Rebecca Fitzmaurice | September 16, 2019
Leon Glon has been doing quiet but important work at the University for more than 30 years. As sexton (manager) of Cedar Grove Cemetery, he helps families through the process of burying their loved ones, and he oversees the final resting place of those who are interred there.
“To bury the dead is one of the Corporal Works of Mercy, so it’s important to me,” he said.
Cedar Grove stretches along the southern edge of campus, directly west of Notre Dame Avenue. It is an active cemetery, having provided 94 interments last year.
“I try to make everything personable. I want the process to go smoothly for them, to ease the stress during that difficult time,” he said. Glon works with families to schedule and plan the committal services of their deceased loved ones. He is there for the families, helping them select and design monuments, telling them what to expect during the services, and covering details that they may not think of in the midst of their grieving.
Glon also coordinates an aftercare program (cards are sent to families on the anniversary of their loved one’s death) and memorial Masses that families request. In addition, he coordinates three memorial Masses that are held every year — on Memorial Day, Alumni Weekend and All Souls Day.
When people ask about ancestors who may be buried at Cedar Grove, Glon does some genealogy research to answer their questions.
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