Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Where Detroit's History Endures
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Meet The Team

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 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

Cemetery Grounds Access

September 16 – April 30
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Daily
May 1 – September 15
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Daily

Office Hours
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Weekdays
9:00 a.m. – noon Saturdays
This office is closed on Sundays. 

Contact Us

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

Directions

 Elmwood Cemetery and Historic Elmwood Foundation Staff

Please contact our staff whenever the need arises by calling (313) 567-3453.

Elmwood-Mike-Pic-013Michael Shukwit
Director of Operations, Elmwood Cemetery
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


elmwood-1208-SmithBonita Smith
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Franqui R KingFranqui R. King
Memorial Advisor, Elmwood Cemetery
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Franqui R. King, Memorial Advisor, joined Elmwood in 2019 and has over 20 years customer service and sales experience, including his recent position with an area funeral home. Mr. King serves as Memorial Advisor to Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit. He counsels customers on all burial matters including selection of lots and niches, memorials, and tributes as well as preplanning needs. He works with the staffs of area funeral homes on interment matters.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimalyn TaylorKimalyn 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.

 

014 14-CapuanoJoan 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.