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About Us

The Chapel of the Chimes Difference

Our Purpose

Since 1909, we have been honored to deliver healing experiences to the Oakland community. We exist to serve the unique needs of every family. Learn our story. Lean on us. And let our expertise lead you through the best experience possible.

Words we live by
respect
empathy
honor
patience
comfort
integrity
collaborative
serenity
attention to every detail
support
courage
healing experiences
professionalism
experience
compassion
accountability
knowledge
calm
respect
empathy
honor
patience
comfort
integrity
collaborative
serenity
attention to every detail
support
courage
healing experiences
professionalism
experience
compassion
accountability
knowledge
calm
calm
knowledge
accountability
compassion
experience
professionalism
healing experiences
courage
support
attention to every detail
serenity
collaborative
integrity
comfort
patience
honor
empathy
respect
calm
knowledge
accountability
compassion
experience
professionalism
healing experiences
courage
support
attention to every detail
serenity
collaborative
integrity
comfort
patience
honor
empathy
respect
Our Family is here for yours

Our pledge

What we stand for

We’re here to give you care and comfort as we help guide you through the planning journey.

Care
We treat you and your loved one as if you were our part of our own family, providing the support and serenity you need.
Comfort
We go the extra mile to ensure that families are given the compassion they so desperately need during this time.
Plan
We are your trusted guide in times of immediate need, as well as when you're ready to make plans for the future.
History & Staff

Our Story

Learn the legacy

We've learned a lot about caring for families over the years. We realize that we aren't just caring for a loved one, but the entire family. People come to us during their most difficult times, and we respond with kindness, understanding and expertise. Our goal is to make everyone feel at home as we work with them to create a memorable service in honor of a beautiful life.

1909

With a proud tradition of serving area families since 1909, Chapel of the Chimes Oakland Funeral Home, Crematory and Columbarium is an architectural gem with great historical significance.

1928

Redesigned in 1928 by renowned architect Julia Morgan of Hearst Castle fame, it was conceived as a haven of peace and tranquility with an innovative array of gardens, cloisters, alcoves, stairwells, fountains and chapels that rose toward vaulted ceilings and were illuminated by soothing natural light. The project is considered by some as Morgan’s master work.

1984

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland Funeral Home, Crematory and Columbarium’s funeral home was established in 1984, offering families a beautiful setting in which to come together to honor loved ones.

The resting place of legends

This meticulously maintained property is an exquisite setting in which to celebrate life. It is also the final resting place for some of the area’s most notable residents, including blues legend John Lee Hooker, explorer Harriet Chalmers Adams, U.S. Congressman John A. Elston, Oakland Raiders legend Al Davis, and baseball greats such as William Frederick “Bones” Ely and Dick Bartell.

One-stop convenience

Known for its dignity, peace and serenity, Chapel of the Chimes Oakland Funeral Home, Crematory and Columbarium offers the one-stop convenience of an expansive funeral home and on-site crematory as well as cremation memorialization and above-ground entombment options.

Quality, sincerity & trust

Having provided exceptional service for more than 100 years, we’re proud of the reputation we’ve built on quality, sincerity and trust, with services that celebrate the life of each individual and respect the wishes of every family. Today, we are leaders in our profession, caring for families from all faiths, traditions and cultures with integrity and genuine compassion.

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Chapel of the Chimes by the numbers

32K+

Legacies Honored

113

Years in Business

1.7M+

Moments Remembered

Our team

Meet our amazing staff

We're members of the local community who have many years of experience caring for families from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Families know they can count on us to provide them the comfort they need when they need it most.

Shanice  Rogers

Shanice Rogers

Funeral Service Supervisor

Leslie Kieffer

Leslie Kieffer

Funeral Director

Jon Sioxson

Jon Sioxson

Family Service Advisor

Denise  Davis

Denise Davis

Family Service Advisor

Mark Frattini

Mark Frattini

Family Service Advisor

Cynthia Aguirre

Cynthia Aguirre

Funeral Arranger

Nicole Encinias

Nicole Encinias

Funeral Arranger

Milton Lockhart

Milton Lockhart

Funeral Staff Associate

Vanessa Wilson

Vanessa Wilson

Receptionist

Jeremiah Spiller

Jeremiah Spiller

Superintendent

Locations

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Our Locations
Why Us

We illuminate paths to peace with personalized ceremonies and memorial tributes that honor your loved one.

Memorable Tributes
Full-Service Arrangements
We proudly provide both funeral and cemetery arrangements to make the process seamless and customized to your needs.
Online Funerals
We've adapted our services to make it easier for friends and family to participate from home. Please call us at (510) 379-5200 talk through your options.
24/7/365 Care
For generations we have stood by our commitment to caring for our community. We're here for you anytime you need us.
Virtual Appointments
All arrangements can now be made remotely. We'll work together however you feel comfortable, whether it's by phone, video conference or email.
Committed to Service

Awards

2023

Top Workplaces USA 2023
Testimonials

What Families Are Saying

Real Stories from Real People

The experience made me feel at ease

Author: Jeroline D. White rated with 5 stars

News & Events

Happening at Chapel of the Chimes

Event Jun. 21, 2024

Oakland Annual Solstice Concert

Celebrating Bay Area Performers and Composers Friday, June 21, 2024, 5-9pm Chapel of the Chimes | 4499 Piedmont Avenue | Oakland, CA Tickets ($20 general, $15 students & seniors, $5 children 5-12) available through Eventbrite.    No Tickets Sales On-Site; Online Sales Only *Parking is limited. Public transit and carpooling are recommended.   More information: www.gardenofmemory.com  Oakland, CA – On Friday, June 21, 2024 from 5-9pm, Garden of Memory – the beloved annual summer solsticecelebration presented by New Music Bay Area and Chapel of the Chimes –returns to celebrate the longest day of the year with a rich variety of musical performances. Tickets, which will be available through online sales only, are limited to 2750. Though not required, masks are encouraged for indoor performances.   Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a walk-through fun house of musical and visual splendor” and by the East Bay Times as “the best party of the year,” this highly anticipated and locally renowned solstice concert features a cornucopia of performances happening simultaneously around the grounds of the Chapel of the Chimes. Composers, musicians, sound artists, and other performers present a variety of acoustic and electronic music, installations, and interactive events. Listeners are free to explore the multilevel labyrinth of interior gardens, cloisters, stairwells, fountains, alcoves, pools, and antechambers during the performances, each person crafting their own unique musical journey throughout the day.   Select highlights of programming and performers for 2024, with more artists to be announced:   ●     Pianist Sarah Cahill will perform Mamoru Fujieda's Patterns of Plants ●     Pamela Z, a multimedia artist, composer, and pioneer of digital looping techniques ●     Kitka, acclaimed women's vocal ensemble ●     Harmonic Drift, featuring interactive gongs and found instruments ●     Evan Ziporyn GRAMMY-winningcomposer, conductor, clarinetist, collaborator, who will perform the West Coast premiere of a new work composed for him by Terry Riley ●     SORIAH (stage persona of Enrique Ugalde), an internationally-acclaimed throat singer and ritual artist   Additional artists to be featured in this year’s festivities, many of whom are known in the Bay Area, include: Sparrows & Ortolans - Laetitia Sonami & James Fei; Laura Inserra; Brian Baumbusch; Paul Dresher & Joel Davel; Liam Herb; Dylan Mattingly, Kitka; Orchestra Nostalgico; Cardew Choir; Dan Plonsey & friends; Randy Porter & Jennifer Ellis; Andy Meyerson; John Benson; Beth Custer, Will Bernard, & Stephen Kent; Sidney Chen; Gyan Riley; Monica Scott; The Mycos Project; Giacomo Fiore; Wendy Reid & Friends; Edward Schocker; Voicehandler-Jacob Heile & Danishta Rivero; Harmonic Drift; Roco Córdova & Adrián Montúfar; Sruti Sarathy; Tom Djll, Karen Stackpole, Cheryl Leonard; Kaitlin McSweeney; Regular Music; ROVA; Anne Hege; Silvia Matheus; Dean Santomieri, Cindy Sawprano, & Christina Braun .   Garden of Memory offers a unique and personal musical experience to every listener roving freely through the Chapel of the Chimes. Getting lost is part of the experience as guests climb up and down the three floors of this Oakland Historic Landmark building and its unique architectural elements, which rise into vaulted ceilings. Seamless in feel, there are three separate design sections created by four architects; Cunningham & Politeo 1909, Julia Morgan 1926-1951 (consulting until her retirement 1951), Aaron Green 1956-1986 and JST Architects 1986-1998. In the older section the complexity of chapels, columbaria, and mausoleum areas are adorned with murals, paintings, sculpture, mosaics, California tile and 16th century antiquities. All architectural and garden areas have excellent acoustics and are illuminated by gentle natural light, often through beautiful arrangements of stained glass.

Careers

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We offer a healthy work/life balance and invite ideas and innovation. Chapel of the Chimes Oakland Funeral Home, Crematory and Columbarium is where our team members' purpose and passion unite.

Why Plan Ahead?

Plan for the future, today.
By planning your funeral, you can make sure your life is celebrated the way you want, and give your loved ones the peace-of-mind they need when the time comes.