03 August 2010

Tombstone Tuesday--Reeman Cemetery

Reeman is one of my favorite local cemeteries. Fairly small, and rural, it is only a few miles from my home. Neatly fenced in with a prominent sign, it is one that is not on the way to anywhere. Located in Sheridan Township, on a road that turns to gravel right after the driveway, it is actually several miles from the small community of Reeman and the Christian Reformed Church located there.
When the main road home was being "improved" I often took the road passing this cemetery, rather than the regular detour. I love the peaceful atmosphere.
The drive through Reeman Cemetery is a large U. In one side and out the other. The most striking feature is that the drive is lined with large cedar trees. You can see some of them above.
Other than that, Reeman Cemetery does not have a lot of trees within the cemetery, but is surrounded by tall trees. As you can see here, it is still in active use as a cemetery. Other than first name of Ralph E, I cannot make out the last name. It does say US Army. Perhaps this is too recent a stone for our transcript.

Here again you can see more modern granite stones, mingled with the older obelisk type of stones. And while the bushes are close to the Tanis family stone, they are not overpowering it.
That is one thing I have noticed about the cemetery. The shrubs, although large as shown here with the stone for Garrit Wesselink, are all neatly trimmed.
Here is one of the many Sneller family stones, a stately obelisk style. You can tell that this area of Newaygo county, near both Reeman and Fremont was heavily settled with Dutch families. The transcript of graves is rife with the names of neighbors with the old Dutch spellings: Van Eeuwen, Teusink, Terlaan, Boes, Freriks, Blaauw, Zandvliet, and Hoekert. This last family modernized their family name to Hooker and now some in the younger generation have changed back to the original spelling.
I close with a great overall view of the cemetery. You can see that all the evergreen shrubs are neatly trimmed. And at this opening to the cemetery, you can see the beautiful cedars on either side of the drive.
A beautiful cemetery, full of names of the families who still live in the area, all around me.

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