Lisa Cooper sat cross-legged in front of her father’s grave at Mount Olivet Cemetery in the Town of Tonawanda. She used gardening scissors to clip the grass and weeds around the edges of the stone to make its 49-year-old inscription visible:
George E. Cooper, Jr.
World War II
Jan 5 1925 - July 28 1965
Cooper’s father died when she was 11. The 62-year-old woman still visits him every week, bringing him flowers and cleaning the stone.
Sometimes she “chats” with him.
It’s usually quiet at Mount Olivet, Cooper said. But on Saturday (May 23), hundreds of visitors crowded the grounds for the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest times of the year for cemeteries.
“Families take a lot of pride in taking care of graves,” said Carmen Colao, diocesan director of Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo, which include Mount Olivet and Holy Cross. read more...