Cemetery dedicates Catholic section

Published on Friday, 22 August 2014 22:53 - Written by Emily Guevara eguevara@tylerpaper.com

Rose Lawn Cemetery in Tyler recently dedicated a Catholic section on its 30-acre site in south Tyler.

Bishop Joseph Strickland blessed the section, which is called Ascension Garden and includes a granite cross and garden.

“We’ve never had this in Tyler and people are interested,” Cemetery President and part-owner Danny Saleh said.

Established in 2005, Rose Lawn Cemetery is one of a handful of perpetual care cemeteries in Tyler.

This means a state fund has been set aside and a portion of all burial space sales go to that fund.

In the event that the cemetery sells out of all burial spaces and has no income, the state will dole out the money from the cemetery’s fund to keep up the grounds and any mausoleums.

Only about five of the cemetery’s 30 acres are developed. Saleh said he and the four other owners started the Catholic section last year.

The section offers people a sense of community even in their death, he said. Cemeteries, in general, have other sections catering to veterans, Jews, fraternal orders, etc.