Riverside & Memory Gardens Cemetery Albion, MI
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Riverside Cemetery
1301 S. Superior St.
Albion, MI 49224
Phone: (517)629-2479
Albion Memory Gardens
26905 B Drive South
Albion, MI 49224
Phone: (517) 629-8700
Riverside cemetery: Listed on the State of Michigan Register of Historic Places in 1996. A historical marker was dedicated on May 18, 1997.

Marker text (Side1)
: "Riverside Cemetery. The first burial in this cemetery occurred in 1837, the year Michigan became a state. Land developer Jesse Crowell had purchased a one and one-half acre parcel in 1836, and cleared it in 1837 for use as a burial ground. In 1842, Crowell sold the land to the Albion Cemetery Corporation for two dollars. The cemetery was enlarged in 1853, 1885, and 1914, resulting in a total of forty-six acres. Reflecting Albion’s ethnically diverse population, the cemetery has areas known as "The Russian Section", "German Hill" and a section for African-American veterans from World War I. A private Catholic cemetery contains the remains of people from Italy, Lithuania, and Poland.”

Marker text (Side2):"Originally known as Albion Cemetery and Albion Burying Ground, this cemetery was named Riverside in 1886 by the City Council. In addition to a unique array of tombstones, the cemetery includes impressive mausoleum, an office, a receiving vault and a fishpond. Riverside Cemetery contains the remains of Albion pioneers and veterans as well as distinguished and notorious citizens. Those interred here include Washington Gardner (1845-1928), who served in the U.S. Congress and as Michigan’s Secretary of State; and Michigan State Senator Warren G. Hooper (1905-1945) who was shot gangland style before he could appear before a grand jury and testify regarding corruption."

The Hooper case remains one of the most famous unsolved murder mysteries and a significant political event during the late 1940's in Michigan. Self guided tours/maps are available at the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce and admission is FREE.

Most Lithuanians and their descendants are buried in the southern sections of the cemetery, including the Catholic section. The cemetery records transcribed here contain numerous bits of information as supplied: Last name, first name, middle name, date of birth, date of death, burial date, block/lot/grave number, ledger page number, name of father, maiden name of mother, name of spouse, some names of children (usually daughters with different married surnames listed) if supplied, veteran information, and other information such as year they came to Albion. Block numbers in the “900s” refer to the Catholic Section of the cemetery, and will have a page number beginning with “C,” as in for example, “C-14.” Some information has been obtained from the obituary of the deceased.

Names of non-Lithuanian spouses are also included in this listing. [NOTE: No Lithuanians buried here with surnames A through F]

Albion Memory Gardens is a relatively new commercial cemetery begun in the late 1950s. It is located just outside the Albion city limits on the northest corner of Irwin Avenue and Finley Drive.

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Riverside & Albion Memory Gardens listings
Kaus, Clara      Cemetery: Riverside
Inscription/Remarks: b. 1905. d. 2 February 1941, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Burial 6 February 1941. Block 907, Lot 2, Grave 4. Page C-14. Father: Thomas Chehowski. Mother: Katherine Dolegowski. Husband: Kasper Kaus Kazlauckas. Married 1924. First husband Frank Marzic.
Kaus, Kasper      Cemetery: Riverside
Inscription/Remarks: See above. Buried in Catholic Section.
Kaus, Modist      Cemetery: Riverside
Inscription/Remarks: b. 1893, Lithuania. d. 1942. Burial 27 August 1942. Father: Kasper Kazlauskas. Block 907, Lot 2, Grave 5. Page C-14.
Kazlauckas, Kasper Klaus      Cemetery: Riverside
Inscription/Remarks: b. 30 July 1928, Albion. d. 5 September 1928, Albion. Age 1 month. Father: Modist Kazlauckas (born in Lithuania). Wife: Clara Chehowski (born in Poland). NOTE: See shortened surname spelling “Kaus”.
Kniburys, Vytautas      Cemetery: Riverside
Inscription/Remarks: b. Apr. 7, 1919, Lithuania, d: Sep. 2, 2004, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan. b. Altunas (note: citizenship papers erroneously say Kazliai, where he last lived) Lithuania. Parents: Simanas and Ona (Sutkeviciute) Kniburys. Wife: Rozalia Gorny, m. Germany March 9, 1946.
Kulikowski, Agnes      Cemetery: Memory Gardens
Inscription/Remarks: DUDEK. b. 28 September 1920, Concord Township, Jackson County, Michigan. d. 23 January 1988, Battle Creek, Michigan, age 67. Burial 25 January, 1988. Father: Frank Dudek, Sr. Mother: Dorothy Dietrich. Husband: Julius Kulikowski. Married 12 April 1940, Napoleon, Ohio.
Kulikowski, Casper      Cemetery: Riverside
Inscription/Remarks: b. 9 July 1934 Albion. d. 23 June 1980, Dowagiac, Michigan, age 45. Buried 25 June 1980. Block 124, Lot Veteran-73, Grave 73. Page 1833. Veteran U.S. Air Force, Korea. Father: Nikodemas Kulikauskas (Mike Kulikowski, Sr.). Mother: Teodora Barvydaite. Wife: Patty Rosenberry (divorced). Married 20 October 1956, Angola, Indiana.
Kulikowski, George      Cemetery: Memory Gardens
Inscription/Remarks: b. 20 October 1922, Albion, Michigan. d. 19 July 1970, Detroit, Michigan. Buried 22 July 1970. Father: Nikodemas Kulikauskas. Mother: Teodora Barvydaite. Wife: Roberta.
Kulikowski, Julius      Cemetery: Memory Gardens
Inscription/Remarks: b. 14 November, 1914 Cicero, Illinois. d. 3 August 1993, Pocatello, Idaho, age 78. Burial 9 August 1993. Father: Nikodemas Kulikauskas. Mother: Teodora Barvydaite. Wife: 1) Agnes G. Dudek. Married 12 April 1940, Napoleon, Ohio. Wife 2) Mrs. Agnes Dean. Married 21 January, 1989, Albion.
Kulikowski, Kenneth William      Cemetery: Memory Gardens
Inscription/Remarks: Sr. b. 28 September 1942, Jackson, Michigan. d. 8 Febraury 1996, Concord Township, Jackson County, Michigan, age 53. Burial February 12, 1996. Father: Julius Kulikowski. Mother: Agnes G. Dudek. Wife 1) Carla Trippitt. Married 196_. Wife 2) Jo Ellen Kay Roberts. Married 17 March, 1989, Concord, Michigan.
Kulikowski, Michael      Cemetery: Riverside
Inscription/Remarks: [Kulikauskas, Nikodemas]. b. 9 February 1890, Nevardenai (near Varniai), Lithuania. d. 7 April 1975 Albion. Burial 10 April 1975. Block 914, Lot 7, Grave 4. Page C-28. Father: Juozas Kulikauskas [record erroneously says Stanley]. Mother: Julijona-Scholastika Vosgird. Wife: Teodora Barvydaite. Married 8 January 1914 Chicago, Illinois. To U.S. in 1911, to Albion from Cicero, Illinois in 1918.
Kulikowski, Stella      Cemetery: Riverside
Inscription/Remarks: [Kulikauskas, Stanislova]. b. 23 November 1915, Cicero, Illinois. d. 31 March 1924, Albion, age 8 years. Block 904, Lot 65, Grave 65. Page C-8. Father: Nikodemas Kulikauskas. Father: Teodora Barvydaite.
Kulikowski, Teodora      Cemetery: Riverside
Inscription/Remarks: BARVYDAITE. b. 9 December 1893, Deguciai Manor (north of Luoke), Lithuania. d. 4 March 1973, Albion, Michigan, age 79 years. Buried 7 March 1973. Block 914, Lot 7, Grave 5. Page C-28. Father: Ignotas Barvydas. Mother: Barbora Kondratas. Husband: Mike Kulikowski, Sr. (Nikodemas Kulikauskas). Married 8 January 1914, Chicago, Illinois.
Kulikowski, Teresa Lynn      Cemetery: Riverside
Inscription/Remarks: b. 29 April 1965 Albion. d. 10 July 1987, Jackson, Michigan, age 22. Burial 14 July, 1987. Block 119, Lot P-36, Grave 2. Page 1504. Father: Lawrence Kulikowski. Mother: Janice Kay Fox.
Kulikowski, Victor Joseph      Cemetery: Riverside
Inscription/Remarks: (aka: Kulikauskas, Viktoras). b. 25 March 1920, Albion, Michigan. d. 23 February 2001, Three Rivers, Michigan, age 80. Cremains buried 28 February, 2001. Block 904, Lot 65, Grave 65, (Page C-8), in grave space of sister Stella. Father: Nikodemas Kulikauskas. Mother: Teodora Barvydaite. Wife: Mary Cassie (Portas) Masternak ...For additional information regarding the Kulikowski family, e-mail Frank Passic.
Kulikowski,       Cemetery: Riverside
Inscription/Remarks: Infant. b. 16 December 1976, Albion. d. 16 December 1976, Albion, age 1½ hours. Block 29, Lot M, Grave 0, Page 333. Father: . Mother: Pamela Kulikowski.
Kulikowski, Sr, Victor Joe      Cemetery: Riverside
Inscription/Remarks: b: Mar. 25, 1920, Albion, Calhoun County, Michigan. d: Feb. 23, 2001, Three Rivers, St. Joseph County, Michigan. Sister: Stella Kulikowski (1915-1924). Parents: Nikodemas and Teodora (Barvydas) Kulikauskas. Wife: Mary (Portas) Masternak, married in 1955, passed away in 1997. Son: Victor J. Kulikowski, Jr.
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