Mater Dolorosa Cemetery in South Hadley was started in 1934 by the church in Holyoke. It was formerly part of Notre Dame Cemetery.
stop 1 – Malanowski gravestone
This family had its first burial in this family plot in 1931. The Mater Dolorosa Cemetery was set out in 1934 and the boundary delineated at that point. Since this was the only gravestone points outwards in the cemetery, it would have pointed into the trees that formed the boundary. Look at that creative solution.
stop 2 – Ruszczyk military family
Joseph Ruszczyk (pictured herein) died in a plane crash in 1944 in the Pacific Ocean. Three of his brothers are buried here that also served in WW2.
stop 3 – priests circle – Some priests of the Conventual Franciscan Friars are buried in this small circle. Leonard Pakulski who is the 5th pastor of the church is buried in this circle.
stop 4 – old plots
From 1887 to 1906, most Polish of the region are buried in the Catholic cemetery nearest to their home. Starting in 1906 and lasting to 1934, the Polish of Holyoke are buried in Notre Dame Cemetery in this small lot. Since 1934 the northeast quadrant of Notre Dame Cemetery has been set aside for Mater Dolorosa Cemetery.