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Friday, August 29, 2008

Families Upset with Conditions At McKean Memorial Park Cemetery

Condition concerns grow over McKean Memorial Park

Overgrown grass, shoddy roads, irresponsible grave openings, damaged grave stones and ruined flower vases are just a few of the complaints a group of concerned families have voiced to the operators of McKean Memorial Park Cemetery.

The cemetery, along Route 59 in Lafayette Township, has amassed much criticism over the past few years, but the contention has increased over the past months as additional families begin to express their disappointment with the cemetery’s condition.

Conrad Dehn, of Coudersport, is one such person, who is upset with the maintenance of McKean Memorial Cemetery.

“My mother and father are up there, and it upsets me terribly to see the condition the cemetery is in,” he said. “I thought when we first bought the lots that there would be money for perpetual care.” More.....

cemops said...

Irresponsible grave openings means what? No response to that from the owner. Families being welcomed to maintain plots but prison workers not. The same liability applies if a family or prison employee is injured while maintaining a grave plot on her property. All I see here is double talk, and an uninvolved owner. You cannot hide behind the endowment care fund not making money. If you are going to own a cemetery, it is your responsibility to maintain it. State law requires it, and Pennsylvania is not terribly forgiving of not honoring your commitment. I own CemOps, listed at: http://www.cemops.com
In my 54 years of life, and lifetime in this profession, it never ceases to amaze me how accountability is still an issue.
Perception is powerful. This lady doesn't even bother to check out the validity of a complaint. "Hasn't been out there." This perception is of one that couldn't care less.


dolphinchic said...

I have to agree with you and all other complaints. This cemetery makes me sick. As of Sept. 2nd Mrs. Chase will be informed that my family will be taken care of by myself. They have to many rules of what you can and cannot do. Like putting flowers on graves, that do not have the special vases they require you to have. You go back and if by chance they have mowed that section everything has been thrown away. Sorry but my deceased family and living family had to pay for those plots. It is time for the people to speak up and not let them get away with what is happening. Before all our loved ones stones are disappearing under the earth. When a plot is purchased you receive a deed. Which means you own that peice of property. Since they are so incompetent, we who have had to deal with the lost of a loved one, now needs to stand and take care of there resting place. I feel we all need to take a stand and if these conditions continue, Mrs. Chase just might have to pay for moving our loved ones to a cemetery that has compassion for the families and makes sure what you have purchased is taken care of. I am sure none of her families stones are being buried underground.



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cemops said...

Irresponsible grave openings means what? No response to that from the owner. Families being welcomed to maintain plots but prison workers not. The same liability applies if a family or prison employee is injured while maintaining a grave plot on her property. All I see here is double talk, and an uninvolved owner. You cannot hide behind the endowment care fund not making money. If you are going to own a cemetery, it is your responsibility to maintain it. State law requires it, and Pennsylvania is not terribly forgiving of not honoring your commitment. I own CemOps, listed at: http://www.cemops.com
In my 54 years of life, and lifetime in this profession, it never ceases to amaze me how accountability is still an issue.
Perception is powerful. This lady doesn't even bother to check out the validity of a complaint. "Hasn't been out there." This perception is of one that couldn't care less.

dolphinchic said...

I have to agree with you and all other complaints. This cemetery makes me sick. As of Sept. 2nd Mrs. Chase will be informed that my family will be taken care of by myself. They have to many rules of what you can and cannot do. Like putting flowers on graves, that do not have the special vases they require you to have. You go back and if by chance they have mowed that section everything has been thrown away. Sorry but my deceased family and living family had to pay for those plots. It is time for the people to speak up and not let them get away with what is happening. Before all our loved ones stones are disappearing under the earth. When a plot is purchased you receive a deed. Which means you own that peice of property. Since they are so incompetent, we who have had to deal with the lost of a loved one, now needs to stand and take care of there resting place. I feel we all need to take a stand and if these conditions continue, Mrs. Chase just might have to pay for moving our loved ones to a cemetery that has compassion for the families and makes sure what you have purchased is taken care of. I am sure none of her families stones are being buried underground.