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Church congregation begins work on memorial garden

December 27, 2001

Church congregation begins work on memorial garden



By MARLO BARNHART
marlob@herald-mail.com


WOFLSVILLE - The congregation of St. Mark's Lutheran Church is turning an empty lot into a garden destined to honor the past while celebrating the future.

The memorial garden along Wolfsville Road behind the church parking lot is being built in stages, said Kenneth Frushour, secretary of the church cemetery committee.

"We've been planning the garden for about eight years but we were slow getting the funds," Frushour said.

He said the delay probably worked in the church's favor.

Over the years, congregation members interested in the project have traveled to other churches to see how they conceived and carried out their ideas for similar memorial gardens.

"We visited several gardens that were quite beautiful but were very high maintenance," Frushour said. "That's not what we wanted."

The first phase, a pavilion that will serve as the focal point of the garden, was completed this fall. It will provide space for memorial services, funerals, weddings and similar events.

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"Several meditation benches and an altar table are an integral part of the pavilion or outdoor chapel," Frushour said.

The pavilion is constructed of space age poly-lumber manufactured from recycled soda bottles, milk cartons and other plastic containers, Frushour said.

"It is virtually maintenance free, fabricated and erected by Milmar Plastics Co. of Leitersburg," Frushour said.

The concrete base and rough grading were completed by A&W Construction Co. of Wolfsville.

Work on the next phase will get under way in the spring. Site development and initial landscaping will proceed as funds become available.

"People can donate a bush or a bench or a tree in memory of a loved one," Frushour said. That donation will be recorded in a journal to avoid putting up plaques and signs in the garden.

Trees, flowering shrubs and seasonal flowers will be planted in the space, with garden accessories kept to a minimum, Frushour said.

In addition to Frushour, the Memorial Garden committee includes Lois Kuhn, Douglas Henneberger, Audrey Wolfe and Delphin Frushour.

Anyone wishing to memorialize a loved one may send a contribution to St. Mark's Lutheran Church Memorial Garden Fund, c/o Kenneth Frushour, 13436 Wolfsville Road, Smithsburg, MD 21783; or Gail Guyton, 5234 Muirfield Drive, Ijamsville, MD 21754.

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