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About Compassionate Cremations

At Compassionate Cremations we believe that our families are why we are here. We offer many ways to honor your loved one including cremation, memorials and burials. Come see us in Tampa, FL.


Meet Us:

Ron Stinsman Funeral Director
Ron Stinsman

Owner/Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Ron is a dual licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He graduated from St. Petersburg College with a degree in Mortuary Science. Ron was drawn into the funeral service by a strong inclination and overwhelming desire to bring it back to its roots of caring for the families. He has lived in Tampa for the past ten years and considers Seminole Heights his home. If not at work, you will find Ron hiking, fishing, hunting or kayaking. His wife, Jennie, is Tampa born and raised and she also loves her community.


Dottie Nesler

Preneed Specialist

Dottie came to Compassionate Cremations & Memorials with over 35 years of sales and marketing experience and over 15 years in funeral service.  Dottie’s biggest honor as a Preneed Advisor is to help families in advance of need by having their final wishes planned so that their families do not have to be concerned about making the hardest decisions during the toughest time of their life.  The best advice Dottie was ever given was to “treat people better than how you are treated, and you will be blessed”, when she meets with every Compassionate family, she will treat you as if you were a part of hers. 


In her spare time Dottie loves spending time with her family, especially her grandkids, they love to go to the beach, boating and she really enjoys going to the gym.

Heights Workshop Basic Urns

The Heights Workshop Basic Urns- available in 3 stains. Choose from Natural, Gunstock or Ebony.

*many other urns available as well

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Donald Schmaltz

Owner/Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Certified Life Celebrant


Donald is a graduate of St. Petersburg College with a degree in Mortuary Science. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and a Certified Life
Celebrant. He takes pride in serving the local community and answering his call to funeral service. He enjoys listening to classic rock, playing guitar,
and saltwater fishing. Donald and his wife, Donna, live in the Tampa Bay area, and they have three children and one grandchild.

Our Community


We believe in local business. We serve our community and consider ourselves a part of it. Support of your local business supports Tampa Bay as a whole. Compassionate Cremations takes part in local events, benefits, charities and festivities. As owners of the business, we consider our establishment a part of the community. We are proud to call Tampa our home.

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Kirk Emery – The Heights Workshop

Kirk originally hails from Knoxville, TN and relocated to Tampa, FL in 2010.  He started his passion with his grandfather learning the old school techniques of woodworking.   Mr. Emery joined the United States Marine Corps serving his country for 4 years and then continued to self-educate himself through hard work and dedication to his craft applying past knowledge and techniques to new projects.

 Having spent many years fine-tuning his craft he moved to Tampa where he started his own business producing amazingly well crafted, creative, and beautiful projects.  His custom projects range from furniture pieces to epoxy resin river tables and anything in between.  Kirk likes introducing exotic wood with strong characteristics with other mediums like hot rolled steel giving these projects and many others, custom one-of-a-kind designs.

Kirk embraces the Tampa culture and finds unique ways to introduce that culture into his woodworking.  He has established relationships with other local vendors who harvest, mill and dry their products locally.  Kirk has also been known to acquire products from old nostalgic buildings in the Tampa bay area that are set to be renovated.  Kirk's passion for unique designs, new techniques and industrial vision gives way to many different avenues for him to pursue.