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Columbarium dedicated at St. Paul's Episcopal Church

A new columbarium and reflection garden was dedicated and blessed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church east of Hudson. Participating in the ceremony Sunday, Oct. 8, (from left): Rev. W. Jay Lambert, bishop of the diocese of Eau Claire; Lay Eucharistic Minister Cynthia Hackworthy; Rev. Guy Usher; and Garrett Conover, chairman of the building committee. Photo courtesy of Evy Nerbonne

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

The Rt. Rev. W. Jay Lambert officiated at the dedication and blessing of the new columbarium at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 8. The columbarium and reflection garden project was coordinated by a lay committee of the church which planned the design, construction and landscaping of the addition adjacent to the main church building on County Road UU.

The columbarium was manufactured and installed by Cold Spring Granite Company in Cold Spring, Minn., and contains 48 double occupancy niches and weighs approximately 12,000 pounds. The interior is constructed of concrete and the exterior surface is solid Carnelian granite quarried from Milbank, S.D.

The shape of the cross in the center of the reflection garden circle is an Alisee Pattee cross. It was chosen for its circular design and is engraved and stained into the concrete. The center of the cross is stained to match the Carnelian granite on the columbarium and the cross itself is stained a beige color to complement the color of the church structure. The perimeter is stained a light grey cloud-like pattern to transition to the larger gathering area. The cross artwork was created by Tyler Borgemoen.

Committee members for the project included Garrett Conover, Carolyn Barrette, Jane Conover-Kelliher, C. R. Hackworthy, Cynthia Hackworthy, Conrad Rivard, David Schultz, Ed Slamkowski, Fr. Guy Usher and Amanda Wurtzberger. Additional support was provided by Cindy Bachmann for cross colors, Joe Granberg for site-plan surveying and Judy Kadidlo for the landscape planting design.

Contractors for the project were Dennis Coliva, landscape architect with Earthworks Landscape Architects and Contractors in River Falls; Brad Hanson, Heins Valley Creek Nursery Inc. in Woodbury; Jim LaVenture, LaVenture Crane & Rigging, Inc. in New Richmond; and Tim Siegfried, George Siegfried Construction Company in Bayport, Minn.