Sealy cemetery marker cleaning is Oct. 12

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Several months ago while visiting the Sealy Cemetery in an effort to verify the family history of some long-term Sealy families, the Sealy Area Historical Society discovered that a number of markers are covered with moss, lichen and droppings from nearby trees.

After consultation with Susie Zapalac, president of the Sealy Cemetery Association, the two groups decided to help local families clean their family’s markers.

A day to clean markers at the Sealy Cemetery is planned for Oct. 12. The cleaning effort will begin at 9 a.m. Volunteers will be available to demonstrate how to properly clean a cemetery marker.

The Sealy Area Historical Society will provide soft brushes and a product known as D2 to clean the markers. D2 is a biological, safe, non-caustic cleanser that will remove the lichen, moss and dirt and help prevent their return. The product can be used on masonry, brick, concrete, sandstone and marble and is used by the Smithsonian to clean old stone.

The Sealy Cemetery was originally established by the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad in 1883. In 1887, the railroad donated the land to cemetery trustees C.H. Ruff, R.P. Josey, and John Hackbarth. A nonprofit association was later formed to manage the Sealy Cemetery.

Anyone who would like to participate on Oct. 12 to clean their own family’s markers, and anyone who would like to volunteer to help clean, contact Nancy Naron at 832-492-4244 or nnaron@gmail.com. Donations to the cemetery marker cleaning project can be made to either the Sealy Area Historical Society or the Sealy Cemetery Association. Donations to both groups are tax deductible.

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