This active cemetery is located in the city of Oconomowoc just northeast of East Wisconsin Avenue(Highway 16). It is bounded by Lapham Street on the east, extending north to about east Juneau Avenue. It is also running along the easter shore of the southern end of Fowler Lake to the city park which borders it on the south. Take North Oakwood Avenue to the East Grove Street entrance, Section 33, Oconomowoc Township.
The original cemetery was established May 15, 1851 by the Oconomowoc Cemetery Association. This first cemetery, called Oconomowoc Cemetery was along Walnut Street between Wisconsin Avenue and the Norwegian Bridge in what is now a residential and commercial area. Burials were made there until 1864, when it was decided that a larger area would be required for the cemetery. A new site was selected and named La Belle Cemetery. All of the owners of lots in Oconomowoc Cemetery were given lots in the new cemetery in exchange and the bodies were relocated to La Belle Cemetery. The old cemetery was sold in January, 1865.
There are cemetery records 1851-date, including the reburials from the Oconomowoc Cemetery. There is a chart of the cemetery. The records are not available for public research. The Oconomowoc Cemetery Association will answer mail requests. Currently there is no charge. Contact:
Oconomowoc Cemetery Association
P.O. Box 432
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
At the Waukesha County Museum there are transcriptions of tombstones 1844-1954 Sections A-H, I(blocks 1 and 2 only), J-L. There are transcriptions of the stones as well as additional information from the records and notes on unmarked graves in sections A-D.
These photos were generously taken and contributed to these pages by Larry & Linda Kopet!
La Belle Cemetery
Gustavue L Brown
Meriva M Butterfield Carpenter
Arthur B Clasen
Joseph F Clasen
John A/Mary E Cook
Albert R Dainton
James J Dunbar
James J Dunbar
Louise A Dunbar