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Pat Shingleton: "The Evergreen Story..."

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Posted: Dec 22, 2013 1:06 PM by Pat Shingleton
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Topics: Evergreen. Cemetery.

Jack Steckman managed the Locust Grove Cemetery and accommodated graveside services for the community. During Christmas Season evergreen wreaths adorned the graves of loved ones. Jack saved the left-over evergreen branches for mom who would construct door decorations. As noted in a previous column, the cold weather kept her displays fresh, long after Epiphany. Our grandfather put me and my brother Kevin into a cradle-box, attached to a sled, to retrieve the greenery from Steckman's. "Gramps" pulled us down a snow-covered Brighton Road and a tenth-of-a-mile trip would last hours. Getting the "two boys" out of the house gave mom a break and gave Gramps an opportunity to talk to every neighbor along the way. The rest of the story tomorrow.

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