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Calvary Cemetery
Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa

Lat: 41°01'34"N, 92°23'23"W

Submitted and written by Mary Ellen Lanigan Reisenauer [[email protected]]. Total records = 197.

Calvary Cemetery of Ottumwa, Iowa
Pennsylvania Avenue
Old Original Part
Section A

Wapello County
Index taken: September 09, 1998
Updated index taken: May 1999
by: Mary Ellen Lanigan Reisenauer
Anna Lanigan and Helen Elizabeth Lanigan Martzahn
[email protected] or: Mary Ellen Lanigan Reisenauer
P.O. box 832
San Bruno, Ca. 94066

*A few years ago, my sisters and I on a very hot summer day, dug up and cleaned off a lot of stones in Calvary Cemetery. I told the Ottumwa Cemetery people to please go out and write down the info that was contained on these stones. Apparently, this wasn't done. I have had to go back this past summer and re-dig up a lot of these stones again, as the earth seems to want to reposes these old stones. I have included some epitaphs that may be of interest to those researching the Calvary Cemetery death records. Please give me some feed back and let me know if you think these stones should somehow be preserved. Funds of course are the problem. A fund raiser would be a great way to achieve this, and with volunteers such as myself. Also, I have most of the burial records, death records and census for Wapello County Early years. I am going to go through them and see if I can locate any of the persons names below and correct the spellings as I find them. After all this digging, I was still unable to find the resting place of my Great Grandfather John Lanigan and my Great Grandmother Mary Burns. I will just keep looking.

- Mary Ellen Lanigan Reisenauer

Mary Ellen also wrote this note 01-20-2008

The old original part of this cemetery is badly neglected. I have dug up several stones and even told the cemetery people that they should record the names as I did for my FINDAGRAVE.COM records. Most all of these stones are not in Calvary Cemetery records or WPA records.None of these graves are ever decorared except for the old Lanigan stone. I walked the old original section and collected about 200 names or so from the stones.

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