Louise Mlodzinski bequeaths over $1,000,000 for St. Bernard Cemetery improvements and maintenance.
St. Bernard Cemetery, which serves the area Catholic communities of St. Matthew, St. Luke, St. Joseph, St. Maurice, Sacred Heart and St. Bernard, will be undertaking major improvements because of a gift of over $1,000,000 to St. Bernard Cemetery by Louise Mlodzinski who passed away July 5, 2015 at the age of 99. Disbursement of the gift was recently approved by the Probate Court. Louise handled the accounting for the former Starr Hardware location in Rockville and formed her own florist and gift shop adjacent to them, known as Starr Flower Shop. Louise had many talents and was a very hard-working, dedicated businesswoman who was well known to the Rockville community.
The gift will be used to fulfill specific improvement requests of Louise in the historic section of St. Bernard Cemetery with the balance going to a perpetual care fund for long term maintenance of the historic section.
Specific projects in the historic section recently started include:
¨ Removal of the chain link fence and removal of trees along the fence line
¨ Installation of a new wrought iron fence with three wrought iron gates
¨ New sign for the front center of the historic section after the existing sign is moved to the new section off Kingsbury Avenue
¨ Installation of water lines with new hydrants
¨ Removal of old interior cement curbing
¨ Repair of rear drains
¨ Installation of new granite section markers for easier section identification
¨ Paving of the roadway
Fr. Rick noted “this is an incredibly generous and welcome gift to enhance, restore and perpetually maintain the historic section of our cemetery by a person who honored the true purpose of a Catholic cemetery to respectfully bury the dead as a Corporal Work of Mercy to bear witness to Christ and await the resurrection of the body into everlasting life.”
In addition, the Town of Vernon was given permission last summer to install drainage through our new road to alleviate water collection problems on Kingsbury Avenue. The Town of Vernon also installed an underground pipe at that time with rope to eventually bring power to the middle of the cemetery and the new section road was repaved at no cost to the cemetery.
As a result of the establishment of a Louise Mlodzinski’s trust for future historic section maintenance, more operating funds will be available for the new section of the cemetery. A new Cemetery Committee has been formed to plan the future development of the cemetery in keeping with the sacred purpose of a Catholic cemetery. Plans are underway to develop the future cemetery to include cremation columbaria with additional parking and easy access to the new altar in the historic section, which is centrally located in the full cemetery.