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Faithful to brother’s memory for decades, while grave marker goes missing

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PHILADELPHIA — The last thing 73-year-old John DeVos wanted was to be thrown out of a graveyard. But he crouched onto his knees a week ago at Greenmount Cemetery, at the very patch of grass where he had watched them bury his 11-year-old brother in 1948. And with a screwdriver and small spade, he began to poke and dig.

A flat granite slab with the inscription “MICHEL DEVOS” had gone missing. And if anyone could swear it had been there,…

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