As I mentioned in a post some months back J.J. Lundy was a fine craftsman of stone monuments in the area around Independence Iowa. I was through there again recently and dropped by the cemetery where the Lundy family is resting. I was expecting something grand and over the top. Here is what I found.
The Lundy family plot. Nice, but I admit I was expecting something more.
The marker for Lundy's only child. His death must have been a hard burden. J.J. himself only survived for one more year.
As I went here and there about the very Catholic cemetery I saw a lot of conventional stone work. Having seen a few examples of his more artistic creations I was a little disappointed. Maybe small town folks are just a little less ostentatious in life and in death.
A tree themed bench, showing the unfortunate structural weakness inherent to the design.
I am seeing more of these deteriorating monuments these days. Another headless Dove of Peace.
There were a number of these "mini Rustic Crosses" in this cemetery. This one has been cemented back together but not very securely.
The prize of this visit for me was something I had not seen before. I am very sure J.J. Lundy's hand carved it. A nice tree themed planter dedicated to the common burial plot for a group of nuns.