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Wilmington's Riverview Cemetery Under New Ownership

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Wilmington's Riverview Cemetery Under New Ownership

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Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery
P.O. Box 2173
Wilmington, DE 19899

c/o Lee Anderson,PhD, President FHRC
260 Kennett Pike
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
(610) 388-1920



3300 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19802


(Wilmington, DE) January 30, 2009, Dr. Lee Anderson, author of Riverview Cemetery: Reading the Stones – A Collection of Memories from the First State (2005) is one of many who have advocated for improved conditions at Riverview Cemetery since her father died in 1998 and was buried with 17 other relatives at Riverview Cemetery. Now, ten years later, she serves as Board President for Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery (FHRC), Dr. Anderson is grateful to hundreds of people who have contributed time and skills to caring for Riverview Cemetery particularly since 2003. She loves to hear the stories and experience the positive energy of volunteers. Dr. Anderson is especially grateful to the FHRC board, Cheryl Markiewicz, Kate Wilhere, James Hanby, and Tedd Cocker, for their leadership, dedication hard work, and ability to network with people throughout Delaware.

The community could not have spoken with one voice if it had not been for a generous contribution of time from Mike Bonkowski. In April 2007, he attended a community meeting when the Riverview Cemetery chapel was threatened to be destroyed and sold for townhomes. Mike was compelled to legally represent those with no voice - the deceased and families of the deceased.

As community support grew, Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery, was founded and incorporated with the State of Delaware in April 2008. An endowment fund was created at the Delaware Community Foundation.

Riverview Cemetery is coming back to life. The public is invited to help with a tree planting on March 21 funded by a grant from the Delaware Forest Service with the assistance of Delaware Center for Horticulture; and attend a Memorial Day service on May 30 where approximately 800 veterans interred at Riverview Cemetery will be remembered and honored.

FHRC exists to support the restoration and preservation of Wilmington’s most culturally diverse, non-profit cemetery. Every member of FHRC is vital to create change for future generations. We are seeking collaborative partnerships with the city, state, county, community groups, churches, businesses, and individuals. FHRC invites you to become a part of this new chapter in the history of Riverview Cemetery; a Victorian Garden Cemetery that opened in 1872. Together, we are creating an advocacy network to help all distressed cemeteries throughout the state of Delaware.

To arrange an interment at Riverview Cemetery please call (302) 762-4705. A board member will return your call.

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