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ST. LOUIS – A number of headstones in Calvary Cemetery are broken or deteriorated.

A spokesperson for the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis says severe winter weather with snow, ice, and high winds, have caused damage to the headstones at the 160-year-old cemetery.

The older monuments are often made of limestone, which becomes fragile with age. Freezing and thawing of water throughout winter can cause cracks and disintegration.

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis cares for and maintains 17 cemeteries throughout the St. Louis area. Calvary, which consists of 470 acres, is one of the oldest in the area.

Family members who concerns about a specific section of the cemetery or who wish to complete a work request form can visit the Cemetery Offices of the Archdiocese Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Work request forms are also available through the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis website.

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