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Today’s tale from the Metairie Cemetery is about a woman so afraid of being buried alive….she has a a bell put inside her tomb in hopes the bell would save her.

News with a Twist’s Kenny Lopez has the story.

This is a tale of a dog being a “man’s best friend”, even in the afterlife.

“Mr. Frank Masich passed away in 1893.  His dog was loyal and always at his feet.  After he passed away, the dog kept running back and forth to Mr. Masich’s tomb.  The dog eventually missed his master so much he grieved to death and wound up losing his appetite and dying shortly after, ”  Gerard Schoen, Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, Community Outreach Director said.

The story goes on that a dog statue was placed at the foot of the owner’s tomb.

“The stone tears represent the dog grieving and missing his master,”  Schoen said.

Schoen said for years people have been stopping by the dog statue and putting bows around the dog’s neck.

Claudio Harold is one of those dog-loving people.  She’s so touched by the tale.

“I started saving some old bows.  I started putting the bows on the dog,”  Harold said.

The thing that gets her most is looking at the dog’s stone tears.

“There’s a lot of love put into the dog sculpture.  I mean, just look into the eyes,”  she said.

The dog’s breed and name have never been recorded.

“I think the perfect name for the dog would be Beau, because of the bows around his neck.  I hope he always has a bow, even after I’m gone,” she said.

In the afterlife…this pup is proof that some best friends are forever.

There are some famous folks spending the afterlife in one of New Orleans’ most beautiful cemeteries.

Louis Prima, the legendary singer of ‘Just a Gigolo’ and numerous other hits is one of many famous folks buried at the Metairie Cemetery.

“Louis was buried here in 1978.  He’s buried with his dad and mom,”  Gerard Schoen, Community Outreach Director for Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, said.

“You may notice the St. Gabriel statue on top of the tomb.  It’s a trumpeteer because Prima was a band leader.  He was popular all the way back from the 1920’s to the Rat Pack days to his Disney movies, like ‘The Jungle Book’,”  he said.

As a tribute to the music legend, fans stop by and they reference one of Prima’s classic songs, ‘Pennies from Heaven’ by putting pennies at the foot of his tomb.

“There is no Marie Laveau voodoo going on.  This is a tribute from his song,”  Schoen said.

Another famous person buried here at the Metairie Cemetery is Ruth Fertel of Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  This private mausoleum was built in 1999, and she ended up passing away a few years later.

While alive, Ruth got her humble start in New Orleans, opening up her first Ruth’s Chris Steak House on Broad Street.  Now there are over 120 location nation-wide.

Lana Dauke, who was her business partner, is still alive and will be buried in the same mausoleum.  When the mausoleum was bought, both women threw a huge tomb revealing party for all their family and friends.

“Ruth was so proud so they wanted to show it off prior to her funeral,”  Schoen said.

Ruth’s buried along what many call ‘Millionaire’s Row’.

“A couple of tombs down is Anne Rice’s tomb for when she passes away, then there’s John Schwegmann the Grocer, and right around the corner is Al Copeland,”  he said.

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