St. Thomas Cemetery

 

621 Beck Drive, Waterford
Located just to the South of the Parish Campus

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Rules and Regulations

Contributor Acknowledgement

Adopted & Available for Adoption Flower Beds

To Contribute and/or Adopt a Flower Bed
Contact A Cemetery Committee Member

 

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CATHOLICISM and Organ Donation

Organ, eye, and tissue donation is considered an act of charity and love, and transplants are morally and ethically acceptable to the Vatican. (Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, no. 86)

Find information on donation at U.S. Government Information on Organ Donation and Transplantation website: http://www.organdonor.gov

CATHOLICISM & Funeral Rites

Find information at United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website. Browse the entire site for complete information: http://www.usccb.org or browse one of the links below

 

For Bereavement and Funeral Information:

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/bereavement-and-funerals/index.cfm

 

For an Overview of Catholic Funeral Rites:

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/bereavement-and-funerals/overview-of-catholic-funeral-rites.cfm

 

For Cremation and Funeral Information:

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/bereavement-and-funerals/cremation-and-funerals.cfm

  

St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery History

On September 8, 1953 St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery was consecrated by Bishop J.M. Henni. It was Reverend P. Schwaiger in 1874 who had the cemetery fenced. In 1910, Father Albers had the low spots filled-in, and it was surveyed and platted with a concrete sidewalk from the cemetery to the church. On May 1, 1912, Father Albers, the pastor, died and was buried in St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery.

In 1913, a Memorial Chapel in memory of Father Albers was erected over his gravesite. The chapel cost eight-hundred dollars. Also, the cemetery monuments were cleaned and straightened. It took tewnty-five men two days to do the cemetery clean-up. By 1915, the entrance was built at a cost of four-hundred dollars. Father Perron who had directed the building of the Memorial Chapel for his predecessor was also honored when he was laid to rest in the Memorial Chapel in 1945.

The Henry Naber family in 1941, donated the "triangle of land" to the church as an addition to the cemetery when the family passed away. Joe Linneman donated dirt-fill and Mr. Reesman hauled the fill to the cemetery. Also, the Norton family donated land on the North side for the enlargement to the cemetery. Because this area was low in elevation, D. Beck filled in the low lying area and paid the back taxes so the church could receive a clear title to the land. Additionally, in 1948, D. Beck donated forty acres of land for a fee of six-thousand dollars. The rest of the land value was considered a gift. The land was sold for over a million dollars in 2000 and helped immensely to our funding of the 2007 House of Worship! In 1950, two and a half acres of land North of the cemetery was purchased.

Presently, we have approximately 900 souls interned at St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery with some graves that date back as far as 1850.

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