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Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park in Manatee Country has been dedicated to providing compassionate care to families for over a century.

The historic Manasota Memorial Park is located on State Road 70 and the Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home is on the north portion. Many families choose our location because of its central location to the Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch areas. Families plan services in our chapel or on the memorial park grounds including the Botanical Garden for Cremation. Our location is reminiscent of a historic Florida with Spanish moss hanging from the trees, hundred year old oaks throughout the property and tropical plants, birds and staghorn throughout the property.

Creating a personal ceremony

At Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home, our job is to listen to your stories about your loved one, help ask important questions about how you want to remember them and then create a service that exceeds those expectations. For many, the recollection of favorite songs, events in time and stories (both funny and serious) help create the memory, which is completed with our funeral directors.

Our personal services have been recognized by a national organization as being the best. We strive to do the same for every family. Our chapel has accommodated many different faiths and religions adding to the culture of the area. We can have both indoor and outdoor receptions based on the families wishes.

WHV 2020 - Level 3We honor veterans

At Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home, we understand the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. As a Level Three Founding Community Partner with We Honor Veterans, our staff is knowledgeable in the benefits available to veterans and their families. With respect, integrity and dignity, we will walk you through the steps of creating a veteran's memorial service that truly honors the life and sacrifice of your loved one.

Manasota Memorial Park cemetery

Manasota Memorial Park is close to 100 years old and has many of the early leaders of the Manatee and Sarasota areas within the memorial park. It has also grown across State Road 70 to include an orange grove that was overtaken by oak trees.

Today, reaching over 40 acres, Manasota Memorial Park has matured into a location of lush trees, beautiful award-winning landscaping and a botanical garden for cremation.

Manasota Memorial Park offers many options for families to choose from, such as traditional ground burial, aboveground entombment in a mausoleum, cremation niches, private mausoleum, private niche placement, bench setting and brick wall niches. Each can be customized to a family’s specific needs.

History

The rich history of Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park in Manatee County entwines with the stories that built our community.

In 1925, Harry Kellim and George Thacker purchased 27 acres of land in Oneco, Florida, to create a cemetery named Manasota Burial Park. A crematory was added in 1945, and after Harry’s death in 1949, his widow bought Thacker's interest. She set out to expand and improve the already highly regarded cemetery. In 1957, Ms. Kellim purchased a 16-acre orange grove across Oneco Road, which serves today as the site of the funeral home, a number of additional memorial gardens and the magnificent cremation garden.

Mausoleum features from around the world

Construction of the first mausoleums began in 1958. Ms. Kellim traveled throughout Portugal, Spain and Italy in search of the finest marble for the new mausoleums and its gardens. She finally settled on the famed Fedele Andreani D'fili of Carrara, Italy, widely regarded among the oldest and finest quarries in the country.

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Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"The entire staff did an excellent job, from the moment we first met to make mom's arrangements, they guided us through this difficult time and made sure everything was perfect! They made sure my family and I were comfortable!"

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April 2022

"My husband passed away unexpectedly and which left his family and me in total shock. Our Funeral Director, Chris Miller, went above the call of duty in handling my husband's funeral arrangements. He was patient when there was some difference of opinions with the family and made sure all questions and requests were handled in a professional and ca

ring way. He also followed up with every aspect of the process, I didn't have to call to find out what or if something was taken care of. I have taken care of funeral arrangements with other funeral homes which seemed to add to the uncertainty and stress of losing a loved one. Hopefully I won't be needing their services soon, but I would definitely recommend or use their services again."

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March 2022

"At the most difficult time of my life, I felt my loved one was being honored, That is priceless."

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March 2022

"Excellent experience at a very difficult time. True professionals, they know their craft, very trusting with details. I needed to transport my Mom from FL to MI, they managed it all. We had a problem with casket availability, but managed and solved by Chris to my satisfaction. You came highly recommended and now I know why. Keep up the great w

ork and caring staff. Thanks again."

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