Our Tradition of Caring

“My Grandma, Ella Bostwick, was one of the first women in California dedicated to funeral service, and began caring for Santa Cruz families in 1918.” ~ Randy Krassow

Randy & Janet Krassow are very proud of this deep connection to the funeral profession. Together, they lead the highly-experienced staff and grounds crews, always returning to the foundation of compassionate service laid down by Ella Bostwick almost a century ago. “Today we continue her spirit of compassionate care and real concern for the families we are privileged to serve. Years have gone by and times may have changed, but our family and the staff of Santa Cruz Memorial remain committed to serving our community with respect, sensitivity and compassion. For us, that commitment will never change nor be compromised. It is our heritage."

Our Foundation of Service: the I.O.O.F. Connection

Santa Cruz Memorial Park has served the community since 1862. It was then that the Santa CruzIndependent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge purchased a wonderful plot of land that borders the San Lorenzo River, to carry on the tradition of providing dignified funeral ceremonies which began in the English Guilds of long ago. According to legend, a group of caring people assured that orphans and peasants received proper burial. Countrymen thought this quite odd, hence the name “Odd Fellows.”

No matter how many years have passed, we at Santa Cruz Memorial continue to uphold those same values in everything we do. Our community deserves the best funeral services available, and we pledge to provide it.

One of our latest expansions is our Mariposa Gardens which is located at Santa Cruz Memorial. It is a beautiful garden where families are able to place their loved ones' cremated remains. When it comes to deciding where to place the remains the families have many choices. They are family estates, creek side boulder estates, granite monument niches, and the Spanish fountain plaza.

Another new addition to the Santa Cruz Memorial family is our new location Garden of Memories cemetery located in Salinas, California. Garden of Memories facilities include a community mausoleum, columbarium, crematory and lawn interment sites. The cemetery has been providing dignified and compassionate care to Salinas area families for over 150 years. Garden of Memories is the final resting place of one of America's best loved authors, John Steinbeck. Steinbeck, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1940, for Grapes of Wrath, a story of a depression era Oklahoma family looking for the promised land in California is considered one of the greatest works of American Litertaure. In 1962, Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for his “realistic and imaginative writing, combining as it does sympathetic humor and keen social perception.” Other major works of Steinbeck include Of Mice and Men, East of Eden, Cannery Row, Travels With Charley.