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Glendale Cemetery is located at 4909 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311.
From the first Sunday in April through the last Saturday in October, cemetery grounds will be open to the public from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. From the day after the last Saturday in October through the first Saturday in April, cemetery grounds will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mausoleums open upon request at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m.
The office requires a 24 hour notice for all services.
You cannot prepay opening expenses. The opening, which is the responsibility of the family, must be paid in full by the day of the service.
No, cemetery personnel are required to handle all burials. This allows for proper documentation to be gathered by the Cemetery in order for appropriate data to be entered in the cemeteries records.
Yes, and there are special options made available to honor the memories of veterans and veteran spouses.
No, as part of the City ordinance, no person shall gather flowers, either wild or cultivate, break trees, shrubbery or plants or feed or disturb the birds, fish or other animals in the cemetery.
Pets are not recommended on cemetery grounds. Pets such as dogs, cats or other pets may not run loose within the Cemetery grounds. Pets should be kept on a maximum 6 feet leash.
We observe teens and their parental guides maneuvering around the grounds, but we weren't so excited when we had to call the police department for a car vs. headstone accident. Damages to headstones/car may cost thousands of dollars. Some of our headstones are art in their right, and the family expects a level of safety, as they should, for that property. We suggest finding a nearby parking lot or neighborhood.
Some areas of the cemetery are planting blocks and some are not. It would be best to contact the office to learn this information before you begin.
Yes, there is three decoration cleanup times a year. See the information under rules to learn better about when decorations are removed.
Two cremations are permitted on a grave space. Also, one casket and one cremation can be on the grave space.
Yes, the Glendale Abbey is available with advance notice. A suggested donation of $50 helps to preserve the Abbey.
Please contact the Cemetery office at 515-248-6320 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any question you may have.
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