Tombstone Turns Up Mystery

On the edge of a construction site, near a green shrub, workers uncovered a grave marker last week.

"I don't know, man, it's crazy," said Ty Green, who lives across Washington Avenue from the marker.  "Living in Waterbury today, it's wild, man."

Dying in Waterbury can apparently be wild, too.

The grave marker is behind a chain link fence where it can't be seen from the street.  Construction continues on a new school despite the discovery.  There used to be houses on the site and authorities want to be sure Lucia D'Arcangelo, whose name is on the marker, is not buried in someone's backyard.

Longtime locals are curious.

"Since I grew up here in the '70s, I never knew there was one here.  I just found out," ," James MacIver said. 

Lee Goodman put up "No Trespassing" signs on the fence but took a short walk to look at the marker for D'Arcangelo.

"It says" Mother, date of birth 1874," and I guess she passed in 1919," he said.

At Calvary Cemetery on the east side of Waterbury, as soon as the caretaker heard about the mysterious marker, he checked his records. He discovered Lucia D'Arcangelo Jannetta was buried in 1919 in Section Three.

She lies in the Jannetta family plot, under her married name, Lucia Jannetta, under the same grave marker as one of her daughters.

So now the mystery is why would there be a marker for her with her maiden name, on Washington Avenue? 

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