Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer.  We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

1912

George Thacker establishes Sarasota's first funeral home

1925

Funeral Home began operating out of our main location, 40 N. Orange Ave.

1948

Brothers George and John (Jack) Toale purchased the funeral home

2018

The Toale Family

Toale Brothers Funeral Home is proud to have served Sarasota and its citizens for three generations. Our story begins in 1912 when Mr. George Thacker established Sarasota's first funeral home. Mr. F. W. VanGilder eventually joined Mr. Thacker and the funeral home became known as Thacker VanGilder Funeral Home. The Funeral Home began operating out of our main location, 40 N. Orange Ave, in 1925. The Funeral Home was purchased by the Toale Family in 1948. Brothers George E. Toale and John (Jack) P. Toale along with their sister Catherine Toale Christian operated the family business. George and Jack Toale earned their degrees from the Cincinnati School of Embalming and Catherine was the first female licensed Embalmer in the State of Florida. George and Jack Toale soon expanded the funeral home to include two locations in Bradenton and three in Sarasota. Under the leadership of the second generation, including David and Curt Toale, the funeral home flourished, strengthening into what it is today.  It is notable that Kathleen Toale (David), was instrumental in establishing the Pre- Need program for Toale Brothers, which allows for consumers to plan ahead for a loved one or themselves. The Pre-Need program is still in operation today and provides a great sense of comfort to those families wishing to pre-plan final arrangements. Syndi Toale (Curt) has been involved in many community events and has helped with administrative duties of the Funeral Home.  The third generation is comprised of Curt’s two daughters, Tiffany and Stephanie. The sisters are proud to carry on the locally owned and operated family business and are happy to have such a knowledgeable and dedicated staff that has made Toale Brothers thrive over the years. There are currently four Toale Brothers locations to best serve the families in our community; Bradenton Chapel, Colonial Chapel, Gulf Gate Chapel, and our newest location, Ewing Chapel on Venice Island. The Toale family is thankful to be serving your family in the community they know and love.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Curt  Toale

Curt Toale

President & Owner
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Tiffany Toale Holsbeke

Tiffany Toale Holsbeke

Funeral Director
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Stephanie Toale Lynch

Stephanie Toale Lynch

Funeral Director
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Matt  Lynch

Matt Lynch

Funeral Director
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Myron  Nickel

Myron Nickel

General Manager
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George B. Kalbfleisch

George B. Kalbfleisch

Funeral Director
Eugene 'Geno' Mould

Eugene 'Geno' Mould

Funeral Director
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Travis  Kessler

Travis Kessler

Funeral Director
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Ernest 'Skip' Cowan III

Ernest 'Skip' Cowan III

Funeral Director
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Jeff  Probst

Jeff Probst

Funeral Director
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Tony  Hayes

Tony Hayes

Funeral Director
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Tabitha Garcia Cruz

Tabitha Garcia Cruz

Funeral Director
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Marybeth  Neun

Marybeth Neun

Administrator / Funeral Director
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Terry  Winfrey

Terry Winfrey

Funeral Assistant
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Rabbi Howard A Simon

Rabbi Howard A Simon

Serving Jewish Needs
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Claire  McClintock

Claire McClintock

Pre-Arrangement Specialist
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June  Martin

June Martin

Pre-Arrangement Specialist
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Lorie Marsh

Lorie Marsh

Pre-Arrangement Specialist
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Jennifer  Mitchell

Jennifer Mitchell

Accounting
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Kim  Kennedy

Kim Kennedy

Front Office
Rosemary Moshier

Rosemary Moshier

Family Care Specialist
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PJ Martirano

PJ Martirano

Front Office
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