Thursday, July 30, 2009

The End of a Journey

Lavina and Richard VanBeek have been caretakers at Maplewood Cemetery for nearly 40 years, burying many members of their own family in the grave yard they fondly think of as their own. Lavina, 84, and Richard, 92, live across the street from Maplewood, and have gone from hand-digging graves by lantern light to using modern tractors. They will be stepping down as Maplewood's caretakers now that Richard has dementia and because of their age.


Maggie Whitley said...

what a powerful picture!


Beth said...

I wanted to write and tell you how much I loved this picture when I saw it in the Press. It accompanied the story beautifully. Thanks for posting it here so I could do so.