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Old 07-14-2014, 07:58 PM
runningdude runningdude is offline
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Originally Posted by Hampshire View Post
I was at the cemetary today and was wandering around some of the new gravesites and headstones and ran across this odd one and have no idea what it means:
Roberta J Lukanen

July 19, 1945 -

Looks like she hasn't passed away yet but got the headstone ahead of time.
I know about the controversial female ritual mutilations in other countries and maybe she was affected by this but it seems a very odd thing (and the only thing) to put on a headstone.

Any insight?
I think it means a still born child was also buried in the plot, in addition to Ms. Lukanen eventual occupancy. There is a tradition is Judiasm to circumcise a Jewish male post-mortem if he hadn't already. The child may have been Jewish, and the stone specifies this for the record.

("Ritually mutilated" seems to be common phrase in Europe but not in the United States - - I haven't really heard of the term before today)

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