On February 20, 2009, a group of friends from got together to hold a memorial service for Schlitzie the Pinhead, who's earthly remains lay in an unmarked grave for nearly 40 years. Nearly four hundred dollars was raised -  to get Schlitzie his marker.
Early Friday morning (20th) they enjoyed breakfast at Dupar's (Farmers Market location in Hollywood, California,) then it was off to the cemetery in Scott Michael's Dearly Departed special funeral tours van. In addition to being the creator of findadeath, Scott runs one of the most successful tour services in Southern California.
Following a beautiful journey to Queen Of Heaven Cemetery in Rowland Heights, California where Schlitze's remains are interred in a now-marked grave (see photo), those in attendance dressed the gravesight in beautiful floral arrangements, and the Reverend Bryan Moore  - himself an enormous Schlitze fan and historian - magnificently delivered an extremely well-constructed eulogy accompanied by a brief, emotional tribute to Schlitze by writer-composer-musician-producer Verne Langdon, who actually met, observed and knew Schlitzie.



Part One - On February 20, 2009, a group of friends from got together to hold a memorial service for Schlitzie the Pinhead, who lay in an unmarked grave for nearly 40 years. They raised the funds to get Schlitzie his marker.

Reverend Bryan Moore officiated along with Verne Langdon, who knew Schlitzie.




Part 2 - of Schlitzie's funeral, officiated by Reverend Bryan Moore along with Schlitzie's

friend Verne Langdon, who has done extensive research into the life of Schlitzie.







Following nearly an hour attending the service and enjoying photo ops at the Schlitze gravesight, the group of nearly 30 Schlitzephiles from all over the United States proceeded to world-famous downtown Los Angeles local eatery Philippe's, home of the mouth-watering double-dipped beef sandwich as well as other fantastic food fare. Philippe's was a part of Schlitze's life in that he - along with other members of the legendary Paul Eagles Circus & Carnival Club - dined there often when wintering in Southern California. Following Philippe's it was on to hallowed haunts of Schlitze, including MacArthur Park in downtown Los Angeles where Schlitze would chase the ducks and his caretakers would sell his never-ending supply of souvenir photos from Schlitze's glory days on the various carnival midways, Schlitze's last known residence as verified on his Official Certificate Of Death, and of course the county care facility - Fountain View - in Hollywood, California, where Schlitze spent 48 hours or so before expiring on September 24, 1971, of  Broncho Pneumonia brought on by Medullary Depression.
The day was memorable for so many reasons, and may turn into an annual event, held on the 20th of February each and every year, the day we have come to know and love as "Schlitze's Day"!


Findadeath founder Scott Michaels (4th from left, front row), Heather & Bryan Moore (2nd row left, then Shelly Lichoff, Verne  Langdon, and Micah Harris, back row between Shelly Lichoff & Verne Langdon - Michael Kriegsman. Others unidentified.



"Schlitzie - he had no choice. As I grew older I had a choice. I could stay in show business if I wanted to. He had no choice, so - I don't know how to express it about him but he - he just wasn't able to do anything else. Quite often you would get a crowd that thought they were funny, that they were funny and they would torment him or something like that but usually there were some roustabouts around that would see that that was broken up in a hurry and they were not allowed to torment him."

- Jeannie Tomaini, the half-girl, in "Freaks Uncensored'


-R) Bryan Moore, Joel Malmen, Shelly Lichoff, Scott Michaels, Verne Langdon, and Philip De Croocq.


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Schlitzie would take the two fingers of his right hand and tap them on the palm of

his left hand, and say "You See, You See". Thanks, Simon - Utah Showman


This is a wonderful and goofy thing.  Truly beautiful. - Todd Robbins


Beautiful, This made me smile. - Gwyd the Unusual


This is an amazing thing.  I'm glad this video exists. - Brett Loudermilk

We're all with him in spirit, though, and congratulate on him finally getting that stone. - Meph

Haven't said a prayer in a long time ... this broke my habit.

Ain't people somethin'?  - Ross Macrae


It is my true dream to visit the final resting place of the worlds most infectious child, one day.
Simon will never be forgotten and it is great that people strive to keep his legend alive - X-treen


It is indeed fortunate that Tod Browning gave us the continuing opportunity to bring back the endearing soul known as Schlitzie via his epic, "Freaks."

Who can watch his "hat with a loooong, pretty feather" sequence with Wallace Ford and not smile? -
Steve Mollett


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