Wunder's Cemetery of Chicago was founded in 1859 as a German Lutheran Cemetery, Originally called The German Lutheran Cemetery, it was incorporated in 1912. It was renamed Wunder's to honor Rev. Heinrich Wunder, a renowned pastor for more than fifty years of First Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Some notable luminaries buried at Wunder's include William and Anna Wieboldt, founders of a department store chain; George Manning, professional baseball player; Lorenzo Thundercloud, Chief of the Sioux Nation; Charles Seyferlich, Chicago Fire Department Chief; Frederick Dinkelberg, architect of notable New York and Chicago skyscrapers; and Rev. Wunder and his family.
The Cemetery is completly nonprofit and is run by a Board of Directors. We are in need of maintenance work on the Office and the groundskeeper’s residence. As a nonprofit, the cemetery does not have funds to pay for this project. The effort to restore the building will include; siding and roofing on part of the residence and Office as well as new doors and paint for the greenhouse structure. This work will not only keep the building from deteriorating but will improve the look from the street both on Clark and Irving Park Road.
Wunders still welcomes burials from all faiths and all walks of life. Founded on the social service principles of Luther's Reformation, Wunder's is dedicated to the loving respect of the living and dignified treatment of the dead.