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Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Petaluma


Welcome to Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Petaluma.. 

We are located at:  304 Magnolia Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952.   Please see contact information and map and directions below.



History of Calvary Cemetery in Petaluma

Established in 1871


The Catholic cemetery for the Petaluma area was established in 1871.  When the Oak Hill Cemetery was closed, the remains of many Catholics originally buried there were removed to Calvary.   Therefore, some remains may actually date to the 1850s and 1860s.

Calvary Cemetery has a large pioneer section with many old markers of historical interest. Among the many notables buried here is Fr. James Keily (1871-1968), who supervised the building in 1927 of the present St. Vincent de Paul Church in Petaluma.

The cemetery was operated from the parish until a small portion of the building used to house tools and equipment was designated as the office.  Eventually a mobile building was brought in to serve as the office as it does to this day.

The original Calvary Cemetery consisted of the “Old Section” that opened on the street at Cemetery Lane, now called Sycamore Street.  The “newer” portion of the



cemetery brought the grounds to the next street where the new entrance is on Magnolia Street.  The cemetery was originally on the outskirts of town and was surrounded by pastures for cattle.  As recently as twenty years ago a few neighbors’ cows were chased out of the cemetery!



Petaluma Mausoleum

Constructed in 1979 / 1996

Several small mausoleums were built in the 1950s near the old entrance.  Two more were added in 1967 and 1972. The larger mausoleum seen on the hill from the current entrance was built in 1979 and the addition was constructed in 1996. The current mausoleum is nearing capacity and a new one is being planned for construction in the near future.

Petaluma Mausoleum - Click photo to enlarge

Petaluma Mausoleum - Click photo to enlarge


Holy Cross Columbarium

Constructed in 2007

Constructed in 2007, this columbarium is a focal point when looking up the hill with its large granite cross.  Holy Cross Columbarium has niches for cremated remains.  Also presently under construction is an urn garden for ground burial of cremated remains.

Petaluma Columbarium
Petaluma Columbarium



Contact Information

Map and Directions


Calvary Catholic Cemetery - Petaluma

304 Magnolia Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952

P.O. Box 2864, Petaluma, CA 94953


Office Hours

Monday through Friday ~ 10:00 am to 2:30 pm


Call our main office in Santa Rosa to Schedule an Appointment: (707) 546-6290


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