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Santa Clara Mission Cemetery

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  • Maria Faria (1881 - 1945)
  • Frank S. Faria (1868 - 1939)
  • Mamie Pulizzi (1867 - 1939)
  • Frank Pulizzi (1852 - 1941)
  • John Mendoza (1887 - 1939)
    Possibly born in Portugal; there was an immigrant with the correct name and year of birth, arriving in 1908 and living in Oakland, Alameda County, California, in 1910. In the same Oakland boarding hous...

The first Christian cemetery in the Santa Clara Valley was founded by the same Franciscan Padres who founded Mission Santa Clara de Asis in 1777.

By 1851, when Santa Clara College was founded, the Jesuit Fathers realized that the old cemetery near the Mission was filled. The new site they selected was within a few minutes' walk from the Mission and was located near the small Adobe home of Don Fernando Berryessa. The current location of Santa Clara Mission Cemetery is at the corner of Winchester Boulevard and Bellomy Street.

Burials in the cemetery include early Italian, Portuguese and Spanish settlers, through the growth of Santa Clara County, and recent burials of citizens of this community.

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