Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto places 400-pound
statue of the Virgin Mary
A 400-pound statue of the Virgin Mary has been
installed at the historic Grotto & Gardens of Our
Lady of Lourdes.
The grotto, which was built in 1927 on the
grounds of the old St. Joseph Infirmary, has been
restored over the past six years by a group of
elderly volunteers known as the Grotto Grannies.
The statue of the Virgin Mary was paid for by
donations to the St. Joseph Area Association, which
has helped with the grotto’s restoration project
over the years. Local contractor Mike Bisig, a
supporter and contributor to the grotto’s
restoration, installed the statue, which was paid
for by the Martin brothers — Bob, David and Tom.
Ruth Gerlach, who hads the Grotto Grannies, said
they are in need of volunteers to help maintain the
grotto. For information, call Gerlach at 637-6108 or
Gayle Linville at 637-3159.