3 1/2 miles east of Bellwood - Rural Bellwood
On April 23, 1878, John and Mary Sprunk donated forty acres of farm land to be used for a cemetery for St. Mary's Catholic congregation of Platte Valley.
The cemetery is now used by the parishes of St. Peter's Catholic Church, located in the town of Bellwood, and Presentation Catholic Church of Luxemburg, approx. 5 miles east of Bellwood.
The two parishes have cooperated as equals in ownership and control, also in the use and maintenance of the cemetery which has had a main gate arch with the words "Catholic Cemetery" at its entrance for years.
Necessity required the enlargement of the cemetery and on May 22, 1907, an addition was acquired from Mr. and Mrs. Fred Henggeler. This was approximately 400 foot square and for the exclusive use of the cemetery for St. Peter's Church and Presentation Church of Luxemburg.
On May 17, 1935, the name of the cemetery was changed from St. Mary's and St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery to the Catholic Cemetery of Presentation Church and St. Peter's Church.
The first burials recorded in the cemetery records are in 1874, namely Theo Meysenburg and the two infants, Jacob and Margaret Demut.
(SOURCE/DOCUMENTATION: Above history was abstracted from a centennial history book of Bellwood, Nebraska. Robert M. Bell, Chairman, History Book Committee. c1980
GPS Coordinates: 41.3369, -97.1683
- Added: 12 Sep 2004
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #1992756
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