East of the cemetery extending eastward to the DNR land. The terrain is high at the cemetery and slopes down towards the east.
- 26 trees
- 26 planted
- 8 dedicated
We, the members of the First United Church of Christ, Northfield, dedicate a bur oak to Todd Lippert, who served as its senior minister from 2012 to 2020. Todd was a champion of community service, a leader from the pulpit and in the office and on the softball diamond, a teller of stories that we needed to hear, a comforter and friend to the young and the old, and a channel and a source of God’s spirit. As Todd deepened the work of the church through connections with ISAIAH, an organization dedicated to biblical justice and the common good throughout Minnesota, so we honor and remember Todd with these words from the sixty-first chapter of Isaiah: God has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to comfort all who mourn. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting and the glory of God. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes its seed to spring up, so God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
An oak tree dedicated on August 6th, 2020 to honor the 60th Wedding Anniversary of Gary & Linda Wagenbach by their children Jeff, Paul and Brian.
In memory of Qiguang Zhao,
Oh high, we would be two birds flying wing to wing
On earth, two trees with branches twined from spring to spring
Bur Oak dedicated to the memory of Arnie Rudningen by the Valley Grove Preservation Society
Bur Oak dedicated to the memory of Louis & Amanda Heggedahl by Leif & Deb Knecht.
Bur Oak dedicated to Barbara A. Hope’s pioneer ancestors the Hopes and the Hukees.
Valley Grove Preservation Society proudly dedicates an oak to John Maakestad. On June 21, 1973 John became the first chairman of the board for this society which was then called ‘Society For The Preservation Of The Valley Grove Church Building’. This non-profit was formed to save the 1894 clapboard church from being razed. John was the leader during this troubling time and his action on behalf of the church site can be found in old newspaper articles and many court papers. John was key to in the white church building and along with several other area residents and farmers, he grew crops to help pay the expenses for this cause. The church was officially saved May 29, 1975. This same year John started the evening Christmas eve services. During the 1970’s and 1980’s John was considered the unofficial caretaker of the church. John returned as a board member during the 1990’s and into this century.
In memory of the family of Ole Halgrimson Vold and Brynhild Engebretsdtr. Gandrud, who emigrated, from Fla, Hallingdal Norway to Rice County, Minnesota in 1861. They resided there for 11 years until they moved to Worth County, Iowa. The oak is dedicated by their great granddaughter The Rev. Cynthia Vold Forde, D. Min.
An oak tree is dedicated by Ruth Hukee Jeffery of Eston, Saskatchewan, Canada in loving memory of her father Hans Ole Hukee (1876-1927)) and her brother Raymond Edwin Hukee (1921-1999). Hans Hukee emigrated from Minnesota to Semans, Saskatchewan, Canada where he met and married Isabella Traynor in 1920. Their two children, Ruth and Raymond, were born and raised in Semans. Raymond Hukee served as a bomber pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force England in WWII. On his second flight he was shot down and held as a prisoner of war for 18 months. After returning from the war, he settled in Regina, Saskatchewan where he worked at Burroughs office equipment until his retirement. He is most fondly remembered as an accomplished player of the bagpipes with the South Saskatchewan Regiment Bag Pipe Band.
Bur Oak dedicated to the memory of Arnold and Orpha Elkin parents of Linda (Elkin) Wagenbach, and Edward Wagenbach and Florence (Maack) Wagenbach parents of Gary Wagenbach.
An oak tree is dedicated by Bill Jeffery and his children, of Eston, Saskatchewan, Canada in loving memory of Ruth Beatrice (Hukee) Jeffery (1926-2005). Ruth was born in Semans, Saskatchewan on August 4, 1926 to Isabella and Hans Ole Hukee. She received her public and high school education in Semans and graduated from the Regina General Hospital nursing program in 1947. She moved to Eston, Saskatchewan in 1947 to nurse in the Eston Union Hospital. Ruth will be remembered for her commitment to the community of Eston by the many contributions she made through her professional nursing practice, her involvement with the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Order of the Eastern Star and numerous other volunteer roles. Ruth had a great love of music and for over 30 years sang in the St. Andrews United Church choir and devoted many hours as piano teacher and accompanist, church organist and music festival organizer. She was a creative and gifted seamstress and knitter whose handiwork and needlework still grace the homes of her children. She is missed so much and remembered lovingly by her family and many friends.
William Albert Jarvey Memorial
On March 25, 2015, Bill Jarvey was laid to rest in the peace and serenity of the Valley Grove cemetery. He passed away at the age of 92 and was surrounded at the time by his wife, Dorothy Severson Jarvey, and their five children. Bill had grown to cherish the Valley Grove churches and cemetery over the years. Sixty seven years ago, the old wooden church had been the site of his marriage to his beloved Dorothy; and 4 years ago one of his daughters was also married there. The Severson farm, just down the road, has been a site of joy-filled family gatherings over the decades. The Nerstrand woods and surrounding farm lands have been the venue for innumerable peaceful walks during his lifetime. It is a place of beauty and serenity that he loved. His life was celebrated on March 26, 2015 at Messiah United Methodist Church in Plymouth, MN . Bill and Dorothy’s children and their families were blessed to spend time as a family for the better part of that week, remembering and appreciating his life. We will miss his determined spirit and his tender heart.
He came to earth for us to save
Who knew the Holy could know grave?
Yet on that ground he swallowed death
For us Christ Jesus gave up breath.
Now flesh made sacrifice of praise
By Spirit our song in voices raise
And where that winged cherub rests
The Holy makes His presence set.
Earthen temples to dust do fall
First death to one and then to all
Yet now heaven’s touchable space
Welcomes Grandpa, risen by grace.
“With faith child-like you have come
Enter to rest Servant, well done”
Ushered now to heaven’s true fame
On earth we echo that acclaim.
Luke Wagner, grandson
(circles are clickable)
- A. Bluestem Grove
- B. Prairie Rose Grove
- C. Ken’s Grove
- D. Gold Finch Grove
- E. Settlers Grove
- F. Whitetail Grove
- G. Tyske Grove