History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Boza & Roel Funeral Home has a rich history serving the Latin and Anglo community of Tampa and can actually trace its beginnings to Cuba with the 1853 founding of the very first Boza Funeral Home by Arturo P. Boza and his brother.
In 1889,as more Cubans migrated to America to follow the cigar industry here,Arturo Boza, Jr. opened a funeral home in Key West. His heir, Armando P. Boza introduced the first motor hearse there in 1926, and in 1928 moved the entire funeral home operations to Tampa in 11 trips with the hearse.
Following the death of Armando P. Boza, Sr.,Gerald M. “Jerry” Boza and Armando P. Boza, Jr. succeeded their father and continued the Boza tradition of providing caring service to the Tampa community. Following Jerry’s death, Armando Jr. along with his wife Margaret “Maggie” Boza continued operating the Tampa funeral homes in the family tradition. In 1999, the A. P. Boza Funeral Home merged with the Roel & Curry Armenia Chapel, founded in 1975 by James Roel. Today it operates as the Boza & Roel Funeral Home, which proudly continues to serve the families of Tampa and surrounding communities.
Our Valued Staff
Brian Zipter, Area General Manager
Charlie Singleton, Sales Manager
Dan Miller, Chapel Manager
LaNita Jackson, Office Manager
James Roel, Funeral Director
Tonya J Rich, Funeral Director
Lazaro Calvo, Family Service Counselor
Vivian Soto, Family Service Advisor
Vivian was born in New York City. She graduated from the Catholic University in Puerto Rico with a BS in Science majoring in chemistry and biology. She then graduated for CETEC in the Dominican Republic earning her MD degree. She has lived in Spain for 17 years, Puerto Rico for 20 years and the Dominican Republic for 8. She has 5 grown children and enjoys working here at Boza & Roel Funeral Home.