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With Mystery of the Missing Tombstone Laid to Rest, a Queens Family’s History is Revived

Posted by admin on Aug 25, 2011

A headstone found mysteriously planted in Elmhurst Park has been returned to its owner who died almost 50 years ago. The stone was brought to the grave site of Leon Nascimbene, an Italian immigrant and restaurant operator, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens.

It was buried in the plot he shares with his wife, Marussia. Nascimbene’s grandson, Paul, was on hand with Parks Department and cemetery officials last week for the final chapter of the mystery that has puzzled everyone involved.

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