Patch explores village memorials dedicated to loved ones.
week Patch looks at outdoor memorials in the Estates section of town:
Tullamore Park, Stratford School, the Unitarian Universalist Church, Garden City Community Church and Garden City High School.
They add up to almost
130 memorials to loved ones.
has three outdoor memorials.
the Tullamore Park sign: "Maurice Kirby- Husband and father, Trustee,
Village of Garden City, Recreation and Traffic Commissioner, President,
Property Owners Association of Garden City Estates. Selfless, consummately
dedicated, quiet yet forceful, 'the voice of moderation,' an engineering
wizard, volunteerism at its best..."
Garibaldi- Tree and plaque- "Planted in memory of our adored
Capello- Tree and plaque- "In loving memory of 'Jono'- Class of 1996-
92919779112001." There is another plaque dedicated to Capello at Garden
City High School.
also has three memorials.
A tree and plaque in front of the school- "In loving memory of our
A tree and
plaque in front of the school- "Dedicated to the Stratford Avenue School
by the sixth grade of 1950."
Kane- It is located in Stratford's back courtyard and features large Hummel-style little boy and girl statues with a plaque that reads, "Fisher girl
and boy presented to James L. Kane- Principal, Stratford Avenue School
1970-1978- True friend of children- Donated by faculty and P.T.A."Unitarian
has one memorial. "In loving memory of Lynn
City Community Church
has more than 80 outdoor memorials in their Nursery School "playscape"
area. There are stepping stones with engraved names, as well as benches, trees
and outdoor items.
stone reads, "In memory of George and Eleanor Nohe." The Nohe family was one of the original members of the Community Church.
Seusser has two stones. "Her love of children shone in all she did"
and "In loving memory- Marianne Seusser- teacher and friend." She was
an active member as well.Garden
City High School
has more than 40 outdoor memorials, recorded by former Social
Studies department chair Doug Sheer on a map and information about each. Visit www.CommunityWalk.com
for more information.
Biggane '98- "In Loving Memory- 1980-2000." Mollie died of skin
cancer at age 20. Her family has run the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation, which educates people of the dangers of skin cancer, and has saved many lives.
Please visit www.MolliesFund.org
for more information.
are for former GCHS teachers Mark Levine and Bob McGowan.
"Mark Levine was the Foreign Language Department Chair from 1973
through 2002. During the early 1990s when there were few computers in the school district, Mark stood out
as the person who grasped
the potential of the Internet and frequently explained to the faculty the
potential of computers. While computers and the internet are commonplace
throughout the district today, Mark was truly years ahead of his time in seeing
where education would be heading," Sheer said.
"Bob McGowan was an English teacher from 1969 through 1997. Bob
was a lover of both the written and spoken word and shared that love with his
students and colleagues for almost 30 years. He served as the advisor to
the high school newspaper, Echo
was a yearly contender in the Intramural Quiz Bowl competition where his love
of literature and knowledge of spelling some of the most difficult words proved
so helpful to his team," Sheer added.
Do you have a special outdoor memorial in town for a
loved one? Do you know someone who has been memorialized? Let us know in the
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