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Cemetery Department
131 Court Street
Elyria, Ohio 44035

Phone: 440-322-3896


The City of Elyria is host to three main cemeteries, which are open year-round 24-hours a day.

  • Thorough clean-up and maintenance of cemetery grounds is conducted in March and October. Sentimental items and flower arrangements should be picked up by the posted dates if families do not want these items to be disposed. (Dates are published in the Chronicle Telegram, on the public access cable channel, and at the entrance of cemeteries.)
  • Cemetery ground safety is ensured through monitoring by Park Rangers and Elyria Police Department Officers.


Brookdale Cemetery41600 Oberlin Road, Elyria, Ohio

Brookdale Cemetery was originally purchased by the City of Elyria in 1925 with 42 acres of land. It more than doubled its size with the purchase of an additional 50 acres in 1952. The cemetery is located on the southwest side of Elyria on State Route 20, Oberlin Road, at the intersection of Murray Ridge Road. The stately natural beauty of the cemetery features gentle slopes and a creek, with beautiful landscaping adding to its serene environment.

Ridgelawn Cemetery | 285 Columbus Street, Elyria, Ohio

Ridgelawn Cemetery’s historic 14 acres of grounds are located at the corner of Ridge Street and Columbus Street. Once referred to as the “Old Elyria” cemetery, it features a Civil War Monument which is the regular site of the City’s annual Memorial Day programs. Burials date back to the late 1700’s. Features the grand wrought iron gated family plot of Elyria founder Heman Ely and his descendants.

North Murray Ridge Cemetery | 8230 North Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio

North Murray Ridge Cemetery is located on 2 acres at the southwest corner of North Murray Ridge Road and Lowell Street. It is unclear just when this land was first used as a burial place, however the earliest date on its headstones is that of David G. Cochrane, who died in 1935 at age 21. The cemetery was acquired by the City of Elyria from Elyria Township on February 26, 1965.

PLEASE NOTE: The mailing address for all Elyria Cemeteries is 131 Court Street, Elyria, Ohio.


  • Burial space may be purchased at any time by calling the Cemetery at (440) 322-3896
  • Fees are due upon the passing of the deceased
  • Adult Burial Plot: $800
  • Child Burial Plot: $350
  • Cremation Plot: $350

If a Death Has Occurred…

There are some steps you must take following the death of a loved one. We hope you find this brief checklist helpful.

Obtain legal proclamation of death

If your loved one passes away and there is not a medical professional present, call 9-1-1 to obtain a legal proclamation of death. Contact your funeral home to arrange for the transportation of your loved one.

Locate all important documents

Try to locate any important documents of the deceased, such as their social security card, will, military discharge papers, and estate information. If the person planned their burial or funeral arrangements in advance, you will also want to locate those documents.

Contact cemetery

It’s always a good idea to make your burial arrangements first in order to make more informed decisions at the funeral home. Please call (440) 322-3896 for assistance.

Make funeral arrangements

Your funeral home will help you make all necessary arrangements including obtaining the official death certificate and any military honors.


The City of Elyria is proud to participate in Wreaths Across America. Every December, Elyria residents are encouraged to remember and honor our nation’s brave veterans by placing wreaths on their graves.

Cemetery Clean-Up

Last Friday of Each Month*
March through October

*March 22nd

April 26th

May 31st

June 28th

July 26th

August 30th

September 27th

October 25th

Clean-Up is also done as needed to maintain a neat, respectful, and presentable environment. All items left on gravesites will be collected and disposed of in accordance with City regulations, regardless of when the item was placed on the grave. No items will be held or reserved; no exceptions. To ensure items are not disposed of, please remove all desired items the week preceding the posted clean-up date, and do not place or return items to gravesites until the following Saturday.