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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Forgotten remains interred in Waltham


About 40 people attended a simple Catholic service yesterday at Calvary Cemetery in Waltham in which the remains of 1,238 people were buried.

The men, women, and children had been buried behind St. Joseph Parish in Roxbury between 1850 and 1868. But the cemetery was forgotten and allowed to turn into a vacant, weed-grown lot, the Globe's City & Region section reports today.

Church officials said they felt a sense of duty to build a proper burial ground for the remains.

"It's really wonderful. Now I know they're at peace and they can have a little dignity," said Kate Ronan of Brookline, who believes her great-great-grandfather, Thomas Dwyer, was among those buried at St. Joseph's.

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