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Woman leads effort to restore Civil War veterans' gravestones

Kelly Grimaldi works on the restoration of a gravestone for Civil War soldier Pvt. Anthony Nicolini at Lisha’s Kill Reformed Church Cemetery in Colonie. Philip DiNovo of the American Italian Heritage Museum in Colonie looks on.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Kelly Grimaldi works on the restoration of a gravestone for Civil War soldier Pvt. Anthony Nicolini at Lisha’s Kill Reformed Church Cemetery in Colonie. Philip DiNovo of the American Italian Heritage Museum in Colonie looks on.
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For more than 25 years, Kelly Grimaldi has been restoring veterans’ gravestones with the hope that the refurbishment will allow their memories to live on. She began in the backwoods of Maine, restoring or replacing the markers of Revolutionary War soldiers as a hobby. That hobby became a passion, as the Wynantskill resident became committed to memorializing some of the nation’s first fallen heroes. In 2007, Grimaldi and staff members at the historic St. Agnes ...


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