St. John Catholic Cemetery
St. John Catholic Church has one large operating cemetery located on the southwest corner of M-59 and Hacker Road. The oldest part of the cemetery was established in the 1860’s, and is located to the south side and west of our historic Little Church located at 1991 N Hacker Road. The Little Church is still used for daily Mass, weddings and funerals. The newest part of the cemetery is located to the southwest side of the old cemetery. The address for this part of the cemetery is 1971 N Hacker Road, and can be entered via a gravel road on the south side of the old portion of the cemetery. There are currently 360 gravesites in this part of the cemetery, with another 1300 to be developed in the future.
Gravesites are available to Parishioners and Non-Parishioners. Contact the Parish Office and ask for the Sexton, Deacon Dave Piggot or the Business Manager, Cheryl Gardner for further information.
Cemetery hours are sunrise to sunset, Sunday through Saturday.
Markers and monuments can be no larger than 4 feet high and 4 feet wide (over 1 grave) or 6 feet wide (over 2 graves).
Foundations are required for all grave markers and are done for a fee by the Cemetery staff.
Foundations must be 2 inches larger than the monument on all sides.
The cost of foundations is $.40 sq. inch. (Subject to change without notice).
St. John is not responsible for temporary markers or deterioration of markers through normal aging and weathering.
No marker or monument shall be placed on a lot or grave without
the written approval of the Cemetery staff.
Although the State of Michigan does not require a burial vault, most cemeteries in Michigan do require some
type of outer burial container. The outer burial vault prevents the grave from collapsing, and if sealed can help
to protect the casket. St. John Catholic Cemetery requires a vault.
Appropriate containers must be used for cremated remains, though a vault is not required.
PLANTS AND DECORATIONS
Any plant, bush, tree or flower that is planted in the ground MUST be pre-approved by the Cemetery staff before being planted.
All other plantings are strictly prohibited and will be removed without notice.
All pots should be set on the lawn or on the grave marker. No pots shall be dug into the ground.
Breaking or changing of any sod on a lot or grave by any person not employed by the Cemetery is prohibited.
After time has been allowed for the grave to settle, the Cemetery staff will level the plot with soil and will plant grass seed.
The Cemetery staff reserves the right to remove flowers and decorations at their discretion. Any unsightly or inappropriate objects on graves, as determined by St. John Catholic Church, will be removed without notice. The Cemetery will not be responsible for their return.
The Cemetery staff will remove grave blankets in the spring.
No benches of any kind will be allowed in the Cemetery.
All decoration regulations are to protect the conscientious lot holders rather than hinder them. While we all cannot agree completely on decoration rules, the Cemetery has established the fairest set of rules and enforces them fairly and uniformly.
BASIC RULES IN THE CEMETERY
NO alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs.
NO mowing of grass.
NO garden hoses.
NO glass jars, bottles, statuary, benches, crockery, ornaments and Paper Mache.
NO planting of trees, shrubs, or bushes.
NO pets allowed.