Mar 15, 2017 @ 12:53
In the winter there isn’t much to give an idea that there are graves hidden, slumbering beneath the snow; and in the summer it is a peaceful place, a sheltered meadow with shade from the pines.
The St. Margaret Mary Cemetery has 10 marked graves visible, one without any information, but it has been estimated that the remains of 100 residents of Wawa (Michipicoten) have been buried there. The newest headstone belongs to Joseph Marchand, buried in August 1951. A couple of years later, the cemetery was ‘retired’ and burials began at Woodland Cemetery.
|Albert Stallema Christianson||1897||04-Aug-47|
|John Elof Petersson||19-Jan-05||16-Jun-38|
|John was born in Sweden, the son of Mathilda Gustafson. He came to Canada about 1826 where he was a miner. He died during a canoe accident.|
|– A beloved husband and fathee|
|A. A. Ross||est. 1840||07-Apr-38|
|Aged 98 years.|
|– born in San Daniele del Fruili, Requiem Escent in Pace (May he rest in peace)|
|Frederick Snider||April 9, 1882||29-Apr-35|
Despite the cemetery’s decommissioning in 1954, the Municipality of Wawa maintains it. Municipal staff cut the grass and keep the rustic log fence painted in respect for those who rest there. The cemetery was featured as one of the ‘Signs of History’ Book in the late 1990’s.
Last night, Municipal Council was appraised of a problem. It seems that this year, there have been a number of snowmobilers passing through the cemetery, circling, possibly putting at risk the fragile headstones beneath the snow. There are two signs, quite visible identifying this as being a cemetery. One the ‘Sign of History’ and the other the cemetery name.
However, the circling inside of the cemetery is quite simply rude and disrespectful. You wouldn’t take your truck and drive through there.
The municipality has recently installed snow fencing along side the road going back into Wawa Rent-All, and there are signs ‘No motorized vehicles”. All this is an additional cost to us, the taxpayer. There are signs already there identifying this as a cemetery. Are these snowmobilers illiterate Aas well as disrespectful?
If you see someone on a snowmachine in the cemetery, please feel free to contact the OPP. Wawa-news wouldn’t suggest confronting the individual(s), although I certainly would be tempted to clip them upside the head and say “Shame on you”.