$700,000 memorial garden to accommodate cremations at Tod

Tod Homestead Cemetery has begun construction on a new columbarium memorial garden, a $700,000 project to accommodate the growing practice of cremation.

The two-acre feature is designed as a place for repose and reflection, with a fountain, landscaping, walkways and 10 low-profile structures with a total of 960 spaces for cremation remains. Completion is scheduled for this fall.

“We are very pleased to be in a position to make this important investment,” said Sallie Tod Dutton, president of the Tod Homestead Cemetery Association. “We are grateful to be able to carry on the legacy of Governor Tod and his son, George Tod, to create a place of repose and reflection for the people of the Mahoning Valley.

“We are moving forward with this facility without sacrificing our high standards for upkeep and maintenance. Although cremation is less popular in the Mahoning Valley today than in most of the United States, we expect the practice to grow here in the years ahead and want to be prepared. Many families favor cremation because it can cost less than traditional burials, uses less land and is easier to arrange.”

The cemetery, established in 1908 by the Tod family,currently offers options for cremation in its mausoleum and traditional burial spaces. The columbarium garden will expand those options.

The garden was designed by Youngstown architect Paul J. Ricciuti, with support from Behnke Landscape Architecture, a Cleveland firm with expertise in cemeteries and gardens. The general contractor for the project is Marucci and Gaffney Excavating of Youngstown.

Tod Homestead Cemetery, 2200 Belmont Ave., is the final resting place to more than 35,000 people of all faiths and ethnic origins. The cemetery is managed by the Tod Homestead Cemetery Association, a non-profit organization established in 1908 by descendants of David Tod, a Youngstown native and Ohio’s Civil War governor. The Tod family still leads the association, with Sallie Tod Dutton, David Tod’s great-great-granddaughter, serving as president and her cousin, David Tod II, serving as treasurer. Two other cousins, Frederica Owsley Fiffick and Lili Tod McMillan, also serve on the association’s board.

Construction proceeds on the new columbarium memorial garden at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown. Officials expect to complete the project in the fall. Electronic image courtesy of Pecchia Communications.

Construction proceeds on the new columbarium memorial garden at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown. Officials expect to complete the project in the fall. Electronic image courtesy of Pecchia Communications.

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  1. Last time I was at Todd Lane found IJGoldstein head stone needs tender loving care
    Hope it gets same

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