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Kurt Riegel (#47698588)
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Bio Photo I am a gravestone conservator, owning a small business that deals will the restoration and cleaning of historic gravestones and take great pride in fixing every single stone we take on. I am also a local history maniac, who has a hobby (some may call it an obsession) of finding and visiting old cemeteries, especially small, rural plots. If I have a memorial of someone that is in your family or very close to you, I would be more than happy to transfer it to you. Also, if you have any extra information for any memorial I have, please feel free to send me an email. I will update the memorial very quickly. (I secretly love getting added information or corrections to the memorials I upload.)

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Phil
Cleaning on Gravestones
Noticed from posting a message on James Davis' page that you actually clean & restore old headstones. We are not professionals by any means, but when filling photo request, we attempt to cleanup the stone to leave it better than what we found it. We currently use "corn starch" when the inscription are to worn to see with the naked eye to help enhance the inscriptions for reading. The corn starch is then removed with a fine paint brush. We use a stiffer bristle paint brush and the heel on a rubber sandal to "scrub" the mold, dirt, & decay away. Could you recommend something better that would be quick & possibly better in leaving the stone, so the family members might be more pleased. Thanks in advanced for your response.

Phillip & Sara
Added by Phil on Jun 29, 2015 9:14 PM
Steven Keller
Thank you!
Thanks so much for the transfer, Kurt. Have a great summer!

Steve
Added by Steven Keller on Jun 19, 2015 8:44 AM
Kelly Humphrey
Clifton Humphrey #7539962
Thanks for getting a better picture of the stone and adding it to his page. :) I'm pretty sure this little boy belongs to my husband's family but just can't confirm it yet. I really appreciate the add. =)
Added by Kelly Humphrey on Jun 13, 2015 1:14 PM
Shane B
Miller
Bio added.
Added by Shane B on Jun 11, 2015 4:24 PM
Matthew Sage
John Sage and Roann Sage
Hi Kurt,

My name is Matthew Sage and I have been researching the Sage line in NY for a while. I noticed that you have pictures of John Sage (1809-1864) and Roann Sage (1809-1875) from the Woods Corners Cemetery in Norwich. I see there is also memorial references to John and Roann in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Norwich by user JTF. Is this cemetery one and the same or could there be some duplication of entries? Just curious.

Thank you.

Matthew
Added by Matthew Sage on Jun 10, 2015 1:52 PM
Wendy Bovee Oldham
William Main
Heya Kurt, added the info to to his Bio you sent. If you want ownership let me know. I am not related :)

Wendy
Added by Wendy Bovee Oldham on Jun 08, 2015 2:59 PM
Larry Wales
W. B. Monroe
Info added, thank you, Larry
Added by Larry Wales on Jun 08, 2015 10:58 AM
Lori Schell
Rock of Ages ...what is on their site.

Other companies Iíve visited also offer a warranty. Whatís the difference between theirs and Rock of Ages full perpetual warranty?
This is what is on there site... but they have come and cleaned my brothers stone... for free. Included with buying the stone.... I might be just them... The following is what is posted on their site.
"The Rock of Ages full perpetual warranty is the only warranty in the granite industry that covers cracking, chipping, fading, discoloration and craftsmanship. The warranty is not only valid to the purchaser but also to the purchaserís heirs and the cemetery where the memorial had been erected. The other major difference is that the Rock of Ages warranty is the only one in the granite industry that is protected by a perpetual trust established at the Willington Trust Company of Delaware. In the unlikely event the Rock of Ages Corporation ceases to exist, the warranties would continue indefinitely. No other company can make that claim. Anyone in this area who purchased a monument with warranty from the Crooks Memorial Company out of Carthage, NY knows the validity of that statement. Those purchasers were just holding a piece of paper when the company went out of business."

Added by Lori Schell on Jun 05, 2015 11:17 AM
Lori Schell
Rock of Ages
I was told this years ago through the memorial Stone place I bought my stone through. In Mexico New York. Kellog, Memorials, 16 Academy St.
Mexico, NY 315.963.3543 That is why I bought the stone from them. The idea sold me. And they came out and cleaned the stone once already! Maybe it's something they do personally then,if you buy a Rock of Ages. Maybe it's how they personally push rock of ages.I am truly sorry if I misunderstood them or was misled. I was only 26 when I bought the headstone, and full of tears at the time.
Added by Lori Schell on Jun 05, 2015 11:10 AM
Lori Schell
Rock of Ages
Kurt,

Yes, that is what sold me on "Rock Of Ages" Headstones was the after care down the road. I wanted people to be able to read it years down the road. So I told my family members about the benefits of the stone and where to find the symbol and what it looks like. My girls know about it so when I am gone they can request to have it cleaned if needed. I intend to have my stone a Rock of Ages if I can afford one. I haven't checked the cost of them lately tho. I hope someone else finds this interesting and will pass it on.
Added by Lori Schell on May 25, 2015 9:50 PM
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