Catherine Kelly Alameda

Birth
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Death 10 Apr 1994 (aged 87)
San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Burial San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Memorial ID 192526698 · View Source
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Alan Anthony Alameda left his father’s dairy farm in Crows Landing, California for Sacramento, California to start an apprenticeship as a Funeral Director and Embalmer.

Alan became an accomplished Embalmer, receiving his license in 1923, the same year he married Catherine Kelly.

Alan and Catherine settled in San Jose in the late 1920’s, working for Monahan Mortuary.

In 1935, Alan partnered with I. Rancadore and opened Mission Chapel of Rancadore and Alameda Mortuary. Alan’s talent for compassionate care of the surviving family has created loyalty and respect with the families of Santa Clara County.

Alan and Catherine raised three children – Dolores (Alameda) Oliver-Jamhour, A. Alan Alameda, and Kathleen (Alameda) Durham, and all worked in the family business; however, only A. Alan (a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer) and Kathleen (a Funeral Director) stayed in the funeral industry.

Kathleen, was just 5 when Alameda Family Funeral Home opened in San Jose, and as an adult, she left for Squaw Valley, where she was a ski instructor and owned a dog-grooming business. Alameda persuaded Kathleen’s husband, Bob Durham, to become a licensed funeral director and the couple moved back to Santa Clara County in 1969 to open the Saratoga location.

Alan Alameda purchased part of an old chicken ranch on Highway 9 in Saratoga and constructed a funeral home that opened in 1969 as Saratoga-Cupertino Funeral Home, which was operated by Alan Alameda, A. Alan Alameda, Robert Durham and Kathleen Alameda Durham; and in 1993 Zoe Cowherd Alameda became the third generation in the family business continuing the legacy of compassionate, dignified care, trusted service and dedication to families in the community. Zoe changed the name of the funeral home from Alameda Family Saratoga-Cupertino Funeral Home to Alameda Family Funeral & Cremation to reflect family ownership and the services provided; and the Alameda Family continued into the fourth generation when in 2008 Jessica Alameda Burroughs, a Licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director, joined her mother, Zoe, to share in serving families at their greatest time of need.


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  • Created by: Jonathan Masa
  • Added: 24 Aug 2018
  • Find a Grave Memorial 192526698
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Catherine Kelly Alameda (15 Jun 1906–10 Apr 1994), Find a Grave Memorial no. 192526698, citing Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA ; Maintained by Jonathan Masa (contributor 49142091) .