St. Henry's Cemetery

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St. Henry's Cemetery Soundex Code H560

1929 W. Devon Avenue

St. Henry's Cemetery is the only surviving churchyard (that is, a graveyard adjacent to and affiliated with a church) within the City of Chicago.

Located in the West Ridge neighborhood on the far north side of Chicago, the church, erected in 1905, is a neo-Gothic structure, clad in brick with ornamentation of limestone and bronze. Originally serving Chicago's German Catholic community, as the population changed, it was given to a Croatian parish in the 1970s.

The cemetery was opened in August 1871 by Father Andrew Michel.

"Sailor Jack", the boy on the Cracker Jack box, is buried here.

Included in the 1992-1993 Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Tour.

Also the basis for the 2012 tour "Honoring our Founding Families; St. Henry’s Cemetery Tour," September 16, 2012, presented by the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society.


RPWRHS photo S013-0210 shows the headstone of George Harles, Peter Harles, and Theodore Harles.

RPWRHS photo S013-0211 shows the headstone of William J. Shepard, Jr. (1913-1986). He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army in World War II.

RPWRHS photo S013-0212 shows the headstone for Peter Muno.

RPWRHS photo S013-0213 shows the headstone for Charles J. Kelly.

RPWRHS photo S013-0214 shows the headstone for Arnold Chavez.

RPWRHS photo S013-0215 shows the headstone for Ana C. Liboy.

RPWRHS photo S013-0216 shows the joint headstone for Nicholas and Mathilda no last name given.

RPWRHS photo S013-0217 shows the headstone for Rafael Rivera.

RPWRHS photo S013-0218 shows the joint headstone for George Welter and Peter M. Welter, the children of Matthew Welter and Mary Welter.

RPWRHS photo S013-0219 shows the joint headstone for the son & daughter of Peter Schimberg and Margaret Schimberg. No names given for the children.

RPWRHS photo S013-0220 shows a closeup of George Harles headstone.

RPWRHS photo S013-0221 shows the joint headstone for George Muno (1882-1907) and Elizabeth Muno (1883-1933) in St. Henry's Cemetery.

RPWRHS photo S013-0222 John J. Geimer, Jr. married to ? wife: (May 1, 1866-February 19, 1892). Wife interred at St. Henry's Cemetery. Photo November 1988.

RPWRHS photo S013-0223 shows a headstone, not in English. One date--one unidentified person buried there. Dates are: (b) 7 March 1897 and 25 April 1915. Family name "Sanet." First name can't be fully read. looks like "?RUHE". Burial in St. Henry's Cemetery. Faded photo on headstone shows three heads.

RPWRHS photo S013-0224 shows the joint headstone for Peter and Friedrich, the children of Peter and Anna M. Freres.

RPWRHS photo S013-0225 shows the joint headstone for Regina Winandy, Peter H. Winandy Sr., Rose Winandy, Laverne M. Amann, and Carolyn L. McCarthy.

RPWRHS photo S013-0226 shows the joint headstone for Joseph A. Fortman and Madeline M. Fortman

RPWRHS photo S013-0227 shows the joint headstone for Fred Fortman and Louise Smith Fortman.

RPWRHS photo S013-0228 shows the joint headstone for Peter Smith, Sr. and Maria Smith.

RPWRHS photo S013-0229 shows the headstone for Johann Friesinger.

RPWRHS photo S013-0230 shows a monument/statue. No information in our records as to who, why, etc.

RPWRHS photo S013-0231 shows the Schreiber Monument.

RPWRHS photo S013-0232 shows St. Henry Church framed by the legs of an unnamed monument.

RPWRHS photo S013-0233 and S013-0234 show St. Henry's Cemetery looking east (duplicate photos).

RPWRHS photo S013-0808 shows St. Henry's Cemetery as seen by looking across the street from the north side of Devon Avenue.