Garden Oaks Funeral Home & Crematory



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    Claude Mutope Akamafula

    Funeral Director

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Claude moved to Texas in the summer of 1998. First settling in San Antonio, Claude studied mortuary science at San Antonio College and served his apprenticeship following graduation at Porter Loring Mortuary. In 2009, Claude relocated to Cypress, Texas, and, after a persistent search, was hired by the service center in December 2010, transferring 5 years later to Garden Oaks Funeral Home.

    Claude loves mixed martial arts, archery, reggae, jazz and salsa music. Though he misses New York City every day, living and working in a large diverse city like Houston is wonderful, especially when the Knicks, Nets, Globetrotters, Mets, Yankees, Giants or Jets are in town.

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    Cindy Y Pineda

    Funeral Director

    Since 2005, Cindy has provided compassionate care to the families at Garden Oaks Funeral Home. As a child, she knew her life's calling was to guide and care for families in one of the most difficult and personal times in life. Cindy became a licensed funeral director and embalmer after earning her associate degree in applied science at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 2004, and she has since been dedicated to serving her community.

    When she is not serving families, Cindy loves being a mom and enjoys swimming, traveling and spending time with her own family, living her life with a focus on faith, hope and love.