Memorial Day is still a few months away.
but a group in Onalaska is working hard to make sure
improvements are made to a cemetary in time for the
News 8's Brittany Schmidt has an update...
My dad was a care taker out there.
For about a year, Lois Riniker has been in charge
of raising funds to improve Onalaska's Cemetery on
All my relatives, grandparents, great grandparents
are buried out there and my dad took a lot of pride
in what he did out there so I want to do this for
However, Riniker says she knew she couldn't do it
so she created the onalaska cemetery committee and
invited others to help out
Hundreds and hundreds of people go by there everyday
and we think it should look presentable to respect
the people who are buried there.
Together, the committee has raised over 150,000 dollars
in about a year.
Surprisingly, a lot of our donations not only came
from Onalaska residents, but former residents living
all over the United States.
Now that the money has been raised.
and the designs have been finalized with Onalaska's
it's time to put it out for a bid
We are actually advertising in the newspaper this
Friday for bids and we are going to be bringing in
bids in about 3 weeks for the project.
The improvements include a new aluminum fence along
pillars and an arch way.
Right now there are two places to drive into the cemetery
on Main Street, one of those will be turned into a
We have done a lot of work already, a lot of work
getting the plans done, selecting materials and getting
everyone to agree.
and now it is going to be the fun part and actually
But Holter admits, this project wouldn't be where
it is today, if it wasn't for the committee
Without the committee's help, I don't think we would
have ever come to get done, not only soliciting donations,
but their drive and enthusiasm.
They are very enthusiastic about the project.
And both Riniker and Kennedy say.
that enthusiasm and committment will continue.
You are still looking at 13th street, 12 street and
hickory street on the south.
We are going to get it finished because we are giong
to stick together as a group.
IN ONALASKA, BS, N8
The bids have to be returned to the city by March
Then the common council will have to approve one of
As soon as that happens, construction can begin and
the committee is hoping to start building as soon