Places of Worship-St. Mary’s of Fremont Center

When we were going to Ray Lake, we passed an historic church – St. Mary’s Church of Fremont Center at Rt. 60 and Erhart Road in Mundelein.

I had heard about this building at a genealogical society meeting (no relatives connected, unfortunately!). Its full name is St. Mary of the Annunciation, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chicago.

Would have been better if it hadn't been cloudy, and if they hadn't been redoing the landscaping!

Would have been better if it hadn’t been cloudy, and if they hadn’t been redoing the landscaping!

The church itself was founded in 1864, with a different building erected at a different location. This building was built in 1889, with the former church moved nearby and used briefly as a school.

Its cemetery, St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, was consecrated in 1869, and was moved with the old building to the current location. This cemetery holds the remains of many early families in the area, mainly German. The names were compiled and the graves plotted by a society member and are available on CD from the Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society (I am a member, FYI).

The St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery is just to the right of the church there, dating back to the mid-1800s.

The St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery is just to the right of the church there, dating back to the mid-1800s.

The original bell is usually housed in that little pavilion, on the left, but I don’t know why it’s not there.

In 2002, a larger edifice of glass and stone was built nearby to accommodate future generations.

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