Mausoleum to open, bring solace to grieving

NISKAYUNA — Drivers on Route 7 have been watching the construction of Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery’s mausoleum for more than two years. Now, with the granite, timbers and custom stained glass window in place, Mary Immaculate Patroness of America Mausoleum…

Rick Touchette, Executive Director of Albany Diocesan Cemeteries, left, and Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, right, look at a model following a groundbreaking ceremony for a new mausoleum at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna on Thursday, June 18, 2015. When completed in the summer of 2016, the Mary Immaculate Mausoleum will contain 992 crypts and 704 niches for cremated remains. (Patrick Dodson/Gazette Photographer)

Diocese breaks ground on new mausoleum in Niskayuna

NISKAYUNA — The Albany Roman Catholic Diocese broke ground on a new mausoleum at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery last Thursday. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger presided over the ceremony, which made way for the fourth mausoleum on the premises. The building should…

Maureen McGuinness, Family Services Manager for the Albany Dioceses and Denise McGraw, council member for the Town of Niskayuna walk the area where plans are for a proposed for a Schaefer-style mausoleum towards the front property at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery on Route7 in Niskayuna. Paul A. Schaefer, was the founder of several organizations for the preservation of the Adirondack wilderness, died on July 13 after knee surgery at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady. He lived in Niskayuna and in an Adirondack cabin on St. David's Lane. Mr. Schaefer began working to preserve the Adirondack back country in the 1930's, organizing coalitions to campaign for laws to protect the state's northern wilderness areas from development. His work is credited with playing a role in the development of the six million-acre Adirondack State Park, a huge land mass of private and public properties governed by strict regulations limiting construction. Photo by Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer

Niskayuna mausoleum will pay tribute to Schaefer

Project to mirror architect/conservationist’s style By KELLY DE LA ROCHA Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — A mausoleum in the style of famed local architect and conservationist Paul Schaefer is slated to be built in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery next summer. The…