Welcome to Zion Cemetery’s newest endeavor – our blog!
Zion, at 135 years old, is an institution that is proud of its legacy and of its continued ability to fulfill our responsibilities to those we serve. But at can’t just rest on our laurels or watch the world go by and leave us behind. To that end, we have begun instituting some changes in the way our cemetery is run and are making some concrete plans for the future.
In 2017, we…
…welcomed Jennifer Croney to our cemetery. She has over twenty years experience and can help you with any questions or needs you may have concerning grave purchases, monuments, flowers, or genealogy questions. Call Jennifer at 314.821.8631 is you need assistance for any reason.
…had a memorial service and dedicated a marker for those removed from Old Picker’s Cemetery and transferred to Zion in 1917, on the centennial of their removal.
…applied for St. Louis Pollinator Pantry recognition for our commitment to putting in native plants that pollinators like bees and butterflies need for their continued survival in a world where their habitat is shrinking.
In 2018, we plan…
…to have a community event involving local groups that not only provides information on cemeteries and funeral services, but also information on composting, planting native species in your yard, taking care of your trees, fighting invasive plants, and encouraging native pollinators.
…to spruce up our administration building, which was built in the 1920s and could use a little TLC.
…to develop informational brochures on our cemetery but also on other topics of interest to the people who stop by.
…to offer floral arrangements to families for grave decoration.
In 2019 and beyond?
Nobody knows the future, but Zion is confident we have the resources to begin looking at developing the western side of the property into a park-like area for people to enjoy but which would also contain columbarium niches. As cremation becomes a more popular choice in our society, Zion needs to be able to meet the need of having places for urns rather than full-sized caskets.
We will also be planning other community events. Perhaps another informational day on pollinators and plants, or a dog walk, or…who knows? We will keep everyone informed of our plans and hope to see you at Zion. Stop by and pick up a brochure, take a relaxing walk on our property, inquire about your relatives who might be buried at our cemetery, or ask questions. We are ready to serve you.