Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery

Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery is a cemetery in Los Angeles at 1831 West Washington Boulevard in the Pico-Union district, southwest of Downtown.

It was founded as Rosedale Cemetery in 1884,[1] when Los Angeles was a small city of around 28,000 people,[2] on 65 acres (260,000 m2) of land running from Washington to Venice Boulevard (then 16th Street) between Normandie Avenue and Walton and Catalina Streets, and often used by California politicians, notably former Mayors of the City of Los Angeles. The interments include pioneers and members of leading families who had a conspicuous place in Los Angeles institutions and the state.

Rosedale was the first cemetery in Los Angeles open to all races and creeds, and was the first to adopt the concept of the new approach of design called lawn cemeteries, where the grounds are enhanced to surround the burial places of the dead with beautiful and decorative trees, shrubs, flowers, natural scenery and works of monumental art. Among the more traditional structures, headstones and mausoleums, the cemetery also has several pyramid crypts.[3] In 1887, the second crematory in the United States was opened at Rosedale Cemetery.[4] It was also the first crematory west of the Rocky Mountains.[5] The initial cremation took place on June 16, when the body of Mrs. Olive A. Bird (c. 1845–1886), wife of prominent physician O.B. Bird, was incinerated. By 1913, there had been 2,392 cremations performed at Rosedale. Next to the cemetery at 1605 S. Catalina Street, is another cremation facility, the domed, observatory shaped Chapel of the Pines Crematory.

In 1993, Rosedale was bought by the Angelus Funeral Home on Crenshaw Boulevard and renamed Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery.[3]

Notable interments

Sources not listed here can be found in the articles referenced.

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  1. Los Angeles Times, Nov 20, 1884, "Rosedale – The Opening of a New Cemetery in this City," p. 0_4
  2. "Los Angeles County History – An Illustrated History of Southern California". Los Angeles City. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company. 1890. Archived from the original on March 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
  3. 1 2 Meares, Hadley (May 8, 2015). "Above the Silent Sleepers: The Lively Lives at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery". Departures. KCET. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  4. Rosedale – Cemetery, Mortuary and Crematory by Msgr. Francis J. Weber
  5. Los Angeles County History – An Illustrated History of Southern California – Los Angeles City
  6. Notable Interments & Their Families , Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery, Retrieved December 12, 2011
  7. Ivy Anderson at Find a Grave
  8. Brooks, Patricia; Brooks, Jonathan (2006). Laid to Rest in California: A Guide to the Cemeteries and Grave Sites of the Rich and Famous. Globe Pequot. p. 2. ISBN 0-762-74101-5.
  9. Tante Burk, Margaret; Hudson, Gary (1996). Final Curtain: Eternal Resting Places Of Hundreds Of Stars, Celebrities, Moguls, Misers & Misfits. Seven Locks Press. p. 2. ISBN 0-929-76553-2.
  10. 1 2 Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub. p. 192. ISBN 0-786-40983-5.
  11. Burbank History, City of Burbank, December 2011
  12. Betty Burbridge at Find a Grave
  13. Military Times Hall of Valor: William B. Hayes
  14. William B. Mayes at Find a Grave
  15. Franz Werfel – timeline and works (German)
  16. Anna May Wong at Find a Grave

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Coordinates: 34°02′31″N 118°17′52″W / 34.0420°N 118.2978°W / 34.0420; -118.2978

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