HISTORY OF SKYVIEW MEMORIAL PARK, NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA PERPETUAL CARE CEMETERY HISTORY

             
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SKY-VIEW MEMORIAL PARK

PAST ... PRESENT ... AND FUTURE.

     AFTER WORLD WAR II, THE GEORGE T. REICHNER FAMILY FELT THAT THERE WAS A NEED FOR A MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY IN THE AREA. ON SEPTEMBER 7, 1946 A LARGE ADVERTISEMENT APPEARED IN THE TAMAQUA EVENING COURIER ANNOUNCING THE ESTABLISHENT OF A NON-SECTARIAN BURIAL ESTATE AND MAUSOLEUM IN THE VILLAGE OF HOMETOWN. THE CEMETERY WAS CALLED SKY-VIEW MEMORIAL PARK.

     REICHNER WENT TO CALIFORNIA TO VISIT FOREST LAWN MEMORIAL PARK TO SEE THE LAY OUT OF THE CEMETERY. THIS WAS THE START OF THE TRI-COUNTIES MOST BEAUTIFUL CEMETERY. IN THE EARLY YEARS, THE OFFICE WAS LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE TAMAQUA NATIONAL BANK, NOW THE SITE OF THE BERWICK HOUSE APARTMENTS. IN 1957, THE OFFICE WAS RELOCATED TO THE PRESENT LOCATION IN HOMETOWN (TAMAQUA) ACROSS FROM THE CEMETERY.

     THE ORIGINAL PARCEL WAS COMBINED FROM THE FORMER DANNER AND MILL FARMS. THE CEMETERY CONSISTS OF 126 ACRES WITH APPROXIMATELY 38 ACRES DEVELOPED TODAY AND MANY MORE IN THE YEARS TO COME. A NARROW STRIP OF PROPERTY, ABOUT 10 ACRES, WAS DONATED BY THE CEMETERY AS THE SITE OF THE HOMETOWN ARMORY.

     IN 1950, SKY-VIEW MEMORIAL PARK CORPORATION WAS FORMED AND IS STILL THE OWNER TO THIS DATE. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSISTS OF NINE LOCAL STOCK HOLDERS.

     THE EARLY YEARS HAD A STAFF OF FIVE SALESMEN THAT SOLD CEMETERY LOTS DOOR TO DOOR. OVER TIME, THE STAFF OF TWO SALESPERSONS USED TELEMARKETING AS A TOOL FOR SALES. DUE TO THE "DO NOT CALL" LIST, THAT WAS NO LONGER AN OPTION. TODAY, THE OFFICE IS RUN PRIMARILY BY TWO WOMEN AND A PART TIME DATA PROCESSOR. THE SALES LEADS COME FROM ADVERTISING, LETTER WRITING AND WORD OF MOUTH.

     THE PARK IS MAINTAINED BY OUR OWN FULL-TIME STAFF. THE USE OF OUR OWN EQUIPMENT ENABLES US TO HAVE A TRULY PERPETUAL CARE CEMETERY. OVER THE YEARS, MUCH OF THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF OUR CEMETERY IS DUE TO A GROUP OF LOYAL EMPLOYEES. THE LONGEST EMPLOYEE TO WORK AT SKY-VIEW MEMORIAL PARK WAS EDDY PUCKLAVAGE. AFTER 52 YEARS OF SERVICE, EDDY RETIRED IN JANUARY 2001.

     LAURA M. FRY WAS THE FIRST PERSON INTERRED AT SKY-VIEW MEMORIAL PARK ON DECEMBER 15,1946. TODAY, THERE ARE OVER 11,000 PERSONS BURIED AND ENTOMBED AT SKY-VIEW. THE SKY-VIEW STAFF HAS NEVER POSTPONED A SERVICE DUE TO WEATHER OR ANY OTHER CIRCUNSTANCE.

     FOR THE FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROS, THAT HAVE NOT RETURNED FROM WAR, THERE ARE MANY SIMULATED GRAVES MARKED BY TREES AND BRONZE MEMORIALS THROUGHOUT THE CEMETERY.

     THERE ARE OVER 3000 VETERANS FROM THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR THORUGH THE PERSIAN GULF WAR INTERRED AT SKY-VIEW MEMORIAL PARK. EVERY MEMORIAL DAY,THE CEMETERY STAFF AND THE QUAKAKE AMERICAN LEGION HONOR THE VETERANS WITH A DIGNIFIED SERVICE. THIS TRADITION HAS TAKEN PLACE FOR OVER 60 YEARS. THE CEMETERY IS AT ITS MOST BEAUTIFUL WITH THE MANY FLOWERS AND FLAGS THAT ADORN THE GRAVES.

     SKY-VIEW MEMORIAL PARK HAS PLANS FOR THE FUTURE TO DEDICATE A BURIAL SECTION FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMLIES.  THERE ARE ALSO PLANS TO ERECT A VETERAN MEMORIAL HONORING ALL VETERANS INTERRED AT SKY-VIEW MEMORIAL PARK. FUTURE PLANS ALSO INCLUDE A MEMORIAL TO ALL FIREMAN AND POLICE OFFICERS INTERRED AT SKY-VIEW MEMORIAL PARK.

     THE FUTURE IN CREMATIONS AND ABOVE GROUND BURIALS BROUGHT THE IDEA OF A NEW STRUCTURE TO THE CEMETERY. IN AUGUST 2002, AN OCTAGONAL SHAPED GRANITE COLUMBARIUM WITH 96 NICHES WAS ERECTED NEAR THE ENTRANCE OF THE CEMETERY.

     IN OCTOBER 2008, OUR PET CEMETERY WAS OPENED FOR YOUR FAITHFUL FRIENDS. THIS SECTION IS FOR TRADITIONAL AND CREMATION BURIAL OF YOUR LOVING COMPANION. A COLUMBARIUM WAS ERECTED FOR THE CREMATION ENTOMBMENT OF YOUR PET.

     SPARKLE SNYDER WAS OUR FIRST PET INTERRED IN OUR PEACEFUL PAWS SECTION ON MARCH 31, 2009.

     SKY-VIEW MEMORIAL PARK CONTINUES TO GROW AND SERVE FAMILIES FROM ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES AND WILL CONTIUNE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

     OUR THANKS TO EDDY PUCKLAVAGE,

RETIRED SALES MANAGER,

FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF

SKY-VIEW MEMORIAL PARK, INC.