History & Staff
We have 56 years of experience caring for families in the Eustis, Umatilla, Mount Dora and Tavares area, 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.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Clarence E. Harden and Albert Layton co-founded the Layton-Harden Funeral Home of Eustis in 1958. Their goal was to provide the residents with excellence in funeral services. The first service ever conducted was on August 17, 1958 for Oscar William Henn, a prominent longtime Resident of Eustis. When Layton-Harden Funeral Home opened, they also ran a 24-hour ambulance service, serving the Central Florida area. This was a common practice that Funeral Homes fulfilled. Clarence, his wife Dorothy, and daughter Kathy lived at the Funeral Home, so they could attend to the needs of all families around the clock.
In the Mid-1960’s, State Road 19 also known as Bay Street was widened from 2 lanes to 4 lanes. When the state zoned which property was to be used for the expansion, it was decided that the east side would be used for all right of ways and expansion. This in essence cut the Funeral Home chapel by about 1/3 and left no front lawn.
In 1966 Clarence purchased the interest in the Funeral Home from Al Layton and renamed it to Clarence E. Harden Funeral Home. It was changed a few years later to Harden Funeral Home. In 1971 the Funeral Home had it’s largest and most extensive remodeling to date. A 4-car Garage, new entrance, Lobby and 2nd floor living quarters were added. In 1981, a new garage was then built onto the backend of the Funeral Home because the 4-car Garage has been slowly remodeled for offices and to make room for a new casket display room to help meet the ongoing needs of a growing business.
Mr. Harden introduced to Lake County residents: Itemized pricing of services years before it was required by the U. S. Federal Trade Commission, crematable caskets, and prepaid funeral services funded by Life Insurance. Harden-Pauli Funeral Home is a charter stockholder of Funeral Services, Inc. pre-need trust company, a Member by invitation of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, a charter member of the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida, and a stockholder of Metro Crematory of Ocoee, FL.
Our Valued Staff
Clarence Harden, Co-Founder, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer (1929-2014)
Clarence Harden was born and raised in Montverde, Florida. He graduated from Clermont High School, was a veteran of the Korean Conflict then attended the Cincinnati College of Embalming graduating in 1954. He co-founded the Layton-Harden Funeral Home, Eustis in 1958. In 1966 he bought out his partner, Al Layton and changed the Funeral Home name to Clarence E. Harden Funeral Home. He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Clarence and his wife, Dorothy have two daughters and one grandson who reside in Lake County.
Lance Pauli, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Lance Pauli was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to Port Charlotte, Florida as a young child. He graduated from Charlotte High School and attended Miami-Dade Community College earning an Associate in Science Degree in Funeral Service Education in 1980. That same year Lance joined the Harden Funeral Home staff and became a partner in 1982 of Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Eustis. Lance and his wife, Betty reside in Umatilla and have four sons and five grandchildren. He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
Mark Taylor, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Mark Taylor was born in Panama City, Florida and moved to Eustis in 1974 as a young child. After graduating from Eustis High School, he attended Lake-Sumter Community College and then Miami-Dade Community College earning an Associate in Science Degree in Funeral Service in 1993. He joined the Harden/Pauli Funeral Home Staff in 1991. Mark and his wife, Steffani have three children. He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
Steven Roundtree, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Steven Roundtree was born in Eustis, Florida and has been a resident of Lake County his entire life. After graduating from Tavares High School, he attended Lake-Sumter Community College, the Orlando International School of Visual and Entertainment Design and then St. Petersburg College earning an Associate in Science in Funeral Services in 2002. Steve joined the Harden/Pauli Staff in 1998. He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
Michael Holland, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Michael Holland was born in Eustis, Florida and is proud to be the 3rd generation of his family to call Eustis home. After graduating from Eustis High School, he attended Lake Sumter Community College and then attended Gupton-Jones College for Funeral Service in Atlanta earning an Associate in Science Degree in Funeral Service. Mike joined the staff of Harden/Pauli Funeral Home in 2013. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Eustis. Mike was elected to the Eustis City Commission in 2008 and has served as Mayor and Vice Mayor. His current term ends in 2016. He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
Jonathon Paige Pauli, Funeral Assistant
Jonathon Paige Pauli was born in Eustis, Florida and is the son of Harden/Pauli owner Lance Pauli. Paige joined the Harden/Pauli Funeral Home Staff in 2012. Paige and his wife Tara have one child. Paige is currently enrolled for mortuary science college at St. Petersburg for fall classes. He is a Funeral Assistant.
Rev. Darrell Reynolds, Funeral Assistant
Reverend Darrell Reynolds was born in Leesburg, Florida and has been a resident of Lake County his entire life other than 3 years of Military Service. He has been a minister since 1974 for Lake County Residents. Darrell joined the Harden/Pauli Funeral Home Staff in 2003. Darrell has two children and seven grandchildren. He is a Funeral Assistant.
Garry Hirsch, Funeral Assistant
Garry Hirsch was born in Camrose, Alberta, Canada and has been a resident of Lake County since 1990. Garry joined the Harden/Pauli Funeral Home Staff in 2011. Garry and his wife Maxine have four children and three grandchildren. He is a Funeral Assistant.
Dorothy Harden, Funeral Assistant
Dorothy Harden was born in Apopka and grew up in Central Florida. She and her husband, Clarence, co-founded the Funeral Home in 1958. Dorothy enjoys volunteering at Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis. Dorothy and her husband, Clarence have two daughters and one grandson. She is a Funeral Assistant.
Betty Pauli, Funeral Assistant
Betty Pauli was born in Kentucky but moved to Lake County in 1965. She has recently retired after working as a beautician for 33 years. Betty and her husband, Lance, have four sons and five grandchildren. She is a Funeral Assistant.
Luverne Monroe Turner, Funeral Assistant
Luverne Monroe Turner was born near Headland, Alabama and moved to Lake County in 1943. She graduated from Umatilla High School. She worked for over 23 years for B.E. Dillard Grove Service and then for 13 years she worked with T.G. Lee Foods. She began working with Harden/Pauli Funeral Home in 1990 as a Preneed Agent. LuVerne has one daughter. She is a Funeral Assistant.
Bob Erickson, Licensed Preneed Agent
Bob Erickson was born in Iowa and moved to Eustis in 1967 after graduating from College. He retired from the State of Florida in 1986 and began working for Harden/Pauli Funeral Home in 1996. Bob and his wife, Sandy have two children and three grandchildren. He is a Licensed Preneed Agent.
Dan Klein, Licensed Preneed Agent
Dan Klein was born in Buffalo, NY. He was raised in California before moving to Washington State where he managed Pre-need, Aftercare Programs for 17 Funeral Homes. He holds a Juris Doctor Degree and is an ordained Minister. Dan has been a Funeral Preneed Planner since 1997 and is skilled in this most sensitive area of funeral planning. He takes your emotional and economic needs into consideration to give you peace of mind, knowing your wishes will be carried out and your family can remain friends after you are gone. He and his wife, Dottie have 3 children, 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. They have lived in the local area since 2004 and he is a Licensed Preneed Agent.
Doris Kufeldt, Organist
Doris Kufeldt was born in Decatur, Indiana and moved to Florida in 1953. She began playing the Organ for the Layton Harden Funeral Home in 1962 and continues today to play for Harden/Pauli Funeral Home. Doris and her late husband, Wally have four children and 12 grandchildren.
Gail Roundtree, Hairdresser
Gail Roundtree was born in Paintsville, Kentucky and moved to Florida in 1963. She became the Hairdresser for Harden Funeral Home in 1975 and continues today to be the Hairdresser for Harden/Pauli Funeral Home. Gail and her husband, Lintard have one son.