Monday, January 3, 2011
I don't know who's buried here. That's a common theme sometimes with surname markers. Sometimes you can't even be sure that they belong to your family. I'm lucky though because despite the common name on this marker, I know it belongs to me. My mom would put flowers on it every year for Memorial Day as did her relatives before her. She doesn't know who's there either, just that they are ours. Time to write away to the church and see how good their records are!
Any suggestions on how to fix the marker? As you can see it's sinking into the ground, but unlike other areas of the cemetery (Saint Gabriel's Roman Catholic, Hazleton, PA), it's more than just the marker...the entire area is sunken. It is a city with a deep coal mining history, but I know of no subsidences in this particular area. I don't know if it's a lost cause to fix it. I would hate to think so. Now that I've started making the annual pilgrimages to place flowers, I want to ensure that my children can find it when it's their turn.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday! Our long journey is over and while family will be missed it's time to get back to work!