Holy Cross Cemetery in Brook Park recently received a beautiful donation from Agnes Harichovsky. This painting of Jesus Christ was donated in honor of Dezider and Anna Szauberer and Joanne Szendrey, their daughter. After speaking with Agnes, I learned a little more about the history behind this antique.
This painting is at least 100 years old! Agnes recalls that Dezider’s father received the painting from the Dome, which is a church located in Kocise (formerly known as Kassa), Czechoslovakia. It is unclear whether the family was allowed to purchase the painting or if it was gifted to them for his service at the church.
In 1964, Dezider and Anna emigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia to be with Joanne, their only child. They had not seen her in over 20 years. While it may not have been an easy decision to leave their home, the love that parents have for their child has no boundaries. The Szauberer couple packed their earthly possessions, including the painting, and left to be with their daughter.
If you look closely at the painting, you can make out the word “KASSA” in the lower left corner. However, we are unable to read the artist’s name.
This painting belonged to the family and Harichovsky believes they would want it given to Holy Cross Cemetery as a gift since it is their final resting place. Thank you to Agnes Harichovsky for this beautiful symbol of faith. The names of your loved ones will always be remembered at the Catholic Cemeteries Association.
Written By: Paige Muttillo | Marketing Manager | Catholic Cemeteries Association