Changes in works at Woodlawn Cemetery

mlboose@norwalkreflector.com By Memorial Day, May 26, Woodlawn Cemetery will have a new section featuring columbariums, granite structures to hold urns to inter cremated remains. The columbariums will be in the historical section of the cemetery. "The number of cremations has been growing steadily," Jamie Ebert, cemetery sexton, said. "It is definitely what is coming."
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

mlboose@norwalkreflector.com

By Memorial Day, May 26, Woodlawn Cemetery will have a new section featuring columbariums, granite structures to hold urns to inter cremated remains.

The columbariums will be in the historical section of the cemetery.

"The number of cremations has been growing steadily," Jamie Ebert, cemetery sexton, said. "It is definitely what is coming."

Ebert said the cemetery has enough room for regular burials for about another 75 years, but the columbarians may help extend that time frame.

The project first phase will be two columbariums made of Georgia Blue granite that will have a total of 172 niches. Each niche will hold two urns.

Kevin Hipp, of Franklin Monument, helped design the project and is charge of construction. He explained that once ashes are interred, a 12" by 12" inscribed granite front will be installed with a safety feature to keep it in place.

He said Woodlawn has seen a steady increase in the number of cremations, which reflects a national trend.

"As the general population of the United States is taking cremation more seriously, the cemetery is making this an option," Hipp said. "Not everyone wants to scatter the ashes."

"They want a final resting place and a place to memorialize a person, but they want cremation," said April Hipp, also of Franklin Monument. She added it would also be a way for people to create a memorial for ashes of relatives that had been passed down over generations.

Kevin Hipp said Ebert has been working on the project for about two years.

"This is a whole new concept for Huron County," Hipp said, as a non-denominational columbarium.

Phase II of the project will be another granite structure between the first two to form an arc. Hipp said it will be added when space starts to fill in the first two structures.

The area will have room for traditional cemetery services after funerals. Hipp said it will also feature stamped concrete walkways, benches and landscaping.

"It will be a great place to come and remember," he said, because it will allow cremations to include the traditional elements of regular burial.

Comments

Future Customer...

I think that's a great idea, now if you can get people to stop decorating the graves like it's a trailer park it would be even better.

One foot in the...

I agree with you, Future Customer! The place looks like Corso's came in and landscaped the entire cemetery! I do honor my loved ones with a flower marker that easily secures on the top of the headstone, just to make it easier for when they mow. It still honors them, it's not in anybody's way, it doesn't look tacky and most of all, nobody has ever tried to steal it. I believe in honoring the dead, but some of the sites leave me shaking my head in disbelief.

good move (Anon...

I have enjoyed walking through Woodlawn for years. I think this is a wonderful idea. I will say though that trying to find someone there so we can talk about plots is next to impossible.

Dead Man Walkin...

I know when I get there, I don't want a gardener coming in twice a week to water my weeds...that place is starting to look like a 'Better Homes and Gardens' poster.

Future Customer...

I think some of you are confusing the point. Yes I think the flower gardens are pretty but they must be pretty hard to deal with also. What I am talking about is all the yard ornaments and fences and gnomes and crap. I wouldn't like this stuff in my neighbors yard so why would I like it next to my grave. Jamie, take a look around, it looks a little foolish.

I Like the Gard...

I too like the gardens. I appreciate the time and money that loved ones have put in to making their sites pretty. I imagine it is therapeutic for the gardeners who are spending time honoring their loved ones.

re:I Like the G...

I think there's a difference in therapeutic therapy, and just being unable to let go. I feel bad for people who feel the need to 'garden' in a cemetery.

people listen t...

Gee Whiz,Woodlawn cem. happens to be the nicest cem. around for several miles!I like my property nice & tidy also,too bad most of the neighbors in my area have junk, weeds,or even a lot of garbage laying around!One house is unsuitable to live in, it's deplorable the way some lazy people in our society live!So, it is nice that some of these people in their own way-are trying to take care of their loved ones site.I don't like gnomes myself, but it could alway's be a lot worse!Sometimes we have to give an inch to get to that mile, so to speak!

Deer Dave, (Ano...

(re:people listen to yourselves!!!) We're not talking about your neighbors HOUSING, we're talking about cemeteries turning into what looks like Key Estates on a GOOD day. There needs to be a limit, and it should be easy for the groundskeepers to upkeep the lawn and be able to mow and weed whack when necessary. They don't need the extra burden of trying not to weed whack a gnomes head off in the process. Let the groundskeepers do their job, and if you want to garden that badly, and your own yard isn't enough, then ASK your neighbors if they'd like your help in cleaning up their yard, if it looks as bad as you say it does, then you're doing something nice and constructive at the same time. Good Day!

re-d. davey boy...

You watch your big mouth.

watch out deer ...

you struck a nerve with the trailor park trash here in town.

Deer Dave, (Ano...

Ok, I'll 'watch my big mouth'...LOL...Just drive through the cemetery on a warm summer day and see what I'm talking about. Personally, I like the way St. Paul's cemetery is putting new graves along a stretch of concrete that covers in rows...the upkeep is easy, they're able to mow and you can still decorate (tastefully, please) your loved ones final resting place. Nothing against 'Key Estates' or Woodlawn...just looks more tastefully done. Good Day!