A TRADITION OF MEMORIALIZING LIVES WITH DIGNITY AND COMPASSION FOR OVER 130 YEARS CONTINUES
Riverside Cemetery was founded in 1876 among the tranquil country farms west of the Cuyahoga River. The outstanding reputation which Riverside Cemetery has developed over its 140 years of service has been a great source of comfort and reassurance to the thousands of persons we have been privileged to serve, and continues to earn the cemetery many compliments.
Today, our location is the gateway to the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood, one of Greater Cleveland's oldest and most historic communities. Our heritage mirrors much of Cleveland's history.
Riverside Cemetery is a private association of lot owners. As an Association, it is not owned by any corporation, church, family, or individual(s). It is, and always has been, open to all faiths, nationalities, and backgrounds.
With acres of burial space remaining, Riverside Cemetery will be serving future generations for years to come as we maintain our commitment to keep Riverside one of the region's premier cemeteries.
The Grounds are open every day, including holidays, from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, October through March; 7:30 am to 7:00 pm, April through September.
The Gatehouse/Office is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is closed on holidays.
Our Clean-off dates are March 1 and October 15.
To inquire about purchasing gravespace call us at 216.351.4800, or email us at
For more information go to "Accommodations and Frequently Asked Questions".
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Riverside Cemetery is conveniently located just west of downtown Cleveland at Pearl Road and I-71 exit 245, easily accessible from anywhere in Northeast Ohio.
For instructions on how to get to Riverside Cemetery from your location, use one of the links below:
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To print or view a full sized map of Riverside Cemetery click here.
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FOUNDERS MISSION STATEMENT
When our founders carved Riverside Cemetery out of virgin farmland in 1876, they had a vision.
They weren't wanting a cemetery for their time plus a couple more decades. If that had been their plan, Riverside would have been filled and closed long ago.
But the prominent Clevelanders who established Riverside were thinking about the future. So they built a cemetery which would meet all Greater Clevelanders' needs for 200 or more years. We are proudly into our second century of service.
And our founders gave us more than a beautiful cemetery site with plenty of room to grow. They gave us some very important guidelines, and an important heritage, for Riverside's operations:
Always consider, and care for, each person selecting Riverside as a member of our extended family much as his or her own family.
Always provide the highest quality maintenance and care of the grounds while allowing families to remember departed members in their preferred manner.
Always serve people with personal consideration, honesty, and in complete confidence without regard to religion, race, or background.
Those were pretty strong orders; yet, as Riverside has endeavored over the years to meet your changing needs, we have never varied from those guidelines. Since Riverside's beginnings in the 1800's, serving throughout the 1900's, and now in the 2000's, our continuous active presence is into its third century. We strive to follow our original time-honored guidelines as we face a promising future with significant acreage remaining.
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