St. Mary Cemetery
History of St. Mary Cemetery
by Mr. Gregory Lauer
St. Mary Parish was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day in the year 1905. In less than one year, it was decided a cemetery was needed. It was common to have the cemetery on church grounds; unfortunately, the surrounding area of the church was all rock. Therefore, it could not be used. In 1906, one acre of land was purchased from Mr. Nic Becker, Sr., for a cemetery. It is located on a hill about two miles east of the Church on Highway 74 near the intersection of Highway 145.
The first burial was Catherine Rott, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. August Rott, on September 1, 1906. There are no records of the acquisition of the second acre which adjoins the cemetery on 3 sides. To the best of my knowledge this was in the late 1930’s and it was a gift from Mr. Becker, with one stipulation: that each of his children was to receive a burial lot, which is now in a row near the double driveway of the cemetery.
In January of 1948, as forty acres of adjacent land were to be subdivided, parish members, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Schmidt, purchased the remaining thirteen acres and deeded them to St. Mary’s for cemetery purposes. The cemetery was being developed and plans were made for beautification as a place of dignity, as a final resting place. . . . . . section after section was developed.
Due to the fact that his cemetery is located on a hill, it was a cold place for interments and during inclement weather. After a few years of discussion and deliberation, plans were made to go ahead with construction of the mausoleum and Chapel. Clarence and Loretta Roskopf, life-time parish members, made a contribution to cover the cost of a chapel to be located inside the mausoleum.
In the Spring of 1994, St. Mary’s stared with “pre-construction” sales . . . .due to the vast amount of sale, the size of the building was increased from 518 units to 700 units.
the Mausoleum was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day 1995, by Bishop Sklba.
Mausoleum Dedication with Deacon Tom Monday
Just as you provide insurance or make a will, you owe it to yourself and your family to select your burial space before the time of need. Few people buy insurance with enthusiasm. They do it out of a sense of responsibility to those they love.
Providing cemetery property in advance shows a mixture of love and responsibility, along with the peace of mind that goes with the knowledge that a family obligation has been fulfilled.
In keeping with the latest development for cemeteries, St. Mary Cemetery and Mausoleum provides a variety of burial options for your consideration:
- Mausoleum Entombment – a growing preference for above ground entombment.
- In-Ground Interment – the tradition choice of many families is available with options throughout our beautiful cemetery grounds.
- Niches – with cremations as a preference for some, niches are available for cremains.
St. Mary’s Cemetery / Mausoleum is located at N88 W13600 Main Street, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. Take Main Street east until you reach Hwy 45. The property is located on the Northwest side of the Main Street and Hwy 45 intersection. Hours are dawn to dusk.
If you would like further information bout pre-need or at-need arrangement, please contact the Parish Office at 262/251-0220 or Phil Rebensburg at 262/251-6250.