Heather Gloster Director of Cemeteries
Cece Barela Administrative Assistant
Martha Anzures Administrative Assistant
Filomena Nunes Administrative Assistant
Elizabeth Guerra Family Service Advisor
Jeanie Lee Family Service Advisor
Family Service Advisor
Huyen (Teresa) Nguyen Family Service Advisor
Cindi Richards Family Service Advisor
Mary Tillman Family Service Advisor
Family Service Advisor
Erica Trujillo Memorialization Coordinator
Fred Ambriz Operations Manager
Leonel Arambula Family Environment Specialist
David Franco Family Environment Specialist
Jose Gonzalez Family Environment Specialist
John Ortiz Family Environment Specialist
Ramiro Salgado Family Environment Specialist
Joyce Xia Accountant
Our mission is to provide guidance and wisdom on end of-life services. While we do charge for our services in what has become a very commercial industry, we are committed as a charity to offer innovative programs that provide financial assistance, free options, and programs to meet the needs of our faith community.
CFCS offers at no charge, to anyone, of any faith, who has cremated remains at home or is considering scattering, the dignified committal of the remains at any of our cemeteries. The committal will occur at the All Souls Remembrance Crypt and then the remains will be permanently interred within the consecrated grounds of the Catholic CemeteryClick here for more information
With the Mother Teresa Program, CFCS is able to give back to the community by ensuring that those in need in our community receive sacred and dignified funeral, cremation, and cemetery services.Click here for more information
This unique program allows for graves or crypts already owned by families to be transformed into a family estate. Depending on the grave or crypt selected, a number of cremated remains can typically be added. The plot will serve as a family’s final gathering place, allowing family members who have lived apart to be together on their final journey.Click here for more information
This program provides caring funeral and cemetery financial support for those who have suffered the loss of a child. The program also provides sacred interment services in the Order of Christian Funerals, for hospitals within the community, for the death of an unborn child at any of our Catholic Cemeteries.Click here for more information
Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery is nestled in the foothills of Los Altos. Along its borders is Rancho San Antonio Preserve. Its lush green landscape and serene centerpiece lake provide a tranquil getaway from the hectic valley pace. Visitors enjoy the natural, park-like atmosphere and admire the spiritually moving artwork found throughout the grounds. This cemetery is truly a peaceful place to rest.
Gate of Heaven was conceived circa 1959 when it was still a part of Archdiocese San Francisco. The land came from once what was St. Joseph College property. Its’ formation of boundaries and access roads began with the discussions and cooperative effort of all involved with Interstate 280 which was dedicated in 1961. In 1971, ten years later, Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery was opened.
In 1981, the Diocese of San José was formed and assumed ownership of the 50-acre cemetery. There have been almost 24,000 souls interred since the opening. There is still consecrated acreage to be developed for our faith community. Within the grounds are two mausoleum structures; one includes a chapel for entombment services as well as the memorial Masses that are celebrated each month.
Our staff has proudly served the local community with exceptional care for years and can help guide your family through end-of-life planning. We have reliable resources to assist you with all aspects-from creating your estate planning documents to a virtual memorial of photos, letters and poems.
Gate of Heaven Cemetery currently supports the burial needs of fifty-two Santa Clara County parishes, providing options for traditional ground burial, cremation niche, and mausoleum crypts. We work closely with funeral homes and parishes to assist you with your funeral needs.
For anyone who is interested in preplanning or in need of immediate services, you can be sure your legacy will be preserved and that you can easily have peace of mind.
Gate of Heaven Cemetery is here to provide an experience of the Catholic faith during an end of life journey. That encompasses before and after the death of a loved one. We offer workshops on estate planning, advance directive and catholic perspective with end-of-life choices when pre-planning. We continue to walk with you in making funeral arrangements. We support you in grief with support groups throughout parishes in the diocese and hold special events Memorial Day, All Souls Day, Wreaths Across America and other times of the year to gather together as a community of faith to remember your loved ones.
Memorial Mass is held the second Saturday of each month.