Memorial Garden

The memorial garden installation was finally completed in early October of 2013.

Model view of the semi-elliptical patio and columbaria, looking east from the landing pad

Looking east from the ramp at the ambulatory entrance, we see the curving path, the semicircular patio, and both the curved columbarium (which doubles as a bench) and the taller straight columbarium.

Completed garden: looking southeast from the ramp at the ambulatory entrance, we see the curving path, the semicircular patio, and both the curved columbarium (which doubles as a bench) and the taller straight columbarium.

It is located between the sanctuary and the ambulatory.

Site Context:

The project was initiated by the Memorials and History Committee to better memorialize our members. It adds natural beauty to a previously unimproved area, provides an appropriate setting for services and committals, and with its two columbaria, provides members with interment at our church.

Design Concept – please click for close-up

The memorial garden features greenery, a walk through arbor, a fountain created from a historical baptismal font from our church, and a patio and trellises patterned after our sanctuary’s stained glass windows. The names of members who pass away in 2012 and beyond will be engraved on memorial bricks in the walkways and rectangular patio, using money from the Memorial Fund.

View from the rectangular patio, east through the arbor to the columbaria.

The baptismal font has been converted into a fountain in the Memorial Garden. The trellis behind the fountain reflects the gothic arches and diamond patterns in the windows, while incorporating the scrollwork from the cast iron railing at the eastern steps.

The baptismal font fountain and a custom trellis inspired by the stained glass windows

With the support of the Session, the Memorials and History Committee has provided $30,000 in current funds to the $80,000 project. Additional funding to complete the project will come from the sale of niches and memorial bricks, and as people give gifts to the Memorials Fund in memory of loved ones and friends. It is also hoped that members will make donations specifically to support the creation of this lovely space.

Stained glass window design selected by Sage Gerling and Sabrina Siebert to be modified for paving design

view of completed semielliptical patio, cropped

There are several ways we can support the memorial garden. For those wishing to be interred in a columbarium, niches will be available for individuals, couples, or family use. Individuals who are not church members may be included. Those who wish to honor and memorialize passed members may contribute $100 to have their loved one’s name engraved on a memorial brick. For those whose future plans are complete elsewhere, but who feel the garden is a wonderful addition, donations would be greatly appreciated in lessening the financial impact to the future Memorials Fund. Donations of volunteer gardening time would also be gladly accepted.

A portion of the western path, with many engraved bricks visible
A portion of the western path, with many engraved bricks visible

May our legacy of generosity through all our projects, including the memorial garden, make a real difference in the future of The Presbyterian Church in Geneva.

The Memorials and History Committee, comprised of Tom Burrall, Jerry Rose, Bob Eberle, Beth Reiners, and Ellyn Colquhoun, are eager to help all who want to know more. Sabrina Siebert would also be happy to answer questions. Ti Siebert are in charge of gardening. If you are interested in volunteering as a gardener, please contact them. There is a contact form at the bottom of this page.

Design Concept

Learn more about purchasing a columbarium niche or a memorial brick:

Learn more about donating money or gardening time to support the creation of the memorial garden:

  • Habitat Conditions and Planting Plans (page under construction)

 

Trifold Memorial Garden Brochure

To contact the Memorials and History Committee for more information concerning or to make comments about the Memorial Garden, please complete the information below.

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