Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to ALL!
-All Christmas decorations will be removed during the second week in January ( weather permitting).
-Please retrieve anything you wish to preserve before that time. In grave sections please limit your decorations, per grave, to a 2' X 2' area at the base of your monument.
-Full grave blankets are not allowed on graves.
-Please be advised that attaching wreaths or other items to your monument may cause damage.
-As space is limited in community mausoleums please limit your Christmas remembrance.
-No decorations can be attached to crypt/niche covers.
Cemetery offices close early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Please plan your office visit early on those days.
Cemetery offices are closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
May the radiant smile of the baby Jesus give you peace and happiness at this special time and throughout the New Year.
Please contact our office to convert to Perpetual Care!
Gate of Heaven — 914-769-3672
The land for Gate of Heaven Cemetery was purchased by the Trustees of St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1916 and an initial Gothic design replicating Saint Patrick's Cathedral was accepted for the property; cemetery development began immediately. Development was sufficient for John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York, to consecrate this cemetery on July 14, 1918.
Over the course of its existence, Gate of Heaven Cemetery has interred over 190,000 Catholics and members of their families in graves, private family and community mausoleum crypts, and cremation niches located within the community mausoleum complexes. Today the cemetery averages over 2,200 interment services each year.
Significant features in Gate of Heaven Cemetery include upper entrance gates, the "Stained Glass Window" area, i.e. Sections 7 thru 13, the Stations of the Cross in Section 45, and the Guardian Angel shrine watching over the graves of infants and children in Section 45.
Among notable Catholics buried or entombed in Gate of Heaven Cemetery are:
- George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Baseball Player — Section 25
- Jimmy Walker, Mayor of New York City — Section 41
- James Cagney, Actor — St. Francis Mausoleum
- Anna Held, Actress — Section 42
- Dorothy Kilgallen, Journalist/Television Personality — Section 23
Sixty acres of the cemetery remain to be developed to accommodate the burial, entombment and inurnment needs of Catholics and members of their families throughout the greater New York area.
For our families in need, we now accept these major credit cards: