Cemetery (1400 East Main Street)
Silverbrook Cemetery is
City-owned and operated. The cemetery grounds are open from 8:00 am
to dusk, year around. Information regarding burial lots or fees may
be obtained by calling or visiting the Silverbrook Cemetery office.
Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Information on rules or
regulations for the cemetery are shown below.
The cemetery occupies approximately 70 acres of land. The oldest
burial is that of Isaac Gray, who was buried in September of 1830.
A printed walking tour guide is available on this page.
From November 15th to April 1st of each calendar year, the use of
artificial wreathes and flowers, glass cases and glass boxes are
permitted. During the period from April 2nd through November 14th,
the use of decorations and articles as noted above are strictly
prohibited, and the cemetery shall have the right to remove and
dispose of them.
Questions or comments regarding cemetery operations should be
directed to Gary Soper, Public Works Superintendent, at
269-683-4700, ext 3050.
- No glass receptacles at any time will be allowed in the
- No dogs will be allowed at any time in the cemetery.
- Shepherd’s hooks shall not be cemented into the ground.
Cemetery personnel must be able to move the hooks when necessary.
- All artificial flowers, plant baskets, and decorations must be
within 12 inches of an upright marker, as not to impede mowing
- All decorations and flowers on flush marker graves shall be in
containers and easily moved by cemetery personnel. Objects around
a flush marker will be removed without notice if troublesome to
mowing operations. Also, artificial flowers are not allowed in the
Cemetery from April 2 thru November 14.
- All cement and metal urns must be placed so as not to impede
mowing operations. Any urn which is unused or broken will be
removed by the cemetery.
- Cemetery personnel have the right to remove from burial spaces
any unsightly or undesirable objects.
- There shall be no fence, curbing, brick, stone or other edging
placed upon any grave. Cemetery personnel shall remove these items
- The cemetery shall remove any and all flowers, trees, shrubs
and hedges which may become unsightly, dangerous, unmaintained, or
encroaching on any adjacent lot.
- When the cemetery is required to remove a tree or bush in
order to make the lot useable, the cost of removal shall be borne
by the lot owner.
- All plastic and wire stem flowers must be secured in a
container as not to blow about the cemetery and shall not impede
- Cemetery personnel will remove flowers used at funerals for
the adornment of graves that become unsightly.
- The cemetery will not be responsible for flowers cut by
accident during mowing and trimming operations, although due care
will be taken to prevent this from happening. Flowers planted in
the ground and not maintained will be removed.
- All potted plants must be placed so as not to impede mowing
- Winter decorations will be allowed November 15th thru April
1st. Easter decorations will be removed by Cemetery personnel one
week after Easter. Summer decorations will be allowed May 1 thru
Labor Day weekend. Halloween decorations will be allowed from
October 1 thru October 31.
DECORATIONS AND FLOWERS LEFT AFTER THE REMOVAL DATES WILL BE
CONSIDERED UNWANTED AND WILL BE REMOVED BY CEMETERY PERSONNEL.
A non-governmental volunteer organization called The Friends of
Silverbrook Cemetery works to preserve the history of our city
through their love of the municipally owned cemetery. The
Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery spend time assisting in the
cleaning, maintenance and preservation of this historic cemetery.
For more information see their website at www.friendsofsilverbrook.org.
You can also contact Tim or Candace Skalla at
269-362-3142 or click here to
send them an email.