- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan man has moved his great-great-grandmother’s marble headstone to northwestern Michigan after it spent 156 years at an Ontario cemetery.

Tim Carroll, 76, of Mapleton recently completely a four-year effort to bring Dorothy Carroll’s 500-pound headstone to her husband Peter Carroll’s final resting place, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported (https://bit.ly/1qvPfT6 ).

“I guess it’s because I’m a hopeless romantic,” Tim Carroll said. “I hated the thought of her being there all alone. She was over there by herself; he was over here by himself.”

Tim Carroll said he was concerned that construction and fluctuating weather would destroy the headstone within the next several years.

“Between the freezing and thawing and lichens, I don’t think it (the marker) was going to last another 10 years,” he said. “I mean, ‘ashes to ashes’ and all of that, but you don’t want to see your relatives turn to ash before your eyes.”

After carefully documenting Dorothy Carroll’s lineage and making necessary arrangements, Tim Carroll drove a pickup truck across the Canadian border to Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City.

A brief memorial service was held at the gravesite Monday afternoon.


Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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