Wednesday, April 3, 2013
If there is smoke coming from the cemetery between now and June 1, it's part of a required prairie burn.
You might see flames coming from the Prairie Home Cemetery’s prairie area that is home to the natural burial area between now and June 1. But the fire is supposed to be there. Prairie burns are required every three to five years, according to a news release from Cemetery Director David Brenner. The Waukesha Fire Department plans to be on site when Midwest Prairie from Janesville completes a controlled burn on the prairie. “This natural habitat has environmental advantages, such as not requiring weekly mowing and does not require regular and costly herbicide applications,” Brenner said in the release. “Additionally, there is the advantage of a beautiful habitat that is attracting much wildlife such as birds and butterflies.”
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Humane Animal Welfare Society is partnering with Prairie Home Cemetery to build a place for pet owners to grieve.
When a person loses a beloved pet in Waukesha, there are limited options if they want to have a place of mourning for that pet. The city’s cemetery has looked at the issue for years, but a pet cemetery is finally moving forward at the Prairie Home Cemetery. The Finance Committee approved Tuesday night a contract to begin the first phase of planning. The contract will ultimately have to be approved by the Waukesha Common Council at an upcoming meeting. While the $2,000 contract had to go before the Finance Committee, the funding for the contract with CPRA Studio is being funded by donated funds. Further donations will be used for more design work and construction. “At no time do I want to use public funds,” Cemetery Manager David Brenner …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Although the Common Council previously approved a pet cemetery section in Prairie Home Cemetery, the money hasn't been in the cemetery's budget. Could 2012 be the year for that to change?
When a pet dies, some families opt to dig a hole in the backyard and hold an informal funeral for their pet. Others leave them with the vet, but there are many pet owners out there who consider their pet as a member of the family. And as a member of the family, when their animal dies, some people want to give their pet a proper burial in a pet cemetery where they can mourn their loved ones passing. Prairie Home Cemetery, the city-owned cemetery between Prairie and South West avenues just north of Sunset Drive, received approvals years ago to build a pet cemetery for cremated animals but because of budget reasons, the project has gone to the “back burner,” according to Cemetery Manager David Brenner. The Cemetery Commission and officials …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Shelter will serve families of those who are buried in prairie grass area of Prairie Home Cemetery.
Officials from Prairie Home Cemetery broke ground in a new way last week as the construction of an open-air shelter for its natural burial area is beginning. The ceremony was held in the cemetery where the shelter will be constructed. From the official news release: The committal area, as it is being referred, will serve as a place where memorialization of those buried will occur. It will also be where families and clergy can hold funeral services. The development of the natural burial area and its 12-acre wild grass and flower prairie began in 2010. The cemetery worked with landscape design architect New Eden Landscape Architecture, LLC., while construction is being handled by Burkhardt Construction of Butler, WI The new committal area, …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima wants city-run cemetery to begin selling headstones and vaults to help city’s budget.
With a tough city budget for 2012 being under the scrutiny of Waukesha aldermen, Mayor Jeff Scrima brought forward a solution that he says will save the city tens of thousands of dollars. Scrima would like to have the Common Council come up with a recommendation in the 2012 budget that would allow Prairie Home Cemetery to sell headstones and vaults. “Note that the council currently allows the cemetery to compete with private sector businesses by selling flowers, wreaths, planter and benches,” Scrima said in his referral that he gave the Waukesha Common Council Tuesday night. “In addition, other examples can be found where the city and other non-profit organizations compete with private sector businesses in selling the same products or …
Monday, September 12, 2011
Musician's grave marker dedicated during special ceremony on Saturday at Prairie Home Cemetery.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Two years after his death, Les Paul’s family and friends will gathered at Prairie Home Cemetery on Saturday to dedicate his gravesite memorial. The event provided the first glimpse of the 500-square foot granite monument and a chance to hear Les Paul’s family and close friends recount moments with the famous guitar player and inventor, according to a press release from the Les Paul Foundation. After viewing several proposals, the Les Paul Estate commissioned Rock of Ages of Barre, Vermont to design, build and install the granite memorial. Ford Construction of Waukesha laid the foundation and New Eden Landscape Architecture of Milwaukee designed the landscaping. Visitors can walk into the monument to read about Paul. Granite slabs …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Two years of planning produce monument appropriate for local music legend.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Les Paul’s family and friends will gather at Prairie Home Cemetery, 605 S. Prairie Ave., Saturday, Sept. 10, to dedicate his gravesite memorial. The 10:30 a.m. event will provide a first glimpse of the 500-square foot granite monument and a chance to hear Les Paul’s family and close friends recount moments with the famous guitar player and inventor, according to a press release from the Les Paul Foundation. The event is open to the public and there is no charge. After viewing several proposals, the Les Paul Estate commissioned Rock of Ages of Barre, Vermont to design, build and install the granite memorial. Ford Construction of Waukesha laid the foundation and New Eden Landscape Architecture of Milwaukee designed the landscaping. Visitors …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Waukesha South High School cross country team participates in volunteer activity on Wednesday at city cemetery.
Members from the Waukesha South High School boys cross country team spent their Wednesday morning and afternoon in the sun, but it wasn’t for practice or to run through the woods. The group of high school runners volunteered their time to help paint the large green fence on the perimeter of Prairie Home Cemetery. The cemetery, which is run by the city, is located between South West and Prairie avenues. The students were sprucing up the fencing as part of their community service requirement. Darrell Gramdorf, the head coach for the team, explained that Waukesha South High School’s athletic director, Dan Domach, has made it a requirement for the athletes to volunteer. “He really wants the athletic teams out in the community and doing things…
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
About a dozen veterans worked to honor 1,700 people buried in Waukesha cemetery on Wednesday.
The VFW Post 721-Waukesha, the Soat-Vergenz Post, spent Wednesday morning in the drizzling rain placing an American flag on the graves of veterans who are buried in the Prairie Home Cemetery. About a dozen veterans were in the cemetery placing the flags on more than 1,700 graves. Dave Matuszak, the commander of the local VFW post, estimated he placed 160 flags on the graves. "It is just paying tribute to fellow comrades who have passed away," Matuszak said. "Sometimes I like to actually call them by their names when I walk by and say ‘Hey’ to them. I tell them we are trying real hard to not forget about anybody." Matuszak said he believes the community appreciates the work the veterans do in remembering those who have passed away. "It is …