About Us

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.

Our History

Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland is one of California’s most beautiful historic buildings. We were founded in 1909 as a crematory and columbarium. And while our client families today come to us for many other end-of-life services, we are the Bay Area’s most desired cremation venue…. Choosing Cremation does not limit your options for celebrating the life of a departed loved one in a way that is meaningful to family and friends. You can choose a traditional funeral or memorial service – with or without viewing- before or after cremation. As with burial ceremonies, the event can be personalized to better reflect the life being celebrated. Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland is one of the top cremation service providers in Northern California and is one of the most desired crematory locations.

A columbarium is a building dedicated exclusively to the placing and honoring of cremated remains – generally in glass front or marble front niches located indoors and above-ground. Most of Chapel's patrons choose to locate cremated remains inside our historic columbarium, one of the most beautiful such buildings in the world. Chapel of the Chimes offers niches with space for one person, a couple or an entire family. We also offer outdoor placement in weather-safe, granite front niches.

Scattering is the distribution of cremated remains over land or water. Another common location for scattering remains is an outdoor garden area specially prepared for this purpose.

In 1959, architect Aaron Green was asked to create six additions to our columbariums, providing our client families with an option for the above-ground burial or entombment of casketed remains. These magnificent mausoleum elements have made us one of the most comprehensive end-of-life service venues in the region

Whether you prefer traditional burial, entombment or cremation, Chapel of the Chimes Oakland can help you create a ceremony that fits your needs. We can also help create ceremonies at other locations, such as a place of worship, a mountain meadow or a park. You might prefer a graveside ceremony – or a reception in your home. Our goal is to be completely flexible- to treat each family’s needs as uniquely personal. We can help you with a small private gathering or a larger ceremony, a full funeral or a memorial service. It can be led by a member of the clergy, a family member or whomever else you might designate. We specialize in funeral event planning, and will work with you to create a ceremony that fittingly celebrates a life uniquely lived.


Our Valued Staff

Marcie Russell

Marcie Russell, General Manager


Bunny Ghilardi

Bunny Ghilardi, Office Manager


David Madden

David Madden, Chapel Location Manager


Tom Kelsey

Tom Kelsey, Superintendent


David Montgomery

David Montgomery, VP of Cemetery Development & Memorialization


Todaro Parker

Todaro Parker, Funeral Director & Embalmer


Tom Marsden

Tom Marsden, Funeral Arranger & Embalmer


Myra Herrera

Myra Herrera, Funeral Director


Joel Maginnis

Joel Maginnis, Funeral Director


Joycelyn  Van Hoof

Joycelyn Van Hoof, Family Service Supervisor


Sophia Aretta

Sophia Aretta, Family Service Counselor


Ron Nguyen

Ron Nguyen, Family Service Counselor


Buriel Denise Davis

Buriel Denise Davis, Family Service Counselor


Mark D. Kim

Mark D. Kim, Family Service Counselor


Ian Ho

Ian Ho, Family Service Counselor


WooJeong Kim

WooJeong Kim, Community Service Counselor


Gina M Tarver Lewis

Gina M Tarver Lewis, Community Service Counselor


Linda Charles

Linda Charles, Community Service Counselor


Gloria Bailey-Ray

Gloria Bailey-Ray, Community Service Counselor


Dominique Poston

Dominique Poston, Funeral Arranger


Vanessa Wilson

Vanessa Wilson, Staff Associate


Todd Walker

Todd Walker, Staff Associate


Deborah E Williams

Deborah E Williams, Staff Associate


Isabella Blu Campise

Isabella Blu Campise, Staff Associate


Elliott Moody McIntosh Franks

Elliott Moody McIntosh Franks, Staff Associate


Madeline Francisco

Madeline Francisco, Staff Associate


Sharon Lax

Sharon Lax, Staff Associate


Jessica Adaya

Jessica Adaya, Staff Associate


Meagan Crosson

Meagan Crosson, Staff Associate


Angel Valdivia

Angel Valdivia, Staff Associate


Justine Ong

Justine Ong, Staff Associate


Cynthia Aguirre

Cynthia Aguirre, Sales Assistant


Raymond Lutnes

Raymond Lutnes, Administrative Assistant


Sherrie Brown

Sherrie Brown, Clerical & Administrative Specialist


Monica Kelsey

Monica Kelsey, Clerical & Administrative Specialist


Manuel Alvarez

Manuel Alvarez, Engraver


Matthew Farvall

Matthew Farvall, Cemetery Caretaker


Nick Fraser

Nick Fraser, Cemetery Caretaker


Diane Holley

Diane Holley, Cemetery Caretaker


Manuel Meza

Manuel Meza, Cemetery Caretaker


Jarenta Ellis

Jarenta Ellis, Cemetery Caretaker


Dennis Carroll

Dennis Carroll, Cemetery Caretaker


Kevin Ness

Kevin Ness, Cemetery Caretaker

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