Gravecast Recap May 30th 2013 – Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and Clover Hill Park Cemetery

So on Thursday, being that it was in the 80s temperature wise. I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather, and checkout some cemeteries. Over the winter, and the past few years, I’ve been keeping an eye on local Detroit “celebrities” who’ve passed away. One of which was “Dr. Death” Jack Kevorkian, who passed away in 2011, and is buried in White Chapel Cemetery, in Troy, a Detroit suburb.

Dr. Kevorkian was my original goal for Thursday. However the plan soon changed, when upon further review on the website Find A Grave. When I checked out the bookmark I had saved for the memorial honoring highly acclaimed American journalist, columnist, author, and co-author, Jeffrey Zaslow. I noticed that Zaslow, who’s buried in Clover Hill Park Cemetery, in Birmingham, another Detroit suburb, had a marker at his graveside. Zaslow passed away in 2012 due to complications from an automobile accident he was involved in on a snowy northern Michigan road.  Another grave I planned to look into was the grave of Charles Leiter who’s rumored to also be buried at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Leiter was an early mentor of the 1920s era Purple Gang who operated in the Detroit, and south-east, Michigan region. Another cemetery I planned to visit along with Clover Hill. Was Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, in Southfield, Michigan.

Upon my arrival at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. I cruised over to section 10B, which is where author, and columnist Jeffery Zaslow, rests. I was unable to find his gravesite, so I then cruised over to section 7, where Charles Leiter is rumored to be buried. After searching section: 7, for about twenty or so minutes, I came up empty-handed trying to find his grave. I then hopped back into my car, and cruised over to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Upon my arrival at Holy Sepulchre, I strolled into the office to inquire about three particular names of whose graves I was looking for. After obtaining the precise locations of “reputed” Detroit organized crime figures: Pietro “Peter” Corrado who died in January 1957, his son Dominic Peter “Fats” Corrado who died on June 26th 1985, & Michael Santo Polizzi who died on December 6th 1997. I then cruised over to the majestic mausoleum where these three hoodlums were at eternal rest. After photographing the graves (which you can see below) of the three Detroit mafioso’s. I then made my departure for home.

6 comments for “Gravecast Recap May 30th 2013 – Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and Clover Hill Park Cemetery

  1. June 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Wow, I had no idea that Kevorkian was buried at White Chapel. I’m going to have to make a road trip!

    • July 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Loren, according to Find A Grave he is :-D. Someone even posted a photo of the gravesite, and also listed the location in White Chapel :-).

      • July 2, 2013 at 3:22 pm

        I’m on a mission! Hope he’s easier to find than Rosa Parks was.

        • July 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm

          LOL Rosa Parks is easy to find. She’s in the Rosa Parks Memorial Chapel, at Woodlawn Cemetery, on 8 Mile, & Woodward. Just go through the front doors, of the chapel (if they happen to be unlocked), wave to murdered Detroit Rapper “Proof” as you stroll by to the chapel area. Turn to the right then right again, look up and she’s in a crypt on the wall.

      • July 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm

        See, I should always check with you first, before I drive to Detroit. I spent forever looking in the mausoleum. Needless to say…

        • July 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm

          LOL Rosa Parks is nowhere near the main mausoleum. That’s on the other side of the cemetery grounds. The Rosa Parks Memorial Chapel, where I mentioned she’s interred in above. Is the small building to the far left of where you enter the cemetery off Woodward. Let me know a few days before you come to town the next time your here, and I’ll be happy to show you her crypt. She’s interred there with her husband, who’s name I don’t recall at the moment.

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