Company Volunteers To Recreate Toddler's Grave Marker

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Workers at A. Cozzi & Company Monuments in Watertown are measuring, prepping and sandblasting.

All to replace a headstone that has been missing, apparently stolen last fall from the Arsenal Street Cemetery in the city.

"There's a little girl without a monument and they have a marker. We're going to help them get engraving," said Laurie Koelmel, co-owner for A. Cozzi & Company.

The missing headstone belonged to Kitty Ahles, one of three triplets who were buried in the cemetery in 1861.

"We need to be keep the continuing of all the headstones erected and nice so that they can be able to be there for any family members that want to come and do any history searches. And you can't do that if you can't find the headstones," said Kathy Plante-Hunt, a cemetery volunteer.

To solve the problem, A. Cozzi & Company volunteered to recreate Kitty Ahles' headstone based on an old photo.

The company says volunteering for this project was really about giving back to the community.

"The cemetery right now, the Arsenal Street Cemetery, doesn't have a lot of funds and any help they can get volunteer-wise is much needed, appreciated," said Koelmel.

A volunteer effort to make sure anyone looking for Kitty Ahles will know exactly where to find her.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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