Bronze sculptures at local cemetery will soon look new again - WNEM TV 5

Bronze sculptures at local cemetery will soon look new again

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

After being outside and bearing the elements for many years a local cemetery's bronze sculptures are looking rough.

Duane Goulet said he visits the St. Patrick Cemetery in Bay City often to visit loved ones and hopes these iconic bronze sculptures will soon look like new again.

“Bring them back up to what they were when they were first installed and put in here. This is a very nice older cemetery with in the city and it just makes it nicer,” Goulet said.

After nearly a decade the bronze sculptures are peeling and looking dull. So the Saginaw Diocese which runs the cemetery called the manufacturer to see if there was anything they could do.

Matthews Bronze decided to repair all four statues free of charge. John Pennick, manager of the company, said they were happy to help.

“It shows the cemetery cares for where their loved ones are buried and it shows that they are here to clean up the area, make it look nice and presentable,” Pennick said.

Pennick said it took days to sandblast and reseal the statues but you can already see the difference on the pope and Mother Theresa.

The Diocese told TV5 this is all going towards their commitment to keeping their cemeteries beautiful. Erin Carlson with the Catholic Diocese says the sculptures look great.

“It's a gift and a blessing to our cemetery but also to all of our families that are coming here to visit loved ones. I think when they see these statues return to their original slender. It will be a tribute to their loved ones who are laid here to rest,” Carlson said.

“When you come and visit family members that have passed you know there is a lot of sentimental things that go on there and I just think that it's really nice to have the environment around you fit that setting,” Goulet said.

The statues restoration has not been completed yet but the diocese hopes that the statues will bring families back to the sacred grounds.

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