PROGRESS 2014: Roselawn Cemetery

Roselawn’s new mausoleum contains 180 cremation niches and 96 full-size crypts. The bronze back wall depicts a tranquil northwoods lake scene and is said to be the largest of its kind in the world.

Split Rock Garden is Roselawn’s newest cremation columbarium, with 312 niches located in two granite half-cylinders.

Roselawn Cemetery: dedicated to serving the community for over a century

Roselawn Cemetery
803 W. Larpenteur Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113

Spread out over 160 grassy acres and dotted with clusters of hardwoods, Roselawn Cemetery has provided the community with a beautiful final resting place for their loved ones and a place to remember them for over 110 years.

“We’re here to serve the community,” notes Roselawn Superintendent Larry Hudella. “We are non-profit and are run by lot owners.”

Not all cemeteries operate as nonprofits, and Hudella says the families he has worked with over the years appreciate Roselawn’s unwavering dedication to providing quality service. 

Since 1902, Roselawn has remained committed to working with families to see that their loved ones’ final wishes are fulfilled, generation after generation.

And, in a time when more and more families are choosing cremation over traditional burial, having options to suit each individual’s wishes has become more important than ever before. 

“Roselawn has more cremation options than other cemeteries in the area, with choices to fit just about any budget,” Hudella says.

Roselawn offers:

• Split Rock Garden, the cemetery’s newest columbarium, located near the historic Roselawn Chapel. Two separate granite half-cylinders invite visitors to walk around and between them. A limestone wall is the backdrop for a pond, gardens and a sculpture of two children playing near the fountain.

• in-ground or niche placement in the Garden of Remembrance, where a wall of inscribed niches is tucked into a serene, landscaped setting.

• ossuary placement, with a spiraling pathway leading visitors through granite memorials to a column for co-mingled ashes topped by a bronze sphere.

• placement in Roselawn’s mausoleum, where a bronze niche wall — said to be the largest in the world — depicts a serene lake scene from Minnesota’s northwoods.

The niche markers on the columbariums can be personalized with symbols that reflect an individual’s life.

In addition to the columbarium options, the garden-like cemetery has plots for traditional burials and interment of ashes in the ground as well.

At-ground and above-ground headstones for burial graves can also be customized with engraved images that were especially significant to a person’s life. Another popular option is a photo engraving of the departed loved one on the stone.

Roselawn’s ornate, turn-of-the century stone Chapel, designed by famed Twin Cities architect Cass Gilbert, is also available to lot owners free of charge. Whether someone chooses a traditional burial or one of the cemetery’s many cremation options, Hudella stresses the importance of memorialization to preserve the connection between generations in families and to simply be recorded.

“People have the peace of mind knowing generations to come will be able to visit their loved ones’ remains,” he added.

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