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HISTORY OF ST. JOHN/ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CEMETERY
Saint Joseph cemetery was established by Reverend Henry Plaster, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Hammond. The date is thought to be about August 11, 1881. St Joseph Cemetery was located at the corner of 165th street and Hohman ave. Mr. John Verhoven donated one acre of land to be used as a cemetery. In 1886 an additional three acres was added to the cemetery.

Often time’s mourners would frequent the tavern that was located near the cemetery after the conclusion of the burial services, it is told that Father Plaster objected to this behavior. To correct this problem a new site for the cemetery needed to be located. In 1890 five acres of land was purchased for a cemetery at the current St. Joseph location. The land was adjacent to fifteen acres of land owned by Greenwood cemetery.

About 1895 an additional five acres were purchased from Greenwood Cemetery and in 1924 just east of the cemetery Father John Berg purchased another ten acres of land. These ten acres of land was developed and opened for sale in 1997. In 1928 on the North side of 167th street one acre of land was purchased. This is the area were now stands the office/chapel and garage. On November 2, 1977 the Chapel was dedicated by Bishop Andrew G. Grutka and still remains in use today.

St John Cemetery was started November 1, 1904. During the 1920’s another ten acres of property was purchased, just to the north side of 167th street. This property was developed and opened in 1952. In 1975 two mausoleum buildings were constructed and two additional buildings were added in 1985. Under the control of the diocese, in 1985 St. John and St. Joseph were combined into one cemetery.

Cremation rates had increased, there was a need for niches, on June 22, 1998 the first Columbarium was completed. On March 18, 2004 the second Columbarium was completed. The third Columbarium was completed on July 31, 2007 and the fourth Columbarium was completed on February 2, 2010. The Cross was set on top June 30, 2010 to complete the project.

In March of 2002, work was started on the “Christ the Redeemer” Mausoleum. The sculpture was set in August 2002 and the Mausoleum was completed in September 2002.

On July 31, 2004 “The Providence” section was created at St. John/St Joseph Cemetery for the still births and the unborn. St. Margaret’s hospital was instrumental in helping us with this project where the remains of our little loved ones are interred and where family members can come and pray for those who have passed away to soon.
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Saint Joseph cemetery was established by Reverend Henry Plaster, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Hammond. The date is thought to be about August 11, 1881. St Joseph Cemetery was located at the corner of 165th street and Hohman ave. Mr. John Verhoven donated one acre of land to be used as a cemetery. In 1886 an additional three acres was added to the cemetery. 3
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St. Stanislaus Cemetery was developed by St. Stanislaus Church as a parish cemetery. The first burial was recorded in 1898. For many years there was no general maintenance provided. The ground became very unsightly and was referred to as a “sandbur patch.” 2

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Ss Peter and Paul Parish can trace their history back 173 years when the first Mass was celebrated in a log cabin in Turkey Creek (Merrillville) 1841. The settlement of German immigrants occasionally had a visiting priest to say Mass for them. 1
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MAIN OFFICE: ST. JOHN - ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CEMETERY
PHONE: (219) 844-9475 FAX: (219) 844-3770 EMAIL: MWELSH@GARYCATHCEMS.ORG

OFFICE HOURS
MONDAY - FRIDAY: 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. SATURDAY: 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.