In 1859, Montrose Township purchased three acres of land from John Berry to create a cemetery. In August of 1859, John Pickett Slade, a War of 1812 veteran, was the first person to be laid to rest in the newly hallowed ground. Early township settlers and residents are among the more than 5,ooo people who are interred.
The cemetery has expanded in size and has had a few additions over the years. The Methodist Protestant Church purchased adjacent land to build the “Church on the Hill” in 1893. Wyman and Edith Jennings donated the small chapel to the Township in 1988. Gerald and Helen Flynn gave the Township the land on which the chapel was built.
On nice days, folks can be seen wandering the older section of the cemetery admiring the beauty and artwork of early tombstones or simply paying respect to the settlers of Montrose Township.
In 2017, the Montrose Township Cemetery was recognized as a Historic Site by the Michigan Historical Commission. Marker #L2304.
Maynard Reed serves as the Township Cemetery Sexton and Building and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor. His department handles cemetery needs, preparation of graves and headstone foundations. In addition he oversees all mowing, weeding, trimming and snow-plowing at the police and fire departments, cemetery, senior center and the Township Park. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpful Cemetery Information
Montrose Township residents and non-residents can purchase grave plots in the Montrose Township Cemetery.
Church Rental Agreement
Montrose Township Residents
Montrose Township Cemetery Opening & Closing Burial Fees
Montrose Township Cemetery Opening & Closing Cremation Fees
Stillborn, infant or child burial fees shall be the same as cremation fees.
Find-A-Grave in the Montrose Cemetery at: www.findagrave.com/cemetery/1093
Montrose Township Cemetery requires a cement foundation underneath every headstone or monument. Montrose Township Cemetery officials install a cement foundation for every headstone or monument. The purpose of a foundation is to help ensure the headstone or monument remains secure. The foundation also protects the headstone or monument from being damaged by lawn care equipment.
A foundation fee of $.35 per square inch shall be paid at the Montrose Township Office, 11444 N. Seymour Road, before headstone installation. A foundation order form must be filled out at the Montrose Township Office. All foundation fees shall be paid before installation.
Montrose Township Cemetery does not install headstones or monuments. Be sure to make arrangements for headstone installation before the headstone is delivered to Montrose Township Cemetery. Cemetery officials cannot accept delivery of headstones, since they do not provide installation services.