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Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo celebrate Mother’s Day
Friday, April 29, 2016 by Kevin Keenan

Visitors to Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo are encouraged to share their thoughts and remembrances of their mothers by signing banners which are mounted near entrances to six cemeteries, with the words, “Happy Mother’s Day.” 

“Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year at all of our cemeteries,” said Carmen Colao, diocesan director of Catholic Cemeteries.  “We’re always impressed with the thoughtful tributes that our families share about their mothers who have been laid to rest in our cemeteries.”

St. Adalbert Cemetery Spring Open House
Sunday, April 24, 2016 by Kevin Keenan

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Monday, April 18, 2016 by Kevin Keenan
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St. John Paul II statue installed at St. Adalbert Cemetery
Monday, February 01, 2016 by Kevin Keenan

Tom Koch (left) and Mike Koch of Stone Art Memorial install a statue of St. John Paul II atop a new columbarium in the new St. John Paul II Burial Garden at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Lancaster.  Located in the center of the cemetery on the northern shore of a beautiful pond, the burial garden will eventually feature more than 1,000 graves with both monument and flush marker options.  

Cremation garden developed at Queen of Heaven Cemetery
Sunday, January 03, 2016 by Kevin Keenan

The new Queen of Angels Cremation Garden saw its first interment Dec.15, at Queen of Heaven Cemetery on Tonawanda Creek Road in the Town of Lockport.  A statue of the Blessed Mother flanked by two trumpeting angels is the focal point of the new garden.  It is located in the narrow central mall area near the entrance to the cemetery.  The two double sided niche walls with 192 spaces for the placement of cremated remains complement this feature area.  The cremation garden also features monument and flush memorial cremation plots as well as memorial cremation benches.  This addition further expands the burial options at the cemetery that serves Catholic families living in Southern Niagara and Northern Erie Counties.

Hope after heartache
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Kevin Keenan
Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lockport - Honoring the Blessed Mother
Friday, November 13, 2015 by Kevin Keenan

Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo director Carmen Colao on WLVL Radio:

Catholic Cemeteries honor military veterans

Monday, November 09, 2015 by Kevin Keenan

Jim Janusz, Catholic Cemeteries Family Service counselor and U.S. Army veteran, stands on the Veterans Plaza at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

As the nation pauses this month to honor our military veterans on Nov. 11, Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo is doing its part through the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore and the THANK A VET program.


On the plaza, flags representing every branch of service fly along side the Stars and Stripes, with a granite memorial bearing the names of deceased veterans guarded over by a state of St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of the military.  

Cremated remains interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery
Thursday, November 05, 2015 by Kevin Keenan

Msgr. Francis Weldgen, Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo board member, presided at a committal service for 308 unclaimed cremated remains at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore on Nov. 4.  The cremated remains had been held at area funeral homes, some for more than 50 years.  They have been catalogued in the event that family members make an inquiry.

The idea for the committal service came from Msgr. Weldgen.

“I hope the word goes out that the Catholic Cemeteries of the diocese is doing this. Others might be inspired to take proper care of the bodies of deceased loved ones, whether they be cremated or not,” he said.

More than 300 cremated remains interred at Holy Cross Cemetery
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Richard J. Malone marked the Feast of All Souls by presiding at a committal service for unclaimed cremated remains at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna.  The service was held on Monday, Nov. 2, outside Holy Trinity Mausoleum.  More than 300 cremated remains were interred in an exterior crypt with the inscription, “Eternal Rest Grant unto Them O Lord.”

The cremated remains have been held at area funeral homes for as long as 50 years in some cases.  The cremated remains will be catalogued in the event that family members make an inquiry.

Three new features planned for Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 by Kevin Keenan

New burial opportunities will soon be available at Queen of Heaven Cemetery (Lockport), St. Adalbert Cemetery (Lancaster) and Holy Cross Cemetery (Lackawanna).


“These new features will provide our families with additional options as they look for ways to remember and honor their loved ones with a Catholic burial” said Carmen Colao, diocesan director of Catholic Cemeteries.


Family roots run deep at Holy Cross Cemetery
Monday, June 29, 2015 by Kevin Keenan

Lynn Dziak is the receptionist at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna, the largest of the six Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo.  She has a strong interest in genealogy and when time permits, and for the past 15 years, she has assisted people who want to learn more about their family history.  She talked to the Western New York Catholic about genealogy questions she answers on a routine basis.

Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna


How did you get interested in genealogy?

I grew up knowing that my maternal grandmother was born in England but was of Irish descent.  I wanted to find out more about her.  What started out as a search for her past evolved into searching for all of my grandparents and their ancestors as well.  When my older son left for college in 1997, I used it as a way to cope with missing him. 


Why do you think people are so interested in genealogy? 

It connects us to our past.  It helps explain some of the family stories we grew up hearing and maybe shine a light on why some of the family made the decisions they made. It gives us knowledge about our ethnic background.  


Love story
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 by Kevin Keenan

The DiPaolo Family

Ilio DiPaolo was known as a gentle giant.  He may have been on his own when he competed as a world class professional wrestler, but at his landmark restaurant on South Park Avenue in Blasdell, it was teamwork that that put Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant & Banquet Facility on the map.


Known for its excellent Italian cuisine and welcoming atmosphere, Ilio DiPaolo’s showcases an amazing array of memorabilia from his wrestling career, as well as countless autographed photographs from some of Buffalo’s best known professional athletes.  It has also been a regular gathering spot for members of the Buffalo Bills and their families.

Twenty years following his untimely passing, the DiPaolo team is still together, with Ilio’s his wife, Ethel, daughter Barbara, and sons, Dennis and Michael, carrying on the legacy of a man who was larger than life.