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Graveside service set for Allita Algeo, Ceres’ first female police officer
Allita Algeo
Allita Algeo, seen here at the 2015 Ceres Street Faire, died Sunday. She was Ceres Police Department's first female officer. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/ Courier file photo

A Celebration of Life gathering will take place for Allita Algeo, Ceres’ first female police officer who died Sunday, Feb. 20.

The celebration will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at Ceres Memorial Park, 1801 E. Whitmore Avenue.

As a single mother of four small boys in 1971, Alego – then named Allita Skar – made the decision to join the law enforcement profession and was a police dispatcher when she became the department’s first female reserve police officer.

Algeo was also very civic minded and a long-time member and officer of the Ceres Women’s Club, serving as its president and organizing a number of its fundraisers, such as boutiques. She also served as an officer of the Modesto chapter of Women of the Moose.