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Calvary Catholic Cemetery

Records show that on February 18, 1881, a half acre of land was purchased for Calvary Cemetery (Catholic side) from Mr. Wm. M. Blue, a local landowner.

In 1902 a steel cross was purchased for the center of the cemetery. It stood in the cemetery for 102 years, until April 14, 2004, when it was discovered lying on the ground, shattered into many pieces.

A search began to find a replacement for the cross. Several bids were received, and on June 22, 2004, Father Chris Comerford chose to order a granite cross from a company in Wisconsin. The cross was hand carved overseas and through modern technology, via the internet, the parish members were able to see the different stages of carving. The finished cross was shipped by boat the end of January and it arrived in California, where it was put on a train and shipped to Wisconsin, for its final journey to Nokomis.

In preparation for the installation, Russ Foster of 4-J Concrete in Nokomis, was hired to put in the massive foundation required to support the weight and size of the cross.

Adams Memorial of Charleston installed the granite cross during holy week 2005. It weighs approximately 5,000 pounds. Tom Hoffman loaned the use of his big crane from Hoffman Machine Shop to set it in place.

On Memorial Day, May 30, 2005 the beautiful new cross received a blessing during Mass from Father Comerford with many parish members in attendance.

Taken from: Nokomis Sesquicentennial 1856-2006
Provided By: Marjorie Bailey


 Calvary Catholic Cemetery Location

U.S. Geological Survey:
Latitude: 39.29769
USGS Feature # 1953450
Longitude: -89.27179
USGS Link: View Feature
Township Location:
More Information:
Section: 23
Description: SE 1/4 of NE 1/4
Active? Yes
Cemetery # 10-02-03 
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Photo Provided By: Jeff Dunn
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