Updates at Eastern Memorials
Toys for Tots Art Show
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Toys for Tots Art Show. There were A LOT of drawings from kids in Manassas schools and we enjoyed every single one of them. We also have collected many many toys to donate to Children so a big thank you to all who have contributed. Happy Holidays to Everyone!
Eastern ran a float for toys for tots which won the best award
The Prince William County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Woodbine Baptist Church provided a final resting place for 41 citizens at Woodbine Cemetery in Manassas, Va on Tuesday, June 7. The event provided an honorable burial for residents who passed away and went unclaimed by family members. Chaplain Gene Wells officiated the event, leading the attendees in prayer. Sheriff Glen Hill, Mayor Hal Parrish, and Chaplain Don Belanus expounded on the importance of recognizing deceased residents within our community who do not have family and providing them with a respectful burial.
Eastern Memorials, donated its time and materials to create a custom granite memorial in recognition of Prince William County’s unclaimed residents. The memorial is located in Woodbine Cemetery and list the names of each unclaimed resident interred at the site. In addition, a website has been designed to allow citizens to view the names of the unclaimed residents who are interred at the cemetery: www.pwcup.org
Virginia law charges local sheriff’s offices with taking custody of deceased unclaimed residents, but it does not say how officials are supposed to dispose of them. Sheriff Glen Hill stated, “I am grateful that Prince William County Sheriff’s Office is able to serve the unclaimed citizens of Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and provide a noble funeral for them through our partnerships with community organizations.” In Prince William, the Sheriff’s Office contracts with various crematoriums for cremation, then in partnership with Woodbine Cemetery each unclaimed resident is supplied with a burial plot. Woodbine Cemetery has been gracious in providing space for the deceased unclaimed residents at no cost.
The remains buried on Tuesday included citizens who died from natural causes in their homes or in hospitals. These individuals included: Douglas Allen, Linda Archer, Betty Bayse, Eva B Cantello, John Crawford, John Ignatius Ciccolini, Larry Dixon, Maria Ehler, Daniel Eshelman, Laura Lynn Farley, Wallis Ray Fay, James Alberto Fletcher, George Freeberg, Stacy Green, Donnie Lee Grogg, Laurel Hauer, Robert Miller Justice II, Thomas H.C. Langel, Donald L. Marks Jr., Roberto Martinez-Rosa, Joseph A. Moneymaker Sr., Conception Ortiz, Paul Oullette, David Patton, Ronald Henry Payne, Mark Pennington, Reginald Poindexter, Gilbert F. Randall, Tyrone Powell Reid, Sa Say, Mark Settle, Omer Shipe, Angel Steele, Eran Stokley, Dolores Sullivan, John Sullivan, Donald Thomas, Michael David Vincent, Robert T. Wiedner, and two unnamed residents. The unclaimed resident memorial will be available for viewing at Woodbine Cemetery on Monday, June 13. Sheriff Hill hopes to continue to build partnerships with community members to support our unclaimed citizens in the future.
April 22, 2014
Mother of our Founder owner (Andy Del Gallo) passed peacefully on to Jesus Christ, this morning. She was surrounded by her children who have been with her 24/7 since Saturday morning and for weeks and months prior holding her up as she had done for them all these years. She was pure LOVE to the moment of her passing. A remarkable woman who gave her family every piece of her heart and strength. God Bless her.
Kindly call Andy Del Gallo at 703.929.2036 for condolences.
In continuation of commitment to provide the best service to our clients and in order to eliminate the possibility of damage to the grounds of the cemeteries we serve and the monuments we install, we at Eastern Memorials in collaboration with Axis Corporation, OH have manufactured, designed and purchased a new Custom Built Trailer & Crane for the installation of the memorials we create and install. The design aspect of this innovative equipment also took into consideration the safety of the operators for minimizing the chances of any bodily injury to the installation crew during the traditional manual way of installation practiced by most companies.
We stand committed to provide the highest quality memorials needs for your loved ones with an edge into new technology. See the pictures below of our innovation.
October 12, 2013
One of our employees, Sarah got married to Austin Walter and have started a new life. We wish them a happy life ahead. She is now called, Sarah Walter.
September 18, 2013
Eastern Memorials designed monument for “Do” Family has been selected as the Best Ethnic Memorial by Monument Builders of North America (MBNA) for its Unique Design, motivation and creative impulse behind the design. The story behind, the designing of this monument has also been greatly appreciated. Please have a look!!
August 18, 2013:
Our Ice Cream Social Event which was scheduled for today, August 18, 2013 has been Postponed due to Weather. New Date will be announced later.
Sorry for the inconvenience caused.
Be the Change you Want to see!!!
Eastern Memorials is hosting an “Ice Cream Social” event. On Sunday, August 18, 2013 we are collecting Canned/Dry Food and School Supplies for the needy children of Manassas. Eastern Memorials will match donations up to $1,000 !!
Please come and help us make this event a success. Get a free hot dog & ice cream too.
Venue: Eastern Memorials at 8790 Centreville Road, Manassas, VA 20110
Date & Time: August 18, 2013 from 12:00 Noon ~ 3:00pm
December 31, 2012:
Eastern Memorials donated Toys to “Children National Medical Center” at Washington, D.C. (see the letter of thanks below)
November 01, 2012:
All new IT Infrastructure at Eastern Memorials
We at Eastern Memorials realize that state of the art IT system can reshape the value we can deliver to our customers through richer and more innovative services, thus we have invested over $20,000 to upgrade all of our computer systems to the latest and most sophisticated systems available in the market today, and we are hopeful that with this we will be able to serve our clients better.
May 17, 2012:
Andy Del Gallo in early 2011 had carved on Minneapolis City Hall with his assistant Hernan Caceres to restore this century old building. The project was submitted to “Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission” and has won the HPC Award in 2012.
Eastern Memorials was subcontracted by MacDonald & Mack Architects, Ltd. to complete the job. Great work by Andy Del Gallo & the team!!
May 16, 2012:
Cooper Stroh, age 17, kneels beside a stone marker engraved courtesy of Eastern Memorials. The stone commemorates the completion of his Eagle Project, a deer exclosure completed for the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy in Broad Run VA. The exclosure was built to allow scientists and naturalists study the effects of animals on our environment. Due to the work of Eastern Memorials visitors will now be able to identify with ease the work that has taken place. Cooper thanks everyone at Eastern Memorials for engraving for this marker and welcomes all readers to come out to see the stone at the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy.
April 05, 2012:
LONG TIME COMPANY GETS A NEW LIFE
Botkin Sign Company has been a familiar sight in Downtown Manassas for the past 59 years. As all good things must come to an end, Botkin closed its doors in 2011 due to the illness and subsequent passing of the owner, Jerry Botkin.
A landmark in downtown Manassas, there was no question that Botkin Signs was known as the place to go if you needed a sign for your business or lettering for your vehicle. With his wife Evelyn by his side, Jerry Botkin started the sign business immediately after high school and, together, he and Evelyn grew it into one of the most flourishing sign companies in the city of Manassas. In its heyday, Botkin produced many types of signs including sandblasted and gilded business signs as well as hand-painted lettering designs. Jerry was so well-liked and his work so admired that customers would frequently line up around the block and wait just to do business with him. Many of Jerry’s signs still embellish a large array of the public buildings in the city of Manassas today.
Melancholy stricken about the close of the business, Mrs. Botkin explored the possibility of a way of keeping Botkin Signs alive in Jerry’s memory. She went on a pursuit to find a respectable establishment that she felt could carry on the reputable standing that she and her husband worked so hard and so long to create. Without much delay, she soon realized she didn’t have to look very far and stumbled upon yet another landmark in the city of Manassas. Eastern Memorials.
With its similar working facility already in place, Eastern Memorials was the ideal place for Botkin Sign to continue its legacy. Eastern Memorials was also thrilled and honored to be able to carry on the reputable name of Botkin Signs and to keep Jerrys dream alive. Eastern has the capability and will continue to construct the same quality signs in the tradition and excellence of Botkin Signs while continuing to extend the same exceptional service, care and attention to detail that was established by Jerry Botkin so many years ago.
To Commemorate Botkin Signs 63rd Anniversary, Eastern Memorials has plans to design a mural at its location at 8790 Centreville Road in Manassas that will illustrate the story of the milestones of the history of Manassas.
March 06, 2012:
Eastern Memorials won “Best Hand Carved Memorial” award in MBNA’s 2012 Design Contest
San Diego, California — Eastern Memorials in Manassas, VA won the Best Hand Carved Memorial award in Monument Builders of North America’s (MBNA) 2012 Design Contest at its recent Joint Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the California Monument Association (CMA) and the Pacific Northwest Monument Builders Association (PNMBA) held February 24 – 26, 2012 at the Bahia Resort and Hotel in San Diego, California.
January 27, 2012:
Three Cheers for Eastern Memorials!
Eastern Memorials participated in the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade in December 2011 with a float they made in order to gain recognition for their annual Toys for Tots collection. They won 3rd place for their unique float!
See you next year!
December 03, 2011:
Eastern Memorials, like every year, participated in massive toy drive Christmas Parade of Toys for Tots to collect toys and to increase awareness in the general public that Eastern Memorials is the MAIN drop off center in the city of Manassas and that there are many needy families right here at home.
November 16, 2011:
Eastern Memorials donated a memorial to Bosco Center in the memory of Miguel Hernandez, who was killed senselessly while walking home from school in November 2010.Miguel was a student at Osbourn High School in Manassas, VA. A Special thanks is in order to Father Ramon Dominguez, YA for making it all possible. The memorial stands in the field at the Don Bosco Center in the Georgetown South Community Council. (See picture below).
April 22, 2011:
Carving Like it’s MDCCCLXXXiX in Minneapolis
Andy DelGallo is leaving mark on Minneapolis City Hall