Heritage and commitment are 2 words that describe Thelma Hodges, the honored matriarch of our funeral home. Her storied history as a resident of Naples and wife of funeral director Earl Hodges, began well over 60 years ago, when she responded to a call for nurses at what would become Naples Community Hospital (NCH).
The never-ending sunshine presented quite a contrast from the seasonal weather patterns of her native New England, but Thelma embraced it with a spirit of adventure. As 1 of the 3 founding nurses at NCH, she went on to enjoy a 20-plus-year career in supervisory positions that included the ER, OR and Central Supply.
In 2007, the International College was renamed Hodges University, honoring the civic-minded Mr. and Mrs. Hodges and their dedication to education.
Widowed since 2013, Thelma continues to carry on the Hodges's legacy of love and caring—just as her beloved husband of 55 years would have wanted. "He's with me every day," she says. "He inspires me to carry on."
Troy R Mashburn
Troy Mashburn was born and raised in Falls Church, Virginia, before moving to southwest Florida where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU).
Troy’s first exposure to the funeral industry occurred at the age of 15 when his mother passed away unexpectedly. Troy saw first-hand the value of a dignified funeral service and what an important role and impact a funeral director has on the families they serve.
Upon graduating from FGCU Troy went on to pursue a career in the funeral industry and started working as an intern funeral director in June 2013. Troy became a licensed funeral director in 2015 and enjoys personalizing services to fit the needs of the family. He proudly serves his community and stands ready to fulfill any family request to honor their loved one.
When Troy is not working, his passions are playing ice hockey and spending time with his adopted greyhound, Dixie.
For more than 2 decades, Seth has assisted hundreds of families throughout the country in preparing for funerals. Seth entered the funeral industry in 1989 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The exposure solidified his interest and commitment to the profession, and in 1992, he graduated cum laude as a funeral director and embalmer from Community College of Baltimore County–Catonsville.
Following graduation, Seth relocated to Northern Virginia as the regional sales manager for funeral homes serving the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
It was in this capacity that he gained enormous exposure helping families of diverse cultural, religious and economic backgrounds. Intent on expanding his professional scope, he transferred to San Diego, California and subsequently Scottsdale, Arizona, where he developed similarly structured teams of service.
In 2011, Seth joined the Dignity Memorial® team. Our team's support of innovative ideas and giving back to the community were principles that especially appealed to him. He also found the storied history of Earl and Thelma Hodges inspiring.
Michelle A Matuszak
As a funeral director and certified celebrant, Michelle has been proudly serving families in Naples since 2014. Hailing from Washington Township, Michigan, she earned her bachelor’s degree in 2000 from Wayne State University in Detroit, where she later taught a course in the same mortuary science program.
Michelle takes great pride in providing personalized services and establishing strong bonds with the families she serves. She works and lives by a quote from Maya Angelou, "People will forget what you said. They will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel."
Married with 3 children, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and nightly walks with her yellow lab. In her spare time, she volunteers as a band booster for the Gulf Coast High School marching band and serves on the Good Neighbor committee for the homeowners association in her community.
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