident of Naples later that same year and affiliated with Hodges Funeral Chapel, serving as manager of the Advanced Funeral Planning Department.
Responding to the Naples community’s growing needs, Michael opened Fuller Funeral Home – Cremation Service at 1625 Pine Ridge Road in November 1996. In July 1999 he opened a second Naples location at 4735 Tamiami Trail East, followed by Fuller Cape Coral Funeral Home at 4730 Del Prado Blvd. South in Cape Coral in December 2005.
Michael is an active member of the Pelican Bay Rotary as well as several community organizations. He is a certified crematory operator and holds an insurance license for pre-funded funeral planning. Michael is a member of the National Funeral Director’s Association; International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral International; and former Secretary and Treasurer for Preferred Funeral Directors International. Michael resides in Naples with his wife, Juliana.
Jim Geeslin, Managing Partner
Jim is a second generation funeral director originally from Alpine, Texas. From early on Jim could be found helping out around the funeral home and assisting on services with his father. In 1985 he graduated from Commonthwealth College of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas with a degree in Mortuary Science and then returned to his family's funeral home and served his apprenticeship. Soon after returning home, he met and married his wife of 25+ years, Terri. In 1988 they relocated to San Antonio, Texas when Jim joined the staff of Sunset Memorial Park and Funeral Home where he spent the majority of the next 24 years of his career. They have two grown children, Bryce and Kaitlyn, who both reside in Texas. Jim joined Fuller Funeral Home and Cremation Service in May of 2012 as the Managing Partner. Throughout the years, Jim has been actively involved in his community as a past officer and board member of the Rotary Club and Optimist Club; Chamber of Commerce board member; advisory member of the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and an active member and volunteer at his local church.
Jeffrey K. Tarvin CFSP, Location Manager
HMC(AW) USN (Ret.)
Jeff was born in Cincinnati, OH and moved with his family to Naples, FL in 1961. A 1976 graduate of Lely High School, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy where he trained as a Hospital Corpsman and Aerospace Medicine Technician. For the next 22 years, Jeff held a number of positions at various military and non-military locations worldwide: the American Embassy, London, England; Office of the Attending Physician to Congress, Washington, DC; the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (The Blue Angels); Naval Hospital, Guam; Naval Aerospace & Operational Medical Institute, Pensacola, FL. Jeff retired from the Navy in September 1998, having attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
Following his military career, he attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where, as class president and clinical laboratory assistant, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree in 1999.
Following graduation, Jeff returned to Naples and affiliated with Hodges Funeral Chapel while completing Florida state licensure requirements. He received licensure as a Florida state funeral director & embalmer in March 2001. Recognizing growth potential, he moved to Milford, OH in April 2001 and received licensure as an Ohio state funeral director & embalmer in May 2002. Jeff returned home to Naples in September 2005 and affiliated with Fuller Funeral Home. He holds the professional designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), is a certified crematory operator, a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP). Jeff and his wife, Debra, have five grown children between them and reside in Naples.
Tim G. Miller, Location Manager
Tim moved to Naples in 1959 and is a graduate of Naples High School, class of 1972. He graduated from Miami-Dade Community College in 1975 and shortly thereafter became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Florida. Additionally, he is a certified crematory operator and holds an insurance license for pre-funded funeral planning.
Tim managed the daily operations of Hodges Funeral Chapel in Naples for over 20 years until the funeral home sold to a publicly traded corporation. He then obtained an Ohio embalmer and funeral directors license prior to moving to Cleveland, OH where he was employed as Vice-President and General Manager of Busch Family Funeral Chapels, a family owned group of funeral homes located in the greater Cleveland area.
In 1998, Tim returned to Naples and affiliated with Fuller Funeral Home where he was charged with the management responsibilities of our East Naples location as well as personally serving families in our community. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Naples Bay, NRI Foundation and is active in the East Naples Civic Association and many other civic organizations. Additionally, he has served his profession in various capacities with the Florida Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Funeral Service Foundation and is a Past President of the National Association of Approved Morticians. He is married to Kay and they have two children, Kristin and Scott, three grandchildren, and Kassidy, their King Charles Spaniel.
Ashley Luer, Funeral Director
Ashley was born in Moose Lake, MN and graduated from Moose Lake High School in 2001. She moved to Cincinnati, OH where she attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, receiving her Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree in the spring of 2005. Following graduation she returned to Minnesota where she served her internship at a local family owned funeral home in Stillwater, MN. She received her license to practice mortuary science in Minnesota in 2006.
Ashley moved to Naples in late 2006 to join the team at Fuller Funeral Home. She received her Florida funeral director and embalmer license in 2007 and is also a certified crematory operator. She is passionate about the profession and committed to serving families in their time of need.
In her free time, Ashley enjoys traveling, the many beautiful beaches of south Florida and spending time with her family and friends.
William J. Schad, Funeral Director
William was born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida and graduated from Estero High School in 1997. He began his career in logistics management and human resources. William received an Associate Degree in Business from Edison State College in 2005. While working with people, William soon discovered his passion for helping others and made the decision to begin a career in funeral service. He graduated from the St. Petersburg College of Mortuary Science, and became a licensed funeral director/embalmer in the state of Florida. William served his internship at Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Fort Myers, where he cared for families for seven years. He is also a certified crematory operator.
William is married, and he and his wife, Rachel have proudly adopted three dogs from the Lee County Animal Shelter. William’s compassion for those around him guides his professional principles. It is his belief that every life lived is unique and special, and his goal is to help families honor and remember loved ones in their own meaningful way.
Rachel M. Schad, Funeral Director
Rachel M. Schad is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 2002. Upon graduating, she became interested in funeral service and entered the business initially as a prearrangement counselor. After gaining some experience and knowledge in the field, Rachel completed her education at St. Petersburg College of Mortuary Science in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, and also holds professional licenses in Make Up Artistry and Skin Care in the state of Florida. Rachel has been honored to serve families during one of life’s most difficult challenges, working with funeral homes on both the east and west coasts of Florida.
Ultimately, she has made her home here in southwest Florida with her husband, William, and their three adopted dogs. When she is not working, Rachel enjoys singing and enjoying the local arts and culture in Naples and Fort Myers.
Jackie Trzyna, Funeral Director
Originally from central New Jersey, Jackie and her family moved to Marco Island in 1997, relocating to Naples in 2001. During her children’s younger years, she chose to be a full-time stay-at-home parent in order to support their various educational and extracurricular endeavors. In 2008, Jackie decided to enter the funeral industry to pursue her lifelong calling and passion to serve families during what is often their greatest time of need. She joined the Fuller Funeral Home team in March of 2010, and recently graduated from St. Petersburg College, Summa Cum Laude, with both an A.A. and A.S. in Funeral Services. She is also a longtime volunteer with several local and national Childhood Cancer associations.
Jackie resides in North Naples with her husband, Jim, 2 children, Heather and Erik, and 2 Maltese dogs. She enjoys traveling, reading, yoga, the beach, learning about nutrition, and spending time with her family and friends. Jackie believes that it is a privilege and honor to individually care for and memorialize each family’s loved one in the most fitting way.
Debra J. Tarvin, Administrative Assistant
Debra was born on the Naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and grew up in small towns in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Illinois. She moved from Chicago to Orlando, FL in 1996 where she worked in the corporate accounting department for a day labor service. In 1999, Debra moved to Naples and affiliated with Hodges Funeral Chapel. It was there that she met her husband, Jeff.
In April 2001, Debra and Jeff moved to Milford, OH where they worked until returning to Naples and affiliating with Fuller Funeral Home in September 2005.
Debra has a daughter, Valarie, and a grandson, Austin, who live in Texas; two sons, Michael and Carmie who live in Naples; and two step-sons, Kevin and Greg.
Ann Porter, Administrative Assistant
A Collier County resident since 1976, Ann comes to Fuller Funeral Home with a distinguished background of service to the community. After completing her Masters in Education degree at the University of Florida, she worked in Naples and Immokalee as a mental health clinician and educator for many years. An adjunct instructor at Edison Community College for 16 years and a certified instructor in the DUI Counterattack Program for 20 years, Ann has also served in various positions with the State of Florida and the 20th Judicial Circuit Court. Her work with Hospice led her to become interested in funeral service. She has been an administrative assistant to the funeral directors and a licensed preneed counselor at our East Naples location since its opening in 1999.
Ann and her husband, Tom, own an 80+ year old house in Goodland. Between them, they have four grown children and 9 grandchildren.