Preserving a cemetery isn’t just preserving a piece of property, it is preserving a family history, a community history. Every day, small cemetery associations struggle to find the resources to overcome the twin obstacles of time and weather.

This year, Mary Recupero made a commitment to their memory by partnering with the Crawford Heritage Community Foundation to establish the Wright Family Descendants Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide for the perpetual support of the Wayland Cemetery Association on Wayland Road in Meadville.

According to Ms. Recupero, “Though I currently reside in Wilmington, North Carolina, I wanted to honor the Wright Family by leaving a gift that will ensure that the cemetery grounds will be maintained to keep the Wayland Cemetery a place for remembrance and quiet reflection.” Foundation Executive Director, Christian Maher added, “People sometimes forget many our public places require resources for upkeep as well as unplanned expenses due to our northwestern Pennsylvania weather. We are most grateful to Ms. Recupero and her family for their generosity in remembering the Wayland Cemetery.”

Interested donors are welcome to contribute to this fund by contacting Christian Maher, Executive Director at 814-336-5206 or via email at executive@crawfordheritage.org.