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LENZ MONUMENT COMPANY
LENZ MONUMENT COMPANY.
Lenz Monument began in 1876 on the same location that it held in 2012--1672 Central Avenue. The family lived upstairs and the business was downstairs. For nearly seventy-five years, headstone orders were done in ink by hand on a general ledger or stock cards. (1)
Edward J. Lenz, the fourth-generation owner, passed away in December 2007. Richard and Kathy Neuses, employees of Lenz Monument for nearly four decades, bought the company in May 2008. In 2019 the firm created everything from benches to commercial signage. (2)
In December, 2020 the company owners announced an expansion. In construction that would expand the square footage from 900 to nearly 5,000 square feet, the firm will build upward. The space was planned for production, showroom and offices. Construction was planned for weekends with the business remaining open. (3)
1. Montgomery, Jeff, "Family Established Lenz Monument in 1876; Today It Continues to Design Stone-Based Memorials," Telegraph Herald, October 6, 2019, p. 1E
3. Montgomery, "Dubuque Company Plots Monumental Expansion," Telegraph Herald, December 14, 2020, p. 1A