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New columbariums at cemetery double space for urns

By NATALIE MARTIN

Running out of space for cremated remains, the Vashon Cemetery recently installed two new columbariums.

Lisa Devereau, a cemetery district commissioner, said the project cost around $20,000 and that she was glad to see it finished by Memorial Day, when there will be ceremony at the cemetery. The funds for the columbariums came from the cemetery district’s budget, which is supported by local tax revenue.

“We save money up to have enough to do capital improvements,” Devereau said.

The cemetery’s original columbariums have only five of 96 spaces left for sale. Each space holds up to two urns. The two new granite columbariums, installed near the older ones by the flagpole, also have 96 spaces.

Devereau said she is also pleased to unveil on Memorial Day a new covered kiosk at the cemetery. The large shelter, built by Vin DeBlasi for his Eagle Scout project, covers the cemetery’s plot directory and map. It also has room to shelter a casket and several people for small ceremonies on rainy days.

“I think they’re great,” Devereau said. “It shows we’re putting some money and effort into the cemetery to make it look beautiful.”

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