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Niagara Gazette Obituaries

Wreaths Across America

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - The 2012 Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony will be held Saturday, December 15, 2012 in front of the flag pole at the front of Oakwood Cemetery. Oakwood is one of over 700 sites across the country holding a Wreaths Across America ceremony to coincide with the one taking place at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony will begin at 12 noon sharp.

Click here to see the 2011 Wreaths Across America Ceremony.

Wreaths may be sponsored in honor of or in memory of a Veteran. All wreaths are $15. You can download an order form by clicking here. You can send the form directly back to the National Wreaths Across America office, or if you would like us to place the wreath on a specific grave, send the form to Oakwood Cemetery office at 763 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14301. For more information call 716.284.5131. All orders must be in by 11/23/2012.


2013 Oakwood Photo Calendar

NIAGARA FALLS, NY  (Oakwood Cemetery) - The 2013 Oakwood Cemetery Photo Calendars are now on sale in the Oakwood office (inside the gate and to the right).  The calendar features outstanding photographs from local photographers Tim and Barbara Maloney.  The Maloney's also edited the calendar.  All monies raised from the sale of the calendar will go to the Friends of Oakwood Cemetery Preservation Fund.  Friends of Oakwood Chairman, Bob Kazeangin said, "We are honored to have these beautiful pictures to use as a fundraiser.  Oakwood is a jewel in Niagara's crown, and the Maloney's have done a great job capturing the essence of the cemetery." 

Calendars are $20.  To puchase a copy come to the cemetery office, or call (716) 284-5131 to reserve yours.


Evan Swierczek (Honorable Mention)


NIAGARA FALLS,NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Evan Swierczek and family stopped by the Oakwood House to see Evan's award winning drawing on display. Evan's drawing of Annie in the darkness of her barrel, about to go over the Falls made an impact on our judges. Oakwood Cemetery is proud to have Evan and his family here as guests. We even took a run out to Annie's grave to say hello. Thank Mr. and Mrs. Swierczek it was nice to meet everyone.


Annie's Great Grand Nieces talk to the Buffalo News


Annie Edson Taylor's 174th Birthday Celebration

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Come celebrate Niagara's Queen of the Mist, Annie Edson Taylor.  The festivities start SUNDAY, October 21, at Noon.  After some brief welcomes and opening remarks, we will commission our new "Edsonmobile" cart, donated in the memory of Annie by her Grand Nieces, Elsie and Rose.   Warren Baltes, Historian for the Connecticut Street Armory in Buffalo will present the cemetery two Civil War Campaign medals in honor of LeRoy Williams and Peter A. Porter.

At 1pm Annie will be portayed graveside by noted Historian Terry Lasher Winslow.

At 2:30pm The winners of our Annie Edson Taylor kids coloring contest will be announced.  Niagara area students were read "Queen of the Falls" by Chris Van Allsburg, then our youth drew pictures of Annie and her trip.  Annie's Grand Nieces will judge the pictures as well as will known area artist Paul Hanover.

Through out the afternoon you will be able to buy Annie books and also Chocolates from Niagara's Honeymoon Sweets.  Mary Ann Hess owner and chocolate maker will be here with her special treats.

Here is a sampling of last year's kids drawings.  What talent Western New York has! 

Click here to read from the Niagara Frontier Publication

While we're at it, here is an Australian Newspaper Article on Daredevils that mentions Annie.