New Price Increases – The End is Near
The Cemetery Board voted at their last Board meeting to increase Cemetery prices effective January 1, 2023. Single spaces are going from $1,500 to $2,500 per space. If you know of anyone who would like to purchase spaces in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, please let them know that they have until the end of 2022 to purchase spaces at the existing price of $1,500.
Second burial rights are going from $500 to $1,250 effective January 1, 2023.
- From: $1,100 to $2,100 for bottom row
- From: $1,400 to $2,500 for the two middle rows
- From: $1,700 to $2,700 for top row
Second inurnment rate from $500 to 50% of cost of the niche
Engraving will no longer be included in the overall price but priced separately.
Halloween Eve Gates Locked
This is a reminder that we always lock all five (5) gates into Pleasant Valley Cemetery on the night of Halloween, the night before and the night after from approximately 6:00 p.m. to approximately 8:00 a.m. the next morning. (Three (3) nights, Sunday, October 30, Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 1). This is to discourage any temptations for mischief. If you visit the Cemetery in the very late afternoon, remember this and if you are an early morning visitor, you won’t be able to get in until around 8:00 a.m. We try to do a drive through at night to make sure no one is locked in. So far, we have never had a problem. Let’s keep it that way!!!
Christmas Eve Luminary Project
We are announcing a new opportunity in sponsorship for Pleasant Valley Cemetery. After years of gracious support by the Pinker Family Foundation, they are passing the “baton”. We all want to thank the Pinker Family for initiating and sponsoring this project for so many years and one that all of us have enjoyed participating in and viewing.
If you, your family, or business would like to sponsor the Christmas Eve Luminary Project in your name or the name of a loved one, please let me know. We are looking for a $1,500 annual donation for this project. This is the largest Volunteer involved activity Pleasant Valley has and one that is enjoyed by everyone who participates or views the luminaries.
For 2022, Curtis and Sarah Jones have agreed to work with the Volunteers to put this together again. Watch for the call to assist as we get closer to Christmas. We gather on Saturday, December 24th at Noon at the George Boyd Memorial Chapel to assemble the approximately 800 to 900 Luminaries and place them along the drives. This takes about an hour and a half. Then we ask for Volunteers to return at 4:30 p.m. to light the luminaries and finally, on Monday, December 26, we will need a few Volunteers to pick up and discard the bags. Both of those activities are about an hour each. This is a fun project so please keep these dates and times open to lend a bit of assistance.
Donate for your loved one’s Private Luminary
This year, we would like to expand upon the Luminary Project. If you would like to have a Luminary placed on the grave of a loved one, we will do that for you and see that it is lit. If you are interested, please let us know the name of your loved one no later than December 15. We appreciate your gracious donation of $10 for each Luminary placement.
Your donation payable to Pleasant Valley Cemetery can be mailed to the Cemetery address: 9501 W. 159th Street, Overland Park, KS 66221.
As you have probably noticed, we have the bases in for our 8 new Columbariums which should start to be set before too long. However, they will probably not be open for sale until around January 2023. This will give us 834 new Columbarium Niches. We still have 19 Niches available in our existing Columbarium Plaza that are available for sale.
Monument Restoration Program
We are gratified at the wonderful response that we have received for our newly established Pleasant Valley Cemetery Monument Restoration Program. Your generosity and care for the preservation of our Cemetery is heartwarming and all donations are greatly appreciated. It is our intent to look at all the headstone monuments in the older sections of our cemetery and identify those that are becoming a safety hazard or deteriorating to the point that they are looking bad. We will then prioritize the repair work and use whatever funds are generated to do the repairs.
If you wish to make a donation to the Monument Restoration Program, please let me know and I will provide information, or send a check payable to Pleasant Valley Cemetery to 9501 West 159th Street, Overland Park, KS 66221
In conjunction with the Monument Restoration Program, I am going to be holding a series of Headstone Cleaning events at Pleasant Valley where volunteers can come and work alongside each other in cleaning the older stones. We will work with everyone to provide guidance and instructions and make them fun and productive events. I invite you to join us when they are announced.
The cemetery can be extremely windy all year long, but particularly in the winter. If you put out decorations or arrangements, please make sure that they are securely fastened so they don’t get blown away. If we find arrangements within the cemetery, we have no idea where they came from and we don’t want to randomly place them on a nearby grave because if the original owner would see their arrangement moved to another grave, they would think it was deliberate. Unfortunately, we just discard them.
How Can I Help?
I get asked that question a lot and always appreciate being asked. My response always is that anytime you visit the cemetery, bring a small plastic bag with you and pick up any sticks or other trash you see around your immediate area. Also, if you are feeling particularly ambitious and it is a nice day, pick one or our many trees and rake around it. I am amazed how many small twigs and branches litter the ground underneath the older trees. We have a trash bin at the south end of the cemetery and bigger items can be placed behind the enclosure and we’ll dispose of it later. Additionally, if you have a small broom, you can always sweep off the monument headstones in your immediate area.
Every little bit helps us out tremendously. No set times or schedule just do as little or as much as you can whenever you can. We sincerely appreciate all the help that we can get.
Cleaning of Headstones
Some of you have expressed an interest in how to clean your headstone/monuments. While the monuments are stone or granite, you still need to exercise some degree of caution. The best and easiest method is to use a mixture of 50% water and 50% White Vinegar. On lime stone, you should use a mixture of 75% water and 25th White Vinegar. Best to wet the monument first and then use a soft bristle brush, either natural or synthetic and clean from the bottom up to the top in small circular motions. Do not bleach! Use lots of water. If you need a hose put out for this project, please let us know and we’ll make sure they are nearby. They clean up very nicely and will look great for a long time. Well worth the effort!