History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
In 1977, John Passalacqua, the current President of Passalacqua Funeral Chapel joined the family firm.
Originally established by his grandfather, Frank Passalacqua in the 1930s, the business continues to be firmly rooted in tradition, yet flexible and yielding to the developments in funeral service, and the ebb and flow of popular trends.
No matter the year, it has always been our goal to serve our community to the best of our ability – to care for those who come to us as if they were members of our own family.
You can be truly comfortable calling upon Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, because you’ll be connecting with neighbors and friends – who recognize the deep pain of loss through professional training tempered by personal experience.
We’ll listen closely to your stories, provide information when we see the need, and help you to arrive at decisions you can be pleased with for years to come.
Our Valued Staff
John Passalacqua, Funeral Director and President
John completed the program of study at the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, and opened the firm shortly afterwards. With over 30 years of experience, John can guide families of all walks of life during their darkest days. “We strive to offer caring, compassionate, personalized and professional service to each and every family at a fair price with special attention to each and every detail.”
Greg Silva, Funeral Director
Greg was born in Vallejo on November 19, 1964, and was raised in Benicia.
He is the youngest of three boys. His parents are Bobbie Lynn and Andy Nickolatos
and Mervin and Margaret Silva. He is the brother of Ken Silva and the late Steve Silva. Greg is married to Michele (Green) and they have two children, Michael and Kaylyn.
Greg attended Catholic schools all his educational life graduating from St. Dominic’s Elementary School in 1978, St. Patrick’s High School in 1982 and St. Mary’s College in 1986. He received his Minor in Communications and his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Greg immediately began a two year apprenticeship and attended and graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, receiving an Associate Degree in 1989. He holds various licenses in funeral practice including an embalmer’s license, funeral director’s license and crematory manager’s license. He has spent his entire career in death care with Passalacqua Funeral Homes, Inc. and has been the manager of Twin Chapels Mortuary in Vallejo since 1990. He feels this is his calling in life and finds great satisfaction in knowing he is helping families, many of them friends; cope with the very difficult and emotional situation of losing a loved one. He is a member and past president of the Redwood Empire Funeral Directors Association, a member of the California Funeral Directors Association and a member of the California Cremationist Association.
Greg is active in many community organizations. He is a member of the Vallejo Rotary Club during which time he served on the Board of Directors, Vallejo Chamber of Commerce having served on the Board of Directors, former member of the St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School Board of Regents and is a current member of the Benicia Chamber of Commerce, American Canyon Chamber of Commerce, Vallejo Elk’s Lodge, Native Son’s of the Golden West, Green Valley Country Club, Knights of Columbus and St. Dominic’s Catholic Church.
In his spare time, Greg enjoys spending time with his family, especially attending his children's sporting events. He also enjoys playing golf, traveling, and is an avid San Francico Giants and 49ers fan.
Steve Puleo, Funeral Counselor
With two years of funeral service, Steve is a “fresh face” here at Twin Chapels Mortuary. While he brings a fresh perspective on the traditional funeral service, his 25 years of experience in retail and customer service mean that he’s adept at serving the unique needs of our client families. Steve is an asset to Twin Chapels Mortuary, and to those families he cares for. “It is very satisfying to care for families during their most difficult moments. I take great pride in serving each family to the best of my ability.”
A native of Vallejo, Steve is happily married. He and his wife Louise have three children: Brad, Sara and Jennifer.
Ranea A. Avila, Secretary
When asked about what she does here at Twin Chapels Mortuary, Renea, with her basically humble nature, says just this, “I’m the secretary.”
But we know how important she is to us. For the past seven years, Renea has been the organizing, detail-oriented hub of our office. We depend on her completely, and our confidence has never been misplaced.
Vince Miller, Funeral Counselor
Working in the funeral industry is very rewarding. Living the experience and having the ability to enter a families life during such an unfortunate time, and being able to bring them some comfort and ease at a time when things are confusing and frightening, is my goal, and my passion. I am tirelessly meticulous about making sure every family receives everything they possibly need for solace, an closure.
Educational background: I graduated from Vallejo High School in 1983. I have currently obtained an operator certification from the Association of California Cremationists, and an attendance certification for Law Review and arrangement counselor.
Since 1987 I have been, and currently still employed by the city of Vallejo Maintenance Division. The first five years in landscape maintenance. The next fifteen running one of two tree mainenance drews, and the last five being one of a two person managing team in charge of the water maintenance divisions supply warehouse.
I am married to my beautiful wife Michelle of 20 years. I have two lovely daughters Kimberley Ann 27, and Kelley Michelle 19. My wife is a surgery scheduler at Vacaville Kaiser and has been with kaiser Permanente for the past 17 years. Last but far from least there is "Missy" our three year old rat terrier that the doggie stork so kindly left on our doorstep July 2009.