Schuylkill Frontier Girls complete project to repair Civil War veteran brothers’ gravestones

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(WBRE/ WYOU)- Back in March, we told you about an area organization and a funeral home teaming up to restore two gravestones in Schuylkill County. 
     The project is for two brothers who lost their lives in the Civil War and it is now complete!
Schuylkill Frontier Girls are placing flowers to honor an American Civil War veteran. 

The organization raised more than $700 to give soldiers John Dentzer and his brother, George Dentzer new gravestones.

“It actually made me pretty happy because they’re the ones that sacrifice their life just to give us our freedom,” Alexa Moyer, of Schuylkill Frontier Girls said.

George died in 1862 at the Battle of Antietam and John died in 1864 in Petersburg. They were buried in their hometown of Cressona. 

This is what the stones looked like before being replaced. The weather was hard on the stones, causing wear and tear, and eventually leading John’s stone to fall.

The troop took on the mission to repair the stones after seeing the condition they were in. 

Harold D. Sausser Memorials offered a helping hand. 

“It’s not always about making money. This was a good one,” Michael Sausser, owner of Harold D. Sausser Memorials said.

Frontier Girls paid to replace them and get the stones engraved. 

Sausser memorials reset the gravestones, cleaned them and even donated this piece. Ensuring that the Denzter brothers’ service will never be forgotten.

Frontier Girls were in contact with the Dentzer brother’s family who lives out of state. 

A great, great, great nephew came from Virginia to meet the girls and thank them for what they did. 

“There’s probably more pride now than mourning for these guys but it was important to honor them again,” Sausser said.

The girls hope to restore other veteran gravestones in the cemetery in Cressona.


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