11 March 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Harriet Garber, daughter of Max and Mary

It never gets easy seeing the grave of a child. Often, in Jewish cemeteries, children's headstones are small, made of fairly porous material and set in the back of the plot (one can see a few of those variety behind Harriet's stone in the photo accompanying this post). This is mostly true for the plot at Block 89, one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots at Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, New York. Harriet Garber's stone, however, is granite, exceptional in honor of a child her age.

photo by Emily Garber, 7 September 2008
It reflects the theme often used for one who has died too young: a broken tree.

Here lies
Chaye Siril
daughter of Mordechai
OCT. 6, 1929

Last year in September, I posted about Harriet's death certificate from the City of New York. She was born and died in Brooklyn. This tombstone is actually inaccurate in that it lists 6 October 1929 as the date of death. That was actually the date of her burial. She passed away on the 5th of October.

Harriet rests in Block 89, Gate 156N, Line 2R, Grave 3.

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