St. Anthony's Cemetery was established circa 1907 by Italians who started settling in Rosati, Missouri (then called Knobview) in 1898. Many of those buried there were born in Italy, and most of the burials are family and descendants of those Italians.
As is the case with many rural cemeteries, most descendants of those buried in St. Anthony's moved away and became dispersed around the country, leaving few or no relatives in the Rosati area. Unfortunately and unintentionally, cemeteries become "out of sight—out of mind" when one isn't able to visit them. This is evident as most donations come from people who visit the cemetery regularly or when in the area. In future years when few relatives are still in the area and those future generations become more distantly related to those in the cemetery, donations will become rare. St. Anthony's is preparing for this.
Cemeteries mostly fund themselves through investments and interest on their holdings but with interest rates near zero and a poor economy over an extended time, that money isn't enough to keep cemeteries "in the green" unless they have enough savings to generate the needed interest. This is why St. Anthony's needs to boost its savings. Perpetual care by way of savings , investments and interest is mandatory for a cemetery to be maintained forever. If you have friends, loved ones or relatives there, or if you just have a love for Rosati and its wonderful history, please help with a donation so the graves of those people can always be properly maintained.
If you prefer to pay by check, you can mail your donation to the address below. Make checks payable to St. Anthony's Cemetery.
St. Anthony's Cemetery c/o
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
316 E. Scioto
St. James, MO 65559
You can view the burials at St. Anthony's here: St. Anthony's Cemetery
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