Our Staff

Our team of professionals is here to serve you whenever and however you need assistance. At Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home & Cremation Services, we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our staff is dedicated to serving our New Port Richey community and involved with many local organizations including the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Trinity Odessa Chamber of Commerce, Pasco County Aging Network, Gulfside Hospice Board, Sertoma Club, Shriners Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Call today to speak with our team and learn more about what Michels & Lundquist has to offer.

John Butler

General Manager

John Butler has served as a General Manager at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home & Cremation Services since 2013.  With over a quarter of a century of experience in funeral service, he has worked as an apprentice, a funeral director and a manager.

Born in Western New York, he received his Associates Degree from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service. He is a member of Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of Gulfside Hospice, serves on the Board of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, a member of Florida Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida and is a member of Rotary Club of Holiday.

John lives in Trinity with his wife and their children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, working in the yard, going to the beach and golfing.

Andrew Lundquist




As the former owner, Andrew Lundquist served as a Funeral Director at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home & Cremation Services for 30 years. With over 55 years of experience in funeral service, he has also served as an Assistant Manager and Manager.

Born in Brookfield, Wisconsin, he graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1964.

He is a former member of the Florida Funeral Directors Association, the Jaycees, and continued to serve the New Port Richey & Holiday Sertoma Clubs for many years.

Andrew attended Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church where he served as Lector, Charter Eucharistic Minister on the Finance Committee, was Chairman of the Centennial Calendar Committee and Charter Member of Knights of Columbus #5867.

He and his wife have two children, one granddaughter, and a great grandson. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling, casinos, and restoring 1969 Olds Cutlass.

Andy had a wonderful sense of humor and words cannot describe his compassion and caring for his family and fellow man.  We will truly miss our “Husband”, “Daddy”, “Uncle Andy”, “GrandPAL”, and “Great GrandPAL.”

Andrew J. “Andy” Lundquist, 77, went to heaven on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. A Visitation for Andy was held at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 3-6pm with a small service that commenced at 6pm.  A funeral mass was held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10am.  Andy was laid to rest privately at Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens.

Roger E. Michels



In 1977, he was a founding member of the Holiday Rotary Club and over the years has served as President, Secretary and as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Roger was past President of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, served as Chasco Fiesta Street parade chairman for many years, established the New Port Richey chapter of the March of Dimes and served as Chairman for 15 years, and established the first Salvation Army Thrift store on Grand Blvd and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army.

He also served on the Board of Directors of the Heart Association and the American Cancer Society as well as chaired fund raising for the Boy Scouts of America.

He was a member of Saint James the Apostle Catholic Church and was happily married with three children. In his spare time, Roger enjoyed boating, fishing, bowling, golfing, and outside lawn work.

Roger Michels passed away May 7, 2018.  Visitation was held on Thursday, May 10, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home. Masonic rites were given during the evening visitation. A funeral mass was celebrated 10:30am Friday, May 11,  at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church with entombment following at Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens. A reception was held at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home after services concluded. In lieu of flowers, please donate in his memory to one of the many organizations he supported.

Drew Johnson

Operations Manager


Drew originates from a small community located in rural Southeastern Minnesota. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2010.  Following graduation, he served families in many capacities in the Greater Chicago land area.  Drew had continued his meaningful path assisting families for 7 years before joining Michels & Lundquist in 2019. He holds a Funeral Director and Embalmers License in both Florida and Minnesota. During his spare time, he enjoys frequenting local golf courses, attending sporting events, spending time with his family, and taking in the beautiful surroundings of the Bay area.

Persel J. Woods

Funeral Director

Persel J. Woods, a native of Ocala, Florida, is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. A student athlete and graduate of North Marion High School, Mr. Woods dedicated his life to serving others in the United States Navy for twenty years. After retiring, He received his degree in Mortuary Science from Tidewater Community College. Mr. Woods joined the Altmeyer Family in 2010 where he serves families with dignity and personal understanding. His dedication and diligence to those families continues to enhance the professional excellence that families have come to expect.

Rachel Mayo

Funeral Director

Rachel Mayo started in the funeral profession in 2008 as a preneed funeral and cemetery counselor. She began taking classes to become a funeral director and embalmer almost immediately, knowing that she had found her calling. While attending St. Petersburg College, Rachel worked full time in the profession in various roles, learning practical skills alongside her book studies. After graduating in June of 2012, she spent the early years of her career focused on specializing in embalming and restoration techniques. She returned to performing the combined roles of funeral director and embalmer in early 2016. She feels that making what is quite possibly the worst day in someone’s life just a little bit easier to bear is her life’s purpose.
When Rachel isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband James, practicing yoga, reading comic books, and socializing with friends.

Sarah Simkins

Funeral Director, Embalmer and Outreach Director

Sarah grew up on a dairy farm in Indiana and graduated from Borden High School in 2001. She graduated Mid America College of Funeral Service with her Associates Degree in 2003. She decided that funeral service was her calling after having the “life talk” with her dad one day as she worked for him as an activity assistant while still in high school. She feels this profession chose her as she feels fulfillment in easing the grieving and making the funeral arrangement process seamless. Sarah began her funeral career at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home in 2004 as an intern. After she served her 1 year, Roger Michels & Andy Lundquist hired her on full time and she began serving the family’s of the Pasco County area. She is active with and supportive of Veterans Affairs, sponsoring the Gold Star Family luncheons for the past 2 years. She is past secretary for Pasco Business Connections, and also served as Ambassador for the Trinity Odessa & West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. She loves her newest role at Michels & Lundquist as the Outreach Director, providing cakes, hot cookies, candy, and most importantly smiles to her local nursing homes, ALFs, churches, and hospices. Sarah visits 46 facilities a month. She loves volunteering as some of these local facilities during the birthday parties. “To see the residents smile and enjoy the cake that’s donated is truly priceless.”

Sarah is married to Stephen and they have 2 sons Chase & Christian. She is blessed to have her dad Fred and Mom Patty close by and has 2 brothers Josh & Steve, and a sister Andrea and 4 blended siblings, Matt, Brandi, Zac, & Abby. In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and sons, boating, traveling, and just being with her family.

Charles Webster

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Charles Webster served as a Funeral Attendant for over 7 years and for the past two years has worked as a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home. Born in Hudson, Florida, he attended Hudson High School before graduating from St. Petersburg College in 2012 with a degree in Mortuary Science.

He and his wife Molly enjoy spending time with their son, biking, swimming, and playing the drums.

Scottie Garcia

Licensed Funeral Director

Originally from Queens, NY, Scottie moved to Florida in 2007. A graduate of American Academy McAllisrer Institute, which is located in Manhattan, NY, in 1992, making that over two decades of funeral service experience. Scottie is married with 2 children. In his spare time, he enjoys football, martial arts, outdoor activities and what he describes as “watching the wind blow”.

Cory Fogle

Funeral Director

Cory is originally from Pennsylvania, having earned his degree from Northampton Community College in Mortuary Studies.  Cory moved to Florida in 2011 and is a resident of Pasco County.  After working at a funeral home in Hillsborough County, he decided to make the move to Pasco County.  In his spare time, he can usually be found watching football, finding the best pizza, and traveling with his wife, Heather.

Cory looks forward to the challenges this profession brings on a daily basis and assisting families in their time of need.

Cheyenne Moore

Funeral Director

Cheyenne grew up in the New Port Richey/Holiday area where she attended Gulf Middle and High Schools. She received her A.S. in Funeral Services at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. After working for funeral homes in Dracut, MA and St. Petersburg, FL, she made the decision to come back home to Pasco county and currently resides in New Port Richey with her significant other, their 2 cats, Simon and Tasha, and their dog, Jughead.

Nicki Kessler

Funeral Service Apprentice

Nicki, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Florida in 2016.  After receiving her B.S. in Biology from Bowling Green State University, she chose to change her career path and began working toward her degree in Funeral Services in January of 2019.

In her spare time, she enjoys helping homeless animals find their forever homes.

James Lovell

Pre-Need Counselor

James Lovell has served as a Pre-Need Counselor at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home & Cremation Services for 16 years. Born in Kankakee, Illinois, James attended Kankakee Senior High School before graduating from Kankakee Community College in two years. In addition to serving as a Pre-Need Counselor, he also has worked as a Funeral Attendant.

Since 1982, he has been a member of the Holiday Rotary Club.

James is married with two children and six grandchildren and attends St. Michaels Catholic Church. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and travel, specifically cruising.

Cheryl Silvia

Office Manager and Secretary

Cheryl Silvia has served as an Office Manager and Secretary at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home & Cremation Services since 2001. She was born in Taunton, Massachusetts and she attended Bishop Cassidy High School. Cheryl moved to Port Richey in 1984. She has also served as a Sub Registrar of Vital Statistics for the State of Florida.

Cheryl adores spending time with her two sons and four grandchildren and in her spare time is an Independent Beauty Consultant for Avon Products in which she has been a member of their President’s Club for 30 years.

Drew Lundquist

Environmental Details Officer

Drew Lundquist has served as an Environmental Details Officer at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home & Cremation Services in various degrees for 30 years. Born in New Port Richey, he attended Ridgewood High School and Pasco-Hernando Community College.

Confirmed at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, he was a member of Virginia Beach Church of God Freedom Fellowship and also served as a DJ for WODC Christian Radio in Virginia Beach.

In his spare time, he enjoys attempting home improvement projects, as well as performing in community theatre shows at Richey Suncoast Theatre, and Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center.

Alissa Mitchell

Alissa E. Mitchell was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. After graduating high school in 2012 with honors, she discovered she felt particularly drawn to a vocation dealing with grief and death care, and realized her passion was in funeral services. Alissa has been a full time funeral home employee since May of 2018. She is currently a student at both St. Petersburg College and Saint Leo University, earning her A.S. degree in Funeral Services and her B.A degree in Business Management. It is her dream to continue her ministry to the community by earning her Funeral Director’s license and becoming the manager (and maybe even owner) of a funeral home someday. In her spare time, Alissa is an avid advocate of IBD and Fibromyalgia Reseach and Awareness. Her hobbies include singing karaoke, practicing yoga, visiting the beach, cosplaying at Bay Area Ren Faire and local conventions, and attending church with her little sister.

Aaron Shull

Crematory Operator

Patricia Rodriguez

PreNeed Specialist

Patricia is a licensed Pre-Need Counselor at International Cremation Services since 2019. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, moving to Hudson Florida with her husband in 2002. In 2016 she decided to change her career path and become a licensed Pre-Arrangement Counselor in funeral services and has never looked back.

In Patricia’s spare time, she enjoys cooking, boating, cruising and shelling. Be sure to share your favorite recipe when you meet with her. She loves to collect client favorites.

Robert Shaw

Funeral Attendant

Charles Hall

Funeral Attendant

Barry Cook

Funeral Attendant

Gerald Warren

Funeral Attendant

Anthony Cuomo

Funeral Attendant