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Cemetery Plot Fees


Appointments available now. IMAGINE AFTER A DEATH IN THE FAMILY YOU’RE TOLD BY THE CEMETERY, YOUR LOVED ONE WON’T BE BURIED UNTIL YOU PAY UP BACK FEE THAT IS MIGHT NOT EXIST. THIS IS WHAT A FAMILY IS FACING IN BERGEN COUNTY AND CBS 2 AND THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK GOT INVOLVED. CHRISTINE SLOAN REPORTS. Reporter: 97-YEAR-OLD TERESA LIVED A FULL LIFE THROWING BIRTHDAY BASHES FOR HERSELF EVERY AREA. BEFORE SHE DIED SATURDAY, SHE TOLD HER NIECE LINDA SHE PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL COVERING ALL THE COSTS. SHE WAS DRIVING UNTIL SHE WAS 90. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT SHE REALLY DID PRIDE HERSELF IN WAS PAYING HER BILLS ON TIME. Reporter: WHY SHE SAID IN 1966 HER AUNT PAID FOR A PLOT IN FULL AT ST. JOSEPH CEMETERY IN HACKENSACK, NEW JERSEY, SO SHE COULD BE BURIED NEAR HER HUSBAND, MOTHER AND FATHER. HERE’S THE DEED. AND THEN I GOT A CALL MONDAY MORNING FROM THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR TELLING US THAT THE CEMETERY WOULD NOT ALLOW US TO BURY MY AUNT ON FRIDAY, WHICH IS WHAT IS SCHEDULED. Reporter: SHE SAYS HOLY TRINITY CHURCH OWNER OF THE CEMETERY SAYS HER AUNT OWES MORE THAN $2,000 IN BACK ANNUAL CARE FEES INSTITUTED IN 1974 AFTER SHE BOUGHT THE PLOT. THE CHURCH SAYS NOTICES WERE SENT OUT EVERY YEAR BUT SO FAR HASN’T PRODUCED EVIDENCE THAT ANY BILLS WERE SENT OUT. I CAN ATTEST THAT FROM 2010 TO 2013, THERE WAS NO BILL FROM THE CEMETERY REGARDING ANNUAL CARE FEES. Reporter: WE WENT BY THE CEMETERY OFFICE. IT WAS CLOSED. SO WE REACHED OUT TO THE NEWARK ARCHDIOCESE THAT OVERSEES THE PARISH BUT DOES NOT OWN THE CEMETERY. A SPOKESMAN SPEAKING FOR THE CHURCH CALLS IT A MISUNDERSTANDING, ASSURING US THE WOMAN WILL BE BURIED AT THE CEMETERY IN FRIDAY ADDING THE CHURCH AND FAMILY NEED TO HAVE THE TIME AND SPACE TO LOOK INTO THINGS BUT THE TIME OF DEATH CERTAINLY ISN’T THAT TIME. SALVUCCI SAYS SHE STILL HASN’T

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Graciela Reitz

Oct 10, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

Big Ouch

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