The deceased are Joliet-area victims of the 1918 to 1919 influenza pandemic, Gorski said. It's these people that Holy Cross, in conjunction with St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church, will commemorate with a brief service and memorial plaque on Saturday at the cemetery.
Nov. 2, in the Catholic and other Christian denominations, is known as All Souls Day, a day to commemorate those who had died. Rev. Jerome Kish, pastor of Holy Cross and St. Mary Nativity, will lead the dedication.
"When I was just a kid, my mom told me about this," Gorski said. "She said during the 1918 pandemic, people were dying so fast, they wouldn't even take them into the church.
"They would go right to the cemetery because they were dying so fast. Because right behind the first funeral, there would be a second funeral coming. They were dying that fast."
(Above, Jack Gorski and Laurie Pottorff lead students from St. Mary Nativity in prayer during a cemetery walk0.