The haunting image of a mournful woman adorns the top of this impressive grave marker in Addison, Somerset County, PA -- one of the more elaborate monuments of a final resting place in the broad sweep of the Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor family.
While the face reads "HOWARD MINARD," the occupants of the graves are actually Howard's father Joseph L. Minard (1865), mother Nancy (Stuck) Minard Umbel (1872) and infant brother William (1862). In a twist of fate, the mother's grave was moved here in 1905 to join her husband and infant son, some 33 years after her death.
Howard himself rests for eternity at Calvary Cemetery in Pittsburgh, with his wife, Katherine (Ebner) Minard.
This is one in a series of photographic images published on Minerd.com in 2007-2008 to acknowledge the family's collective, long-term contributions to Western Pennsylvania, and to help the Allegheny Conference on Community Development celebrate the city's 250th birthday.
Copyright © 2007 Mark A. Miner