In 1926, the Sicilian community in Hammond was saddened when an immigrant child died from diptheria.  At the time, there were no provisions for her burial in the city cemetery and this created a problem for the Sicilian community.

A meeting of families was held and after much discussion, they agreed to create the Italian Cemetery Association, purchase land, and establish a cemetery to serve the needs of the immigrants and local community.

Our cemetery now operates as Rose Memorial Park Cemetery in remembrance of “Rose” the immigrant whose death prompted the formation of our cemetery.


  • Mr. Salvador Faldetta, President   
  • Mr. Maurice Trippi, Vice President 
  • Mrs. Nadine Legarde, Secretary

Mr. Johnnie Alfonso, General Manager  Mrs. Phyllis Brooks, Sales


Mr. Robert Alfonso                        Mr. Frankie Cali                      Mr. Nicholas Camelo
Mr. Paul Collura                             Mr. Daryl Ferrara                    Mr. Joseph Fiduccia
Mr. Buddy Giannobile                   Mr. Philip Giannobile             Mr. Vincent Giannobile, Jr.
Mr. Hayden Puma                          Mr. Jessie Legarde                  Mr. Brandon Recotta
Mr. Ronnie Schillace, Emeritus   Mr. Charles Varisco                Mr. Michael Varisco
HONORARY MEMBERS – Mr. Richard Burton


We are eternally grateful for the following men who have served our association:

Mr. Vito Graziano 1927 – 1935

Mr. Vito Giannobile 1946 – 1951

Mr. Joseph Varisco 1956 – 1985

Mr. Anthony Mele 1985 – 1988

Mr. Guy Recotta 2010 – 2015