The anonymous family claim to have no idea how a large gravestone came to be in their possession, according to Loretta Stanaway, president of the Friends of Lansing Historical Cemeteries (FOLHC). Stanaway told MLive: “The owners just said, ‘We used the rear for fudge. “While it may seem implausible that they never noticed the engraving on the back of their fudge plate, Stanaway said there was no way of knowing if they” knew it was a legitimate monument or if they thought it was just a throwaway “.
Another frightening aspect of the story is that, (according to a Facebook post from FOLHC), Epic Auctions & Estate Sales intended to sell the tombstone along with the other trinkets from the house where it was found instead of investigate its provenance and possession. Luckily, a Californian and former Lansing resident spotted it on the auction site and thought it should be investigated. At his request, Epic Auctions delivered the tombstone to the city (via Food & Wine).
As no member of Weller’s family could be located, the town granted FOLHC permission to hire a cemetery preservation specialist to place the stone where it belonged: on the grave of Peter J. Weller. . A dedication ceremony, almost 150 years after Weller’s death and the monument’s disappearance, will be held on September 26 at the cemetery. We are happy that Peter’s grave receives this measure of dignity and closure. But for some reason we also crave fudge.