Lake Zurich had a large settlement of immigrant German farmers in 1901 when many of them joined to build St. Peter Evangelical and Reformed Church and open a two-acre church cemetery nearby on Midlothian Road. In 1949, St. Peter Congregational Church (U.C.C.) in response to the new Illinois cemetery act, deeded the cemetery to the just formed Lake Zurich Cemetery Association, which operated until 2007. At that time, the cemetery board knew that perpetual care would eventually become impossible to deliver. The Ela Township Board, with the help of permissive state law, was able to assume ownership of the cemetery.
Since the takeover, the township has improved general maintenance, filled sinking areas, planted trees, improved the overall appearance, installed a scatter garden and opened a new section. Daily visitors come to the cemetery to share remembrances of good times, to meditate, and to visit with lost loved ones.
The cemetery has room for approximately 1300 burials. A little over 1200 sites are under ownership with a majority being devoted to burial. About 20 sites remain for sale.
Cremation Scatter Garden in Lake Zurich Cemetery:
A scatter garden in Lake Zurich Cemetery was completed in 2009. Cremations are becoming more popular as cemetery space becomes scarce. Rising costs for burial plots, cremation plots and niches, and monuments make scatter gardens a less expensive alternative.
Some people have cremation ashes from a loved one, but don’t have clear or specific directions for disposal. This garden is a dedicated and blessed area within the cemetery. The monolith stone with a 20 x 30 inch bronze plaque is inscribed, “A Garden of Treasured Memories – Come find peace here . . . and remember.”
Each person to be remembered will have an engraved nameplate with birth and death dates attached to the large plaque. The township garden is a quiet beautifully landscaped and fenced nook within the cemetery. There are benches for quiet remembrance. Ashes will be scattered in a specific location with the assistance of an Ela Township Cemetery Board representative.
Rules and Regulations for Placement of Decorations on Gravesites:
- Only two (2) decorations allowed per gravesite.
- Potted plants must be maintained or they will be removed.
- Trees, shrubs and perennials will only be planted with the approval of the cemetery representative.
- Any decoration that is broken, faded or deteriorated will be removed.
- No edging installed around monument of any kind.
- Do not hang any items in Trees or shrubs.
- Ela Township is not responsible for any decorations. We want to honor your loved ones but we don’t want to dishonor our cemetery.
Services and Costs:
Burial Grave Site $1000
Infant Grave Site $250*
Cremation Burial Site $450*
Opening and closing full graves $900– Saturdays $1200
Opening and Closing Costs:
Cremation & infant burials $300 – Saturdays $500
Scatter Garden Service $250* (Includes Bronze Name/Dates Marker)
-No Sunday or Holiday burials
-Late fee of $50 per half hour may be assessed