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Wreaths Across America, Saturday, December 17, 2016

Please use the Vine Street entrance

9:00 A.M. ~ Wreath Laying

11:00 A.M. ~ Program

~ Kickoff at the State Capital Building will be on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.

Memorial Day Activities, Monday, May 30, 2016

8:30 A.M. ~ Wreath Laying

9:00 A.M. ~ Parade to and program at Soldiers Circle

Parking for visitors will be available on the North Side of the Eakes Office Supply parking lot. (The old post office, west of Wyuka Funeral Home)

Ed Zimmer Cemetery Tour

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2:00 P.M. ~ Meet in front of Rudge Chapel. (Across the lot from Wyuka Funeral Home)

 

LJS ad for Memorial Day pickup

Ribbon Cutting Event will be held Tuesday April 21, 2015 at 3:30 PM.  Tours will be available and light refreshments will be served.  The public is invited please join us for this celebration.

Wyuka Stables, a part of Wyuka Funeral Home & Cemetery, recently went through a complete restoration with some modern updates added.  This project was made possible through funds provided by the Nebraska Department of Roads Enhancement Program and the Federal Highway Administration along with private donations raised by Wyuka Foundation.  The project was recognized with the President’s award by the Preservation Association of Lincoln annual meeting in March.

Wyuka Stables was originally built in 1909 and used for housing horses and casket wagons and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with the Cemetery.  This newly renovated place with modern amenities will be an excellent venue to hold your next event, retreat, reunion, weddings or just a meeting place.  There are two rooms for meeting that can accommodate 60 people each, one with a small kitchen and modern restrooms in addition there is a large open courtyard for extra space part of it fully covered.

Place:
Wyuka Stables
3600 O Street (just to the north of the Funeral Home)
Lincoln, NE

Contact info:
Faye Osborn
events@wyukastables.com

Our new website WyukaStables.com should be up and running April 15th or 16th with lots of information about renting the Stables and its historic past.

Come see our swans, they are back on the pond.Swans Swans Swans Swans

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Wyuka Cemetery

Historical Walking Tour

Presented by:

Ed Zimmer

Sunday, 2:00 P.M.

May 22, 2016

Meet in front of Rudge Chapel

Wyuka started the Memorial Day service at 8:30 A.M. May 26 on the bridge overlooking the pond.

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our country.

 

Recognition Program

Nine Hundred Red, White and Blue balloons were released.

Doves

Symbolic Meaning & Significance

The dove is the universal symbol of peace, hope and freedom and, in this context, the release of funeral doves symbolises the release of the spirit of the departed who is finally at peace. The actual number of doves released is also significant and offers nuances of symbolic meaning and representation. For example:

  • a single white dove represents the peaceful release and onward journey of the spirit of the deceased;
  • a pair of doves symbolises the journey of the spirit of the person who has died accompanied by their spirit guide or guardian angel;
  • the release of three doves followed immediately by the release of a single dove signifies the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost guiding the spirit of the departed on their journey to heaven;
  • ten doves released simultaneously offer a symbolic celebration of the life of a loved one and say a simple, fond farewell.

Doves provided by the Dove Barn

 

 

 

Thank you to the many volunteers to helped make this day possible.

 

 

Ed Zimmer hosted a tour of Wyuka cemetery May 18 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  Thank you Ed for another wonderful historical walk through the cemetery.

 

Ed Zimmer started the tour in Rudge Chapel. The chapel’s interior features a lovely oak pulpit carved with acorns and oak leaves. Funerals and occasional weddings are held in the building as well as the main Chapel in the Main Building next to Rudge.

Beautiful weather for a walk.

 

 

 

 

The oldest building in the cemetery, constructed in 1886. The Vault was built to hold caskets when the ground was too frozen in the winter to open graves.

Wyuka has a few early gravestones with portrait photographs. The technique glazed the image onto a porcelain plaque, creating a photograph that was both crisp and remarkably stable.

 

Memorial Day, May 26, 2014

8:30 A.M. Meet by the stables for the casting of the wreath from the bridge on the north end of the pond.

From there we will gather at the stable for the memorial walk to Soldiers Circle for the service

9:00 A.M. Memorial Service at Soldiers Circle in section 24

You may search for interred on the cemetery tab on our home page.

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Ed Zimmer will be hosting a Walking Tour at Wyuka Cemetery~Park on Sunday May 18, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. This tour is free and open to the public, please join us for an historical and educational walk through our beautiful cemetery. Meet at Rudge Chapel just east of the Funeral Home at 3600 “O” Street.

Crowd gathering in front of Rudge Chapel

Crowd gathering in front of Rudge Chapel

Wyuka would like to wish Ed Hicks the best in his retirement.  Ed joined the Wyuka family 10 years ago after retiring from his previous job.  He was always willing to go above and beyond his duties as a grounds worker for the cemetery.  If you would like to send Ed a card please address it to Wyuka, attn: Ed 3600 O Street Lincoln, NE 68510 and we will forward it to him.

Ed Hicks

 

Dianne Bohlkens, Supervisor of the Grounds Department will be greatly missed.  She has accepted a job with a private firm, they are blessed to have such a wonderful employee.  Dianne has been with Wyuka for 14 plus years, she and her crew have planted well over 300 trees.  Her loyalty, dedication, and labor of love for the grounds is seen year round throughout the cemetery.  Thank you also to her husband and children for all the many hours of free labor they have given.  If you would like to send a card to Dianne please address it to Wyuka 3600 “O” St. Lincoln, NE 68510 and we will forward it to her.

Monarch butterfly

Wyuka Honors Veterans with Wreaths Across America Nine hundred and twenty wreaths were placed with great care on the graves of veterans on Saturday December 14, 2013 at Wyuka Cemetery 3600 “O” Street in Lincoln, Nebraska. A ceremony-complete with patriotic speeches honoring the dedication and sacrifice of veterans, prayers for the fallen and playing of the National Anthem, America the Beautiful, God Bless America and Taps. Representatives of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Merchant Marines, Navy, Nabraska National Guard, Patriot Guard Riders, Lincoln Air Force Junior ROTC, 155th Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron and several Boy Scout Troops helped with the ceremonies. This was the 4th year that Wyuka has participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremony. The tradition of laying wreaths to honor veterans began in 1992, when Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company donated 5,000 wreaths to be placed on the headstones of an older section of Arlington Cemetery. Today over 800 locations around the nation participate in this event. Thank you to our presenting sponsors State Farm Military Affinity Group, BNSF Railway and also to the civic, military and youth organizations and the many individuals who supported “Wreaths Across America at Wyuka” with donations and help with the laying of wreaths. Hy-Vee at 27th & Superior Street provided refreshments for the event.  

Wyuka hosted its first annual Memorial Love Launch program by the newly renovated pond on September 26. After a brief service in our chapel, families gathered in the Garden Room for snacks and refreshments. We then proceeded to the pond to launch the lanterns in memory of loved ones. The calm water was beautifully lit with the many floating lanterns. 

Wyuka has the best showroom in town  of benches, ledgers, markers and monuments. This is just a sample of the many shapes, sizes and colors available.

Please give a member of our family service representatives a call at 402-474-3600.

It has been our privilege to serve you and your family this past year. The holidays are a difficult time for many who have lost a loved one. Wyuka invited family and friends to attend our Tree of Remembrance Service to honor those loved ones and to support those who grieve. During the month of December family members signed an ornament provided by Wyuka in memory of their loved one. The ornaments were hung on our tree until after the service held on December 15, when they were taken home by the families. Many of the 60 plus in attendance had given us pictures of their loved one to honor with a pictorial tribute played during the service. Following the half-hour program held in our chapel, families gathered in the Garden Room for a reception.

Genealogy Form

Click on this link if you would like to print and fill out a request form for your genealogy request.

Concrete slabs ready for construction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completed construction.

Looking to the west from the lawn crypt section

 

Memorial Day Celebration at Wyuka Funeral Home and Cemetery will be Monday, May 27, 2013 beginning at 8:30 A.M.

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Wyuka Funeral Home and Cemetery in conjunction with the Hildegard Center for the Arts, Lincoln High School, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and State Historian, Ed Zimmer held a walking tour called “Hearing from Heroes” at Wyuka Cemetery on October 21, 2012.  Students from Lincoln High School portrayed ten Lincolnites from the past that are buried at Wyuka Cemetery, people from the past that overcame adversity, poverty and in some instances slavery to become outstanding members and leaders of the Lincoln community.

 

Tour set to begin in front of Rudge Chapel

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There are certain times of the year that Wyuka and Fairview cemeteries are looking for volunteers to help the grounds crew. Duties would including helping to clean up areas of the cemetery, planting flowers and help with the overall care of the cemetery.  If interested, please contact Dianne Bohlken at 402-474-3600 or in person at 3600 O St, Lincoln, Ne. Member of the LPS GOPO program.

Lincoln Journal Star Article from April 15, 2011 by Joe Duggan

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