August Program: History of Mountain Home Cemetery, by Lyn Iannuzzi
Our August 19 program begins at 6:30 pm. Visitors (not LCGS members) need to register below to receive the Zoom info and handout.
President Glenn York provides a brief overview of our society with the latest committee reports followed by tonight’s topic on the History of Mountain Home Cemetery, Fort Collins, CO.
History of Mountain Home Cemetery, Fort Collins, CO
The two-part presentation will cover the Mountain Home Cemetery Historic Records Project and the controversial seventy-five-year history, 1873-1947.
The history begins with a barren dusty prairie and ends with a midcentury subdivision. Lyn will provide the cemetery: location, lot sizes and fees, financial challenges, legal issues, political controversies, expansion, closure, burial removals, land use and sale.
Linda “Lyn” Devers Iannuzzi is the fifth generation to have called Fort Collins home. She lived on S. Taft Hill Road across the street from Grandview Cemetery, Section K, from age three to eight. The cemetery was part of the neighborhood, and six of her great-great-grandparents were buried there: Wolfer, Hann, Hawley and Marsh.
Lyn attended K-12 Fort Collins schools beginning with Mountain View Elementary, old District #10 on Laporte Avenue and graduating in the first class at Poudre High School. Family picnics at City Park and dinners at the Maxwell rock house always included discussions on Fort Collins history, and who was related to who.
Coming back home was always the plan after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and retiring as Director of Accounting for a California aerospace company. Her first retirement project was the history of her husband’s Italian ancestors. It involved learning to read and translate Italian vital records and writing a 140-page history for family members. The next project was scanning the small Mountain Home Cemetery record book and expanded into five years of detailed research. Lyn received the 2020 Fort Collins Historical Society Award for this Cemetery Research Project.
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