Keeping a 150-year-old cemetery in good condition can be a challenge. Occasionally repairs to tombstones that are leaning or broken need to be made and recently several markers in Zion Chatt’s Cemetery had a face-lift, thanks to Kevin Foster of FOSCO Services, Monroe, Indiana. Zion’s Church Council initiated and followed through with the restoration project.
The work consisted of installing some new bases and resetting some leaning tombstones. Foster repaired the worst tombstones in the cemetery, those with bases that had deteriorated or collapsed, causing the markers to lean. Some of the old bases were set in stone which is not substantial enough to support a heavy marker.
The restorations, primarily on the west side of the cemetery, were done a couple weeks ago and made improvements to several markers.
Below are photos of the completed restoration work. Rows are numbered beginning on the west side of the cemetery.
This would be very heavy work. Tombstones are heavy. I attended a Cemetery Restoration Workshop several years ago in Auglaize County and they used a tripod to lift and move the large tombstones. I do not know if Foster used this technique or not.
The tombstones that were leaning the most have been repaired but some additional restoration work should done in the future.
Thanks to Kevin Foster for his repair work, helping to maintain our cemetery.