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Carneiro Cemetery gains new entrance

POSTED: December 18, 2013 7:00 a.m.
Photo Courtesy of Michelle Vanek/

Volunteers unload the frame that serves as the entrance to the Carneiro Cemetery.

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 The arch on the new entrance to the Carneiro Cemetery soars 15 feet into the air, a tribute to the determination and cooperation found in many rural communities.
The entrance was paid for by volunteer labor and $6,000 in donations from area residents and those who left years ago but have family buried in the cemetery.
“There’s a lot of us around with parents and grandparents buried there,” said Albert Vanek, who helped spearhead the project.
He said the first job for volunteers was to repair the barbed wire fence around the cemetery. It hadn’t been touched in 60 or 70 years.
The fence repairs led workers to the entrance, an old farm gate that was difficult for older visitors to open.
“A lot of people thought we
could make a more decorative gate, a simpler gate,” Vanek said.
The result was an entrance similar to the one at the Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery off Kansas Highway 156. Two legs support an arch with the letters spelling the name of the cemetery cut out. The double gate rests under the arch.

This story first appeared in the Dec. 12, 2013, edition of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter. Pick up a copy of the paper for more about the story.

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