Ephraim Moravian Cemetery Walk: “Dearly Departed”

The 4th annual Cemetery Walk began with a bell tolling eight times, once for each of the “Dearly Departed” historical characters being portrayed. September 8, 2014, was a perfect fall afternoon to revisit Ephraim’s history. The six characters presented in the Ephraim Moravian Cemetery were Laura and Andrew Iverson (Fran and Paul Burton), Ole Larsen (Niles Weborg), Dena Hogenson Knudson (Linda Carey), Harold Wilson (Max Sczepanski), and Katrina Oneson (Ruth Minke). Pastor Dawn Volpe from the Ephraim Moravian Church greeted visitors and provided background about the Moravians.

In addition to the cemetery characters, and new to this year’s walk, were two historical characters at the Foundation’s Iverson House. Anna Petterson (Karen Ekberg) was in the kitchen to take visitors through the house, and Elsie Groenfeldt (Sally Jacobson) was outside at the Groenfeldt Stable giving tours of the grounds surrounding the home. Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this year’s Walk possible. We are already planning for next year’s Cemetery Walk, which will be held on September 14, 2015. Please join us for a marvelous journey back into Ephraim’s history!

Lonnie Vitse, Cemetery Walk Coordinator

This event is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated!  This is a collaborative program between the Ephraim Historical Foundation and the Ephraim Moravian Church.