Pioneer Cemetery Commission

The Pioneer Cemetery Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the old Winneshiek County Jail building, next to the Courthouse. Summer meetings are sometimes held at a cemetery.

The commission has nine (9) members appointed by the County Supervisors. Each serves a 3 year staggered term.

The commission assumes jurisdiction and management of pioneer cemeteries. Its mission is to identify, protect, preserve and maintain these cemeteries and the monuments in them.

A “pioneer cemetery” is defined as a cemetery where there have been twelve or fewer burials in the preceding fifty years. The maintenance and repair of all cemeteries under the jurisdiction of the county, including pioneer cemeteries, are paid from the county general fund. The maintenance and improvement program for a pioneer cemetery may also include restoration and management of native prairie grasses and wildflowers.

You may contact the Board Members at the following email address

The following are the current board members and their term expiration:

NameTerm Ending
Wayne KirkebyJanuary 2, 2020
Tony MeyerJanuary 2, 2020
Jody HollandJanuary 2, 2020
Diane Ott WhealyJanuary 2, 2021
Janelle HalversonJanuary 2, 2021
Richard MichelJanuary 2, 2021
Halley WiseJanuary 2, 2022
Stacey GosslingJanuary 2, 2022
Carleton HaugenJanuary 2, 2022