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. Robert Alfonso, Vice President 
  • Mrs. Nadine Legarde, Secretary

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


Mr. Robert Alfonso                       Mr. Frankie Cali                     Mr. Paul Collura
Mr. Daryl Ferrara                        Mr. Joseph Fiduccia                Mr. Philip Giannobile
Mr. Vincent Giannobile               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