Our History

StTeresaSanta Teresa Cemetery is located adjacent to the historical Morales Cemetery, which was founded in 1940 by Felix and Angela Morales.

The Morales family moved to Houston in the 1930s and, with $150 and a borrowed hearse, set about to establish one of Houston’s first Hispanic-owned funeral homes. After providing several years of funeral services, we realized the growing need for a Hispanic cemetery in Houston that could provide dignified burials at a reasonable price.

Since it’s first burial in 1940, Morales cemetery thrived and became a place where Houston Hispanic families could bury their loved ones and honor their lives by decorating their grave spaces in a way that was reminiscent of Mexico and other Latin American countries.

In 2006, Mr. Joe P. Darst – with over thirty years of cemetery management experience – recognized the need for a cemetery with Perpetual Care and an improved cemetery Rules & Regulations policy. To achieve these goals, Mr. Darst worked with Christina Morales, the granddaughter of Felix and Angela Morales, to found Santa Teresa Cemetery.

Here at Santa Teresa Cemetery we strive every day to provide families with a caring and respectful experience in burials and cremations, in addition to a serene and beautiful environment for visits. With the perpetual care funding, we can ensure that the final resting place of your loved ones will be preserved for generations to come.

Our Mission

Regardless of one’s creed or community, the loss of a loved one can create a void filled with pain and uncertainty. It is important to commemorate the life of the dearly departed, and finding a location for the memorial can be difficult. The final resting place should be one of peace and beauty, where loved ones can spend time in memory of their loved one. We believe that life insurance proceeds is not for a funeral but for the loved one’s left behind. We save people money so we can try and live their life without their loved one and keep fond memories alive.

Company Overview

Santa Teresa Cemetery, Inc. “A peaceful place for your family to rest.”
– Joe Darst, Owner

Regardless of one’s creed or community, the loss of a loved one can create a void filled with pain and uncertainty. It is important to commemorate the life of the dearly departed, and finding a location for the memorial can be difficult. The final resting place should be one of peace and beauty, where loved ones can spend time in memory of their loved one.

Santa Teresa Cemetery is honored to provide families with a “remembering place” for their loved one. The grounds are respectfully maintained and ensured in perpetuity through a portion of each lot or family estate purchased. Santa Teresa Cemetery has trained bi-lingual Counselors available to answer any and all questions concerning plots and burial estates, whether we be of immediate need or for future use. We can assist with pre-need burial arrangements to prevent loved ones from having to worry about the details of interments during a time of emotional turmoil or financial burdens.

Santa Teresa Cemetery is conveniently located at 912 Buschong Street, Houston, TX 77039, just off the Northbound Hardy Toll Road and Beltway 8. As a predominantly Hispanic cemetery, Santa Teresa Cemetery is committed to assisting families of all faiths with dignity in Houston. Call for a confidential appointment.

Services we offer

Community Focus

About The Business Joe Darst, Owner • “A Peaceful Place For Your Family To Rest” • Bilingual Staff Available Regardless of an individual’s religious beliefs, death leaves a void in their lives that only time and their own individual support system can help fill. A final resting place is an important symbol for the family and friends. It should be a place of peace and beauty where we can ease their thoughts while we come to terms with their loss. Santa Teresa Cemetery has taken on the responsibility of providing area residents with a “remembering place.” The calm beauty is lovingly maintained and is ensured in perpetuity, funded from a portion of each lot or family memorial estate purchased. Santa Teresa Cemetery has trained counselors available to answer questions about burial estates whether needed in the immediate or distant future. We can assist you with pre-need burial arrangements to prevent your loved ones from having to deal with details during a time of emotional crisis or with a financial burden. We can offer in-ground interment, mausoleums or cremation niches. Located in Houston at 912 Buschong Street, phone (281) 987-3100, Santa Teresa Cemetery is committed to assisting families with dignity and compassion by providing a memorial park that will remain beautiful and tranquil throughout the centuries. Call for a confidential appointment.

Rules And Regulations

Our cemetery is a beautifully-kept sanctuary for your loved ones. In order to ensure that this is always the case, we make sure that each family understands our guidelines when we decide Santa Teresa Cemetery is where their loved one will rest. Click to download the guidelines in English or Spanish. Complaints concerning perpetual care cemeteries should be sent to: Texas Department of Banking 2601 North Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78705 1-877-276-5554 (toll free) www.dob.texas.gov

Cremation

Cremation Preparation for death is an essential part of life for a Christian. In today's society, for instance, choosing cremation is part of that preparation for death. In 1963 the Catholic Church eliminated its prohibition against cremation. It is important to remember that cremated remains are still the body of the deceased, just in a different form. For this reason we should be treated with the same respect as the full body of the departed and be buried in a cemetery. Santa Teresa Cemetery in North Houston offers a range of interment and inurnment options for the final resting spot for your loved one. These options include burial sites suitable for both caskets and cremated remains. Most ground inurnment sites will allow for multiple cremated remains to be inurned in the same site helping to keep costs down. Cremated Burial Options Garden Ground Burial No charge for space (Cemetery selection) Opening and closing charge currently only $495.00 Monday through Friday before 3pm At-Need Only Niche Column Burial Space starting at $862.50 (see photo) Two Traditional Full Casket Ground Burials and a Cremation Bench Monument (see photo) Monument bench holds two cremated remains Includes four names $7,455.94

Markers And Monuments

We can service your monument needs for any cemetery in the Houston area. We offer a wide variety of options: Markers Monuments Benches Cremation Benches

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