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Lakeside dedicates Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park

Plans for the Garden Plans for the Garden

On Sunday, May 26, Lakeside Chautauqua dedicated the Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park. The Garden was inspired by the Bayview, Michigan, Chautauqua’s Memorial Garden and in response to requests from Lakesiders for a memorial garden.

Kevin Sibbring, Lakeside Chautauqua’s President and CEO said, “We want to build one of the greatest gardens in the world and connect people with loved ones past and with God the creator, to demonstrate the circle of life, a place where ashes will become part of the earth and nurture the garden.”

When Tom Mueller suddenly lost his wife, Joyce, he struggled with the loss and with where to place her remains. Joyce loved Lakeside, so when Mueller found out about the park plans, he was “at peace.”

Featured speaker Bishop Judith Craig spoke of “this garden as a foretaste of the garden to come.”

MKSK, landscape architects from Columbus, are helping to realize that vision. The Garden will feature a fountain, ponds, sculptures, trees, walking paths, benches and a pavilion.

Sibbring’s vision of “a permanent sacred place to sustain the generations forever” came one step closer to reality at Lakeside last Sunday.

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