Rules & Regulations

The following rules and regulations have been carefully edited, and the Cemetery Board of Directors has tried to adopt none that would abridge the most perfect freedom of each individual plot owner, except when injurious to the best interests of all.  They should be impartially and rigorously enforced.  Hereafter, when the Cemetery Board of Directors is noted, the employee-manager is empowered to act in their behalf.

PLOTS

 1.       Each plot owner should notify St. Mary Parish Office of any change in post office address.

2.       All work upon plots shall be done under the direction of the Cemetery Board of Directors.

 INTERMENTS

  1.  All interments in plots shall be restricted to the members of the immediate family of the purchaser thereof, except when special permission to the contrary is obtained.  All fees for interment shall be determined by the Cemetery Board of Directors.

  2. Human remains will not be interred unless accompanied by the proper legal documents.

  3. One full Body and one Cremated Remains per grave or two Cremated Remains per grave.

  4. Two Cremated Remains per Columbarium (Niches).

  5. Plot owners desiring graves opened or other work done will be required to exhibit the deed for the plot or give other satisfactory evidence of ownership.

  6. All graves shall be dug by workmen employed by the Cemetery for that purpose.  Filling, sodding, and other improvements shall be done by employees of the Cemetery.

  7. The fee for disinterment shall be determined by the Cemetery Board of Directors and must be done by workmen employed by the Cemetery. This fee will cover exhumation only.  Legal permits must be obtained. 

  8. The interment of human remains will conform to the current laws set forth by the State of Illinois.  All remains, including cremated remains, must be interred in a vault.

  9. Household pets or other animals are not allowed to be interred in the Cemetery.

 MONUMENTS, HEADSTONES, MARKERS

  1. The Cemetery Board of Directors must be notified prior to any monuments, headstone, or marker being place on the plot.

  2. All monuments, headstones, and markers shall be of proper design, material, and workmanship as set forth by the Cemetery Board of Directors.  A single monument may be placed in the center of a plot, not to exceed 16”x32”x24”H. Family monuments may be erected on a block of not less than 6 plots and may not exceed 20W”x72”Lx72”H.

  3. All monuments, headstones, and markers are considered to be the property of the plot owner and upkeep is the responsibility of the plot owner.  Any repairs of monuments, headstones, and markers caused by vandalism or any other cause are the responsibility of the plot owner.

  4. The Cemetery will not be responsible for the loss of any portable articles left upon any plot or other part of the Cemetery.

  5. Fences, coping, hedges, or other enclosures around or within plots shall not be allowed.

  6. Private mausoleums, vaults, tombs, seats, or benches will not be allowed.

  7. All monuments, headstones, or markers shall be mounted on concrete bases that will extend 4” beyond the marker on all sides and the cap shall be at least 4” thick. Head stones and markers shall be on footings a minimum of 30” deep, Monuments shall be on footings a minimum of 42” deep.

  8. Monuments, headstones, or markers are to be set to conform with the alignment of the existing memorials in the surrounding areas. Markers will be set on the west end of the plot with names facing west.

  9. The setting of monuments, headstones, or markers and the transportation of the tools and materials within the grounds shall be subject to the supervision and control of the Cemetery Board of Directors.  Such work shall be completed, with rubbish removed, as soon as possible.

  10. No memorial shall be placed on any plot that has not been paid for without permission of the Cemetery Board of Directors.

  PLANTING OF TREES, ETC

  1. Permission must first be obtained from the Cemetery Board of Directors before planting any tree or shrub.  No tree or shrub growing within the Cemetery shall be removed or injured without the Cemetery Board of Directors’ consent.

  2. If any tree or shrub situated in any plot becomes unsightly, dangerous, or detrimental to the adjacent plots or walks, the Cemetery Board of Directors, after attempting to notify the owner, shall have the right to remove said tree or shrub or such parts as it may deem necessary.  Root systems or branches, at maturity, cannot exceed the property of the plot owner.

  3. All plantings must be within 12” of the monument, headstone, or marker.

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. If anything placed on or in any plot shall be deemed offensive, improper or injurious to surrounding lots, the Cemetery Board of Directors shall have the right, after attempting to notify the owner, to remove said object(s).

  2. After a grave is prepared, owners may set out their own flowers.  Plants set out in an unsightly manner or left not cared for, will be removed.

  3. The right to alter walks, roads, and drives is solely reserved by the Cemetery Board of Directors.

  4. Should the Cemetery Board of Directors see fit not to enforce any rules(s) in cases where it may deem advisable to do so, such rule(s) shall not be considered abrogated or suspended in their general application.

  5. The Cemetery Board of Directors may take such action as may be necessary, though not expressly authorized by the rules, to protect the property of the plot owners from injury, to preserve peace and good order, and /or to prevent injury to plots, grounds, and buildings.

RULES FOR VISITORS

  1. Hours that the Cemetery shall be open to the public will be posted.  At any other times, violators, both pedestrian and those in autos or any other vehicle, will be prosecuted.

  2. No person shall drive any motor vehicle to exceed twelve miles per hour.

  3. Picking flowers, wild or cultivated, breaking or injuring any tree, plant or shrub, or in any way injuring any monument, headstone, marker, other structure, or property within the Cemetery, is prohibited and will, under the State law, subject the offender to a severe penalty.

  4. Dogs are not allowed to walk in the Cemetery.  Your help will be appreciated.