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Donna Price-Kalisty
B: 1966-06-06
D: 2019-06-17
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Price-Kalisty, Donna
Regina Vaccarella
B: 1940-02-25
D: 2019-06-14
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Vaccarella, Regina
Katheryn Farris Soller
B: 1950-01-21
D: 2019-06-10
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Farris Soller, Katheryn
Scott St. John
B: 1963-07-03
D: 2019-06-09
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St. John, Scott
Arimatea Flores
B: 1928-03-17
D: 2019-06-06
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Flores, Arimatea
Kenneth Whitney
B: 1941-06-30
D: 2019-06-05
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Whitney, Kenneth
Vito Sqroi
B: 1939-06-13
D: 2019-06-05
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Sqroi, Vito
Hans-Juergen Spanner
B: 1935-12-26
D: 2019-06-04
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Spanner, Hans-Juergen
William Elliot
B: 1934-01-06
D: 2019-06-03
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Elliot, William
Joseph Fazio
B: 1928-11-02
D: 2019-06-02
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Fazio, Joseph
Wendy Curtis
B: 1948-12-26
D: 2019-06-02
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Curtis, Wendy
Phillip Rhoads
B: 1932-07-02
D: 2019-06-02
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Rhoads, Phillip
Peter Vaccarelli
B: 1952-06-08
D: 2019-06-01
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Vaccarelli, Peter
Maria Moreira
B: 1923-07-10
D: 2019-05-28
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Moreira, Maria
Antonette Thomas
B: 1942-08-23
D: 2019-05-28
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Thomas, Antonette
Loretta Benson
B: 1932-01-31
D: 2019-05-26
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Benson, Loretta
Shannon Schiavone
B: 1969-06-29
D: 2019-05-24
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Schiavone, Shannon
Saul Ramirez Correa
B: 1963-08-13
D: 2019-05-21
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Ramirez Correa, Saul
Gloria Siciliano
B: 1936-06-15
D: 2019-05-20
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Siciliano, Gloria
Sara Iredell
B: 1918-10-26
D: 2019-05-19
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Iredell, Sara
Amelia Santiago
B: 1990-06-02
D: 2019-05-19
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Santiago, Amelia

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Naples, FL 34104
Phone: (239)-659-2009
Fax: (239) 659-2013

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
Email: michaelw@legacyoptions.com
Office Phone: 239-659-2009
Fax: 239-659-2013

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.


Michael Hoyt, CEO
Email: info@legacyoptions.com
Website: www.legacyoptions.com
Office Phone: 239-659-2009

Michael grew up in the small Massachusetts town of Amesbury. In high school, Michael began working for the local funeral home where he realized that funeral service was a call of helping others.  He then enrolled and was a 1988 Cum Laude graduate of the New Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Boston.  He received his Massachusetts Funeral Directors license in 1990 where he began working alongside his father-in-law Michael C. Whyte where they both served many Boston area funeral homes.

In 1998, Michael moved with his wife Carla to Martha’s Vineyard to manage the island’s funeral home. Michael was active his community and served as the President of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, President of the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard, Chair of the Oak Bluffs School Committee, and Vice Chair of the All Island School Committee.

The beginning of 2018 presented a great opportunity for Michael to once again partner with his father-in-law at Legacy Options. Michael, his wife Carla, son Noah, and daughter Chloe relocated to Naples. Michael is a licensed funeral director in both Massachusetts & Florida. Joining Legacy has allowed Michael to further help families through a difficult time.

Jeffrey Nieves, Family Services Counselor
Email: jeffn@legacyoptions.com
Website: www.legacyoptions.com
Office Phone: 239-659-2009

Jeffrey was born in the northshore town of Newburyport, Massachusetts.  He attended Newburyport High School and received his bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts Lowell with a focus in Legal Studies and Political science.

After completing college, Jeffrey worked as an account manager for a marketing firm in Boston, MA; and later continued to expand his business development career in both the construction and renewable energy industries.

Jeffrey decided to move to Southwest Florida in early 2019 to join the Family business and pursue a career in Funeral Service.  Jeffrey is currently licensed as a Pre-Need Family Service Counselor while enrolled in the Funeral Arts Certificate Program at St. Petersburg College.

Glenn Witzenburg, Funeral Director
Email: glennw@legacyoptions.com
Website: www.legacyoptionsllc.com
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
Email: jeffreym@legacyoptions.com
Website: www.legacyoptionsllc.com
Office Phone: 239-659-2009
Fax: 239-659-2013

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.



Jurgen Baum, Office Manager
Email: jurgenb@legacyoptions.com
Website: www.legacyoptions.com
Office Phone: 239-659-2009

Jurgen was born, raised and educated in Germany.  He graduated from the Benedict School of Languages with a Foreign Correspondence degree in 1975 after he completed 8 years in the German Army, honorably discharged as Sergeant; worked as a photojournalist with his own column “Germany Closer To You” with publication in Stars and Stripes and US based military magazines, and acted as translator in the US V Corps’ Public Affairs Office until his move to the United States in Spring of 1981.

Jurgen settled in Massachusetts where he worked initially as assistant to attorneys who dealt with real estate transactions until his transfer to Fidelity Mortgage Corp where he held positions as assistant to the CEO to Corporate Clerk until he left the company in 1989.

In 1997 he graduated from Middlesex College with a Liberal Arts Degree, acquired his nursing license and practiced nursing specializing in Alzheimer’s care for 20 years.  His career as nurse started as floor nurse to unit managing nurse performing administrative duties, fostering community relations and nurturing relations with his Alzheimer’s residents and their loved ones.  He moved to Naples, Florida in 2006, continued his nursing career and gained recognition within the local Alzheimer’s Support Network for his compassion and dedication to the Alzheimer’s population he served.

In 2017, Jurgen joined Legacy Options as Office Manager, a move which was inevitable for his ties to the Whyte and Hoyt family, and his exposure to the funeral business and its operations since 1981.

Lois Bolin, Ph.D., Pre-Arrangement Counselor
Email: info@legacyoption.com
Website: www.legacyoptionsllc.com
Office Phone: 239-659-2009
Fax: 239-659-2013
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
Email: pamw@legacyoptions.com
Website: www.legacyoptionsllc.com
Office Phone: 239-659-2009
Fax: 239-659-2013
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.