This burial ground adjacent to Concordia is the
property of the German Old People's Home,
7824 West Madison Avenue, Forest Park, Illinois. It is devoted exclusively to
residents of the home. The word Altenheim itself translates as "home for
aged", or "old peoples' home". Birth dates can be found ranging from 1811 to 1904
and death dates starting in 1895.
There are about
300 to 400 gravestones.
Altenheim Cemetery is a neglected cemetery and is on the endangered cemetery list.
Inscriptions on the stones and the layout were recorded by members of the
Chicago Genealogical Society on 29 July 1989. Participants were: Barbara
Baker, Allison Childs, Blanche Childs, Brian Scott Donoan, Barry Fleig, Grace
Horner, Diane Liesinger, Maxine Liesinger, olga Liesinger, Diane and David
McClure. Out thanks go to Allison and Blanche Childs who also handled computer
input of all the material.
The majority of the markers are "institutional,' being made of concrete cast in box forms with moveable letters, which probably explains why a reversed letter or transposed spelling is sometimes found. In addition to the deceased's name, GEBOREN (birth) and GESTORBEN (death) dates, the markers include the inscription "HIER RUHT" (here rests).
Sources used in the compilation of this entry include but are not limited to:
Graveyards of Chicago by Matt Hucke and Ursula Bielski -- a book which describes many of the Chicago area cemeteries.
Chicago Genealogical Society
Last Modified: 06/01/2006