A few snapshots from my Memorial Day visit to St. Mary’s Cemetery, about seven miles south of Waseca, Minnesota.
St. Mary’s is a Catholic cemetery, so you’ll see a lot of crucifixes.
Most of the people buried here are of Irish descent.
The oaks at St. Mary’s are stunning.
My grandpa and grandma are buried in the very southwest corner. Grandpa farmed all his life, so it’s fitting that he’s right next to the field. (Grandpa, being Polish, is an exception to the mostly Irish buried here. But Grandma was Irish!).
A map, if you want to visit:
Rachael, St. Mary Cemetery is so historical, a peaceful, beautiful place. Did you know about the St Mary Church Memorial across the road on the hill where the old church once stood? Our volunteers just fixed it up. WCHS owns the immediate site, not the farmyard adjacent. That’s where the church bell is and a list of those who provided for the memorial. Next time you are nearby check it out. Also, come visit us at WCHS.
We stopped at the bell before we went to the cemetery! My parents were married at St. Mary’s. I love looking through the wedding pictures. I’m sad the church is no longer there.
I enjoyed viewing your photographs. There’s a cemetery in Atlanta that was founded by six formerly enslaved African American men who wished for black folk to have the ability to be buried with dignity. The cemetery is called South-View cemetery. April 2016 will mark 130 years of service. Here’s the address if you’re interested: http://www.southviewcemetery.com/
Thanks for the information! I would love to visit South-View some day. The history of it sounds fascinating.