Woodlawn Funeral Home Is Continuing 30 Years of Tradition Hosting A Memorial Day Tribute Honoring All Veterans.
A Memorial Day commemoration event will be held Monday, May 28, at Woodlawn Funeral Home Cemetery and Cremation, 5930 Mullen Rd. SE, in Lacey. The public is invited to attend this free event that begins at 3:30 p.m., with the American Legion Band playing patriotic music, and the tribute program commencing at 4:00 p.m.
The program will be presented by the American Legion Post #94 and Woodlawn Funeral Home. Also participating are Veterans of Foreign Wars, #318. Immediately following the ceremony, appetizers will be served.
Since 2012, the Thurston County Council on Aging Medical Equipment Bank (MEB) has been located at Woodlawn Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation. This is a free service, run by volunteers, that lends out medical equipment and supplies. All equipment and supplies are donated and free of charge. You can learn more at the MEB website.
- Woodlawn is available to answer your call 24 hours a day.
- To take the stress out of a difficult time Pre-arrangement counselors are always available.
- Woodlawn is a full service facility and offers direct cremation with free scattering in Deer Creek Scattering Garden (located near the Memory Wall).
Features include: A spacious lobby, large chapel, viewing rooms and reception areas.
Services Available: We believe in providing choices to honor each individual life. We are privileged to assist families of all faiths, customs and traditions with: witnessed cremation, witnessed burial, ritual washing, family ceremonial dressing, purification ceremonies, candlelight services, cremation scattering ceremonies, celebration of life tributes.
A Little History:
In 1967, the Burgman family purchased the historic Ruddell Pioneer Cemetery and adjacent property. Development began on the new portion in 1975, and in 1994 construction began on the current building, which was opened in the spring of 2002.
The spacious 24,000 square-foot funeral home is designed in a Northwest open-beam style. The funeral home features large and small chapels, viewing rooms and original stained glass. Two rose windows, inspired by the cathedrals of Europe, are placed prominently in each chapel.
The wood, logs, and lumber were cut from timber grown in Thurston County. All specialty notch cutting was completed onsite. Local workers and trades people were employed throughout the building process. The Woodlawn philosophy is to purchase goods and services locally when possible.
Tim and Ann Burgman’s children are involved in the family business. Attention to detail, commitment to family and community are the heritage the Burgman family has passed on from generation to generation.
Interesting Features and Facts
From left to right in the photos above,a unique water feature includes a rock from the Bald Hills in Thurston County. The rock weighs approximately 22,000 pounds and stands 9 feet high. It took the cemetery crew 2 days to drill through the rock and create the cascading water effect.
Chandeliers in the lobby, chapel and portico were custom-built onsite from lighting fixtures re-purposed from a chapel at Fort Lewis. The stained glass along the exterior wall was custom crafted by a local artisan who lived down the road from Woodlawn Cemetery.
The grand lobby is spacious and open to the ceiling, which is 49’ 8” at the apex and is a welcoming gathering place for families. The front entrance door (12’ 8”) was a special request from a very tall friend (6’ 8”) of the current owner, Tim Burgman. His friend asked him to make a doorway for his height. So, any giant would feel comfortable walking through the entrance.
Our large chapel, with a capacity of 200, can accommodate most services. It has a state of the art sound system and video/PowerPoint presentation capability.
Cremation and Funeral Services:
Since many families today are interested in cremation as their choice for final disposition, we have enhanced our cremation services to offer you more commemorative options. The funeral service, and the interment of cremated remains, can help family members begin to accept the fact that a death has occurred, and can also help initiate the healing process.
Before cremation takes place, you may wish to have a funeral, visitation, memorial service, or other celebration of life services. Afterward, you might arrange a final resting place at Deer Creek Cremation Garden or Rhododendron Urn Garden, which are on the grounds of Woodlawn Gardens, where loved ones may later visit.
The following provides a short description of our cremation services.
Cremation with Traditional Funeral Service Tribute
This option has all the elements of a full traditional funeral with viewing/visitation and a loved one present at the service. Following the service, we will cremate and follow your wishes for a final resting place.
Cremation with Viewing and Memorial Tribute
This option gives your family an opportunity to view your loved one in a traditional visitation, such as with a full traditional service. After the viewing/visitation, your loved one is cremated and then a memorial tribute (with or without an urn present) is conducted later. Family and friends have the ability to pay last respects at a viewing/visitation or, if they do not wish to participate in the viewing, they can pay last respects by attending the memorial tribute only.
Cremation with Viewing/Visitation
Many families choose this option when they do not wish to have a traditional funeral ceremony, but want time to say a final farewell in a less formal setting. The viewing/visitation is followed by cremation.
Whether your family decides to have a cremation with traditional funeral service tribute or a basic cremation, an added option is a witnessed cremation. This option can be very simple or more elaborate. We have conducted witnessed cremations in which:
- Just a few family members are present.
- A large number of people processing to the cremation facility while a bagpiper plays.
We are committed to providing the finest service to families who choose cremation. That is why we have had our own crematory facility since 1985. Your loved one is always under the care of our licensed staff.
An advantage of having a local crematory is that you have the opportunity for a witnessed cremation for your loved one. When cremation is complete, we will personally deliver the cremated remains to you, or to the burial location.
At Woodlawn Cemetery we have Deer Creek Cremation Garden, Rhododendron Urn Garden, and interior glass front niches in the spacious lobby of our funeral home.