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The ECA Foundation serves as a nonprofit partner for the Erie Cemetery Association (ECA) providing enhancements to facilities and grounds that are beyond ECA’s core operations.

The ECA is a nonprofit that owns and maintains three cemeteries in Erie County PA. Each cemetery has its own character, providing respite from the active lifestyle of our communities. They are places to go and enjoy natural beauty, meditate or reflect on memories of loved ones, and others from our communities.

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Our Cemeteries

Erie Cemetery

Situated on 75 acres, the Erie Cemetery is located in the heart of the city at 21st and Chestnut streets. Since opening in 1851, more than 50,000 Erieites have made Erie Cemetery their final resting place.

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Laurel Hill Cemetery

Located in southwest Millcreek, this open, spacious and attractively landscaped cemetery took its name from a stand of laurel trees situated on high ground and remains an area of contemplative beauty.

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Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery

Located in southeast Erie, the grounds of the Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery are meticulously kept, reflecting devoted attention to quality care and maintenance of the area’s striking natural beauty.

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Board of Directors

Daniel J. Dahlkemper, President

Dan is a Landscape Architect and President of Dahlkemper Landscape Architects & Contractors in Erie PA. Dan was educated in the family business capping his training at Penn State with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, including a semester in London with the University of Guelph.  Dan has served on the State Board of Landscape Architects, Governor’s Residence Preservation Committee, City of Erie Design Review Committee and the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association.  With his wife Kathy, he founded the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF) in 1998.

Laurie B. Root, Vice President

Laurie is the Senior Vice President of United Way of Erie County. She has served on the Erie Cemetery Association Board of Corporators since 2016. Other organizational affiliations include: Past President, Rotary Club of Erie; Corporator, Erie Yacht Club Foundation Trustee, Hamot Health Foundation Board of Corporators; Board Member, Northwest Institute of Research; and, ATHENA Governing Body.

W. John Collins, lll, Director

John joined Eriez Magnetics in 2005 as Manager of the PolyMag business and also served as the Plastics & Rubber Industry Market Manager. He has spent over 30 years in the plastics industry. John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History from Denison University. He serves on the Erie Cemetery Association Board of Trustees and Hamot Health Foundation Board of Corporators.

Mitchell S. Willis, Treasurer

Mitch has served in various accounting roles throughout his career, most recently as Chief Financial Officer for a local Erie manufacturer.  His credentials include Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.  Mitch has 20 years of service as Treasurer of Erie Cemetery Association and has been a life-long resident of Erie PA.

John B. Evans, Secretary

John is a successful and well-respected architect.  He has been a member of the Erie Cemetery Association Board of Corporators since 1986 and served as a Trustee from 1994-2006.

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