Archive for August 27th, 2011

This is one of those angels that was not clearly in a specific family plot, but I’m sure it was meant to be, since the name on the front of the monument only reads “Bernadette 1899-1913.” I’m not sure why, but monuments with only first names on them strike me simultaneously as sweet and sad. Usage of only a first name conveys a level of intimacy, but after 100 years, the surname’s omission can be its erasure, making it that much harder for someone to confirm who Bernadette was. (Yes, many cemeteries have well-maintained burial records, but they can be damaged or incomplete, like those lost in East Cleveland Township Cemetery’s office fire.)

Bernadette (2)

Bernadette (3)


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