Veteran’s mom fights cemetery over gravesite disrepair

Dozens of families are upset with local cemetery’s conditions.

Veteran’s mom fights cemetery over gravesite disrepair
Patty Hart lost her son Marcus at just 25 years old.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The mother of a veteran who passed away is accusing a private out-of-state corporation of letting his grave fall into disrepair.

Veteran’s mom fights cemetery over gravesite disrepair

“My son’s laying basically in a swamp, and it’s a disgrace that families have to go there and see that,” Patricia Hart said.

She’s not alone.

Complaints keep pouring in when it comes to the conditions at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon.

The cemetery is owned by StoneMor Partners.

19 News has reported on concerns from families for the last eight months.

Grave markers have been cracked and grave sites at the cemetery have been flooded.

Marcus Hart, a veteran from North Ridgeville, was just 25 years old when he passed away.

Marcus Hart of North Ridgeville is buried at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
Marcus Hart of North Ridgeville is buried at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

“Everyone loved Marcus. He was a good son, he was a good soldier,” said his mom Patty Hart.

Patty has filed two complaints with the state against Resthaven since 2015.

Recently, the cemetery owners have promised to make repairs.

But 19 News uncovered there is no law in place when it comes to the maintenance of private cemeteries.

Tonight at 11 p.m., find out how the state is stepping in and what lawmakers say can be done to protect families.

We also found out how much money cemeteries have to set aside for maintenance and repairs.

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