Italian Businessman Buried Inside Urn Shaped Like Coffeepot He Made Famous

PHOTO: Father Pietro Segato, the parish priest of Casale Corte Cerro, asperses incense on a Moka pot containing the ashes of Renato Bialetti, during his burial service in the church of Casale Corte Cerro, Northern Italy, Feb. 16, 2016.Danilo Donadio/AP Photo
Father Pietro Segato, the parish priest of Casale Corte Cerro, asperses incense on a Moka pot containing the ashes of Renato Bialetti, during his burial service in the church of Casale Corte Cerro, Northern Italy, Feb. 16, 2016.

Death won't keep an Italian businessman from the coffeepot he made famous.

Renato Bialetti, who died last week at age 93, was buried Tuesday inside a large urn shaped like his beloved stovetop coffeemaker, the Moka Express, according to local newspaper La Stampa.

Bialetti's three children had his ashes put in the giant Moka pot, reportedly according to his dying wishes. After the funeral, Bialetti was buried next to his wife at a family plot in Omegna, Italy.

Though Bialetti's father, Alfonso, first bought the patents for the Moka pot, which was designed by Italian inventor Luigi De Ponti, in the 1930s, the coffeemaker only became a worldwide sensation after Renato took over the company in the mid '40s.

Since then, the company has manufactured more than 200 million coffeemakers, according to the organization's website.