Nebraska COVID-19 Memorial coming to Madison

NORFOLK, Neb. - A Nebraska family is finding a way to remember loved ones who lost their lives to COVID-19.

Beth Laible and her son are asking Nebraskans to order a memorial slab that will be on display in downtown Madison. 

The project stemmed from Laible's son starting a GoFundMe on his birthday for a memorial for his grandparents who had passed away from COVID-19 in July.

After he earned $600 in donations, they asked his cousin, who is an artist, to come up with a mural about essential workers from Nebraska who helped them get through the pandemic.

They thought it would be to honor those everyday heroes who kept us going, as well as those who lost the battle.

The money went toward a granite mural, a poem about the mural also in granite, and a memorial slab with the pictures of his grandparents.

They thought about putting the memorial in Lincoln but then decided to ask the city of Madison would want the memorial.

The city chose the Grain Bin garden downtown to host the memorial. 

Laible says she would like all slabs ordered by April 30 and hopes the COVID-19 Remembrance Garden will be completed by Memorial weekend.

To learn more or participate click HERE.

Here are the directions to order your Memorial slab:

1. Go to

2. Click on memorial stones and scroll down to the picture “Elizabeth” and click on that picture the price shows $29.99

3. Go to stone size and click on the drop-down menu and choose the 6x6 + $6.00

Fill in your information and have it shipped to:

City of Madison
Park Board Covid memorial
PO Box 527
Madison, Ne