Rolling Hills, Memorial Park

Park-like
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The cemetery was on the rolling hills just off of the I-80 freeway and accessed via Hilltop Drive. Because it was laid out like a park, with paved streets running through it, access to all parts was easy.


Rolling Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park   •  3100 Hilltop Drive, El Sobrante, CA   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 30 June 2010)   •  (Photo take 10:46:42 Thursday 8 April 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #104642_3873BCX
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Sonja Waited
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Sonja was Paul's daughter-in-law. She waited for the coffin to arrive.


Rolling Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park   •  3100 Hilltop Drive, El Sobrante, CA   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 30 June 2010)   •  (Photo take 10:47:50 Thursday 8 April 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #104750_3875BCX
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Fully Assembled
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The coffin had been delivered and flowers draped over it. Soon the burial service would begin. This particular day was sunny but cool.


Rolling Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park   •  3100 Hilltop Drive, El Sobrante, CA   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 30 June 2010)   •  (Photo take 10:51:20 Thursday 8 April 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #105120_3877BCX
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Accidentally Toppled
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In some parts of the cemetery the flush gravestones and the upright kind co-mingled. Here a passer by, or a lawn mower, or the wind had toppled over a pot with flowers.


Rolling Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park   •  3100 Hilltop Drive, El Sobrante, CA   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 30 June 2010)   •  (Photo take 10:59:50 Thursday 8 April 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #105950_3880BCX
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The Hearse
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The modern hearse here was white rather than black. Black is the western tradition, whereas white is more the tradition of the far East and India. Perhaps the use of white is common in areas that have very hot summers.


Rolling Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park   •  3100 Hilltop Drive, El Sobrante, CA   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 30 June 2010)   •  (Photo take 11:00:26 Thursday 8 April 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #110026_3882BCX
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Upright Gravestones
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In another area of the cemetery the gravestones were upright and perpendicular to the grass.


Rolling Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park   •  3100 Hilltop Drive, El Sobrante, CA   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 30 June 2010)   •  (Photo take 11:00:50 Thursday 8 April 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #110050_3883BCX
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A Glimpse Of Roads
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Here, a glimpse of the roads winding through the cemetery could be seen. They were paved with actual curbs. The curbs prevented cars from accidently driving up onto the lawns.


Rolling Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park   •  3100 Hilltop Drive, El Sobrante, CA   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 30 June 2010)   •  (Photo take 11:01:00 Thursday 8 April 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #110100_3884BCX
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Wide Enough To Park
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The roads were wide enough for cars to park and for other cars to pass the parked cars. This allowed the mourners to park near to the grave site. Electric golf carts were used for maintenance.


Rolling Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park   •  3100 Hilltop Drive, El Sobrante, CA   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 30 June 2010)   •  (Photo take 11:01:12 Thursday 8 April 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #110112_3885BCX
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Flowers
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A closeup of the flowers atop the coffin. The banner read:

Beloved Husband And Father


Rolling Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park   •  3100 Hilltop Drive, El Sobrante, CA   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 30 June 2010)   •  (Photo take 11:03:42 Thursday 8 April 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #110342_3886BCX
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