Cemetery Information

Greenwood Cemetery, Seward, Nebraska

Greenwood Cemetery

Cemetery Office: 402-643-2053

The City of Seward owns three cemeteries. A Cemetery Board is appointed by the Mayor and City Council to recommend and oversee rules and regulations pertaining to the Cemeteries

The Anderson Cemetery is located two miles west of Seward on the north side of Highway 34. James Anderson originally started this cemetery in the 1800’s and at that time he offered that anyone wishing to lay away their dead in this plot of ground were privileged to do so. The Andersen Cemetery was deeded to the City on May 15, 1951 by the then formed Anderson Cemetery Association.

The Greenwood Cemetery is located in the City of Seward on 2nd Street and the intersection of Bek Avenue. On May 18, 1948, the Greenwood Cemetery Association deeded this Cemetery to the City of Seward. The Greenwood Cemetery is home to the Guthman Memorial Bell Tower erected in 1988 donated in memory of the Frederick Guthman family.

Seward Cemetery with flags on display for Memorial Day

Seward Cemetery

The Seward Cemetery Association was developed in 1874 after the need for a cemetery arose due to the sale of land near Plum Creek on which the town’s original cemetery was located. The Seward Cemetery was consequently purchased and is located on Highway 15 approximately 1 mile north of the Seward City limits. All of the records of the cemeteries are maintained and are on file at the Seward Cemetery. In addition, in 1991 the Seward County Genealogical Society compiled a book of records for all cemeteries in Seward County. This book can be purchased and is available by contacting the Seward County Genealogical Society, Box 72, Seward, Nebraska 68434.

Cemetery plots can be purchased at the Cemetery.

Burial Spaces
Adult Space: $500
Infant Space (under 2 years old): $175

Opening and Closing Graves
Adult Traditional (April 1–November 30): $550
Adult Traditional (December 1–March 31): $600
Adult Cremation (April 1–November 30): $275
Adult Cremation (December 1–March 31): $300
Infant Traditional/Cremation (April 1–November 30): $250 (under 2 years old)
Infant Traditional/Cremation (December 1–March 31): $275 (under 2 years old)

Monument and Marker Fees
Stone Setting: $75 per setting

Miscellaneous Fees
Perpetual Care: 25% of burial space
Urn Vault: $50
Saturday Funeral Closing: $300
Sunday and Holiday Funeral Closing: $500
Sunday and Holiday Grave Opening: $290/hr (2 hr minimum)
Overtime Incurred (After 4:30 p.m. M–F): $100/hr
Deed Transfer: $100
Transferring of a space will be made at the discretion of the City after a request is reviewed and payment is received.

Holidays in which the City will provide services for an additional fee: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (third Monday in January), Labor Day (first Monday in September), and Veterans’ Day (November 11).

Holidays in which no services or openings will be conducted: New Year’s Day (January 1), Memorial Day (last Monday in May), Independence Day (July 4), Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November), and Christmas Day (December 25).

City of Seward Cemetery Rules and Regulations
All lot owners are required to maintain their property in a neat and dignified manner for the proper operation and use of the Cemetery.

  • No vehicle shall drive over 10 mph in the cemetery.
  • No alcoholic beverages allowed on the cemetery grounds.
  • April 1st to October 31st – no items allowed on or in the grass.
  • November 1st to March 31st – appropriate items allowed on the grass.
  • No Barriers such as chains, hedges or railings of any kind are allowed.
  • No planting of shrubs, flowers, bulbs, trees, etc. are allowed.
  • No planters of a permanent nature are allowed.
  • No glass or breakable containers are allowed.
  • DIGNIFIED TRIBUTES may be placed on the monument or concrete pad so long as they do not distract from the sanctity and dignity of the cemetery grounds and do not interfere with mowing. The City reserves the right to remove unsightly, offensive, or in-appropriate objects.
  • The City will not be responsible for any damage done to monuments or markers or any kind of memorial by an act of God, such as falling limbs, trees, or damage caused by vandals.
  • The City reserves the right to alter regulations in the best interest of the cemetery property.
  • MEMORIAL DAY REGULATIONS: All dignified tributes will be allowed on the grass or monument areas seven days prior to Memorial Day and must be removed fourteen days after Memorial Day.

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