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In Longing

Mausoleum for T.S. Johnston and family in Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, Monroe County, New York. There are at least five Johnsons interred in this beautiful neoclassical mausoleum, including Thomas S. Johnston (unk-1915), his wife Mary Ann White (unk-1941), and sons, John White (unk-1959) and Thomas, Jr. (unk-1942). Thomas was a clothing merchant from Scotland and worked for Sibley, Lindsay & Curr Company.

Mount Hope Cemetery, adjacent to the University of Rochester, was founded in 1838 as a municipal rural cemetery and sprawls over 196 acres. More than 350,000 former residents are interred there, including abolitionist Frederick Douglass, suffragette Susan B. Anthony, and city founder Nathaniel Rochester.

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Aurora’s Garden

Mausoleum for the Jacobson family in Woodlawn Cemetery, 800 Grant Boulevard, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. At least three generations of Jacobsons are interred here, including Henry H. Jacobson (unk-1923), his son Dr. Nathan Jacobson (unk-1913), and his granddaughter, Emma (unk-1956). Woodlawn Cemetery was established in 1881 and serves as a quiet, well-maintained resting place for over 30,000 departed residents.

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Won’t Find It Here

Mausoleum for Frederick and Margaret Wolf in Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue, next to Syracuse University, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. Frederick Wolf (1841-1918) immigrated from Germany, opened a furniture store in Syracuse, and became a champion checker player. He is interred here with his parents, his wife Margaret (1843-1907), and their five children. Their mausoleum is a humble example of Egyptian Revival architecture. The winged sun over the door symbolizes the soul and its eternity.

Oakwood Cemetery was designed by landscape architect Howard Daniels and opened in 1859. It is a secular Victorian “rural” or “garden” style cemetery where over 60,000 people are interred in 160 wooded acres.

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This Place Was My Tomb

Mausoleum for the Leonard family in Maple Hill Cemetery at U.S. Route 11 and Fairbanks Road in the village of Rouses Point, Clinton County, New York. Several Leonards are laid to rest inside this picturesque tomb, most prominently Theodore M. Leonard (1841-1928). Theodore once owned the Hotel Windsor, which later became the Saxony and was badly damaged in a fire in 2013.

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Walking Death

Designed by Albin Polasek, “The Pilgrim” is a bronze statue, now stained green, of an elderly woman walking toward the mausoleum belonging to the Stejskal-Buchal family. It’s now sometimes simply called “Death” or “Walking Death.” Bohemian National Cemetery, 5255 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois.

Keywords: Albin Polasek, Walking Death, Stejskal-Buchal, Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, bronze statue, statue of death, death personified, cemetery sculpture

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