Aug 28, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Italian Tombstone

This beautiful tombstone is located in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh.  It is one of my better photographs of tombstones and caught my attention because it was so pretty and the inscription is in Italian.  Don't know why but inscriptions in foreign languages always grab my attention.  I guess it is because it is a reminder of my own immigrant ancestors.  I think they were all very brave to leave their homes, customs, and native languages to start new in a foreign land.  I think it is great that so many retained their native language and passed that down to their descendants.  I know people of my age who learned a foreign language from their grandparents and can still speak it and have passed that knowledge on to their children.  That is a nice piece of family history to possess.

I know "zero" Italian but with many years of Latin and some help from google translator here is the inscription in English:

Here Lies
Ludovigo Del Mastro
Born May 14, 1876
Died March 25, 1922
His Wife (loose translation--google translator says "Gift of Wife")
Caterina E Ficli


  1. How interesting...just LAST night i was looking at my genealogy pics from my trip home to NJ and stopped at my GG grandmother's headstone written in ITALIAN...i thought how unusual..if i was more computer literate i could post it here..

  2. I wish my parents would have learned their parents language. My grandparents did not encourage them to speak the old language though because they wanted them to be 'American'.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

  3. That is a nice stone memorial.

    By the way, I see according to Geneabloggers today is your 2nd year anniversary since you've been blogging. Happy Blogiversary.

    Regards, Jim
    Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets