(Toledo, OH) While visiting Toledo's historic Woodlawn Cemetery I came upon a decidedly unusual grave marker, and the only memorial pyramid I have ever seen outside of Egypt.
The monument is a testament to the life of John Gunckel, who was the founder and life president of the Toledo Newsboys Association. The 30'x 26' pyramid weighs over 1,000 tons, and was built with stones collected by Toledo schoolchildren.
The monument's epitaph reads as follows:
The newsboys' friend John Elstner Gunckel, 1846-1915. 'There was a man sent from God whose name was John.' Toledo honors: a citizen without reproach, a friend without pretense, a philanthropist without display, a Christian without hypocrisy.You can read more about the life of John Gunckel at this biographical sketch at Toledo's Attic. Wikipedia has also an article on identified pyramid mausoleums in North America.