|Headstone of Donald's paternal grandparents,|
Charles Calma and Marie Theresa Scalise Calma
at Mount Saint Mary Cemetery in Queens, NY.
Since Tessie's passing and burial in 2008, the first time I went to Mount Saint Mary, my
I did a little bit of looking around on Sunday and found some pretty unusual headstones along the way, with little in the way of clues as to who may be buried there.
Although beautiful, this stone offers no other clues as to who might be buried here. There is no additional engraving and no other stones on this plot except for section markers.
I've never seen anything like this one, just four last names. There were no other visible stones and no other engraving on this headstone.
I imagine that this family must have been very poor if this was the only marker they could put up for their love one(s). It will take some work and perhaps another visit in different light to decipher the writing.
Of course, the cemetery office may be able to help shed some light on these burials if interested family members go looking for futher information. Their website didn't offer much hope for help for a volunteer, however. They want requests for genealogical information submitted in writing and a payment of $80 for information on six burials!!! I will have to share the stones with the little information that I have, if that falls within Find-A-Grave's guidelines.
I'll keep you posted on my progress.