Rome Monument Company and Memorial Industry News
Rome Monument strives to give our time and resources to the people and organizations of Western PA. Local newspapers and television stations often cover our community involvement, work and acts of kindness. We try to pay it forward as a way of saying thanks to our friends, family and the local communities. Listed below are interesting stories to read about our acts of charity and other memorial industry news, videos and articles.
The flat bronze veterans style grave marker, pictured here, memorializes the wife of a Navy Veteran, Betty M. Fleeger (May 20, 1933 - June 22, 2014). It is an exact replica of the type furnished by the United States Department of Veterans (VA) affairs to her husband, Charles D. Fleeger (March 6, 1930 - January 3, 2001). The inscription on Betty's VA style headstone includes her name, birth date, death date and five words endearment, "Beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother". A cross was also cast into Betty's bronze plaque. Her husband, and beloved companion, served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Betty's grave marker was designed and manufactured by Rome Monument to match her husband VA headstone. Charles Fleeger's VA headstone design includes his name, birth date, death date, a cross and his military designation, "PI 2 US NAVY KOREA". Betty was laid to rest, next to her husband at the St. Peter's Reformed Church Cemetery in Zelienople. The flat bronze grave marker is 24 inches long, 12 inches wide and has a 3/4 inch rise. The weight is about 18 pounds. Anchor bolts, nuts and washers are used to attach the bronze plaque to a 28" x 16" concrete base. Wives and family members of veterans order flat bronze grave markers from Rome Monument that match the free headstones for veterans. Rome Monument sells, designs, manufactures and installs copies of Government-furnished headstones and bronze niche markers that honor wives, spouses and companions of U.S. military veterans. Rome Monument also designs and manufactures custom U.S. military headstones and memorials for veterans. Click here to download VA Form 40-1330, Claim For Standard Government Headstone or Marker. As a side note, the VA also furnishes bronze medallions, upon request, to be affixed to an existing, privately purchased headstone or marker to signify the deceased status as a Veteran. This device is furnished in lieu of a traditional Government headstone or marker for Veterans who served on or after Apr. 6, 1917, and whose grave in a private cemetery is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker. For more information on ordering a bronze or granite grave marker that matches the design of veterans grave marker or U.S. Military headstone for a veteran, spouse or dependent, click here.
In this video, Rome Monument takes you through the steps on how a mausoleum is designed and built. It follows the construction of a Greek Neoclassical-style mausoleum for the Pappan family of Pennsylvania that was installed in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver Pennsylvania in 2015. Rome Monument is a mausoleum construction company, mausoleum contractor and mausoleum builder with over 80 years of experience as a design/builder of private family mausoleums for cemeteries and memorial parks.
Rome Monument builds poured-in-place concrete mausoleums, granite mausoleums and precast mausoleum buildings. Rome Monument drafts mausoleum design plans using CAD software and present these drawings and renderings to clients for approval before beginning construction. Click here to see a preliminary family mausoleum construction design plan made using a CAD program. The mausoleum construction drawings produced by Rome Monument submitted to clients include precise dimensioned architectural plans, structural plans, electrical plans and mechanical specifications. Click here to view pictures of mausoleums designed and built by Rome Monument. Rome Monument designs and constructs one crypt mausoleums, two crypt mausoleums and family mausoleums. Rome Monument uses a CAD program to create blueprints, sketches, scaled renderings and drawings for every mausoleum we construct. The details in these files give clients the ability to refine and approve every aspect of the mausoleum construction project. The Rome Monument mausoleum designers, Vince Dioguardi and Chris Morgan provide expert consulting services to clients so that they understand the mausoleum blueprints and essential mausoleum design concepts. Advice is provided regarding the customer's cemetery and plot selection. The mausoleum design plans are also used to provide additional information related to the costs of mausoleum construction. Rome Monument also designs columbarium and estate memorials. For elaborate multiple crypt mausoleum construction projects, Rome Monument provides precise detailed and dimensioned structural, mechanical, electrical and architectural plans to the customer for analysis, discussion and approval.
"Aquamation," a greener form of body disposal, is gaining acceptance in America. But some powerful groups are fighting to stop it. The process also uses about 300 gallons of water per body, or three times as much as the average person uses in a day. And while replacing cremation with aquamation would have some climate benefits, they wouldn’t be as huge as, say, getting rid of coal-fired power plants—which is perhaps why there are no large environmental advocacy campaigns to change the death care industry. Processes like aquamation require an acceptance of becoming part of it. If more people respect the planet in death, it bodes well for how they’ll treat it while they’re still alive.
Read an overview of the death care industry in the United States along with news, companies, trends, statistics, industry forecasts, research, memorial products and funeral services.
News Report Aired by WPXI on September 11, 2015, Amy Marcinkiewicz of WPXI Did the Story
Dedicated: Sewickley Memorial Recognizes Western PA's Tuskegee Airmen
September 16, 2013
Mausoleum Construction Company
Rome Monument is a mausoleum construction company, mausoleum contractor and mausoleum builder with over 80 years of experience as a design/builder of private family mausoleums for cemeteries and memorial parks. Our mausoleum construction standards are rigorous and meticulous.
In 2013, Rome Monument was proud to coordinate the design, placement and engraving of the Tuskegee Airmen Monument located in the Sewickley Cemetery. Dedicated in September, the Tuskeegee Airmen Memorial, it is the largest outdoor memorial in the country honoring the first African-American military pilots and support staff who were members of the 332nd Fighter Group, nicknamed the “Red Tails.” Almost 100 members of the World War II unit were from western Pennsylvania and their names are carved on two of the four granite monuments that make up the memorial. The other two monuments contain the history of the elite military group and one, a 10-foot-high piece, features an airplane tail sculpted from red granite, representing the origin of the unit’s nickname.
Rome Monument tries extremely hard to give back to the local communities in Western PA. In 2015, Rome Monument volunteered its services to help clean the 200 headstones defaced with red paint in Riverview Cemetery in Kiski Township. A local newspaper published a story titled 'Miracle' product undoes grave marker damage in Riverview Cemetery explained the project. "Before we came in, we weren't sure it was going to work,” said John Dioguardi, retired owner of Rome Monuments. “Everything we have ever used never worked this well.” He said one benefit is that the product is not affecting the darkening agent used on the lettering. It's not leaving a ghost mark where the red paint was. “So what's happening is it's returning to what it looked like before,” Dioguardi said. “It's a miracle.”
In 2013, Rome Monument worked with Grove Cemetery volunteers to get final recognition for forgotten veterans by making and installing grave markers at the Grove Cemetery for James Howard Bruien and Nathaniel Coburn.
John Dioguardi and Rome Monument Help Restore Historic Cemeteries
Published in Allegheny West Magainze in December 2011
In 2012, Urbach Memorials, a division of Rome Monument, donated a 6-foot-tall, 3-ton granite monument to the New Light Cemetery, in Shaler Township, PA.
In 2010, Rome Monument's Urbach Memorials restored 30 destroyed gravestones discovered in the Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob Cemetery in McKees Rocks, PA.
Groundbreaking for Tuskegee Airmen Memorial at Swickley Cemetery
Published in IN Sewickley Area by IN Community Magazines, Winter 2011 Edition