God's Acre Cemetery
God's Acre is the cemetery for Immaculate Conception (St Mary) Parish and is located in Burlington, Wisconsin.
Within the cemetery boundaries lies the remains of many of our former pastors, School Sisters of Notre Dame, family members, friends, and former parish members. So, many good people that have done so many good things for our parish and our community.
The deep pride we take in our cemetery is seen from the moment one approaches the cemetery. For along the whole length of the W. State Street side of the cemetery is an impressive iron and stone fence. Upon entering God's Acre from State Street, some of the very old tombstones and resting places can be seen that date back as far as 1846. View History | Photos
In the middle of the cemetery, is a small but impressive brick chapel, which was built in honor of Fr. Wisbauer -- our first pastor and he also guided our parish for over 40 years. The chapel was built over his grave in 1889. Here also is the resting place of our second pastor, F. Jacobs.
Beyond the chapel is a circle drive that is called priest circle and is a dedicated place for our former pastors. Here can be found the graves of Msgr. Kersting, Very Rev. Van Treeck, and Msgr. Heim. Fr. Bertram is also buried in our cemetery, though at his request, he is surrounded by his fellow deceased parish members.
The operation and maintenance of the cemetery are under the care of the parish Cemetery Advisory Committee. Records are maintained by the Parish office. For more information about burial sites, rules and regulations, or to address any other concerns you might have, please contact our parish office.
Columbarium Project Status
What is a columbarium? A cabinet with many niches that hold cremated remains.
The cemetery board surveyed the parish in the spring of 2019. Of the 120 respondents, just over 50% were “interested” to “very interested” in purchasing a niche.
Recently we have a few inquiries about the status. Therefore, we thought it was time for an update.
The board has been gathering information to create a columbarium garden in the cemetery. At this point we have costs and plans on cabinets, foundations, landscaping and funding, with a goal to construct next spring. The next steps are to have the cemetery board approve the full project plan, present the plan to the Archdiocese Building Commission in mid-October, then get final approval from the archbishop.
If you have any questions or would be interested in making a donation to the project, please contact the rectory.
Thank you, The Cemetery Board