Serving the Catholic Community Today
St. Mary / St. Stephen Cemeteries are historical treasures of the Catholic community in Butler county. Representing both local history and the legacies of the families memorialized there. The mature trees and gardens provide a serene and tranquil atmosphere for peaceful moments of thoughtful remembrance. The cemeteries offer traditional ground burials, mausoleum interments, and cremation burials in columbariums and cremation gardens.
The History of St. Mary and St. Stephen Cemeteries
St, Mary Cemetery became a reality when purchased on April 17, 1867 by the St. Mary Church congregation. The location was described "as about a mile and a half south east of town. On a good pike easy of access, and can be made one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the county".
The Old St. Stephen Cemetery was purchased after a debate as to whether the German speaking Catholics should buy this piece of property in conjunction with English speaking Catholics. It was suggested and approved on December 2, 1849 to buy five acres and that the Germans buy the cemetery independently, but any catholic wishing burial would be given the privilege of buying a grave even though not a member of St. Stephen parish. On April 26, 1873 twelve acres were purchased for the New St. Stephen Cemetery.
(The text above was taken from original records.)
With well over a century of history, St Mary and St. Stephen Cemeteries are truly a legacy for the Catholic community they serve.
A Final Resting Place
St. Mary and St. Stephen Cemeteries offer professional consultation to help you with your immediate cemetery planning or your advance planning needs. Many desirable locations are available for selection. To learn more about the many services provided by our catholic cemeteries contact our friendly staff during office hours. Make your final plans today so family members know your final wishes. It only takes a few moments of your time and provides a peace of mind for everyone.
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