by Therese Horvat
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Catholic cemeteries in Northeast Kansas offer families the unique opportunity to create lasting legacies with the design and placement of custom mausoleums at the new family estates “Communio Sanctorum” (“Communion of Saints”) being developed development starting this summer at Resurrection Cemetery, 83rd and Quivira Rd., Lenexa.
“Together for much of their lives, members of a family can participate in the selection and design of a private mausoleum where the remains of their loved ones will be together in eternal rest,” said Sharon Vallejo, President Catholic cemeteries. “They will be able to preserve their family heritage and provide a shared resting place for future generations.”
Special design features still being finalized will mark the entrance and central area of Communio Sanctorum, and landscaped gardens will enhance the overall beauty of this designated area where families can reserve space for the construction of custom mausoleums. The section will have a gated entrance with lights. Catholic Cemeteries has identified 2.6 acres on the northwest side of Resurrection Cemetery for development of this new section. This garden will be located immediately to the right as people enter the cemetery from W. 83rd St. This area can accommodate 60-70 private mausoleums.
Bryan Alonzo, director of sales and marketing, explains that the placement of these private structures requires real estate lots that will vary in size depending on the dimensions of each mausoleum. Catholic cemeteries will work with families to select the right lot and mausoleum based on their design preferences and the number of people they expect to be buried in the private estates. Mausoleums can accommodate from one to 20 burials depending on their design. They are intended for full body burials, but families can add cremation niches to structures for a variety of burial options.
These mausoleums are fully customizable with optional features including stained glass windows, granite walkways, planters, benches, pillars, gates/doors, granite color options, statues, engravings, and more. Families can further embellish their private estates with small gardens. Catholic Cemetery Family Service Advisors will assist with the selection, design and construction phases.
Catholic Cemeteries is developing the Communio Sanctorum section in collaboration with Johnson Granite Supply, Inc., North Kansas City, Missouri, initial design rendering; BKM Construction, Leavenworth, concrete and stone works; Coldspring, St. Cloud, Minnesota, real estate structures and customization; and GLMV Architecture, Kansas City, Missouri, entrance and altar design and landscape architecture.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Family Service counselor to discuss this private family mausoleum opportunity, call (913) 371-4040 or email: [email protected]