Vestal Hills Memorial Park Seasonal Tributes: A Beautiful Form of Remembrance

Immediate Release
March 21, 2011

Bill Passodelis

Spring has finally arrived. It will soon be time to plant colorful flowers in your gardens to enjoy during the warm summer months.

As the cemeteries in our community also prepare for spring beautification, Bernard “Buzzy” Stoecklein, president of Vestal Hills Memorial Park in Vestal, reminds residents that spring is the perfect time to remember loved ones with seasonal tributes, with grave decorations.

There’s a sign at the entrance to Vestal Hills Memorial Park that reads:
Show me the manner in which a nation or community cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals.

We believe that the way we show love and respect to our loved ones who have gone before us is to honor their memories through memorialization and special tributes during the year.

Vestal Hills Memorial Park is currently offering families and friends an opportunity to have grave decorations placed in tribute to their loved ones who chose Vestal Hills Memorial Park as their final resting place.

Tributes available include a palm cross for Palm Sunday, a planter for Easter, and floral bouquets for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. A bouquet with a flag is offered for Memorial Day.

For families who choose to place their own tributes on the graves of their loved ones at Vestal Hills, Stoecklein reminds them that fresh cut flowers are permitted throughout the cemetery year round; but artificial flowers will be removed from April through October, to permit cemetery maintenance employees to care for the lawn during the growing season.

Stoecklein also reminds families to visit the cemetery’s website at, and click on the Vestal Hills Memorial Park link on the left, to request the complete list of rules and regulations related to items permitted on graves.

For more information about Vestal Hills’s seasonal tributes, stop by the office at 3997 Vestal Road, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or call 607-797-8407.

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