WELCOME TO THE PARISH CEMETERY
St. Michael Parish Cemetery is located at the end of Durrell Street from West Main Cross Street near the I-75/SR12 (West Main Cross Street) interchange in Findlay, Ohio. It holds the earthly remains of our family members and friends who have shared their love, fellowship and faith with us and is a sign of hope in God and His promise of everlasting life.
Cemetery maintenance and improvement donations are ongoing so that our Cemetery is properly cared for into the future. Any donations, memorials or bequests can be made to St. Michael Cemetery at any time to assist with the continued development of the Cemetery and are greatly appreciated.
Specific ways of making donations are as follows:
- April and October Cemetery envelopes mailed with the Parish envelopes
- Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT)
- Cemetery envelopes provided at the back of both churches
- Memorial envelopes at local funeral homes
Click here for the Cemetery Improvement Donation Form
Two types of interments:
- Casket with vault – Traditional Grave Sites are for casket with vault burials
- Cremains – Columbarium contains niches which are for cremains. There are currently two Columbariums for the purpose of extending the life of the Cemetery. Additional Columbariums may be added as needed.
Note: Cremains are permitted in Traditional Grave Sites as described in items (2) and (3) of the Cemetery Rules and Regulations. Cremains interred in Traditional Grave Sites may involve future significant additional costs since they continue to change and are assessed at the time of interment.
Similar to preparing a will, it is a wise, compassionate and responsible act to pre-arrange your cemetery needs.
There are many advantages to pre-arrangement:
- Relief to loved ones in midst of their grief giving them peace of mind
- Make own decisions
- More choices with respect to availability of grave sites and Columbarium
To pre-arrange, contact the Cemetery Superintendent to choose grave site(s) or Columbarium niche(s).
Headstones are available through area dealers. A good reference for these dealers, from time to time, is their advertisements in the St. Michael the Archangel Parish bulletin.
RULES & REGULATIONS
1) The Pastor of St. Michael Parish is Ex-officio Manager of St. Michael Cemetery
2) The Board regularly monitors the usage of Traditional Graves Sites to:
a) Maximize the availability of the limited amount of land for casket with vault burials
b) Encourage the utilization of the Columbarium Niches for the intended purpose of cremains
NOTE: AS DESCRIBED IN ITEM (3), THE BOARD RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ASSESS ADDITIONAL CHARGES IN EFFECT AT THE TIME OF INTERMENT OF CREMAINS AT A TRADITIONAL GRAVE SITE.
3) For Traditional Grave Sites purchased AFTER January 13, 2015
a) ONE cremains burial will be permitted per grave site at no additional charge
b) After one cremains burial in a Traditional Grave Site purchased AFTER January 13, 2015 an additional purchase cost of $635 assessed at the timeof additional cremains burial
c) Board reserves the right to change this cost structure at any time and apply such change retroactively to Traditional Grave Sites purchased AFTER January 13, 2015
4) Cemetery Board will provide a current value credit for any unused grave (old or new) traded to the cemetery for a Columbarium niche
a) Credit would be applied to the cost of a Columbarium niche
b) In no event shall the trade in of multiple unused graves result in the sum of credits exceeding the then actual purchase cost(s) of a Columbarium niche(s)
c) Current credit is $635 per unused grave plot
5) Board of Managers consists of the following officers:
d) Assistant Superintendent(s) e) Secretary/Treasurer
g) One Legal Advisor
6) St. Michael Cemetery is designed, graded and ornamented under direction of the Board of Managers
7) Superintendent, along with the assistance of the Board of Managers shall:
a) Keep in order fences and roadways
b) Maintain in general good conditions all burial lots already sold as well as all sections opened for interment
c) Plant trees, shrubs and flowers on sites not usable for graves whenever it may be deemed advisable
8) Grave decorations and landscape
a) No alteration of grades of lots shall be permitted
b) Potted flowers are permitted on graves but must be removed during fall and spring cleanup
c) Flower vases of iron and stone are acceptable, but no glass containers are permitted
d) The removal of sod from the tops of graves, and the planting of flowers, trees, shrubbery, or vines of any kind are not permitted
e) Trellises of wire with hanging baskets may be placed on burial lots, provided they are movable
f) No fences, hedges, posts, or enclosures of any kind are to be placed around lots
g) No footstones allowed
h) Lot marks will be set by, and at the expense of, the Board of Managers
NOTE: IN NO EVENT WILL DECORATIONS OR LANDSCAPING INTERFERE WITH FUNERAL RITES, CEMETERY MOWING AND TRIMMING, OR ANY OTHER ACCESS/MOBILITY NEEDS THROUGHOUT THE CEMETERY. THE BOARD OF MANAGERS HAS THE RIGHT TO IMMEDIATELY MODIFY OR REMOVE DECORATIONS OR LANDSCAPING THAT INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE CEMETERY. IN ANY EVENT, ANY DECORATION OR LANDSCAPING THAT IS DEEMED BY THE BOARD OF MANAGERS TO BE INAPPROPRIATE SHALL BE REMOVED BY THE BOARD OF MANAGERS WITH ANY RESULTING EXPENSES CHARGED TO THE LOT HOLDER OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVE.
9) All full-size casket burials require a vault
10) Gravesite Certificate
a) Received upon payment-in-full for the lot
b) Provides for the perpetual holding and use of said lots for the burial of human remains, subject to the Rules and Regulations of the Cemetery, the Discipline of the Catholic Church,
and the Laws of the Diocese of Toledo, now in force or that may hereafter be adopted regarding burials and funerals
c) Catholic adults not members of St. Michael Parish will incur an additional cost for a grave site per the price schedule in effect at the time of purchase
11) Upon death of lot-holder
a) Rights pass to whosoever shall be entitled, in a lawful manner, to hold such lot
b) If several persons are equally entitled to such rights, consent of each (in writing) must be obtained before any further transfer of rights will be permitted
12) Monument and headstone
a) All monument and headstone designs are subject to approval of the Board of Managers.
b) The main guideline for the design of all monuments is that at a minimum, they must have a religious symbol that is easily seen and is consistent with the Catholic religion.
c) The vendor responsible for the design of the monument needs to mail, email or fax a copy of the design to St. Michael for approval using one of the following methods:
Mail – St. Michael Cemetery, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, OH 45840
Email – [email protected]
Fax – 419-422-2602 (Attention St. Michael Cemetery)
Upon receipt of the design, a review will take place and a representative of St. Michael’s Cemetery will respond with an approval or indication of required changes.
d) Any monument or headstone installed without approval of the Board of Managers may result in the lot holder or their representative incurring all expenses associated
with the Board of Manager’s requested modifications to the monument or headstone after its installation, including any required removal or replacement.
e) Monuments and headstones must be placed at the head of lot only and must not extend beyond the size of the lot holder’s graves for a given plot assignment.
f) Must be placed on foundation installed by the Board of Managers
g) Any marker outside the monument or headstone must be flush with the ground and not impede mowing or continual movement of vehicles.
h) The lot-holder or their representative is financially responsible for any damages to monuments or headstones for all reasons except where such damage was caused by equipment usage for the operation of the cemetery.
NOTE: IN ANY EVENT, ANY MONUMENT OR HEADSTONE THAT IS DEEMED BY THE BOARD OF MANAGERS TO BE INAPPROPRIATE SHALL BE REMOVED BY THE BOARD OF MANAGERS WITH ANY RESULTING EXPENSES CHARGED TO THE LOT HOLDER OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVE.
a) Poured under the supervision of the Board of Managers b) Charged to the company placing the monument or marker c) All charges will be at current prevailing rates
14) All persons employed by the Cemetery
a) Subject to the control and direction of the Board of Managers
b) If they fail or refuse to comply with Regulations of the Cemetery, they shall not be permitted to again work in the Cemetery under any pretext whatsoever
15) Transfers, changes, and alienation of lots and graves (if ever advisable or necessary)
a) May be made only through the Board of Managers, with their consent and under their control
b) Cash refund for a released lot (or portion thereof) shall be determined by the Board of Managers in keeping with the original purchase price of said lot (exclusive of the original cost for perpetual care).
c) Exchanges of grave lots will be valued at the current grave cost (including the current cost of perpetual care) for the new grave site less the original grave cost (excluding the original perpetual care cost)
of the grave site being returned to the Cemetery.
16) It shall not be permitted to inter in a lot anyone not an immediate relative of the lot-holder
a) Lot-holder shall not receive compensation for an interment in his lot
b) No removal from a lot or single grave shall take place without the written consent of the Board of Managers
17) All work in the Cemetery must be done by the Superintendent under the direction of the Board of Managers
a) Responsible for sale of lots and perpetual care of said lots
b) Current prices are available from Board of Managers, St. Michael Parish website, or local funeral directors
19) Lot holders
a) Agree to accept, observe and abide by the Rules of the Cemetery now in effect
b) The right is reserved by the Board of Managers to modify these regulations whenever and inasmuch as it shall be deemed expedient or necessary
c) Any modifications shall have the same binding effect upon present and future lot-holders
d) Certain modifications as described in item (3) of the Rules and Regulations shall have a retroactive effective date
Compare Pricing – Effective February 1, 2018
In Ground Casket Burial vs. Columbarium Interment in Niche
IN MEMORY OF BABIES BORN INTO HEAVEN
BOARD OF MANAGERS
Father Adam Hertzfeld