St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY

St. Joseph Cemetery is located on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls, NY. The St. Joseph Church has a website that includes a page about the cemetery: According to that website, the cemetery was established May 1920 and began with 11 acres of land which has since expanded to 17 acres of land.

Entrance to St. Joseph Cemetery

The Niagara County Genealogical Society’s (NCGS) library has a few news clippings about the cemetery, but no cemetery records or stone readings.

The sections of the cemetery are clearly signed and some of the tombstones found in the cemetery include pictures of the people that are buried there:

D’Anna Tombstone with pictures of Giuseppe and Maria.

Many of the tombstones in this cemetery have “IHS” engraved in a cross at the top. According to Douglas Keister in his book Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, IHS stands for the first three letters of Jesus’ name using the Greek alphabet.1

Costanzo stone with IHS on a cross at the top.

Many pictures have been taken and memorials made for those that are buried in this cemetery. You can visit the following websites:

Find a Grave:’s-cemetery

Billion Graves:


  1. Douglas Keister, Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography (Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith, 2004), 146-7.