Who We are and What We Believe
Best Care Cremation is a client-centric, locally owned and independently operated, cremation service. We are proud to offer a variety of cremation plans throughout the Tampa Bay area and surrounding counties. Unlike most others our crematory is on-premises, your loved one never leaves our care. Our expert staff is trained and licensed to assist you with every detail by phone, in your home, at our office or by video conference. We know you have many choices of cremation service providers and we are honored you are considering us.
It is an honor to serve ALL families. It is our goal to provide you with options that represent your family’s unique identity, culture and faith traditions. We understand the diverse needs of those we serve. We are fully committed to helping you make informed decisions about your loved one’s final care.
Integrity, dignity, and compassion are at the core of everything we do. We have an uncompromising commitment to make your experience no-hassle, worry-free and the best it can be under difficult circumstances. We do this every day and are committed to providing you with service beyond your expectations.
Experience matters. We hire industry professionals not only for their licenses and certifications but also for their years of experience and dedication to excellence. We respect the persons involved both deceased and surviving. From pre-need to at-need, we are with you every step of the way.
The human connection is profound. We understand the importance of building trust through personal communication so we answer our phones live. When you call Best Care, someone will answer your call and begin assisting you immediately, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
You do not have to sacrifice quality to be affordable. We provide an affordable alternative to the “traditional funeral home” experience while providing you with the service and dignity you deserve. Our plans are transparent with no hidden fees and flexible to fit every budget.
Coping with grief and loss is a highly individualized experience. There is no right or wrong way to experience grief after the loss of a loved one. Grieving is a process that only begins when we lay our loved ones to rest. Be gentle with yourself and others. It takes time to move toward peace and acceptance.
Our Care Team
Brenda Griesheimer was born in Akron, Ohio, where she lived until she joined Northwest Orient Airlines as a flight attendant in 1969, relocating her to Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota. She is honored to serve our families throughout the Tampa Bay Area as a Preplanning Specialist.
Brenda knows both personally and professionally the added stress at the time of death when nothing has been planned in advance. She had ten family deaths over an eight-year period and only one had preplanned. For 15 years her passion has been to assist families in getting their prearrangements in place.
Brenda is married to her husband, Rick. She raised her three children in Las Vegas, Nevada, Michael, Tracer & Christie. She enjoys them, their spouses and her six grandchildren, scattered across the nation, every chance she gets.
Fran Iosa is the hospitality specialist at Best Care Cremation. In addition to being assistant to owner, Jim Rudolph, Fran handles most of the company’s special community outreach projects and catered events. She is an event planning expert, coming to us with more than 20 years in the hospitality industry.
Jennifer Jones is a member of our funeral support team. She has a degree in Early Childhood education and is actively pursuing a second degree in Funeral Services.
Jennifer enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve on September 11, 2000. While in the Coast Guard she served as a radio watch stander and boarding team member conducting search and rescue operations with Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Clearwater, FL.
After completing 8 years in the Coast Guard, she enlisted in the US Navy Reserve and is currently still serving with an estimated retirement date of May 2025.
In 2011 Petty officer Jones volunteered to perform dignified military graveside honors for fallen Navy Veterans and in 2015 she was hand selected to serve on active duty as the lead funeral honor guard coordinator working for Navy Operational Support Center out of MacDill AFB, Tampa. In this role she coordinated well over 2,600 graveside services. Although no longer on Active Duty, Jennifer continues to serve her Navy community by volunteering to perform graveside honors. In 2017 She was Promoted to E6 (Navy Petty Officer First Class).
Jennifer resides in Clearwater with her husband William, two sons, one daughter and dog (Riley). She is a humble and well-grounded individual with strong faith and love for her country.
Kelly Lacey is the Accounting Manager at Best Care Cremation and has been with the company since 2020. Although relatively new to the company she is no stranger to professional accounting and finance. She comes to us with over 42 years of bookkeeping experience in the retail, manufacturing and construction industries. Kelly oversees the daily operations of the accounting department, handles all accounts payables/receivables, and produces financial reports.
Born and raised in Rochester, New Hampshire Kelly became a Snow Bird in 2003. She and her husband enjoyed the beaches and the sunny weather. After her husband’s passing in 2007 Kelly continued to travel back and forth until finally becoming a Floridian in 2010.
Kelly was a military wife. Her husband Jerry retired from the Army and spent 42 years in the National Guard.
She is mom to son Ryan and daughter Kristi(Jim)
Pam Amos is our Operations Manager. She has an extensive background managing funeral homes in Charleston, SC and Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Pam graduated from Cincinnati Bible College and was a teacher, having taught elementary and high school in a Christian School, before graduating from John Tyler with her Mortuary degree. She is very excited to be serving on our team.
Tracy Stanko is passionate about two things, community outreach and helping people talk about the tough and tender topic of end-of-life. She gets to do both as the Director of Marketing at Best Care Cremation in Clearwater, FL where she is responsible for executing the Caregiver Marketing Program. As a marketing and outreach professional she uses her years of experience in education, public speaking and community building to inspire families and caregiver/healthcare professionals to engage in and discuss end-of-life issues and make those tough conversations more effective.
For over a decade she worked at a local hospice where her responsibilities included, leading the advance care planning program, conducting community outreach and teaching communication skills.
Tracy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Nova Southeastern University. Tracy is also a trained Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator, a certified Laughter Yoga Facilitator and has served on a hospice bioethics committee.
Tracy lives in Seminole with her, soon to be husband, Tim. She is most proud of her son Adam (Cathleen) and two grandsons Jaren and Jaxon. She and Tim are big football fans and enjoy cheering for their favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Visit our location
Tours of our offices and crematory are available during normal business hours with no appointment necessary.