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Louise Grimaldi-Scarola (#48343753)
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Donna Ruhland Bonning
Gaetano Pepitone
Hi Louise....

Thankyou so much for writing to me about your Gaetano and sending me the correct spelling of his name. It's so hard to figure out some of those letters. It can be a real guessing game sometimes. I'm very happy that you found him. It is indeed very, very sad that he died so far away from family. I can't even imagine what that must have been like for the people that were sent there. Really heartbreaking. Back then Epilepsy was so misunderstood and there were few options as to how to control seizures. I have epilepsy and am so grateful that there are medications out there that can control mine. I felt such a connection to these people when i was taking pictures of thier gravestones. It blew me away to see all those names! I just had to get their names out there so people could remember them. Find them. The cemetery is on or next to the grounds of the former hospital. I took a picture of one of the prominent buildings that I have seen in some old pictures. There are lots of other buildings as well in a different area of the grounds. There is actually a deep ravine that cuts the grounds in half. From what I've read....the men were kept on one side and the women on the other. Even sadder. A good portion of the buildings are now a correctional facility but many of the buildings look to still be in use for this purpose. I think there are prisoners who care for the cemetery. Mowing and trimming. I'm not too excited about the job they do. Every time I had gone there more little stones were knocked over. There is an old deserted, earlier cemetery for Craig Colony located in the woods on the other side of the ravine. It's on State forest property. Very hard to find. The little graves there are marked with little metal posts that only have numbers on them. I was thrilled to see the names on the gravestones where Gaetano is laid to rest. Kind of a rarity at these old institutions. I'm glad you were able to find him. If there is anything else you would like for me to add to his memorial just let me know.

Thankyou again for writing....

Donna
Added by Donna Ruhland Bonning on Feb 09, 2014 6:59 PM
 

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