St. Mary Cemetery Association

Revised Regulations and Prohibitions


St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery

Colby, Wisconsin


The Catholic cemetery is a familiar place in which we visit the graves of our deceased loved ones to pray for their eternal rest and find in their burial places a sign of faith and hope.

Like a church, it is a religious place and should be considered a sacred spot reflected in the respectful care of the grounds according to the Teachings of the Catholic faith, in accordance to the Diocese of La Crosse and civil law.


All the interments and removals are subject to the Canon Law of the Catholic Church, the rules and regulations of the Diocese of La Crosse, The State of Wisconsin, plus the rules and regulations of this cemetery.

No workmen other than employees other than those contracted by the cemetery association will be permitted to work in the cemetery without prior approval of the pastor and the association.

Grave holders purchase burial rights in said grave. Title of land remains vested in the name of the cemetery.

Regular burials must be in a vault; construction may be of metal or concrete.

With regard to all transfers, even if made among members of the same family, the sexton or secretary must be notified of that transfer so that records are up to date.

Care of lots in no way includes care of monuments or markers.

No recreational vehicles of any kind are allowed.



Monuments or markers may not be installed on a grave until the grave purchase price is paid in full.

All memorials shall be of the following material: granite, marble or bronze.

All monuments shall be erected on a concrete foundation provided by the monument company at the expense of the grave owner.

All monument work, including placement and removal of memorials and inscriptions is the expense of the owner.

All graves shall be maintained level with the established grade and shall be grassed over.

All flowers/decorations must be affixed to the monument or foundation. No decorations in or on the ground.

Flags, article flowers, etc. may be mounted on monument foundations and bases from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Emblems for organizations are to be installed at the time the markers footings are poured. Veteran emblems of the type that is level with the ground only may be centered immediately in front of the monument or grave marker.

Other decorative objects not specified above are not permitted inasmuch as they are apt to conflict with the beauty and appearance established for the cemetery. Objects in violation of these regulations shall be removed at once and without notice.



Due to maintenance problems and appearance:

Fences, hedges, edging, curbing and other enclosures around or within graves are not permitted. They create a cluttered appearance and add to the cost of maintenance and labor.

Planting of trees, shrubs, or plants (annuals or perennials) are not permitted.

Cement, iron, wood, glass, plastic, and similar objects of a temporary nature including solar lights are prohibited because of their unsuitable appearance and susceptibility to damage. Objects in violation of the prohibitions shall be removed without notice or liability on the part of the cemetery.

All cans, bottles, beverages, glass of any kind are not allowed.


Please Note:

As stated on page 16 in The Elements of Rules and Regulations for Catholic Cemeteries:

“The cemetery and the Cemetery Authorities reserve the right at any time and from time to time

to change, amend, alter, repeal, rescind or add to these rules and regulations or any part

thereof, or to adopt any new rule or regulation with respect to it cemeteries or anything

pertaining thereto, all without prior notice thereto.”