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1 March 2008 Coleen Perilloux Landry

Bottinelli Tomb - Celebrating The Lives of Two People

Metairie Cemetery

Metairie Cemetery has some of the most beautiful artwork I have ever seen in a place of the non-living.
The descendants of this man and woman must have respected them greatly. The gentleman has a chisel and a stone denoting that he was a sculptor. The lady is arranging flowers denoting that she was a florist and owner of the Quality Flower Shop just off Canal Street near the cemeteries.
Teodoro Bottinelli was born in Italy in 1886 and came to New Orleans as an immigrant which leads me to believe he probably is responsible for much of the beautiful artwork that exists in Metairie Cemetery. He worked on the Stone Mountain carving in Georgia.
Between the two of them they must have contributed greatly to the people of New Orleans during their times of grief over the loss of a loved one.

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Marylou Pinardi Mandell 25-Oct-2011 15:04
Emma Pinardi Bottinelli was my grandfather Severino Pinardi's niece. We visited with cousin Lucy (Emma's sister) and cousin Jimmy (Emma's brother) often when I was a child. This is a beautiful monument.
elena i. 23-Oct-2011 23:38
i am the great grand niece of aunt emma and uncle teodoro. i am doing a 4 grade school project on the civil war. i have chosen stone mountain as my topic! :) smiley
Cindy Pinardi 12-Aug-2009 19:43
I happened to be looking for informaton on my husbands family & stumbled upon this. Emma is my husbands Aunt, her brother James was my Father in-law & both he my my Mother in-law are also at this family resting place.
This certainly is beautiful!!
derochi 29-Jul-2008 03:20
This is very nice. My wife's family are related to the Bottinelli family. For years the Quality Flower Shop (on Bottinelli Place just off of Canal Street) was owned by the Bottinelli family, which explains the depiction of flower arranging. Teodoro was a renowned stone mason who worked on the Stone Mountain carving in Georgia.
J. Scott Coile06-Mar-2008 21:55
Long live the good memories.
Guest 06-Mar-2008 17:40
An amazing find. Once in a long while, we will tour local historic cemeteries and be amazed by the statues. I'm certain, however, that I've not seen one as specific and special as these. Thanks for sharing.
Guest 06-Mar-2008 16:43
interesting Coleen