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Sewickley Cemetery, Sewickley, Pennsylvania consisting of eighty (80) acres and some additional land which was received by gift, was organized in 1859 by a special act of the Pennsylvania State Legislature as a non-profit corporation.

The term “Holder” as used in the following rules and regulations shall refer to the holder of an Easement and License for burial.

Competent people are employed by the Cemetery for planting and care of lots and graves, this work being done at reasonable prices. Holders are invited to get an estimate on this work.

The Board of Managers
The Corporators, of whom there are not more than forty, are elected from the Holders of interment rights in the Cemetery and from the community. The Board of Managers is a committee of seven, elected by the Corporators from among their number. All serve without remuneration. The Cemetery is a non-profit corporation without stock or shares.

All Holders are urged to consider an endowment, the only sure method of special care for the upkeep of the Cemetery. An endowment is a sum of money placed with the Sewickley Cemetery for special permanent care and maintenance.  Endowment care may include maintenance, the planting and care of flowers, trees, shrubs or plants: the placing of floral decorations at Easter, Memorial Day, Christmas, or at any other date requested; the reseeding of lawns and special care of the lot and any other service agreed upon by the Holder and Cemetery.

For the protection of all Holders and your Cemetery, you should file all requests in writing at the Cemetery Office.

I. General Rules

1. Every interment right in the Sewickley Cemetery is held subject to the provisions contained in an Act of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, approved April 11, 1859, entitled “An Act to Incorporate the Sewickley Cemetery of Allegheny County.” And the amendments thereto, and also subject to the Rules and Regulations which may from time to time be adopted for the government of said Cemetery. The reasonable rules and regulations which follow are those now in effect. The following rules and regulations are equally and uniformly applied to all Holders.

2. No interment space shall be used for any purpose other than as a place of burial for the human dead.

3. The name and address of every Holder shall be on record in the Cemetery Office, and in the event of a change of residence the Secretary should be advised immediately of the new address. The Cemetery records shall be sufficient warrant to Management in all matters regarding ownership.

4. Upon the decease of a Holder, his heirs or devisees should immediately file their claim and address with the Secretary in writing. Should the deceased Holder have left the interment space by will to some designated person, a certified copy of the will shall be submitted to the office, so that the transfer may be recorded in the Cemetery books.

5. The Cemetery shall not be responsible for any order given by telephone or for any error occurring in the absence of written, precise and proper instructions delivered by the Holder to the Cemetery office.

6. No person shall drive in any part of the grounds, except upon the main roads. The speed of automobiles shall not exceed 20 miles per hour.

7. Children under 15 years are not allowed in the Cemetery unless accompanied by parents or guardians.

8. No advertising of any nature or solicitation of business will be permitted within the Cemetery except by Cemetery employees.

9. Horseback riding, or riding a bicycle or motorcycle in the Cemetery, is forbidden.

10. No persons or parties having refreshments shall be permitted within the Cemetery, neither shall eating or picnics be allowed on the grounds.

11. Dogs are not permitted within the cemetery except on leash. Owners must clean up after their pets. Hunting is forbidden.

12. All persons are prohibited from writing upon, defacing or injuring any monument or structure in or belonging to the Cemetery.

13. Except in the case of military funerals and Memorial Day exercise, no one is permitted to carry firearms into the Cemetery.

14. The erection of footstones, curbing, fences or enclosures of any kind is not permitted without the written permission of Management, and all corner stones must be level with the ground.

15. The placing of toys, photographs, shells, glassware, metal designs, artificial decorations or similar articles on graves is not permitted.

16. Should any memorial, mausoleum, fence, posts, curbing or steps become unsightly, dilapidated, or a menace, Management shall have the right to remove same.

17. If any monument or effigy, or any structure whatever, or any inscription be placed in or upon any interment space which shall be determined by Management to be offensive or improper, Management shall have the right to remove the said offensive or improper object or objects.

18. All markers which do not conform with the rules and regulations will be removed.

19. No monument or marker shall be removed from the Cemetery except by Management, unless the written order of the Holder or the monument provider be presented at the Cemetery Office and permission be granted by Management.

20. Management reserves the right to level and seed all graves.

21. The grade of lots is established by the cemetery and cannot be changed by the Holder.

22. If any tree, shrub or plant situated in any lot shall, by means of its roots or branches, become detrimental to an adjacent lot, driveway or walk, Management shall have a right to enter on the lot and remove or trim any tree or shrub that has become objectionable or dangerous.

23. No tree shall be cut down, and no tree or shrub shall be planted without the approval of Management. Such work must be done by Cemetery employees or individuals approved by Management.

24. Management reserves the right to remove all trees, shrubs or plants that become infested or diseased.

25. Management shall have the authority to remove all floral designs, flowers, weeds, plants or herbage of any kind, from the Cemetery as soon as, in the judgment of Management, they become unsightly or do not conform to the standards maintained.

26. Management shall take reasonable precaution to protect Holders and the Property rights of Holders, within the Cemetery, from loss or damage; but it distinctly disclaims all responsibility from loss or damage from causes beyond its reasonable control.

27. All funerals, upon entering the Cemetery, shall be under the supervision of the Cemetery Management at all times.

28. The term “perpetual care” shall in no case be construed as meaning the maintenance, repair or replacement of any gravestones or monumental structures or memorials placed or erected upon plots; nor the planting of flowers or ornamental plants; nor the maintenance or doing of any special or unusual work in the Cemetery; nor does it mean the reconstruction of any marble, granite, bronze or concrete work on any section of plot, or any portion or portions thereof in the Cemetery, or other buildings or structure caused by the elements, as Acts of God, common enemy, thieves, vandals, strikers, malicious mischief makers, explosions, unavoidable accidents, invasions, insurrections, riots, or by the order of any military or civil authority, whether the damage be direct or collateral, other than as herein provided.

29. It is understood and agreed between the purchaser and the Cemetery that perpetual care funds may be commingled and deposited with others of like character and intent, to the end that the income from such accumulated funds shall be used in the perpetual care as defined in the rules and regulations; but in no case shall their deposit be construed as a contract to care for any individual property or space in any way other than as defined in said rules and regulations, and the perpetual care of the grounds and buildings, shall be limited to the net income received from the investment of such funds.

30. Income from the Perpetual Care Fund shall be expended by the Board of Managers in such manner as will, in its judgment, be most advantageous to the property Holders as a whole, and in accordance with the purposes and provisions of the laws of the state applicable to the expenditures of such funds.

31. The certificate of Easement and License and these rules and regulations and any amendments thereto shall be the sole agreement between the Cemetery and the Holder.

32. Management reserves the right to enlarge, reduce, replot and change the boundaries or grading of the Cemetery or of a section or sections, or to modify or change the arrangements of interment spaces in any Mausoleum from time to time, including the right to modify and change the locations of, or remove or re-grade roads, drives and walks, or any part thereof. The right to lay, maintain and operate, or alter or change pipe lines, gutters or sprinkling systems, drainage, lakes, etc., is also expressly reserved, as well as the right to use Cemetery property, not sold as interment rights to individual Holders for Cemetery purposes or for anything necessary, incidental or convenient therto. Management reserves to itself, and to those lawfully entitled thereto, a perpetual right of ingress and egress over lots for the purpose of passage to and from other lots.

33. No Lot Easement, interment right, or part therof shall be transferred by Holder without first offering same to the Cemetery for repurchase for the purchase price. The Cemetery shall have sixty (60) days after said Lot Easement is offered to it for repurchase to advise Holder of its decision whether or not to repurchase said Lot Easement. If the Cemetery elects not to repurchase said Lot easement, the Holder may transfer it, subject to the same rules, regulations and restrictions which then apply to the Holders of all Lot Easements in the Sewickley Cemetery. A handling fee will be imposed upon the transfer of any said Lot Easement. In the event of transfer, the Holder and transferee shall immediately contact the Cemetery to advise it of the transfer of ownership so that the books and records of the Cemetery may be updated accordingly.

34. Management reserves the right, in the event of the nonpayment in full, to resume possession of said interment space or parts therof, and to remove therefrom the grounds reserved for single interment anybody or bodies or cremains which may have been interred therein.

35. Management reserves, and shall have, the right to correct any errors that may be made by it in the description, transfer or conveyance of any interment space. It may cancel such conveyance and substitute and convey in lieu therof other interment space of equal value and similar location as far as possible as may be decided by Management, or, it may refund the amount of money paid on account of said purchase. In the event an error shall involve the interment, disinterment or removal of the remains of any person, Management reserves, and shall have, the right to remove, transfer or inter such remains to correct the error.

36. Holders will be permitted to plant flowers 12 inches in front of their stone during the summer season.

37. Holders will NOT be permitted to plant shrubs or trees.

38. It is absolutely forbidden to plant a rose bush anywhere in the Cemetery.

39. Glass containers, wire holders, edging, marble or gravel in front of the stone will NOT be permitted. THIS IS DANGEROUS.

40. The Cemetery retains authority to remove plants, floral designs or wreaths that become unsightly.

41. The Cemetery will remove funeral flowers within one week.

II. Interments and Removals

1. Every earth interment shall be made in a casket and outside container. No wood boxes permitted. All outside containers are subject to the approval of Management.

2. Notice of interment must be given at the Cemetery Office not less than twenty-four hours in advance, at which time location for interment must be given.

3. When instructions regarding the location of an interment cannot be obtained, or are indefinite, or when for any reason the interment space cannot be opened where specified, Management may, at its discretion, open it in such locations as it may deem best and proper, so as not to delay the funeral. The Cemetery shall not be liable therefor.

4. Management reserves the right to refuse interment in any interment space, and refuse to open any burial space for any purpose, except on written application by the Holder.

5. Cemetery equipment must be used at all funerals and reasonable charge will be made for use of such equipment.

6. The taking of flowers, baskets, or ribbons from recent interments or anything in connection therewith is not permitted, except by members of the family of the decedent. They should apply at the Cemetery Office or to the officer in charge of the funeral.

7. No disinterment of remains will be permitted without the assent in writing of the surviving spouse, if any, and all the descendants of the person whose remains are to be removed; also a written permit for the same from the Holder or Holders of the interment space or his or their lawful representatives and the approval of Management must also be obtained.

8. In order to protect the rights of original Holders, removals from any interment space to single grave sections are not permitted, except as provided in these rules and regulations.

9. Removal of remains for the purpose of sale of any interment space, or removal contrary to the expressed desire of the original Holder is prohibited.

10. When remains are removed from a single grave, the grave reverts to the Cemetery.

11. Management shall exercise care in making a removal, but it shall assume no liability for damage incurred in making the removal.

12. All interments, disinterments and removals must be made at the time and in the manner and upon such charges as fixed by Management.

13. The charges for the Cemetery Services shall be paid at the time of the issuance of the order of Interment, or disinterment and removal.

14. Besides being subject to the rules and regulations of the Cemetery, all interments, disinterments and removals are made subject to the laws of the properly constituted authorities.

15. The Cemetery shall be in no way liable for any delay in the interment of a body where a protest to the interment has been made, or where the rules and regulations have not be complied with; and,
further, said Cemetery reserves the right, under such circumstances, to refuse acceptance of the body until full rights have been determined. Management shall be under no duty to recognize any protests of interments unless they are in writing and filed in the Office of the Secretary of the Cemetery.

16. The Cemetery shall not be liable for the interment permit nor for the identity of the person sought to be interred.

III. Monuments, Markers, Memorials, Private Mausoleums and Other Structures

1. Owing to changes made from time to time in the type of memorials permitted and size restrictions in various sections, it is recommended that the Holders consult the Cemetery before orders are placed with memorial dealers, in order to comply with rules. Rules governing the erection of memorials are strictly adhered to.

2. All mausoleums, monuments, memorials, headstones or structures of any kind must be built according to the rules and regulations of the Cemetery.

3. Management shall not permit the erection of any structure that would interfere with the general good effect of the grounds or obstruct the view or cause annoyance to adjoining Holders.

4. The name or inscription on each monument, vault or marker must correspond with the name and record in the Office of the Cemetery, and no changes shall be made thereon except upon request of the proper parties and by permission of Management.

5. The locations of vaults, mausoleums, memorials, monuments and structures of any kind shall be submitted to and approved by Management before the erection of same is permitted. Information as to grades, boundary lines, etc., should be obtained from the office before the work is begun.

6. Plans or sketches, with measurements, descriptions and specifications of all stone work or bronze to be placed in the Cemetery, must be submitted to Management for examination and written approval before a foundation order for the work will be accepted; and in the case of monuments, memorials and mausoleums, detailed specifications must accompany the plans.

7. Management reserves the exclusive right to reject all work which, on account of design, workmanship, materials or faults of any kind is in its opinion unsatisfactory.

8. The family name is permitted on the back of the monument with written permission from Cemetery Management.

9. Granite is the only kind of stone permitted for markers or monuments. The use of any other materials except approved bronze shall not be permitted.

10. Only one family monument shall be allowed on a family lot, which must be placed in the center rear of the lot.

11. The bottom beds of all bases and markers must be cut level and true.

12. All bases for stone memorials and monuments must be cut even and sit on a concrete foundation.

13. All four sides of all bases must be at least 75% rough cut (Balance Rock Pitch) unless approved otherwise by Management.

14. All monuments, markers and memorials which do not conform to the rules and regulations in sections in which they are placed will be removed.

15. Granite corner posts must be not less than one foot deep, and cut and set so as not to encroach on adjoining property, and must be level with the ground.

16. In the event a monument, marker or memorial is placed where it is necessary to remove it for interment, an extra charge will be made.

17. Benches placed on private lots must have a granite apron on all four sides.

18. All material used shall be charged for and in the case of extra work, special prices will be given by Management.

19. The coloring, painting, enameling, lacquering or bronzing of letters or other parts of stones or bronze work is prohibited.

20. Adjoining lots, paths, or roads, where work is being done, must not be blocked or damaged.

21. Management reserves the right to stop all work of any nature, whenever, in its opinion, proper preparations therefor have not been made; or when tools or equipment are insufficient or defective, or when work is being executed in such a manner as to threaten life or property; or when the monument dealer has been guilty of misrepresentation; or when any reasonable request on the part of Management has been disregarded; or when work is not being executed according to approved specifications; or when any person employed on the work violates any rule of the Cemetery.

22. Workmen employed in placing or erecting vaults, mausoleums or structures of any kind, or bringing in material, shall operate as independent contractors, but must do so under permission from Management, and must be under the general supervision of Management of the Cemetery.

23. Damage done to lots, walks, drives, trees, shrubs, lawns or other property, by dealers or contractors or their agents, shall be repaired by Management, and the cost of such repairs shall be charged to the dealer, or contractor, or his principal.

IV. Lawn Plan

1. Only natural cut flowers and potted plants will be permitted. Artificial, dyed or otherwise preserved flowers, photographs, souvenirs, wreaths (except Winter season) and flags are prohibited. If any are placed by any person, they may be removed without notice. Flags (pursuant to Federal Veterans Administration regulations) are permitted from May 31 until September 6, of each year.

V. Mausoleum

1. All rules and regulations of the Cemetery, insofar as they are applicable, shall be enforced with respect to Mausoleums.

2. All inscriptions, emblems, vases or urns must be approved by Management; if not approved by Management, they are subject to removal, without notice.

3. Only natural, cut flowers and potted plants will be permitted. Artificial, dyed or otherwise preserved flowers, photographs, souvenirs, wreaths and flags or other articles are prohibited. If any are placed by any person, they may be removed without notice.

4. Duplicate keys to any private rooms or other private rooms or other private areas must be left permanently at the Cemetery Office.

5. The number of urns in any niche shall be under the control of Management.

6. All work, of any type, including inscriptions, openings and closings, performed in the Mausoleum shall be done by the employees of the Cemetery or a contractor hired and approved by the cemetery, at a reasonable charge, determined by Management.

VI. Modifications and Amendments

1. Special cases may arise in which the literal enforcement of a rule may impose unnecessary hardship. Management, therefore, reserves the right, without notice, to make exceptions, suspensions or modifications of any of the rules and regulations when, in its judgment, the same appears advisable; and such temporary exception, suspension or modification shall in no way be construed as affecting the general application of such rule. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no such exception, suspension or modification of any of the rules and regulations shall result in the discriminatory application of such rule or regulation.

2. Corporators may, and hereby expressly reserve and right to, at any time or times, adopt new rules and regulations, or amend or repeal any rule and regulations. The active officials of the Cemetery, who are herein referred to as “Management,” are charged with the enforcement of these rules and regulations.

VII. Community Mausoleum

Much of the dignity of the Mausoleum derives from the plain and unadorned granite that comprises it. Every effort must be made to avoid compromising that spare and simple appearance, while at the same time allowing the families of those who are entombed therein to remember their loved ones with special mementos.

The Cemetery is justifiably concerned that the desire to leave plants, flowers, candles, statues and the like can result in marring of the stone, unsightly clutter and potential liability. Therefore the following rules are adopted and must be adhered to:

1. Nothing but a pre-approved inscription using uniform letters and numbers may appear on a crypt front. Nothing may be affixed to or suspended from a crypt front. The Cemetery will immediately remove anything in violation of this rule.

2. The chapel is frequently used and is on occasion crowded. Mementos are therefore limited to flowers or flower arrangements that may only be displayed on the table provided to the right of each façade of crypts inside or displayed on the teak plant stands in the corners of the terrace outside. Only fresh flowers or flower arrangements may be displayed on the tables inside the mausoleum. Fresh or artificial flowers or flower arrangements may be displayed outside but only on the teak plant stands provided. Artificial flowers or flower arrangements are permitted only in the winter months as per existing Cemetery policy. No flowers or flower arrangements may be left on the floor (or on the pavements in the case of the crypts outside) or on the ledges beneath the crypts. If flowers or flower arrangements are left underfoot or on the ledges, they will be moved to the tables or plant stands or removed entirely.

3. The Cemetery already decorates the chapel in each season in appropriate fashion (wreathes and holly or poinsettias at Christmas and lilies at Easter. The Cemetery therefore only allows the display of one item per crypt and imposes a size limitation for such items of 12x12x12 inches. Mementos in violation of these rules will be removed. All must remember that in the future when every crypt in the Mausoleum is occupied, there could be as many as 180 arrangements on display inside and out which will greatly detract from the beauty of the building.

The Cemetery earnestly asks for your compliance with the above rules that this place might be safe, pleasing and attractive for all who use it.

The Cemetery reserves the right to change the rules for the Mausoleum and environs if that should prove necessary.

Sections H & I

In addition to the aforesaid Rules and Regulations for Sewickley Cemetery, with respect to Sections H & I, the following rules and regulations shall apply:

1. In Section I if only one grave space is purchased then only a stone of 70% of the width and 36 inches high shall be used as a marker.

2. In Section H a monument may be used as a marker only if two or more grave spaces are purchased.
3. All markers should conform to existing markers; Management should be consulted for approval.

Section J

In addition to the aforesaid Rules and Regulations for Sewickley Cemetery, with respect to Section J, the following rules and regulations shall apply:

1. This section shall have only flat stones as markers and not any other structures, monuments or statues.

2. There shall be a limit of two as to the number of cremations per single grave plot in this section.

3. There shall be a limit of two markers per single grave plot in this section.
VIII. Columbaria and the Garden Plots

Much of the dignity of the Columbaria derives from the plain and unadorned granite that comprises them. Every effort must be made to avoid compromising that spare and simple appearance. The Cemetery is justifiably concerned that the desire to leave plants, flowers, candles, statues and the like can result in marring of the stone, unsightly clutter and potential liability. Therefore the following rules are adopted and must be adhered to:

1. Nothing but a pre-approved inscription using uniform letters and numbers may appear on a niche front. Nothing may be affixed to or suspended from a niche front. The Cemetery will immediately remove anything in violation of this rule.

2. Nothing may be left on top of a columbarium. Nothing may be placed on the ground beneath the façade of niche fronts on a columbarium or at its sides. Any object found on or around a columbarium will be removed.

3. The garden plots are subject to the same rules as plots elsewhere in the Cemetery as regards the use artificial flowers and supplemental plantings. A height limitation and color restrictions are in effect for monuments in the garden to maintain the scale and balance of the existing plantings in the garden.

The Cemetery earnestly asks for your compliance with the above rules that this place might be safe, pleasing and attractive for all who use it.

The Cemetery reserves the right to change the rules for the columbaria and the garden plots if that should prove necessary.


Our Memorial Wall provides an ideal way to honor those we love. Inscriptions are charged for based on the length of the inscription (by the letter). We ask all those who use our Memorial Wall to attempt to be as concise as possible, allowing for further inscriptions. Additionally, all inscriptions must be submitted to Management for review. Management will work with the Board to assure that all inscriptions meet their approval.