The first portion of the current cemetery was purchased in 1918 and comprised 3.12 acres of land sold to St. Henry for $468.00 by Victor and Viola Kingsbury. In 1962, St. Henry acquired another 1.15 acres adjoining the original portion from Catharine Frassel for less than $100. The last portion of the cemetery, approximately 2.89 acres, was purchased in November 1971 from Fred and Grace Tozer. Today, St Henry Cemetery encompasses 7.16 acres of land, of which only a portion is platted and being used for burials.
The Cemetery Board consists of nine members – the pastor, parish administrator (cemetery manager), Pastoral Council liaison and six members from the parish community. The Cemetery Board operates under a set of by-laws which conform to church doctrine and state laws. All monies collected are separate from church funds. The Cemetery Board has adopted a set of rules and regulations that govern the cemetery, many of which are posted at the entrance to the grounds.
Cemetery Rules and Regulations
A summary of the more important rules is included here.
Plants and flowers on shepherd’s hooks or single-post stand planters only.
One shepherd’s hook or post stand per grave.
Objects made of or containing glass are prohibited.
All decorations are subject to removal without notice should they become unsightly, are deemed inappropriate, or remain beyond the specified time.
Other than approved plant stands, any other decorations must be off the ground for maintenance reasons. They may not be hung on trees, shrubs, fencing, or other cemetery property.
No landscaping or lawn care is permitted by persons other than the appointed contractor or the cemetery groundskeeper.
No signs, advertising, peddling, soliciting, or notices of any kind are permitted.
No alcoholic beverages allowed.
No pets allowed.
No hunting, snowmobiles, ATVs or motorized bikes.
Perpetual care assumed by the cemetery shall in no case mean maintenance, repair, or replacement of any vase, basket, memorial, flowers or other objects placed as a memorial or decoration. The cemetery is not gated or locked. Please do not place memorials or decorations that have significant value to you in the cemetery.
The Cemetery Board is pleased to offer a variety of burial options, from full-body, in-ground burial to cremation niches. Costs vary, depending on the type of burial option you choose.
Cemetery Grounds Staff
Brian & Marilyn Vetsch
Directions: From St. Henry, take 7th Street East to State Highway 25 and go south (toward Buffalo) over Interstate Highway 94 to Chelsea Blvd. Turn west (right) onto Chelsea and follow for approximately 3/4 mile to 90th Street NE. Turn left on to 90th Street NE. Cemetery is located on the north side (right) of 90th Street and is visible from the intersection of Chelsea and 90th Street.
The following are stories about the Cemetery as published in our Spirit on 7th Street newsletter:
Winter 2015 Cemetery Projects
Winter 2015 About Saint Henry Cemetery