“I can do 12 gravestones in the time it took me to do one,” said Brian Hull, the shop foremen, about the new technology.
Although they are able to meet the needs of any person’s gravestone or memorial, 40 percent of deaths in Otsego County result in cremations, not burials according to Viscosi. But, Viscosi said, that even relatives of those cremated have been requesting cremation memorials or benches.
Even though Cherry Valley Memorials is using new technology, they prefer to think of themselves as using the old artisan methods.
“We are 100 years behind the times and that is the way we want it,” Viscosi said.
Dan Viscosi said that his father, now 84, still works part-time in both shop locations checking on his boys and the business that he cares so much about. Cherry Valley Memorials is still as much a family business as it was in the 1960’s and the intention is to keep it that way.