Display helps remember departed

WARREN — A Howland resident who’s a member of Christ Episcopal Church created a memorial board display near the church’s columbarium. A columbarium is a place for the storage of urns.

Kevin Knowlton of Howland said his parents, Don and Beth Knowlton, are in the church’s columbarium chapel. To date, the remains of 170 people are in the small chapel, from the 1950s to the present. The chapel is located at the southeastern corner of the church and is part of the original church.

He said there are church members at the columbarium whose relatives live out of town and do not attend the church anymore.

”I wanted them to know they can come in and use the board if they want to put up a card, ornament or picture of their loved one,” Knowlton said. “We did not have a place for them to put anything. Just as someone places a wreath at the cemetery, they can place items like a birthday or anniversary card, special ornament here for their loved ones.”

He said he wants loved ones of the family members in their own way to leave a note, card or photo on the memory board.

”We felt this was a memorial project that was needed. My mother had recently passed away and I wanted to put a card on the board and also for my father,” Knowlton said.

Knowlton said Steve Watts, a member of the parish, made the frame for the memorial board.

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