Dating back to 1865 when land was deeded to the City by Detroiters Eber Brock and Mary Ward, Woodlawn Cemetery is City-owned and operated. Covering over 14 acres and bordered to the west by the Belle River, the cemetery is home to a sandstone public mausoleum — designed by Ohio architect John P. Schooley — constructed in 1929. The remains of several prominent people are interred at Woodlawn, including Sydney McLouth, president of the McLouth Foundry.
Rules and Regulations
Before making burial arrangements, transferring or selling a grave space, and/or ordering a headstone please carefully read through the City Ordinances regarding the Cemetery. Chapter 91 “Cemeteries” can be found below. *Click link to open*
Purchasing A Grave
At this time, Marine City, is only selling grave spaces located within Section N of Woodlawn Cemetery. This section contains a small area of single grave spaces that may be purchased as well as Lots, which contain two single grave spaces. To select a grave for purchase, contact the Clerk’s Department at (810) 765-8846. Once a grave has been chosen, payment will need to be made at time of grave selection. The Fee Schedule can be found on this page and is subject to change pending City Commission approval; Acceptable forms of payment are debit/card cards (convenience fee = 3% of total bill with minimum of $1.50), cash and checks made payable to the City of Marine City. Upon receipt of payment, the original deed will be mailed to the grave owner(s).
Opening/Closing A Grave
The opening/closing of a grave will be scheduled with the Clerk’s Department by the deceased’s family or a funeral home company. Marine City offers the use of a Chapel for no extra cost to families that wish to have a service at the Cemetery. Graveside Services can be conducted as well, but it is up to the families to coordinate with a Funeral Home or Vault Company to acquire a tent for use during the service. Once all burial arrangements have been made, payment must be received by the City prior to the burial date along with necessary documentation (Burial Transit Permit, Death Certificate, Cremation Certificate). The Fee Schedule can be found on this page and is subject to change pending City Commission approval; Acceptable forms of payment are debit/card cards (convenience fee = 3% of total bill with minimum of $1.50), cash and checks made payable to the City of Marine City.
- Sample Burial Transit Permit (click to open)
Ordering a Cement Foundation for Headstones
The City of Marine City currently only pours cement foundations annually in the Spring. To order a foundation for your loved one’s headstone or grave marker, a drawing with dimensions must be submitted to the City at time of payment. Bronze veteran markers received through the Department of Veterans Affairs are exempt from foundation fees and drawing requirements unless it is not a standard bronze marker.
Locating Family Members & Graves
Information regarding deceased loved ones, such as burial location, burial date, remaining spaces on a Lot, etc, may be requested by calling the Clerk’s Department at (810) 765-8846.