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Cemetery Stones In Covey Church Cemetery Repaired

Directional signs to cemetery installed by county


November 8, 2018

Mari Radtke

One of the new directional signs

Scott Koedam and Ben Elderidge spend a couple days at Covey Cemetery in Grant Township. Doug Negus, President, O'Brien County Cemetery Preservation Association (OCCPA) contacted Elderidge Family Funeral Homes in August about gravestone work at Covey Cemetery.

Weather and work demands kept the project from moving quickly, but with a couple of good weather days, Elderidge reports attention given to 10 stones at that cemetery from a list provided by OCCPA. Out of the 10, two stones were wet set (new concrete foundation was poured), two stones were given new bases, and some stones were adhered together.

Elderidge Family Funeral Homes does this kind of repair and care work from time to time for individual customers. There is no particular prep work or special tools or training required. "A crowbar, a level, some special putty for the stones and lots of elbow grease," said Elderidge.

OCCPA members spent much of the summer cleaning the stones. Highway officials have installed directional signs to Covey Cemetery and cemetery signage is currently undergoing the design and bidding process. Stones at Randolph Cemetery have also been cleaned.

OCCPA plans to make similar improvements to Waterman Cemetery near Prairie Heritage Center in early spring 2019. The Waterman family will be in the area in the summer.

O'Brien County Cemetery Preservation Association is an all volunteer organization dedicated to improving and repairing Pioneer Cemeteries and other cemeteries throughout O'Brien County. It is financed through donations, fundraisers and a county stipend. Volunteers and interested persons are invited to attend any meeting at the Sutherland Library held the last Tuesday of each month at 5:00pm.


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