To those who have lent a helping hand, contributed personal time, or donated to the effort to restore the Beecher Mausoleum, we are grateful.

We appreciate that you believe the mausoleum, our Will County Historic Preservation, is worth saving, and we’re thankful for all who have joined the cause or have been a guiding light in this mission.

We especially want to thank the following:

landmarks-illnois-logo[1]Landmarks Illinois
Bonnie McDonald – President
Lisa DiChiera – Director of Advocacy
Jack Tribbia – Member of the Board

SMALL - Berglund_Logo_BlueBerglund Construction:
Jack Tribbia, President of the Restoration Division;
Dan Nyblom, Vice President & Project Manager; Tom Benedict, Jobsite Superintendent; Paul McGhee, Bricklayer and  Alejandro Banda, Tuck Pointer.

Work in process 4Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen Local 21
Jim Allen, President
Bricklayers : Ed Tiedt, Hector Arellano, Andy Kwiechien
Tuckpointers : Tim Rossborough, Mike Alore, Jim Fialkowski, Greg Posch, Jack Probola

9-29-14 032United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 434
Bob Howard, Adam Howard, Ryan Franczyk



Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Craftsmen Local 11
(Journeymen) Jeff Eppenstein, Kevin Coleman, Brian Dubin, Ruben Barbosa (Apprentices) Mauriel Aurioles, Joshua Mayo, Brian Fields, Jerry Zavala, Francisco Arriaga, Dalton Chastain, Joseph Bogat, Albino Barajas, Anton Bedalow, Nick Amelio, Mariano Rodriguez, Antoine Ford, Michael Cisneros, Serafin Gallardo, Arturo Cruz, Orlando Coronel, Martin Juarez, Dan Anderson, Rafael Cortez-Porras, Aaron Foster, Steven Doepke


2014-11-01 01.09.08Knickerbocker Roofing & Paving Co
Chris Cronin
Donation of roofing material


Galloy & Van Etten Cut Stone ContractorIMG_2557
Tom Van Etten
Donation of cut limestone & Scuppers


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John Mc Farland
Donated use of sky lifts


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Civil War Re-enactors
Brian Conroy & Jill Silbert


2014-11-01 04.49.55Helped with our Halloween Party:
Linda Goedtke, Carolyn Short,  Dean Bettenhausen &
Waltz Foods, Lisa Campbell, Christine Geisler,
Tom Vandemerkt, Carol Heinrichs


Village of Beecher logoOfficer Andy LeRoy, Police Dept.
Dave Lagesse, Fire Dept.


16371_369115843244388_5671365789789747979_nUniversity of Illinois, School of Architecture
Paul Kapp, Associate Professor of Architecture
ARCH 518 : Recording Historic Buildings, 2014 Class:
Dana Burgess, Nancy A. Edwards, David Fleming, Catherine Ferrari, Greg Morse, Muhammad Taimur and Kelly Valin


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Steve & Reed Renfrow 815-258-9848
Maintained our landscaping & lawn in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


Beecher’s Lions Club, for sharing their booth with us during the “Driving the Dixie” event on June 15, 2013.


All of the people who came to the Beecher Mausoleum’s first Open House, Memorial Day, 2013 and supported our restoration project


IMG_2445Chris Geisler and Tom Vandemerkt for volunteering to take care of our lawn maintenance since 2012


Landmarks Illinois LogoLandmarks Illinois for recognizing and accepting the Beecher Mausoleum to “2013 Illinois Ten Most Endangered Landmarks” list. This  honor is extended to only 10 applicants each year out of dozens of entries.


Stonecrafters_Header3 Stonecrafters Inc.
Dave Hammerl
430 W. Wegner Road
Lakemoore, IL 60051

For generously supplying us with cleaning and polishing supplies and advise, in addition to donating some of the much needed marble pieces from his businesses inventory that match our marble and offering to cut the new marble we need at no cost to the mausoleum project. Thank you Dave.


  • Beecher Herald: for recording past events and in publicizing them in the present and future
  • Beecher Community Library: for allowing use of photographs in the Beecher Quasquicentennial Book;
  • Beecher Community Historical Society and Washington Township Museum: for assisting in research and historical input;
  • Will County Land Use Department and Will County Historic Preservation Commission: for designation of landmark status;
  • Matt Hucke, Find-A-Grave; for current photos.


Jim Arnold, Arnold’s Tree Service: for the removal of mountains of landscaping debris and grinding out the old tree and bushes stumps.


  • Tom Benedict – jobsite superintendent for Berglund who donated additional labor to make sure all restoration work was expertly completed
  • Paul Wiechen for sponsoring our lawn service 2014-2015
  • Lisa Campbell – Board Member
  • Carol Heinrichs – Writing, editing of website & press releases
  • Christine Geisler – Artwork, posters and helping when ever called
  • Officer Andy LeRoy – Beecher Police Dept. for keeping a watchful eye out during restoration efforts
  •  Howard Paul, Author: Refections of our Small Town. Russell Publications, 1995
  • Douglas Keister, Author: A Brief History of the Community Mausoleum
  • Carol Triebold and Phyllis Monk for allowing us to use photos taken from their book “Crete Remembered” in referance to the Horn and Rohe Families
  • Kurt West Garner – Consultant for helping us with our “Ten Most Endangered” and National Register Applications
  • Jim’s Trees – for our beautiful arborvitae emerald green evergreens
  • Doug Campbell for checking our roof every year to make sure the drains are clear and checking up on the roofing caulking & seams
  • Don Sala – 2018 new Board Member

A special thanks must be given to the members of the Beecher Mausoleum Association Board, without whose support this project would not have been possible. Its members include: Association President Sandra Thielman, Former President of the Village of Beecher Paul Lohmann, Will County Board Member Bob Howard, John Dean of Hack Funeral Home; Lance Saller of Bahlman Service Center; and Architect Donald Bahlman.

Also, thanks to the many others who have attended meetings, donated to the mausoleum restoration effort and helped in so many other ways.

Read more about our 2014 Will County Historic Preservation restoration

Read more about our 2015 Will County Historic Preservations

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