City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Shanta Rajagopalan

RALEIGH, North Carolina

Age 83.
Died 05/10/2023.

Shanta Rajagopalan
Shanta (Rao) Rajagopalan, 83, of Durham North Carolina died peacefully on May 10, 2023 at Abbottswood at Stonehenge in Raleigh. Shanta was born the second of four children in Madras (now Chennai), India on August 4, 1939. She married Koluvail Vayasara Rajagopalan in January, 1958. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, “Raj”, sons Shrin of Raleigh (husband to Anne) and Pradeep of Charlottesville (husband to Emily), grandchildren Nina of Philadelphia, Sheila of Atlanta, Monika of Durham, Grady and Tilda of Charlottesville, and younger brothers Chandrasekhar of Parsippany, and Ramesh of Chennai, India. Shanta was predeceased by her parents, her older sister Jayalakshmi, and her middle son, Umesh. The City of Oaks Crematorium is handling arrangements. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh NC 27607.

Shanta followed Raj to the United States in September 1959, barely out of her teens, with an infant son in tow. She was truly a stranger in a strange land, but Durham embraced the rare new Indian family. Shanta was invited to dance and sing on local television, where she delighted the audience with her beautiful singing voice. She learned English by watching soap operas. Eventually, she became a US Citizen. She was noted for her delicious Indian food, especially her birthday gulab jamun, upitu, lime rice, and samosas. As well, her grandchildren loved her M&M and peanut butter cookies.

Shanta loved dressing up in saris, pink nail polish, magnolia and iris blossoms, pistachio ice cream, sprinkles on cupcakes, eggplant Parmesan, iCarly, The Bold and the Beautiful, Lynette Jennings, and being Ajji to her grandchildren. She was convinced they all looked like Bollywood movie stars and were musical geniuses. Shanta spoke five languages fluently: Tulu, Tamil, Kannada, Telegu, and English. She rose early with the birds, and went to bed early as well. Most of all, Shanta loved her adopted country, and took pride in the warm home that she provided for her beloved family.

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City of Oaks Cremation and Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home in Raleigh, serving all of North Carolina and beyond. We provide an alternative to costly funeral homes and every day we help families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all over North Carolina make simple, affordable funeral arrangements.

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Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

We're committed to providing families within our community unsurpassed service before, during and after the time of loss.

Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

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