Established 1862

Woodlawn Cemetery

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Woodlawn Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Winona, Minnesota and considered one of the most historic and beautiful cemeteries in the state. We are a non-profit organization dating back to 1862 and we welcome all faiths. We want your experience here at Woodlawn Cemetery to be memorable.

Woodlawn meticulously maintains the grounds to ensure your loved one will be honored and not forgotten. With utmost pride and continued integrity, Woodlawn will continue to be a place for peaceful reflection in natural surroundings.

Services

Woodlawn Cemetery offers a variety of interment options depending on the family’s needs. Options include traditional burial, mausoleum entombment, cremation burial or inurnment in columbarium niches or crypts. Our historic mausoleum has niches available for purchase.
We also offer burial site enhancement called Special Care which is a ten-year program for families who are interested in honoring loved ones over the course of the year. We have summer geranium urn pots, fresh cut flowers for Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and festive holiday wreaths. Please contact Woodlawn Cemetery for more details at 507-452-6016 or woodlawn@hbci.com.

Monuments and Memorials

The ways to memorialize a loved one are countless depending on your desires and wishes. Woodlawn Cemetery will refer families to monument companies with whom they work. We encourage you to contact these businesses to determine with which one you feel more comfortable working. Woodlawn Cemetery will coordinate with the monument company and will install a foundation base for your monument or marker. In most cases the monument companies will factor in the cost for a foundation base from Woodlawn Cemetery within their proposals. We work closely and collectively with the monument companies to reduce any chance of error.

Styles of Markers

Flat Markers are flush with the ground and are most often made of granite. Single markers are commonly found in Sections J & M within the cemetery grounds of Woodlawn. The standard size for a single flat marker measure is 24 x 12 inches. If you are looking for a double flat marker the standard size is 36 x 12 inches.

Raised Markers rise up above the ground level on the top edge and slope down towards the bottom edge. The standard size for a raised marker is 24 x 16 inches.

Headstones are grave markers that stand above the level of the gravesite. Usually the markers are 6-8 inches thick and set on a concrete foundation base.

Monuments are usually very large headstones that can be sculptural, obelisk or another personal representation of the person or family memorialized. You will see numerous monuments throughout your visit to Woodlawn Cemetery. These monuments reveal a little bit about the character or story of the individual or family who is buried at that location.

All monument companies will schedule a time to meet with you. One of the first questions they will ask you is what determine cemetery you are working with and whether you know what the cemetery allows for markers. The monument company will ask how many gravesites you have and whether or not your intentions are to have all the markers to be similar in appearance. Another question you will be asked is if you have a particular marker in mind. They actually do a good job of navigating the conversation to determine your family’s desires and hopes.

Burial Lots

Presently, burial lots are available for sale primarily in Sections M and East Addition at Woodlawn Cemetery. When a lot or gravesite has been purchased the owner will be given a recorded deed and sales receipt indicating the amount and location of the gravesite. The office will also maintain a record of all of the transactions for Woodlawn.

Lot owners will be part of the non-profit organization and are encouraged to attend the annual lot owners meeting every May at Woodlawn Cemetery. If a lot owner has a change of heart and desires to sell back or gift the purchased interment site, they will need to contact Woodlawn Cemetery to inform them of their intentions. The cemetery will only recognize the original lot owner or oldest heir in the family as the rightful owner of any previous transactions. We require a notarized letter from the lot owner or oldest heir in the family for any changes with ownership or designations for interments.

Advance Planning

We live in a busy society and find ourselves having to manage it by planning accordingly. At Woodlawn Cemetery we talk with families every day about the importance of planning ahead time to find out what is important for your final resting place. When you have a plan in place, you have taken the burden off your family members to make these decisions and actually have a voice in what your desires are for your funeral service. We will answer any questions you may have and discuss the various interment options and locations at Woodlawn Cemetery from which you may choose. You will be able to make choices that are meaningful to you and your family. You will be able to feel relieved knowing your wishes and desires will be carried out at Woodlawn Cemetery. If you would like to learn more about Advance Planning at Woodlawn Cemetery, please contact us at 507-452-6016 or woodlawn@hbci.com.

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