Willow Glen Funeral Home

1039 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA


Alice Lorraine Merenda

April 27, 1918November 8, 2019
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Born to Frank and Ludvina Silva in San Jose, CA. Alice was the middle of three children and lived her entire 101+ years in San Jose. Her younger years were formed working on her parent’s ranch. In 1935 she graduated from San Jose High. Alice married Joseph Merenda in 1942, just before he shipped off to war. After his return, she spent many years raising four children. She worked at Sprouse-Reitz Starting in 1963 and retired as Housewares Manager at OSH. During retirement they enjoyed traveling, with trips to Hawaii, Italy & Portugal. Alice was thrilled when she visited Faial and Pico in The Azores and found her parent’s birth records. She & Joe were avid 49er fans and held season tickets since 1946. In 1982 they attended Superbowl XVI in Detroit. A tile placed at Levi Stadium honors them. Alice was preceded in death by her greatest love, husband Joe, their baby MaryAnn, brother Frank Silva and sister Irene Lemos. She is survived by her children JoAnne & Joe Simas, Dick & Steph Merenda, Joyce & Allen Dickson, LouAnn & Henry Coca; grandchildren Kristen & Nick Gallis and Christopher Coca; great grandchildren Tyler, Stephanie & JJ Gallis; and many godchildren, nieces & nephews. To all who knew her, her kindness and love were limitless. Alice’s family would like to thank Soana, Saia & their family for the incredible care and love given to her these last years. Also her kind neighbors, always ready to help, especially Skipp. A memorial service will be held November 23, 2019 at Willow Glen Funeral Home, 1039 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose at 11:00 am. Private Burial at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please donate to any charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 23, 2019


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Claudia Lackey

November 16, 2019

Alice was such a trooper when we traveled to Italy she even ventured down into the Catacombs! We had a bit of a slow trip back up the stairs but she made it. Such great memories! Her infectious laugh will be missed! Rest In Peace dear Alice! Say hi to Joe and Mama.