|⦁Hillcrest Cemetery and Hillcrest South are historical and nonprofit 501(c)(13) cemeteries which are owned by Clearfield Cemetery Company. We are not affiliated with any other cemeteries.
⦁ We accept volunteers/community service during the mowing season. Call the office 814-765-4246 for info.
⦁ Our burial schedule is Weekdays 11-3, and Saturday 11-2. Any deviation after is $50/per half hour. We do not bury before the scheduled time of 11am.
⦁ All lots purchased since the mid-1980's have Perpetual care and it only covers mowing and reseeding/fertilizing as time allows, weather permits and as long as we are financially able to do so. Anything else is done at our discretion. Trimming is not part of mowing. Even though the cemetery had monies invested from the Perpetual Care fees that have been collected from the sale of grave spaces, only the income is available to us. In this time of very low interest rates, this fund does not yield significant revenues as our expenses have continued to climb. Due to this we wait until the grass gets 'shaggy' before we mow. We usually try to keep the grass height at 3-4 inches. Our riding mowers may blow the cut grass onto monuments so you may have to sweep the monument off or the grass will dry and stick to the monument. The wet grass may also stain the monument. We are not responsible for cleaning monuments.
⦁ Some older lots in the cemetery do not have Perpetual care since there was a time when you had the option of no care and you landscaped it yourself, annual care or perpetual care. These lots that do not have Perpetual care must have the Perpetual care paid for before you can bury someone there or have a monument installed/fixed. Ask for more info.
⦁ The cemetery is open from dawn until dusk which is also stated on signs throughout the cemetery. We understand that you may need to visit before dawn and after dusk but you do so at your own risk of being cited by the police department who patrols the cemetery.
⦁ All winter wreaths must be removed by March 1st.
⦁ We regulate the use of grave decorations to insure the efficient maintenance of the cemetery and a safe environment for employees and visitors to the cemetery grounds. Any decorations which violate these rules and regulations or otherwise interfere with the ease of maintenance will be removed without notice. We reserve the right to remove all flowers, wreaths, or other decorations from lots as soon as they become unsightly.
⦁ Due to safety concerns, the difficulty in performing maintenance on the cemetery grounds and to avoid the appearance of clutter, items that are not permitted on the grounds at any time include but are not limited to the following: artificial flowers, wire and metal stakes with decorations attached; glass vases, pots or ornaments; signs, pennants, banners, toys, balloons, and spinners of any type.
⦁ All decorations are placed at the owner’s risk. The cemetery is not responsible for damage or loss of any decorations that are placed. This also includes monuments, headstones, and other grave markers. These items should be on a homeowner’s insurance coverage.
⦁ We encourage you to install a protective border not more than 10" from the monument that consists of a weed barrier then bark or mulch on top and some type of curbing around it. If weeds grow within the border then it is your responsibility to remove them.
⦁ Anything besides live flowers must be placed within a protective border in front or behind (see below) of the monument so it doesn't interfere with our mowing equipment. White signs advertising our flower policy are near each entrance and throughout the cemetery. Anything that doesn't comply may be removed and disposed of. The cemetery will not reimburse you. Ask the Superintendent for more info.
⦁ Please be aware that graves are either in front of or behind the monument. Usually the back or front edge of the monument is the edge of your lot so ask the Superintendent for help first so he can show you how the lot is laid out.
⦁ Floral arrangements are only allowed between March 21 and October 31 and must be removed by November 1. Wreaths are only allowed November 1 through March 1 and must be removed March 1.
⦁ Anything mounted to metal tripods or stakes are not permitted unless they are in a border arrangement.
⦁ Do not place alcoholic beverage containers (full or empty) at the gravesite and do not consume alcoholic beverages on cemetery property.
⦁ Please dispose of the funeral flowers 1 week after burial.
⦁ Flowers must be planted directly in front of the monument to ensure proper mowing. If you plant them too far out then grass will grow in between the monument and flowers and will look unsightly since we do not hand trim.
⦁ Any shrubs you want to plant must be cleared by the superintendent. Failure to do so may result in their removal and disposal and we will not replace them. We do not allow rose bushes or evergreen shrubs.
⦁ Trees are not allowed to be planted. Pine blankets are not permitted.
⦁ You must keep your shrubs properly trimmed so they cannot get in the way of our mowing. Anything that interferes with our ability to mow may be trimmed or removed at our discretion.
⦁ When cleaning up around your lot, do not leave bags of refuse on the side of the road for us to pick up. That is your responsibility to dispose of.
⦁ We do not sell or provide monuments, and we do not pay to have monuments engraved.
⦁ If any monument or marker becomes unsafe, unsightly, in need of repair or resetting, we may attempt to notify the lot owner of such condition and shall request such person to make any needed repairs under the Superintendent's supervision. If the owner does not make the needed repairs, we have the right to remove, replace, or repair any monument or marker at the lot owner's expense.
⦁ The cemetery does not bind itself to maintain, repair, or replace any headstones, markers or monument structures or anything whatsoever attached thereto or placed upon lots or graves.The cemetery will incur no liability regarding the damage to a monument from forces of nature, falling trees, ground movement, thieves, vandals or stains.
⦁ Cornerstones must be placed ground level as to not interfere with the mower blades. Ask the superintendent to make sure they are placed correctly. Over time they will sink down.
⦁ In conjunction with opening and closing of graves, it may be necessary to temporarily move monuments and markers.
⦁ Weeds and grass will grow around flowers that you plant and our trimmers can only get so close.
⦁ The cemetery does not bind itself to do any special or unusual work.
⦁ Deer, rabbits and other animals may eat your flowers. We will not replace your flowers.
⦁ All travel by foot or vehicle is at your own risk.
⦁ Office hours are appointment only so if you need help you will have to call 814-765-4246 and leave a message. Tenants rent the house and do not have office access and cannot answer questions pertaining to burial info.
⦁ When visiting the cemetery, please be alert for workers operating equipment on the roads and yield right-of-way to them. Most roads are wide enough to let 2 vehicles pass side by side if they partially go onto the grass. There's usually a 2 foot space between the road and where someone is buried.
⦁ Please park your vehicle partially in the grass along the side of the road so people can get around your vehicle. People aren't buried close to the road so you won't be on anyone's grave.
⦁ After a burial, we rely on significant rainfall to settle the grave before we will put topsoil on or use sod. Even after significant rainfall the grave may sink or develop sinkholes and we will take care of those for 1 year after burial. Any sinking after 1 year is your responsibility. After we seed or sod a grave, please try to keep it watered.
⦁ The dirt used to fill in graves is the same that is removed which is mostly rocky clay or all rocks.
⦁ After any storms, you should check your lot to see if any flowers or decorations have blown away, find them and put them back. Otherwise we will dispose of them if they're laying on the ground and you will not be reimbursed. We are not responsible for decorations that are blown away, damaged, removed or moved by others.
⦁ Border arrangements must be removed prior to digging any new graves. If you do not remove it then it will be dug up and discarded while digging the grave and we will not replace or reimburse.
⦁ Take your former flower arrangements home and dispose of them in your own garbage. Anyone caught disposing them over the bank or anywhere on cemetery property may be cited for littering.
⦁ We do not replace military flag holders and flags. Visit your local VA Office or American Legion for these items and replace them yourself. We also do not provide or replace D.A.R. and Ladies Aux. flag holders and flags.
⦁ All recreational vehicles are prohibited from operating on cemetery grounds.
⦁ Dogs entering cemetery grounds must be kept on a leash at all times, and feces must be cleaned up by their masters.
⦁ Nesting insects on your lot are your responsibility and we will try to remove them by special request.
⦁ If at any time you see people in the cemetery being disorderly or disrespectful you should call 765-1533 for County Control, or 765-7819 for the Clearfield Borough Police. Do not call the cemetery office since we do not have someone in the office regularly to answer the phone.
⦁ No Recreational activities are allowed in the cemetery without the permission of the Superintendent.
⦁ No structures of any kind other than grave markers or lot monuments may be placed on lots and single graves.
⦁ A grave space is 4 feet wide so monuments cannot exceed 4 feet in width.