The resting place for over 5,000 souls
There has been a cemetery located in Menlo Park where Santa Cruz Avenue takes a jink since the late 1860s. According to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the Church of the Nativity (located on Oak Grove Avenue) acquired it in 1883 and named it Holy Cross Cemetery. The initial design and landscaping was done by Michael Lynch, who worked on many of the Peninsula’s early large estates and the Stanford campus.
The cemetery is home to over 5,400 interments including, says the Diocese, “John T. Doyle, Elena Atherton Selby, Michael Lynch, Matthew Crowe, John Murray, Giovanni Beltramo, Frank and Mary Roach, William and Margaret Warren, as well as countless other individuals who helped create a solid foundation for the vibrant and creative community which exists today.”