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The town of Cedar Lake, Indiana is the home first settled by pioneers in the mid-19th century and originally named West Point. The name “Cedar Lake” is actually from a nearby town that is now called Creston.
From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, Cedar Lake was a popular place for Chicagoans looking for a retreat from the city. The lake had over 50 hotels at the time and several pavilions and ballrooms that brought many well-known bands to entertain the visitors.
Today, Cedar Lake is home to Burdan Funeral Home and the Franciscan Physician Network. There are also abundant shopping options in Cedar Lake like the Cedar Lake Resale and Antiques, Sundaes on the Lake and the Cedar Lake Florist.

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Cedar Lake is known for the same body of water that bears its name. The lake called Cedar Lake is the largest natural lake in Indiana and used to be knows as Lake of the Red Cedars. Today the historical society pays tribute to their roots calling the local museum by the same name.

In 1870 the town of West Point got a new Post Office and the town was renamed Cedar Lake. A strong railroad presence made it a booming community because of the good jobs provided to local residents. Later, proximity to Chicago made it an ideal resort destination because it was only 90 minutes from the big city. Because of the location and abundance of leisure activities Cedar Lake continues to be a popular vacation destination today.

The Monon Railroad started construction on the lake’s western shore in 1882 and as a result many new residents flocked to the area. Tourists who see the lake as a resort destination are also abundant. From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, Cedar Lake is a popular location for Chicagoans looking for a retreat from the city. The lake at one time had over 50 hotels and several ballrooms to host well-known bands to entertain the visitors. Most noteworthy today, the Lassen Hotel and Monon Park Dancing Pavilion are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Individuals and families are making pre-arrangements more now than ever.

There’s much to consider when making funeral arrangements. We can help you make the decisions that best suit your needs. Our planners will work with you to address all questions and concerns that you may have. Whether you’re planning for yourself or another, we can help.. If you think pre-arrangements are right for you, or if you would like more information please set up an appointment to come in and talk. We can be reached at (219)374-5518 or via email at

Elmwood Funeral Chapel

The philosophy of service for the Betkowski Family and the Staff of Elmwood Chapels is pure and simple: Serve families in the same way we would want our families to be served.

Therefore, we are committed to handling each family with compassion and patience at every point in the service process. This includes the initial contact, each phase of the funeral service planning, during visitation and service as well as family follow-up or even pre-planning appointments.

We strive to understand individual needs during a difficult time and offer families options to personalize a service and meet financial parameters. Each family should feel that their service was uniquely developed for them and not just a tradition or ritual.

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