Calvary Cemetery

tour points map of Calvary Cemetery

stop 1 – Priests’ Circle

Priests’ Circle

Three churches in Holyoke are served by this cemetery. Read on this web page about the history of each of those churches. The churches are Sacred Heart Church, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, and Blessed Sacrament Church. Four priest are buried in this circle. In the back is Michael Howard who was the first priest of Rosary Church. He was at first buried in the churchyard of the Rosary Church. In 1974 when the church and campus was taken down, he was disinterred and reinterred at this location.

stop 2 – William Davitt

William Davitt memorial

William Davitt was a chaplain in the American military in World War One. He died on the last day of the battle – November 11, 1918. His memorial is on the front of the stone but check out the back of the stone since his family is buried here.

stop 3 – Chapel area

Delaney gravestone

The building to the south is a chapel for the cemetery. Across the way is the large gravestone for the Delaney family. James Delaney was a stone mason in Holyoke for many decades. He started his own business. He built many structures including the large dam for the Whiting Street Reservoir.

stop 4 – Thomas Browne gravestone

Simon Browne gravestone

Simon Browne died in 1877 in Holyoke. This cemetery started in 1881. Thus this might be a cenotaph for him since he is perhaps buried in Saint Jerome Cemetery. Other members of his family that died afterwards are buried here.

stop 5 – Andrew Jackson Dibble gravestone

A J Dibble gravestone

A J Dibble is buried in this cemetery. He lived with his family at the southernmost end of Ashley Pond for many years. He moved to Westfield at some point. One of his sons died very young and was buried here. Even though the family moved to Westfield, they area still all buried here. The reason might be the the Saint Jerome Society of Holyoke sponsored grave plots and stones. Thus there is no potters fields in the Catholic cemeteries of Holyoke. The Society funded all paupers graves.

stop 6 – Calvary Cemetery gate

Foley dedication at the gate

The parents of one of the priests of Sacred Heart Church are honored at the gate of his cemetery. William Foley in 1882 and Hanora Foley in 1904 were buried in Saint Thomas Cemetery in West Springfield. Their son paid for this gate as a memorial to them.