What you should know about grave settling

Maintaining graves is a very important task for our staff.  Some common questions we hear involve how long it takes for a grave to settle, what the process entails, and when grass will be planted. Keep reading to learn more.

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What is grave settling?  Grave settling is the process of the earth (soil, clay, etc.) surrounding the burial readjusting.

How long does is take a grave to settle?  The duration of time it takes for a grave to settle varies greatly on the season, type of burial, and other external factors. However, on average its takes about a year for a grave to fully settle.

 What is the process of leveling a grave?  Directly after the burial, the vault is surrounded by filler. While many cemeteries use only soil, we use fill sand to the top of the vault and then soil from the vault to the top of the grave.  Sand is much more durable against water and therefore speeds and assists in the settling process.  As the grave settles throughout the year, additional soil is added.

 When will grass be planted?  Grass will be planted on a grave before the grave has settled completely.  Typically, the first seed application will occur within a few months of the burial, depending on the season.  As the grave continues to settle throughout the year, more soil and seed are applied until the grave is level and the grass has grown in fully.  Please keep in mind that grass seed cannot be planted during summer and winter months as the seeds will not germinate.  We understand that leveling and seeding can cause distress to a family and we ask for your patience during the process.

 When can a memorial or monument be placed?  This answer varies depending on the individual situation.  Many memorials can be set soon after the burial, weather permitting.  The type of memorial (flush or above ground) will also affect how quickly it can be placed on a grave. It is also important to consider the production time of the memorial and if a poured cement foundation is required. Generally, memorials are not able to be set during late fall through early spring.

Edited by Joe Marques


Gene Carroll: A local talent legend

Home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Playhouse Square, and Lebron James; Cleveland is no stranger to talent. Many notable entertainers, athletes, and professionals have found success in Cleveland, and Gene Carroll is no exception. Best known for his television program, “The Gene Carroll Show,” this talented performer was a household name throughout the 1950-70’s but very few people know his full story. Keep reading to learn more!

Carroll was born on April 13, 1897 in Chicago, IL. It seemed like Carroll was drawn to the stage and public eye at a young age, as he first started acting when he was a mere 5 years old in a production of “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.” This seemed to spark a deep desire to perform, and resulted in Carroll dropping out of high school to pursue a career in variety shows. After a few brief stints, Carroll ended up working at a radio station, where he met the man who would become his business partner– Glenn Rowell. Carroll and Rowell, along with Ford Rush, built a very successful radio show. However, Rush left the show in 1929, which was when Carroll and Rowell (then dubbed Gene and Glenn) relocated to Cleveland after receiving an offer to triple their salary.


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Carroll next to his creative partner, Glenn Rowell


Working at WTAM in Cleveland, Gene and Glenn garnered a huge audience, and were often featured on the NBC Radio Network. It’s reported that the two received upwards of 40,000 pieces of fan mail a day, and broke several box office records at the Palace Theater in Cleveland. The two had their fair share of success at a few other national radio stations before Rowell decided to leave in 1943 in order to assist in the efforts of World War II.

It was after Rowell decided to leave the act that Carroll accepted the role of “Lena, the maid” on the “Fibber McGee and Molly” program on NBC. After playing this role for a few years, Carroll decided to move back to Cleveland and start a talent school. This talent school was the building block for the show that would eventually give Gene Carroll his major source of fame: The Gene Carroll Show. Carroll’s talent school became very popular, and Carroll eventually began to showcase some of his students on his show “Giant Tiger Amateur Hour”– later renamed “The Gene Carroll Show.” Airing on Sunday afternoons, the show became an instant hit, featuring several national and local stars.

Carroll passed away in March, 1972. Be is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland, OH. Carroll is a testimony to the talent Cleveland has nurtured and produced throughout the years, and his dedication to the influence of music and the arts on young people is truly admirable.


Post written by Katie Karpinski



A Life Worth Remembering

Every Life Is Worth Remembering

Some people keep a loved one’s cremated remains in their personal possession; others scatter them in their own yard, at sea or some other place. Wherever the remains go initially, the decision NOT to commit them to a permanent burial location can have many unintended and far-reaching effects over the years and for generations to come. Before you make an irreversible decision, please consider the impact this decision may have on your life and the lives of others – some of whom have not yet been born.

When the decision is made to not provide a permanent burial site for a loved one, the consequences can be far reaching. Oftentimes a single family member takes possession of the cremains and others can be excluded. If the decision is made to scatter the cremains, many family members and friends may never know where the scattering took place. Finally, future generations may inquire about the deceased, and no one will remember where the remains are.

Our loved ones deserve the dignity and respect of a permanent burial site. A permanent burial site offers a family many benefits. All friends and family members have a special place to visit and remember and to place flowers on special occasions. Visitation may take place at a cemetery, a location that will exist for eternity. Family and friends may freely visit a cemetery at a time convenient for them. Finally, a permanent burial site in a cemetery ensures a permanent record of a loved one’s life through grave markers, monuments, and the record keeping of the cemetery.

At Catholic Cemeteries we believe every life should be remembered. In addition to traditional gravesites, our cemeteries have above-ground burial sites and special burial areas such as columbariums. A permanent burial site can be easily affordable and provides so much forever.

Why Do Catholic Cemeteries Exist?

The simple answer is Catholic Cemeteries exist for the burial of Catholics; however, they exist for so many more reasons than this.  Catholic Cemeteries are for the burial of the faithful.  They provide a final resting place for those baptized into the Catholic faith.  As Catholics we are taught and believe in the dignified burial of the dead.  We are also taught and believe it is important to pray for the dead and care for those who mourn.  The Catholic Cemeteries are places of remembering, healing, and prayer.  They are also places where the meaning of life and death is expressed in symbolism and action.  For-profit cemeteries exist for many different reasons but the Catholic Cemeteries exists as a ministry and an extension of your parish life.

For more information about the Catholic Cemeteries Association, Diocese of Cleveland visit www.clevelandcatholiccemeteries.org.

Myths & Realities: All Cemeteries Provide Prayers for the Deceased

Another popular myth often heard is “all cemeteries provide prayers for the deceased buried there.”

The reality is secular cemeteries may permit individual religious services at the time of burial.

However, a unique feature of Catholic cemeteries is that, in addition to the graveside service at burial, Mass is offered regularly for those buried in our Catholic cemeteries. Mass is also celebrated at most Catholic cemeteries on Memorial Day, Cemetery Sunday (the first Sunday in November) in conjunction with the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, and for other special occasions throughout the year. The Bishops and some of the priests closely associated with the Catholic Cemeteries Association are the celebrants of these special Masses.

In addition to the Masses offered regularly at our cemeteries, the Rosary is prayed several times each month at our cemeteries. This beautiful and traditional prayer is truly an uplifting experience that offers peace and healing to those who are grieving. Finally, our cemeteries offer monthly prayer services where prayer and reflection continue the healing process.

For more information visit www.clevelandcatholiccemeteries.org.