For more than 24 years, Lakeside Chautauqua has been a home away from home for the Juett family.
When Jo Juett passed away in October 2013, after her husband, John, died in 2005, it was only natural that their daughters chose The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park as the couple’s final resting place.
“Lakeside is so special to all of us,” explained the Juetts’ daughter, Sue Walaska. “And when we found out that the memorial garden was just up the street from where the family cottage was in the past, there was not even any more conversation.”
The Juetts first visited Lakeside as guests of co-workers more than 24 years ago. Shortly after retirement, the couple purchased a cottage of their own. Their daughters and their families have been spending summers at Lakeside ever since.
“The memories of being at Lakeside with my parents and my children together are what make it such an important place for us,” explained Walaska.
When her three sons were teenagers, Walaska’s father introduced them to his favorite rock on the lakefront. The boys and their grandfather would go stand together at that rock and look out over the lake.
“To this day, that’s grandpa’s rock,” Walaska said. “We just have really special memories like that.”
The Juetts loved church services at Lakeside. They oftentimes rented their cottage out to visiting ministers during conferences and spent their summer days attending Chaplain’s Hour.
The couple also enjoyed walks along the lakefront path, the changing seasons and fellowship at Lakeside. If there was an event or gathering, they were always there. They volunteered and contributed in many ways. Walaska proudly admitted, “I learned a lot from those amazing parents.”
Walaska and her family share a special connection with the Chautauqua community. Walaska described Lakeside saying, “There isn’t a place anywhere in the world where it’s such good, faithful people and your children are always safe. We never want it to change because it’s so special.”
With so many years of family memories at Lakeside, The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park has become a way for the Juett family to stay connected and reflect on those special times together.
“Lakeside is a part of me and my family,” Walaska shared. “It’s the memories we’ve made over time that keep us coming back. And now, it’s like my parents are just resting down the street from their home. I really can’t imagine them being anywhere else. The memorial garden, it’s just meant to be.”
The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park serves as both a final resting place for Lakesiders, as well as a place where the living can reflect and connect spiritually, loved ones can be remembered, special occasions can be celebrated and the beauty of nature can be embraced. For more information about pre-planning and the memorial garden, visit www.lakesideohio.com/park.
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