The Memorial Garden was built in the first part of 1981 and became operative in October 1981. The Garden concept at Zion can be largely attributed to Lincoln and Sigrid Strom. Lincoln was the principal designer of the Garden configuration as it now appears.
The Garden is a Columbarium consisting of seven walls of varying heights, made of brick, reinforced masonry and marble, containing 289 niches, allowing for the remains of 574 people. The wall encircles a garden area with brick walls.
The Church Council is the only authority in setting policy and is responsible for the governing of the Garden. The Memorial Garden Committee conducts the business of the Garden with the By-Laws and wishes of the Church Council.
Mr. Fred Ballou served as the first custodial trustee of the Garden from its inception until January 1990. Members of Zion who served with him during these years, giving so much of their time, money, and talents are listed below. We owe a debt of gratitude to these Christian men and women.
Original Members of the Memorial Garden Committee
In his final report, Mr. Ballou reminds us that the Columbarium is not a business venture. Its purpose is to serve the spiritual needs of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church “Under the Cross.” As he said, the Garden is “a truly holy place” witnessing to future generations of our final destination—eternity with God almighty.
Current Members of the Memorial Garden Committee
Christine Ferrara, Secretary
Robin Larson, Treasurer
Carole Watson, Chair
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