Grand Opening and Dedication of the New Community Mausoleum- Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery

Posted on August 29, 2017 by Jennifer Mele under Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Special Event
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Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America Mausoleum rendering

Please join Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger on Thursday, November 30th, 10:30am for the Grand Opening and Dedication of the new Community Mausoleum – Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna, NY.

The Bishop will dedicate the new mausoleum, followed by a light snack reception and tours. RSVP’s are appreciated, but not necessary.

The Adirondack themed mausoleum visible from Troy Rd (Rte. 7) was designed by Karl Griffith of Griffith Dardanelli Architects PC of Schenectady, and is reminiscent of the style of famed local architect and conservationist Paul Schaefer. Born in September of 1908, Schaefer was raised along the Mohawk River in Schenectady. He died in 1996 at the age of 87 and was well known for designing rustic buildings that blend well with the natural environment. Paul designed and built several hundred homes in the Schenectady area, including his own a stone structure at 897 St. David’s Lane which is now owned by Union College. Schaefer was recognized in 1998 by Audubon magazine as one of the nation’s 100 top conservationists of the twentieth century.

The mausoleum’s feature accent wall is a breathtaking 16’ x 18’ stained glass window depicting the Tree of Life with the Risen Christ, created by Conrad Pickel Studio, Inc. of Florida. It was designed to achieve a dignified beautiful atmosphere and to harmonize with the architecture. The company has created stained glass works for many of the finest churches, cathedrals and cemeteries. One commission, the Resurrection Mausoleum in Chicago, IL, is the world’s largest stained glass window according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Pickel Studio also created two 4′ x 8′ Italian mosaics of Mary:  The Patroness of America (left), and The Immaculate Heart of Mary.   In a tribute to our Adirondack martyrs, Hudson Valley iconographer and artist Christine Simoneau Hales created two 4′ x 8′ panels of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Isaac Jogues. All four features are centered above gorgeous wooden mantlepieces with scriptural passages, designed and carved by local artist Jim Lewis.

This new mausoleum includes more of the preferred side by side configurations, with a limited number of crypts located along side and behind the mosaics and the icons.  It also features companion and glass front niches for cremation options.  In total, Mary Immaculate contains 992 crypt spaces and 704 niche spaces.

The mausoleum was built by Coldspring Memorial of Coldspring, Minnesota.

Please contact (518) 374-5319 or for more information or to RSVP for the Dedication and Grand Opening Celebration.

To discuss crypt or niche availability, pre-need options or arrangements, marker or monument design or other services please contact us: (518) 374-5319   or

Click here to view photos of the construction process and artwork.

One Response to Grand Opening and Dedication of the New Community Mausoleum- Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery

  1. Jennifer Mele says:

    The lights are not supposed to be left on all night. I have looked into this and the staff have been notified that the lights should be turned off at a reasonable time each evening.

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