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Holy Cross Cemetery
Menlo Park, San Mateo County, California

1800 Santa Cruz Ave
Menlo Park CA
650-323-6375

Lat: 37° 26' 03"N, Lon: 122° 11' 51"W

Contributed by Fred Kemmerle, Jan 18, 2004, last edited Apr 11, 2005 [fwk12000@yahoo.com]Total records = 3,839.

The cemetery is on the 1800 block of Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park CA.

The cemetery office is at Saint Raymond Catholic Church, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Tel: 650-323-6375

Holy Cross cemetery was established in 1875 and is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The cemetery is divided into two sections, new and old and is still in use.

The new section (20%) is in excellent condition. The old section (80%) is in fair to poor condition with broken monuments and markers, missing grave markers, headstones that have fallen off their pedestals onto the ground and grave markers that are half-buried in the dirt. Many markers are covered with leaves that have been allowed to accumulate over the years. There are also many wood crosses, no longer legible.

This cemetery also has the graves of 24 individuals who were buried nearby at Saint Denis cemetery (in use between 1853 and 1890). This neglected cemetery was located near Sand Hill Rd. in Menlo Park. Only 24 sets of remains, out of an alleged 174 gravesites were exhumed and reinterred at Holy Cross cemetery in 1953.

This record was compiled from all existing and legible grave markers, from my visits between Nov 2003 and Apr 2004.

- Fred Kemmerle

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