(Courtesy Maureen Gieber)
(Courtesy Maureen Gieber)

When Josh Kosvovick, a 16-year-old from Eugene, rode his bike past a local estate sale, he spotted something unusual — a 4-foot-tall-statue of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. It was only $50. His mother came to the sale and bought it, immediately calling her family member Lonnie Gieber. Gieber uncovered the identity of the statue with the help of Kauffers Religious Supplies in Seattle.

The 80-year-old statue was faded and the brass halo of stars that once topped the young Mary’s head had been missing. The Gieber family had a new halo ordered from a supplier in Colombia and had the statue refinished by local artist Judy Spearin before donating it to Mount Calvary Cemetery in Eugene.