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At its December 2018 board meeting, long-time trustee chair, Sandy McMillan passed the gavel to Mike Bernard. The trustees are thrilled to have Sandy remain on the board. His guidance has been critical in leading the cemetery through the past thirty years. New trustee president, J. Michael Bernard has been a constant on the board of trustees for over 20 years. Mike is an attorney with Dykema here in Detroit. His practice focuses primarily on business counseling and general corporate and securities matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, corporate formation matters, public company securities compliance and corporate governance. Mike also serves on the board or committees of many community groups.

Elmwood Cemetery and Historic Elmwood Foundation Staff

Our team is here to help you. Please contact us directly by calling (313) 567-3453.

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Director of Operations
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Michael Shukwit, Elmwood Cemetery Director of Operations, has over 30 years of experience in the cemetery business. Mr. Shukwit is responsible for managing operations at Elmwood Cemetery - Detroit. Mr. Shukwit manages the grounds crew and all outside operations, including buildings, capital improvements, grounds, interments, memorial/monument cleaning, arboretum, gardens, and working with the Historic Elmwood Foundation on restoration, education, and community events programming.


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Director of Administration, Elmwood Cemetery
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Bonita Smith, Director of Administration, also has over 25 years of experience in the industry. Her responsibilities include managing the overall administration of Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit. This includes record keeping, banking, and accounts receivable and payable. In addition, Ms. Smith provides guidance to customers on lot selection, mausoleums, and all other burial matters. She is the primary liaison to area funeral homes on interment matters.


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Ciara Green-Lowe
Memorial Advisor, Elmwood Cemetery
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Ciara Green-Lowe, Memorial Advisor, has over 15 years customer service and sales experience. Ms. Lowe serves as Memorial Advisor to Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit. She counsels customers on all burial matters including selection of lots and niches, memorials, and tributes as well as preplanning needs. She works with the staffs of area funeral homes on interment matters.


Kimalyn Taylor

Kimalyn Taylor
Administrative Assistant, Elmwood Cemetery
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Kimalyn Taylor joined Elmwood in 2015 and has over 25 years customer service experience. Ms. Taylor assists Ms. Smith with administrative matters and Mr. King and Ms. Smith serving Elmwood's families with regard to interment affairs and services. Ms. Taylor helps guide families to gravesites and handles floral arrangements and tributes.


Cheri Arcome
Director of Marketing, Elmwood Cemetery
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Ms. Arcome joined Elmwood Cemetery in 2014. Cheri brings a wealth of experience in the operation, administration and finance of cemeteries to Elmwood. She most recently was the Executive Director of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Detroit. In this role, she managed five cemeteries, performing 1800 services each year with over 50 employees. Cheri works with the staff of Elmwood Cemetery, and directs operations at Birchwood Cemetery.


Joan Frear Capuano

Joan Frear Capuano
Executive Director, Historic Elmwood Foundation
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Joan Frear Capuano, Historic Elmwood Foundation Executive Director, has been with the Foundation since 2006. She directs all Foundation projects, community outreach, tours, educational materials, events and programs. In addition, she is responsible for communications, grant seeking, and the Annual Fund Drive. In 2013, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Mrs. Capuano to the Michigan Historical Commission where she served two terms charged with safeguarding and promoting Michigan’s great history. The Governor said “preserving and promoting our state’s outstanding historical significance is of great importance, and I am confident that Joan will effectively serve in this role.”


Lawrence F. Sloane
Director
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Mr. Sloane serves as the Director for the Trustees of Elmwood Cemetery in a consulting capacity. The Trustees first retained Mr. Sloane to assist them in 1993. Since 2004, Mr. Sloane has served as the Director. The L. F. Sloane Consulting Group, Inc. has served principally historic and religious cemeteries since 1981 and has worked for and now serves numerous clients in Michigan.


Elmwood Cemetery Trustees:

  • Mr. J. Michael Bernard, Esq., President
  • Mr. James Deutchman, Vice President and Secretary
  • Mr. John S. Snyder, Treasurer
  • Ms. Terry Peck Book
  • Ms. Eileen McCarthy
  • Mr. Francis W. McMillan, II, President Emeritus

Historic Elmwood Foundation Board of Directors:

  • Ms. Terry Peck Book, President 
  • Mr. James Deutchman, Vice President
  • Mr. John S. Snyder, Treasurer
  • Rev. Fr. Steven Kelly, Secretary
  • Elizabeth T. Crawford
  • Susan Hendrie Rohde

Location

1200 Elmwood Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48207
Phone: 313-567-3453
Fax: 313-567-8861
Directions


Cemetery Hours

Grounds Access
September 16 – April 30
8:30 am – 4:00 pm Daily
May 1 – September 15
7:00 am – 7:00 pm Daily


Office Hours

9:00 am – 4:00 pm Weekdays
9:00 am – noon Saturdays
Closed Sunday