Calvary Cemetery is located at 28th & Casselman in Sioux City. It is open daily from 8:30 until sunset. Land for Calvary Cemetery was purchased in 1870 by Father Thomas Gunn, while Sioux City was under the administration of Bishop Hennessy of the Diocese of Dubuque. Father Gunn went from door to door to collect enough money for the first payment on the land. The cemetery was incorporated on August 16, 1913.

The first Sexton began work for Calvary Cemetery on January 1, 1915. A house, cart, horse and harness were provided him.

The first Mausoleum was built in the early 1900’s, it is open by appointment. The second Mausoleum, The Mausoleum of the Resurrection was completed in 1994, is open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.

In 1917, a purchase was made of a stone cross for the altar at the Cemetery. Stations of the Cross, were also approved for construction to be bought by members of city parishes. Funding was completed in 1920.

Sioux City’s first settler, Joseph Lonais (also spelled Lyonais and Leonnais) is buried in Calvary Cemetery. His tombstone indicates that he was a fur trapper and Rocky Mountain scout.

The Golgotha section of Calvary is a resting place for the Sioux City Diocese Bishops and clergy. The cemetery also has several areas where the nuns are located.

Angel statues guard the children’s section of Calvary Cemetery, known as the Marian section, with areas for babies up to 2 years and children 2-16 years. The angels were once on the altar at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

The Garden of Holy Innocence was completed and dedicated with Bishop R. Walker Nickless in August 2015, located in the southeast corner of Mount Carmel section. “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” – Mark 10:14. This scripture verse appears on the memorial, marking this special area. The Garden of Innocence will serve as a resting place mainly for babies who were pre-20-weeks gestation. With the help of Mercy Medical Center, Meyer Brothers Funeral Home, Luken Memorials and Calvary Cemetery, the creation of the garden demonstrates respect for life.

Contact Information

Cemetery Location
2802 Casselman
Sioux City, IA 51105

Walt Peterson
Executive Director/Secretary
712-258-7362 or 712-259-0603

Business Office
1821 Jackson St.
Sioux City, IA 51102

Audrey Knapp
Office Manager


Calvary Cemetery, located in Sioux City, Iowa has provided a final resting place for many Christian believers since its beginnings nearly 100 years ago.

Christ promised us life eternal if we would only follow him. We dedicate our prayers to all who are buried within these sacred grounds.

Nestled in the Loess Hills on the northern side of town, Calvary cemetery provides peace, comfort and tranquility. We are honored to work with those who have chosen our services and strive to provide quality care that exceeds expectations.

When we die, the Church intercedes on our behalf because of it’s belief that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds formed in life.

The Catholic cemetery is a sacred, holy place, and a final resting place in the Order of Christian Funerals for those who have died. In our corporal work of mercy, we are dedicated to reverent care of the bodies of those who have died, who, even in death remain part of the Catholic Church.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

Calvary Cemetery offers a wide selection of quality bronze memorials. These memorials are purchased from two different Companies, ColdSpring & Matthews International. The variety insures that you will find the proper tribute for your loved one.

Please contact our business office at 712-233-7511 to set up an appointment to customize a marker for yourself or a loved one.

Markers are usually installed 6 to 8 weeks after the order is placed depending on weather.

Below is a sample Memorial Marker from COLDSPRING. You may also visit their website to view other samples at


Below is a sample memorial marker from MATTHEWS INTERNATIONAL.

You may also visit their website to view other samples at


Calvary Cemetery is Sioux City’s only Catholic Cemetery. We provide reverent and respectful care for our deceased loved ones.

Designating Calvary Cemetery as the beneficiary of your Charitable Gift Annuity or Life Insurance Policy is a tremendous act of charity and provides financial security for many years to come.

The Diocese of Sioux City can help you make gifts like these to any Catholic entity including parishes, schools, education funds, etc. Contact Allison today for a free, no obligation consultation to see which means of giving is right for you!

Allison Liska
Director of Planned Giving and Annual Gifts
(712) 233-7556

Calvary Cemetery Regulations

(Effective March 1, 2019)





Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The cemetery is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until sunset.

The New Mausoleum is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The Old Mausoleum is open by request. (please call 712-258-7362)



  1. Planting of anything without permission of the cemetery is not allowed.
  2. One week before Memorial Day and one week after, all flower arrangements will be allowed.
  3. One week after Memorial Day all decorations not in a marker vase will be removed.
  4. On November 2nd all decorations will be removed, and vases will be turned down. Vases are to remain down until Spring.
  5. Christmas decorations will be removed in Spring.



  1. A $500.00 charge will be assessed for scattering cremated remains on Calvary Cemetery property.
  2. If no interment has taken place, special permission from cemetery management must be obtained before any memorial can be placed.
  3. No glass or fragile containers are to be used in the cemetery.
  4. Destruction or uprooting of cemetery property is not allowed.
  5. Flowers are to be removed by lot owners or cemetery staff only.
  6. Calvary Cemetery must be notified of any change in lot or grave ownership so all records are current. ($50.00 processing fee may apply.)



Opening & Closing of Grave (Full Body)
Weekdays: $950.00
Saturday: $1,250.00

Opening & Closing of Grave (Cremains)
Weekdays: $550.00
Saturday: $800.00

Ground burial of cremains requires an urn vault which can be purchased from a reputable funeral home or from Calvary Cemetery.  Cost of an urn vault from Calvary Cemetery ranges from $100.00 to $250.00.


Burial policies:

One full body and one cremated remains may be placed in one grave. A second rite burial fee of 25% of the market value of the grave space at the time of need is charged for the second burial in addition to the opening & closing fee

Two cremated remains may be placed in one space for an additional fee. A second rite burial fee of 25% of the market value of the grave space at the time of need is charged for the second burial in addition to the opening & closing fee.


Bronze Memorial Markers can be purchased through Calvary Cemetery. A wide variety of sizes and designs are available and staff would be happy to assist with this decision. Please contact the Cemetery office at 712-233-7511 for further information.


Memorial Day Mass – May 27 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Centennial Celebration of the Dedication of the old mausoleum:  Saturday, September 7, 2019.  Watch for details.