Fall Cemetery Clean-Up For All Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

Posted on July 7, 2021 by Jennifer Mele under All Cemeteries, Cemetery Clean-up Announcements, Clean ups and Decorations
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The Fall general clean-up for our cemeteries and lots will begin on Monday, November 1, 2021 at all Albany Diocesan Cemeteries. Lot owners are requested to remove any decorations they wish to save before Nov. 1.

Fresh cut flowers in an approved vase are always permitted provided they are in good condition. Also any new seasonal decoration may be left providing the decoration is in accordance with the current Cemetery Rules and Regulations. All other decorations will be removed during the cleanup. The cleanup of all cemeteries takes some time, and depending on weather and the number of burials, may take a week to complete. During the cleanups, cemetery staff removes and discards all items from graves.

Operations employees are instructed to leave any permitted seasonal decoration that appears to be newly placed. Of course, this is a judgment call for our staff, so it is better to wait until after the cleanup to place decorations. Items placed in violation of cemetery rules and regulations or in disrepair may be removed and discarded at any time.

Read more information regarding decoration regulations in Albany Diocesan Cemeteries.

Thank you for helping to keep our cemeteries beautiful!


Annual clean-up dates start on or around:
Jan. 15
Apr. 1
Nov. 1

4 thoughts on “Fall Cemetery Clean-Up For All Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

  1. Elaine Neiss says:

    Our gravestone has attached vases on either side. We put seasonal silk flowers in those. Are they discarded during cleanup? And if so why? They do not hinder lawn maintenance.

    1. Jennifer Mele says:

      If they are winter flowers (seasonal) in good shape, then they will not be removed.

  2. Elton Vandermark says:

    I would like to know how i am supposed to get i to St.Mary’s Cemetery in Coxsackie on the January 15 date to remove items fkr they do not get removed or trashed from .y daughters grave site when it is snowed plowed and i can not park on Route 385 due to heavy traffic, but i don’t want the items to be removed. Please call me for a reply your office has my phone number.

    1. Jennifer Mele says:

      Mr. Vandermark,
      If there is heavy snow, we will not be removing items until it is safe to get into the cemetery. If you would like to call our office around January 15th, we would be happy to provide you with more specific information as to when the clean-up will be for St. Mary’s Coxsackie. (518) 463-0134.
      May peace and blessings be with you.

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