St. Joseph Cemetery
History & Facilities
St. Joseph Cemetery in Monroe, Michigan has been in continuous operation since about 1801, to service the Catholic German, French, Italian and Irish settlers in the area. For many years, it was administered by the three, later four Catholic parishes of Monroe (St. John the Baptist, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, and later St. Joseph Churches). It is steeped in the early history of the region and many revered pioneers rest here. The cemetery is now administered through the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit.
Many priests are interred here such as Fr. Hugo Noetzel, Fr. Edmund Perrin, Fr. Daniel Fraser and others. A U.S. Congressman from Michigan also resides here, Congressman John Camillus Lehr, who served Michigan in the U.S. Congress from 1933 to 1935.
Also adjacent to St. Joseph’s Cemetery is the Congregation Cemetery for the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, or the I.H.M. Sisters. Their burial ground is known as St. Mary Cemetery. This religious order was co-founded by Father Louis Gillet (1813-1892), a Redemptorist Father in 1845. Fr. Gillet passed away in 1892 in France and his remains were later brought back in 1929 for entombment in the Father Gillet Memorial Chapel at St. Mary Cemetery. Many members of the I.H.M. Order are also interred in St. Mary Cemetery.
Many War Veterans are also interred in St. Joseph Cemetery, some preceding the Civil War Period.
In strolling through these grounds, a person can experience peace and tranquility in this major historical area of Michigan.
- Two Indoor Mausoleums
- Niches available with glass or marble fronts
- Outdoor Garden Mausoleums
- Family estates available with a variety of options
- Flush and upright granite memorials
- Bench memorials