Township Cemeteries

We invite you to explore the two beautiful sites our Township has to offer, both with rural views and the calm serenity of a natural park.

Cemetery Information

Mt. Hope and Parmalee

When it comes to a traditional in-ground burial, your family can choose one of our two Thornapple Township cemeteries, Mt. Hope or Parmalee.

Parmalee Cemetery is located in the northern section of the Township on Parmalee Road between Stimson Road and Whitneyville Road. There are no lot sales in this cemetery, however, we still accept burials for current lot owners. ย Please contact the Townshipย Hall for more information.

Mt. Hope
Mt. Hope Cemetery was established in 1875 and has expanded into many sections over time. It is located east of downtown Middleville off of Old M-37 (E. Main St. /West State Rd.) on the eastern edge of the Village of Middleville.

If you have an emergency that occurs after normal business hours and need to contact someone at the Township immediately regarding a cemetery lot, please call the Township Clerk at 269-953-6382.

Thornapple Township Cemetery

Frequently Asked Questions

How Are Lots Sold?

Burial sites will be sold in multiples of two, next in line and contiguous to each other. Sites can be sold individually with extenuating circumstances and will be considered on a case by case basis.

PAYMENT: Lots must be paid for on date of purchase. Methods of payment accepted are cash or check payable to the Thornapple Township.

What is the Township Resident Rate for a Lot?

  • $700 per standard lot
  • $300 per cremain lot

What is the Non-Resident Rate for a Lot?

  • $1,000 per standard lot for non-residents
  • $500 per cremain lot for non-residents

What If I Have An Immediate Burial Need?

Immediate burial needs are accepted. In the instance of an immediate burial need, any additional lot(s) for resident minor children may be purchased at the current resident approved rate.


How Do Ownership Rights Work?

Thornapple Township does not re-purchase lots from current owners. You must establish ownership rights to any lot used for a burial. If a lot is owned by a deceased relative, you must show proof from all descendants of your right to the lot. Those wishing to transfer lot ownership should complete a transfer form. The transfer of burial rights for any lot is $25 per transfer to cover processing expenses.


For the Ordinance regulating operation, control and management of the Thornapple Township cemeteries, click here:ย Ordinance No. 95-8 Thornapple Township Cemetery Ordinance092018 (002)

For complete pricing and rules governing the operation of Mt. Hope and Parmalee Cemeteries, please click here:ย http://www.thornapple-twp.org/cemetery-operation-pricing-and-rules-January-2023.