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Salem Cemetery

Salem Cemetery is a beautiful, tranquil, and natural setting in a rural location northeast of Milford, Wisconsin. It is also a historic setting. The church buildings are gone, but the parishioners that lie in eternal rest in this sacred space date back to 1860. 

Salem Cemetery is available to serve not only the congregation of the Lake Mills United Methodist Church but our extended families, friends, and the general public who wish a setting such as this for their final resting place. 

Salem Cemetery can accommodate your final wishes, whether a traditional full burial or interment of cremains.


Salem Cemetery is a non-profit organization that is owned and managed by the Lake Mills United Methodist Church. Our mission is to serve the Lake Mills and surrounding communities by providing a beautiful and meaningful final resting place for all people. 

Plan Ahead

When it comes to your final arrangements, shouldn’t you make the decisions? 

  • Preplanning for the end of our earthly lives provides peace of mind and a way to continue to care for our family and friends, easing their burden during a time of grief.

  • Preplanning can also ensure your final wishes are fulfilled. The arrangements you make will reflect your exact wishes and desires. It will also alleviate any questions, problems or differences that can occur among family members.

  • Preplanning, including payment, will protect you from rising costs along with easing the emotional and financial burdens on your loved ones. 

We Can Offer

  • Sacred final resting place

  • Ministry to the grieving

  • Historical setting, continuous since 1860

  • Serene and picturesque rural cemetery

  • Ample number of burial or cremains plots

  • Perpetual property upkeep

  • Affordable cost

Plots for Standard Burial

It is a very personal decision as to how you or your loved ones would like to be laid to rest.


Historically, the interment of choice was a full body burial with a casket. As grave sites become scarce in other cemeteries, Salem has many plots available in various locations of the cemetery that are suitable for standard burials.

Salem Cemetery has more than 150 gravesites available for purchase.  

Salem Cemetery presently has approximately 280 known graves dating back to 1860. 

Plots for Burial of Cremains

Approximately 60% of all deaths are now cremated.


In-ground interment of cremains in an urn is another option available at Salem Cemetery, which has more than 70 plots designated exclusively for the burial of cremains available for purchase.  


According to cemetery policies, up to 3 urns of cremains may be placed in a single plot in Salem Cemetery.  

This option can be accomplished for about one-third of the cost of a traditional funeral and standard casket burial. 

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A fellowship known as the Evangelical Association began to grow in the Milford, Wisconsin area.


With 80 members strong, the first of three church buildings to be erected on this site was completed. The congregation also experienced its first death and he was laid to rest on the far southeast end of the cemetery.


The first building was removed to raise a new larger worship space.


The third church building to occupy this site was constructed.


The Evangelical Association denomination merged with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ to become the Evangelical United Brethren Church (EUB).


The EUB congregation of Milford merged with the Lake Mills EUB congregation and the building was closed.


The EUB denomination merged with the Methodist denomination to become the United Methodist Church as we know it today.


After suffering vandalism, the third and final church building was removed.

Future Columbarium

A future goal of the Salem Cemetery caretakers is to install a columbarium for our clients.

A columbarium is a monument-type structure with multiple cubicles (niches) to house the cremains of yourself or loved ones. The structure of our choice would be constructed entirely of granite to ensure it lasts for eternity.

A columbarium does not require burial in the earth. It does not require an expensive headstone. A niche is purchased for a reasonable price. A nominal fee would also be required for engraving the name plate that permanently secures the niche holding the cremains of the loved one.

A columbarium inurnment could be the most economical of all three options available. This goal can only be realized if enough interest is shown in this columbarium option by either pre-purchasing a niche and/or outright donations for this expansion.


Dan Hornickel

Salem Cemetery Sexton

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