St. Joseph Cemetery Rules and Regulations


Divine Grace Parish-St. Joseph Cemetery

Rules and Regulations


For the preservation and enhancement of St. Joseph Cemetery, the following rules should be respectfully observed:

1.        Only current or past members of St. Joseph parish are eligible to initially purchase cemetery lots in St. Joseph Cemetery.  A lot is a 4’ x 10’ piece of land. Descendants are eligible to purchase additional crematory or internment lots(s).  A maximum of two internments per cemetery lot will be allowed.  Lots can consist of one of the following:

  1.  One Casket
  2.  One Casket and one Crematory Urn
  3.  One Casket and one Baby Grave
  4.  One Crematory Urn or Baby Grave
  5.  Two Crematory Urns
  6.  One Crematory Urn and one Baby Grave

b.             All cemetery lots and subsequent crematory internment spots will be sold in a sequential order.  They will not be sold according to personal preferences for certain locations.

c.              Cremation urns and baby graves will be placed in front of an existing marker (if one is present) and will be buried with a minimum of 18 inches of topsoil.

2.            Due to the difficulty involved in cemetery maintenance, lots may not be fenced or bordered in any way.  Glass or cans are not allowed in the cemetery.  No trees or shrubs of any kind are to be planted on or around the gravesite.  Plants that grow for only one season (annuals), winter grave blankets, vigil lights, fresh cut or artificial flowers are allowed.  The parish reserves the right to remove any item not permitted or any item which may be deemed anti-Christian or anti-Catholic in nature.       

3.            A major spring and fall clean up to remove winter blankets and flowers will be done on March 1 and October 1 of each year.  If you wish to keep anything from the gravesite, please remove it before cleanup time

4.            Marker/Monuments

a.            Flat or slant markers are permitted only in the North, South, & East  sections of St. Joseph Cemetery   These are to be a maximum of 14 inches wide x 24 inches long x 22 inches high for a single marker, and 14 x 48 inches long x 22 inches high for a double marker (including the base)

Flat markers only will be allowed in the Tier Section, for all markers purchased after January 22, 2007.

Monuments are allowed on 8 lot purchases (16’ x 20’).  Monument lot owners of eight lots or more, who wish to have individual markers will also be required to have flat markers.  Markers are to be a maximum of 14 inches by 24 inches for a single marker, and 14 inches x 48 inches for a double marker.  Primary markers are to be at the head of the grave and secondary internment markers are at the foot of the grave.  The parish reserves the right to refuse delivery or remove any marker not in compliance.

b.            All markers/monuments must have a cement foundation installed by cemetery personnel only.  The cement foundation will extend two (2) inches beyond the edge of the grave marker/monument.  Cement foundation in the East Plot and Tier section will be six (6) inches below ground level to allow the marker to be flush with the ground level .  These standards allow for uniformity of markers, easier maintenance of grounds and to prolong the stability of the grave marker.  Cement foundations will not be poured until at least three months after internment to ensure the ground has had time to settle.  No footings will be poured after the first frost.

c.             A ground level government marker is permitted.  This marker is to be placed below the first marker.

d.            Cemetery markers or monuments, which are damaged, stolen, or vandalized, are not covered by St. Joseph Cemetery insurance.  Cemetery markers/monuments are considered personal property and should be covered by your personal homeowner’s insurance policy.

5.             All burials of adults, children and cremations require a vault.

6.             If you have any questions or concerns, please call Divine Grace Parish Office. (734) 654-2500.  Donations to the cemetery maintenance fund can be contributed.  Such donations are tax deductible under Internal Revenue Codes and greatly appreciated as many older burials did not include care funds.



Rules and regulations  were implemented January 22, 2007*.

Reviewed and updated: 4/21/10, 3/3/11