The First Cemetery in New Glarus known as the Pioneer Cemetery was established in 1845. It was not until 1859 that the Swiss Reformed Church now known as Swiss United Church of Christ took over the care of the cemetery and all the burials. While the Swiss Cemetery has grown to include the EUB (Evangelical United Brethren) Cemetery and the 10 acres currently being used, it is still maintained by the staff and volunteers of the Swiss United Church of Christ. It is a community cemetery for our historic village of New Glarus and thus opened to all denominations and ethnicities. It serves churches in and around the area and families that have lived here a short while or all their lives. It has rich history and is a critical part of this beautifully close-knit community.
The upkeep, preservation and tender care of these 10 acres of memorialized grounds needs the community it serves to ensure its sanctity for years to come. Tax deductible donations are always welcome and can be sent to the following address:
Friends of the Swiss Cemetery
c/o Swiss United Church of Christ
PO Box 97
New Glarus, WI 53574
For more information about the cemetery, please contact:
PTSD: During funerals with full military honors, a 21 gun salute may be performed. Military burials are the ONLY time which gunfire is permitted in the cemetery. If you suffer from PTSD and want to be notified before an upcoming service where this will occur, please contact Swiss United Church of Christ at 608-527-2119 or email Kristina@swisschurch.org.