CLEVELAND -- Their peaceful echoes have been silenced.
Because of storm damage in the towers holding them, massive century-old bells at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 6700 Lansing Avenue are being removed and stored away.
The bells, which were all baptized and named before making home at the church, rang for the last time on Sunday, according to Parishioner Joe Feckanin.
Feckanin, who has been affiliated with the church since he was married there 20 years ago, says renovations to restore the dilapidated bell towers could cost more than $300,000.
He estimates the biggest bell weighs a half ton.
The bells' spirits will continue to live as recordings of their sounds will be played in place of their actual chiming.
According to their website, the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was established in 1894 by Rev. Anton F. Kolaszewski.