Why You Should Consider a Mausoleum as a Final Resting Place

Cedar Memorial is known for its vast park cemetery grounds, peaceful gardens, and state-of-the-art facilities—including the mausoleum and columbarium niches. For many, these historic burial structures are thought to be utilized only by families with wealth or status. However, Cedar Memorial offers this unique option to our community at an affordable price along with the option of making monthly pre-need payments.

Benefits of a Mausoleum

Mausoleums offer many benefits as a final resting place, both for the entombed and for their loved ones.


Mausoleums allow loved ones to memorialize cremated remains while maintaining a place of permanent rest. One may wish to have their loved one’s urn nearby during times of grief, but having a permanent and perpetual place is a gift to future generations, and a reflection of the life lived. Thanks to the climate-controlled environment, loved ones can visit year-round without worrying about seasonal elements like snow or rain!

Urns are stored within niches, and Cedar Memorial offers niches made from bronze, marble, glass, or a combination of materials. Most glass front niche options include LED lighting and offer an opportunity to display a memento or keepsake along with a loved one’s urn.


Entombment in a mausoleum provides a clean, dry resting place with positive ventilation for each crypt. The same benefits of a climate-controlled environment ring true for entombment, and it allows family to visit comfortably during any season. Cedar Memorial offers both single and companion crypts in their mausoleum.

Cedar Memorial’s Chapel of Memories Mausoleum

Cedar Memorial’s Chapel of Memories was built by founder, Carl K. Linge, in 1941. He designed the chapel and patterned it after the old-world churches of England. The structure was built with permanence top of mind, as it sits on a rock foundation that plunges over 200 feet deep, is constructed of steel and concrete, and is finished with limestone.

The interior is finished with fine black walnut and Italian marble, featuring stunning mosaics and stained-glass windows. In 1947, the Chapel of Memories finalized its first expansion with the addition of the Corridor of Faith, Corridor of Light, and Garden of Prayer. A decade later, the Corridor of Peace and the Statue of Immortality was added, designed again by Carl but this time with the assistance of his son, David.

Coming Soon—Corridor of Hope Second Addition

Most recently was the 1997 addition of the Corridor of Hope, a feature we will soon be expanding on yet again. The project will feature Italian marble companion and single crypts, accents of beautiful native black walnut paneling, large arched windows, and Iowa’s most unique glass-front niches.

To learn more about our services, such as pre-planning, or to tour our facilities—reach out at 319-393-8000 or stop in!


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