Woodvale Union Cemetery

Woodvale Union Cemetery (HM2H0H)

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N 41° 21.565', W 81° 49.511'

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Woodvale Cemetery was established in the mid-1800s in Middleburgh Township, Ohio. The oldest marked grave holds Fred G. Klink (1833-1858), whose family donated a half acre of land for burials. In 1786, Frank M. Stearns (1832-1911) suggested the unnamed cemetery be called Woodvale, after the wooded vale beside it. In 1908, a fire destroyed the caretaker's house and many cemetery records. Woodvale became a non-profit union cemetery in 1931, owned by Berea and the Village of Middleburg Heights and covering 33 acres at 7535 Engle Road. Pioneer families buried here: Fowles, Draft, Lovejoy, Sprague, and Stearns. Also buried here: John Baldwin (1788-1884) founder of Baldwin University and James Wallace (1878-1933) founder of German Wallace College (merged in 1913 to become Baldwin Wallace College).

Other notable burials here include William Engle (1814-1897), a
constable, township trustee and school director who built the
township's first log house in 1848; Veterans of every U.S. war and
some conflicts including Second Lt. Albert E. Baesel (1890-1918), a
WWI soldier from the 148th Infantry Division who received the
Congressional Medal of Honor; Children from Berea's "Home for
Children," as far back as 1890. Graves were dug by hand by caretakers, including one-armed Fred Beavis (1907-1989),

until equipment
was used in 1955. In 2010, Woodvale covered 50 acres, bordered
by Cleveland Metroparks, Big Creek Pkwy., Fowles and Engle Roads.
A Board of Trustees of both cities governs the Cemetery.
HM NumberHM2H0H
Year Placed2010
Placed ByWoodvale Union Cemetery and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 430978 N 4578985
Decimal Degrees41.35941667, -81.82518333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 21.565', W 81° 49.511'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 21' 33.9" N, 81° 49' 30.66" W
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