A cousin had sent me a photo of the tombstone and I thought the tombstone was gigantic but it is about my size. In 2007 it was almost overwhelmed by a large rose bush, someone had tenderly planted years ago and it was now jeopardizing the stone. The bush was about to knock the tombstone over. I did not have tools to cut it back in 2007. The other problem was that the stone was being taken over by mold and the inscription was getting very difficult to read because of the softness of the stone.
Here I am in 2007 with their tombstone and you can see the bush and the mold.
|John Keller (on left) and Mary Keller (on right) On the left side|
Peter Keller their son is listed 2007
In the photo below it is 2011 with me standing there beside it. You can see that the bush has been removed or cut way back yet still not dead. The mold is there but not as bad because the sun and light can access the stone for it is not shrouded in shade. The tombstone is right on the hillside which is steep. It is still standing but I am worried about its stability on that slope. UPDATE: Lavina Keller Helt's tombstone is to the left behind this large one. She is their daughter. A cousin explained to me the problem for the name was misspelled in the records.
|John Keller, Mary Delano and Peter Keller|
|Peter's information covered in mold - 2007|
|Peter's information covered in mold and I had to push|
the bush out of the way -2007
|Peter Keller in 2011 - the mold is much improved but the reading is difficult.|
The Tombstone reads from the cemetery book:
Front left side: Keller, John d. May 4, 1880 Aged 60y 5 m 10 d
Front right side: Mary A., w/o J. Keller, D. Aug. 3, 188? - A 68y3m3d
Peter, d. May 22, 1863 - Aged 34 y 5 m 24d.
|John's side on the left 2007|
|Mary's side on the right 2007|
|John, Mary and Peter's tombstone 2011 - a little tilted|
|Frank and Ida Keller in 2007|
|Keller, Frank 1855, 1911 (Father)|
Ida C. 1855 to 1930 (Mother)