Laurel Grove Cemetery

Laurel Hill Cemetery is full of interesting and unique headstones. It is more well known for its association with midgetville and a ghost named Annie. Annie’s Rd is supposed haunted by the ghost of a young woman who died when a car hit her after she decided to walk home from the prom. Another story says she was murdered and raped. She supposedly is buried in the Van Dyck mausoleum.


This very large elk is the centerpiece of a series of graves, laid out in a circle. On each side of the base of the elk are the words: justice, charity, fidelity, and brotherly love, the watchwords for the Elks organization. The Elk is visible from Route 80 (see pictures) and is mistaken by some for a deer, grazing on the hillside. Another large & noteworthy grave is that of Kaspinov family. It’s more of a monument then a grave, as if features life sized statues of both the son Oliver, and his wife Lence. Also included are several large pictures, all enclosed in a private secluded area constructed of gravel, stones and bushes. It is extremely large, extremely ornate and probably extremely expensive.






Another famous grave is that of Sal Giardino, known as the world’s greatest electrician. His grave is certainly one of the more colorful ones you’ll see. His daughter Kim died not so long after he did, and she received an equally colorful headstone. You can easily find the graves as they are in the middle of the cemetery.  




4 responses to this post.

  1. Hi, any idea how i can track down the details of my relatives grave at Laurel Grove Cemetary please? I live in England & 4 of them were buried there together in various years. They are the MOORE/GRIMSHAW family. Walter Moore was the last to buried in 1955, he was born in England in 1861. Many thanks, Gillian


    • Posted by Mary on January 5, 2010 at 4:27 PM

      Sorry Gillian but it will cost you approx $50.00 per name they give you. Outrageous but the truth is they don’t want to be bothered with that sort of work. However, they will be more than happy to sell you a crypt or piece of property….$$$$$.
      Low ratings for CMS MIDLANTIC. Their past business practice’s have left bad taste in many families mouth’s.


  2. Posted by Jason on March 26, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    The ‘deer’ at the cemetery is an elk. This burial site is for members of the BPOE. I guess that makes it a family. Most interesting website


  3. Posted by Laurie on March 26, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    found your website through a google search of my father’s name.  I was searching the web for other people’s sites that might mention The World’s Greatest Electrician.  I found a variety; Find a Grave, a professor of anthropology’s class assignment had a photo of it, Weird NJ, your site… but I didn’t see anything under Midnight Society.
    Driving directions would be:  Enter at the intersection of Riverview Drive and Totowa Road.  Drive up the tree lined road, passed the pond.  Make your second right.  Stop immediately, look to the right, the black and gold light bulb is under the tree.  I’m flattered by your appreciation of my father and sister’s monuments.  Thank you for helping their memories live on in cyberspace and via satellite.  

    Check out my website 


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