Category Archives: St. John Vianney Parish Cemetery

Largely German Catholic, but with neighborhoods of other ethnic groups. Highlights: a zinc Calvary group, a fine Romanesque mausoleum, and the beautiful Fischer angel.

Fromm Monument, St. John Vianney Parish Cemetery

An angel seems to be gazing in wonder at a cross, which would be theologically correct and profound. She is probably a dealer’s stock model, but she is a good one, and well preserved.

Herr Fromm (the name is illegible on his marble headstone) died in 1894, so that is probably about the date of this monument.


Ott Obelisk, St. John Vianney Parish Cemetery

A magnificently shrouded obelisk. The cross on the side makes it a Christian monument; one rarely sees an obelisk without a cross in a Catholic cemetery. The abundance of drapery makes one feel as though there would be something improper about an unclothed obelisk.

Fischer Monument, St. John Vianney Parish Cemetery

An angel holding a cross leans slightly forward, as if she might descend from her high pedestal at any moment. Father Pitt hopes he does not need to offer an apology for publishing so many images of this beautiful angel, whose industry-smudged face makes him love her all the more; he visited her on a sunny day and on a gloomy day, and thought you might like to see her in both lights.

Margretha Hoffmann Crucifix, St. John Vianney Parish Cemetery

Here we find an intact example, with all its letters present, of that very same iron crucifix we saw in St. Peter’s Cemetery. The thing has been spray-painted with silver paint, which may actually have helped preserve its parts. Someone has left a little rosary dangling in front of Christ.

Winter Mausoleum, St. John Vianney Parish Cemetery

There is only one mausoleum in this cemetery, but it is an unusually fine one; it looks like an architect-designed mausoleum rather than a dealer’s stock model. The Romanesque arch and pilasters are in exactly the right proportions to the whole, and the carved decoration is beautiful without being ostentatious. It has even kept its bronze doors. The landscaping adds to the picturesque effect: large cedars have grown up on both sides, making the whole plot look like some Norman-era English churchyard.

Zinc Calvary Group, St. John Vianney Parish Cemetery

Old Pa Pitt seeks out zinc monuments, so he is especially delighted to bring you a fine Calvary group in zinc. He does not know the date exactly, but he would guess from the style, and from the fact that zinc statues of this sort have not been readily available for almost a hundred years, that it dates from the early twentieth century.