Monument Work

Lot owners should not close a deal with any monument dealer until the cemetery supervisor or family service representative has checked the material, size and design and accepted the application as provided on the dealer’s form for that purpose.  The cemetery will not be responsible for the loss to a lot owner caused by rejection of any monument or stone work where regular application for setting has been neglected or overlooked before the order was placed.
The cemetery reserves the right to restrict the placing of monuments on certain lots but such restriction will appear in the certificate of burial rites and will be sold with subject to such restriction.
Unsightly, ill-proportioned monuments and stone work are prohibited.
Monuments or markers will not be allowed on lots not fully paid for.
All material used in construction of mausoleums, monuments, markers and columbariums must be of recognized durable granite or standard bronze. Marble may be permitted of certain durable grades and finishes, but the cemetery will assume no responsibility for damages in case of the stone being unintentionally chipped or marked in the regular course of lot care.  All other grades of marble, sandstone, slate, artificial stone, field stone, terracotta, wood, iron or glass in any form will not be permitted where exposed to the elements.
The cemetery reserves the right to stop any work in progress or contracted when the materials, workmanship or design is not satisfactory or which would seem undesirable or not of durable construction and may cause the work to be removed, rebuilt or remodeled where and when it would seem advisable, even after permit has been granted.


Monuments, markers and vases may be ordered at any time during the year.  The foundation charge must be paid in full and be accompanied by a foundation order from the monument dealer before the monument, marker or vase can be installed.
Foundations must be installed before the monuments and markers can be placed on a lot.  All monument, marker and vase foundations are installed by the cemetery.
Monument dealers must notify the cemetery office before setting monuments and markers in the cemetery.
Monuments and up-right markers are placed on a lot by the monument dealers.  Flush markers and vases are installed on a lot by the cemetery, after they are delivered to the garage by the monument dealer.
St. John Catholic Cemetery cannot be responsible for any damage, vandalism or theft to any monuments, markers, vases, mausoleums or columbariums placed in the cemetery.  They are placed in the cemetery at the purchaser’s risk.


A monument shall be defined as any memorial structure erected upon a lot other than a marker, columbarium or mausoleum.  Only one monument will be allowed on a lot.  All monuments must be centered on the middle of the lot.
Individual markers that accompany monuments must be bevel or flush markers only.
Individual markers on graves where the monument is placed must be flush and will be installed against the monument base.
Where a monument consists of a base and die, we strongly advise that the base be left in the rough or rock face as being less liable to damage or marking.
On a three grave monument lot, monuments cannot be larger than, base: 58”x12”x8”, die: 36”x24”x8” and cannot be smaller than base: 46”x14”x6”, die: 36”x20”x6”.
On a four grave monument lot monuments can be no larger than, base: 68”x14”x8” die: 54”x28”x8” and no smaller than base: 46”x14”x6” die: 36”x20”x6”.
On a six grave monument lot monuments can be no larger than, base: 68”x14”x8” and die: 54”x28”x8” and no smaller than, base: 54”x14”x8” and die: 42”x24”x8”.
Consult the supervisor or family service representative as to monument design and the proposed location.


The term “marker” shall mean a stone used to indicate the location of a particular grave.
Only one marker shall be set at any one grave and shall consist of one part or piece only.  Markers on each lot should conform in size, shape and color if upright.
Lots purchased before January 1, 1974 – Largest sized upright marker allowed is 24”x10”x16”.
Lots purchased after January 1, 1974 – Largest sized upright marker allowed is 20”x10”x16”.
Flush markers can be no larger than 24”x14”x4”.
Granite borders for flush markers can be no larger than 28”x14”x4”.
Infant markers in Babyland can be no larger than 16”x10”x16” for a slant marker, 16”x8”x6” for a bevel marker or 16”x8”x4” for a flush marker.
Temporary markers are not permitted at any time.
Slant markers on granite bases are not permitted.


The term “bench” shall mean a granite bench. Benches are only allowed under the approval of the supervisor or family service representative. Their size and location will be determined by the supervisor or family service representative.  Benches cannot be substituted for any marker or monument, and location will be determined for the betterment of the cemetery as a whole.

Mausoleums and Columbariums

A mausoleum or columbarium may not occupy more than one-fifth of the ground area and must be on the road frontage lots.  Detailed specifications must accompany any request for the building of a columbarium or mausoleum and such permit will be subject to the approval of the cemetery.  The cemetery may exact a bond insuring the proper building and completion of the work and no permit will be issued until the owner of the lot has made a deposit in the endowed care fund in an amount equal to approximately one-tenth the cost of such building subject to adjustments as would seem advisable as determined by the type of building, material and construction.  Ample time must be allowed the cemetery to have mausoleum or columbarium designs properly checked and certified and the cemetery will reserve the right to refuse a permit where such a memorial will unduly affect the adjoining lot owners or where such a plan would not work to the best lot development.
Mausoleum and columbarium foundations are installed by the cemetery.
The cemetery will in no case be responsible for the maintenance or repair of any columbarium or mausoleum beyond the interest which may accumulate from the endowment care funds deposited for its care, and reserves the right to tear down and remove any such structure when and if it becomes unsightly or dilapidated and the remains housed in such a structure will be buried on the lot.  The cost of such work will be charged through the fund set up in the endowment care and the balance, if any, will be redistributed to the owner or his/her legal heirs.
Underground vaults covered above the ground by slabs are not allowed.


Any profit that may be derived from the sale of lots or administration of the cemetery is to be devoted exclusively to Diocesan activities.