The Best Woman Ever

Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

CLARA RUPPERTZ

WIFE OF FREDERICK A. KOCH

BORN OCT. 31, 1861

DIED JAN. 11, 1918

FREDERICK A. KOCH

BORN DEC. 21, 1845

DIED APRIL 26, 1929

DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD

THEY DO UNTO YOU

This monument is dedicated to a husband and wife, Clara and Frederick Koch.  The epitaph reminds viewers of the golden rule to, “do unto others as you would they unto you.”  Though, the neo-classical Greek monument is more of a tribute to Clara in several ways.  Clara’s name comes first.  Then there is the statue of the Victorian woman standing next to the monument that most likely symbolizes Clara.  Lastly, the woman is holding a bronze placard with a portrait of a woman, again most likely Clara, that says, “THE BEST WOMAN THAT EVER LIVED”

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