About Glendale

Glendale Cemetery features a beautiful, historical park-like setting, and with thousands of burial plots available, Glendale is an affordable, peaceful resting place.  Glendale is a place of great comfort and consolation, as it has been to the community since 1839.

Historical Glendale

Glendale is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   It was established in 1839 by Dr. J.D. Commins, who visited Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusets, and was inspired to create the same park-like setting for a cemetery in Akron.  The cemetery features a wide variety of architectural styles that draw upon ancient building forms.  Mausoleums are modeled after Egyption, Greek and Roman temples or Gothic churches.  The stately mausoleums and symbolic statues are scattered throughout, honoring prominent citizens of Akron, including politicians, famous, industrialists, and Akron socialites.

Planning Ahead

Glendale advises everyone to consider their burial wishes early in life.  Planning ahead and sharing your burial wishes with your family is a comforting gift that you can leave with them after your death.  This forethought can bring peace of mind to you and those who will survive you.  It also helps loved ones make informed decisions during their time of grief.


The goal of Glendale's staff is to make sure your wishes are carrried out in the manner that you and your family have requested.  Before burial services, we are here to help you and your family make decisions within a short time frame.  Our staff takes great care to make sure every burial is carried out with kindness and respect.  We are happy to assist you in planning and carrying out burial and post-burial details and in choosing which of our many available bruial spaces is the most suitable for you and your loved ones.


Catering to all faiths and denominations, the Glendale staff provides exceptional service and the highest degree of integrity.  Whether you're serching for customized, at-need services, pre-planned services, or a peaceful resting place for a military veteran, the Glendale staff will take care of your burial needs with respect.

Receptions, Gatherings, and Performances

Glendale has a beautiful Memorial Chapel that dates back to 1876 available for small gatherings up to 100 people, including weddings

Various performances have been held in the Great Meadow, a grassy, open space that once held Swan Lake.

Visiting Glendale

Glendale is an active and sacred burial space and is also considered a nature park.  The cemetery has 85 hilly acres with mature trees shading the landscapes and curving winding roads.  Visitors are welcome to visit burial sites or take walks throughout the grounds.  Gates are open every day from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for all visitors.