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Mausoleum at St. Mary of the Assumption taking shape

Assumption Mausoleum — a new burial site in Hampton on the grounds of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish — could be built before next year.

“We hope we have it complete before winter sets in,” said the Rev. John Marcucci, pastor of the parish.

Marcucci expects construction to begin before September.

The one-floor, chapel-like, 2,700-square-foot mausoleum will stand in the formerly grass-covered, central hollow of Assumption Cemetery on Middle Road.

Uhl Construction of Hampton began removing grass and topsoil from the site in late July.

Gibraltar Mausoleum Construction Co. of North Fayette, a subsidiary of North Side-based Matthews International Corp., will build the approximately $800,000 structure of steel-reinforced, poured-in-place concrete.

“It's one of our larger projects,” said Gibraltar office manager Ed Scott.

“We're getting ready to start building it, hopefully in a week or two,” Scott said Aug. 8.

Gibraltar Mausoleum Construction Co. built the mausoleum at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Tarentum.

Other Gibraltar projects include a mausoleum nearing completion at St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Westmoreland County.

Artful touches at Assumption Mausoleum will include skylights and sculpted bronze depictions of the Good Shepherd, Lazarus and the Blessed Mother, plus stained glass on the mausoleum's front and back walls.

The new mausoleum will offer 447 casket spaces and 154 niches for urns.

Parking will be available at the site for people with disabilities.

“People who have cremation go in a niche,” Marcucci said. “People who have a body burial go in a crypt.” The casket spaces will include 201 single crypts for one casket and 123 “tandem” or “double couch” crypts for two caskets.

More than 100 spaces already are sold, Marcucci said.

Where one chooses to be placed in the mausoleum determines pricing, but eye-level, also called “heart”-level, crypts are the most expensive.

Six levels of internment are available, with the least expensive slots offered on the very top and very bottom levels.

“There are so many variations on the cost,” Marcucci said. “Inside is more (expensive) than outside.”

Marcucci is chairman of the eight-member board of directors that will oversee Assumption Mausoleum's operation and maintenance within Assumption Cemetery.

“The cemetery is its own corporation,” Marcucci said. “The cemetery is not owned by St. Mary's parish family. … It's a business, basically.”

He said discounts on the prices of crypts and niches will be available until Gibraltar completes construction of Assumption Mausoleum.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or [email protected].


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