Local graveyards see TLC from 'groomer'

Josh Horn, left, helps the Graveyard Groomer John Walters replace a gravestone at the St. John's Lutheran Church during an Auglaize County Historical Society workshop on gravestone repair and preservation on Saturday morning.
Staff Writer

Auglaize County's historical cemeteries should be looking a bit tidier from now on, thanks to a visit from the Graveyard Groomer.

The Auglaize County Historical Society welcomed back "Graveyard Groomer" John Walters for the fourth time on Saturday morning. Walters, who travelled from Connorsville, IN hosted an all day workshop, intended to teach beginners on the best preservation and repair techniques for historic tombstones.

A crowd gathered at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Pusheta Township to listen to Walters, and hopefully take their newly acquired knowledge out to other historical sites around the county.
But Sharon Schumann, who attended the workshop, won't be going far.

"This is my church, and many of my relatives are buried in that cemetery," she said. "The church wanted something done with the cemetery because it was getting old and broken down, so I volunteered to take that on as a personal project."

And Walters gave her a head start, demonstrating on several...

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