Category Archives: Chartiers Cemetery

Founded in 1861, this cemetery includes a towering Civil War memorial, some interesting monuments, and a fine Baroque burial vault from 1874.

Edward and Mary Ann Harper Rynearson Tombstones, Chartiers Cemetery

These particularly fine monuments are very unusual: conscious imitations of the tombstones of a century or more before, but in a very 1930s style. The craftsman is too skillful to imitate the natural irregularity of our early stonecutters’ work; he has to resort to deliberate irregularities, such as occasional capital letters stuck in among the minuscules.

Edward Rynearson was principal of Fifth Avenue High School, Uptown. In 1921, he founded the National Honor Society, which he obviously regarded as his crowning achievement as an educator.

Sheraden Monument, Chartiers Cemetery

A towering monolith marks the Sheraden family plot in Chartiers Cemetery. William Sheraden was the founder of the Sheraden borough that later became the Sheraden neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Trinity Lutheran Church has a page on the history of Sheraden; it gives the date of William’s death as 1901 instead of 1900, but lists enough relatives for us to be sure this is the same William Sheraden.

Charles E. Golden Mausoleum, Chartiers Cemetery

Father Pitt guesses from the style that this mausoleum is from the middle twentieth century. The cemetery records (volunteer-maintained) give us only a row of question marks for the death dates of Mr. Golden and his family. The polished granite is impressive, and there is a good stained-glass window inside.