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Do you ever, in your journeys through graveyards, wonder why a certain memorial is chosen for a person? or why the wording is the way it is? In my wanderings in and out of cemeteries from coast to coast, I’ve come across my share of “Wonder Whys!”

In the heart of the city, lies the old and very large Lancaster Cemetery. I’ve been in that cemetery too many times to even count and each time I come out with a picture of something I’ve never seen before. Last week I came across one of those “wonder whys” and thought it would be a good time to do a blog on some of them! Herbert W. Rill was only six days old when he died. I wonder why his parents had the year only put on the headstone once ~ half way between the birth and death dates. Jim’s suggestion was that the “SAVED” at the top of the headstone meant they saved money by not having it put on their twice!Across the street from the beautiful Longwood Gardens is Longwood Cemetery, with burials dating back many years ago. In the midst of upright, traditional headstones are a few that stand out because of their uniqueness. Marianne Hoy’s in one of those. It is beautiful and serene and I wonder if it was her wish or something her family did because it reminded them of her. I wonder why . . . On a visit to Centralia, Pennsylvania, the ghost town with a fire under it we took a side trip to St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church, high on a hill above the town. We found this grave marker in the Cemetery behind the Church and wondered why

a bird chose this spot to start her family!

Driving through the backroads of northwestern Lancaster County, I came across the old East Donegal Cemetery  in the Maytown area. (You may have heard it referred to as Reich’s Church Cemetery) This beautiful fence caught my eye before I knew there was a Cemetery behind it.  I wonder why nobody caught the fact it was growing into a tree before it actually became part of the tree?

. . . and finally I really wonder why more respect is not shown to those that have served our country so we may have the freedom and liberties that we enjoy today!

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In March, on our way home from visiting our grandson at his Coast Guard “A” School in Yorktown, Virginia, we decided to “visit” my great-grandfather in Warrenton, Virginia.  It was pouring rain, but we stopped anyway since I did not have a good picture of his headstone.  Once we saw the area it appeared we would not get a good picture that day as well.  Not only was it surrounded by wet, soggy, muddy ground but a bush now covered over half of the stone. I had not come prepared with my Cemetery Kit so there were no clippers to take care of the gardening chores.
Fast forward to Easter Weekend and another trip to Yorktown, this time for Grandson’s graduation from his “A” School. We prepared for the return trip with clippers and and a garbage bag so I could perform my gardening duties.The ground was still soggy since it had rained the night before, but I clipped anyway. I had come prepared with clippers and my “Cemetery Shoes” this time.

In order to get a different perspective of the site, I walked down hill and took this picture from there. His headstone is under that bush . . . now.  On the other side of the large memorial that says “NIESS” it says “KELLY,” my great-grandfather’s second wife’s maiden name.   Buried to the left of Edwin is his wife, Florence Marie Kelly Niess,and next to Florence is Edwin Alonza’s son, Edwin Mark Niessand next to “Uncle Eddy” is his wife, Lucy Marguerite Kelly Niess
Yes ~ Father and Son were married to sisters! So Eddy’s sister-in-law was also his step-mother and Lucy’s sister was also her mother-in-law! And let’s not forget both father and son were attorneys in Washington DC with the same first name of Edwin! So if anyone would distinguish which attorney they were looking for by saying it was Edwin who was married to the Kelly girl, they could flip a coin!Lucy and Marie’s parents are also buried in this plot and this is the reverse side of the “Niess” Stone with their information on it. The Kellys are scattered here and there in this cemetery, but for some reason these two girls are buried with their parents. (this picture was taken that rainy day in March ~ can you tell??)

Rest in Peace, Niess/Kelly family! I’ll keep checking on you and make sure the shrubs are trimmed and you are all remembered!

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