Tour of Penwell-Gabel Cemetery in Topeka, KS

Tour

Our cemetery was founded in 1926 by German immigrant Max Schuchart. Topekans Ren & Theresa Newcomer purchased the cemetery in 1988, bringing it into the Penwell-Gabel family.

The cemetery’s most popular feature has always been the pond near Sixth and Gage where children and families gather to feed the ducks and geese. Learn more about the cemetery grounds & wildlife below.

Penwell-Gabel Cemetery Tour in Topeka

Cemetery Map

Our 30-acre cemetery is home to 19 memorial gardens, a beautiful outdoor mausoleum and numerous features throughout the grounds which hold cremation urns. It is also a beautiful place to take an evening stroll, feed the ducks and attend a concert or art fair. Learn more about our events here.

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Cemetery Wildlife

Generations of Topeka children grew up feeding the ducks at the cemetery, and they are a common sight at the Reflection Pond at Sixth & Gage.

It is not uncommon to see traffic completely stopped on Sixth Avenue waiting for a mother duck and her babies to cross the road.

Our cemetery is on the Central Flyway, a waterfowl migration route designated by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The pond is a popular spot for several species of waterfowl, including Canada Geese, Mallards and Wood Ducks, a native Kansas species.

Horticulture

We have invested over $1 million in care funds for our cemetery, ensuring the enduring beauty of the grounds.

Our cemetery is home to many native Kansas trees and is landscaped for year-round beauty. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular sight of the hillside covered with Stella D’Oro daylillies along Sixth Avenue and beautifully carved trees in the Acacia memorial garden and next to the Reflection Pond.

You may also contribute a tree to the grounds in honor of your loved one through our Living Memorial program. Learn more here.

Walking Paths

Conveniently located in the north central part of town, our cemetery is a beautiful, serene setting for some fresh air and exercise, whether you prefer to walk, jog or roller-blade.

Stop off at the cemetery office and pick up a map which will show you different routes to take. We have paths to meet all of your distance goals. The paths are also marked by signs along the roadside.

The cemetery is open to the public, and we take care to maintain the cemetery roads and sidewalk year-round.