Pleasanton's Pioneer Cemetery gravesites go on sale Oct. 1 at prices up to $10,198 for double plots

400 graves for full burial, cremains to hold 800 individuals in cemetery's final expansion

Gravesites will go on sale at Pleasanton's Pioneer Cemetery on Sunol Boulevard starting Oct. 1, with 400 plots available until they're all sold.

No new gravesites have been available at the historic cemetery for the last two years when the city government acquired the grounds from the International Order of Odd Fellows, which developed the cemetery in the 1800s.

But being buried at Pioneer won't be cheap. Where graves once sold for less than $1,000, the city has raised the price for its new graves to $10,198 for a single double-vault plot that will hold full burials for two individuals, and to $4,277 for double urn burials for two individual cremains.

Both burial plot prices include prepaid burial service fees customarily charged by cemeteries. Funeral home services, including caskets and urns, are separate.

In a letter sent to those who have expressed an interest in buying plots at Pioneer, Susan Andrade-Wax, director of Parks and Community Services, said that the maximum number of plots available for purchase is two per family, or four graves. The plots for both full burial and cremains are double-depth, stacking one on top of the other. Only ground-level headstones or markers will be allowed.

Once purchased, the gravesites cannot be re-sold nor will the city buy them back. If individuals who buy the plots find that the plots are no longer needed, they will remain empty unless they are deeded to another individual without charge.

Pleasanton residents can begin purchasing the gravesites Oct. 1 with the sites becoming available to the general public next April 1. Once the 400 plots—capable of holding 800 individual burials—are sold, it's expected that burial sites at Pioneer will no longer be available.

The City Council, in agreeing to buy Pioneer from the I.O.O.F., ruled that the cemetery will not be expanded beyond the new 400-plots now available and that the cemetery will remain largely as it is, with no irrigation system for watering grass. It also guaranteed perpetual care of the graves and cemetery maintenance for the next 25 years as least.

The city has contracted with Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services to handle sales at Pioneer. To buy a plot or for other information, that services' agent is Jayne Archer, who can be reached at (925) 455-9696.

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Posted by Gary Schwaegerle
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Gary Schwaegerle is a registered user.

For those interested in Supporting or keeping up with the Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery. Join the Newly Formed Group on Facebook. Web Link Description: "This Group was Created in Support of Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery - Preserving Heritage & History in Pleasanton, CA. The Cemetery was adopted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton as 1 of its many Community Service Projects. Also supported by many other Orgainizations: ALVHS, VFW, DAR, BSA and many Individuals. With a Special Thanks to the original Pioneers moving the City of Pleasanton to adopt the Cemetery: The original 7 members: Howard Neely 1st chairman, Chris Beratlis 2nd chairman, Frank Capilla, Joe Cook, Bill Hirst, John Innis, Jim Wright Additional members: Pete Bailey, Jack Bras, Harold Ceizler, Vic Lund, and Gary Schwaegerle. The untold story: The Original 7 secured the Cemetery in Contract, ponied up $50,000. as well as the legal work to establish a 501c3 non-profit in order to preserve this asset a jewel in The Community of Pleasanton. "

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Posted by James
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 23, 2011 at 10:52 am

I think its disgusting that the city raised the price of a gravesite to such an extent. it creates a whole other burden on families already grieving over the loss of a loved one. not only is this an excessive charge, they forbid you from selling it if you need to. your only options are to give it away or abandon it so the city can sell it again at an exorbitant rate. and if that isn't bad enough, the city refuses to even provide the minimum of care for a highly prized and historical property. I'm sure that the city can take the cost of one of the mayor's "green" trips and use it to provide simple irrigation for sprinklers. Disgusting.

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Posted by Elizabeth Dallmann
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 23, 2011 at 11:00 am


Is there a volunteer group to maintain the cemetery? Has anyone contacted the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society to get some help with developing a group? Web Link


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