November 24, 2014

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Man sues to place headstone at grave

ELYRIA — A Vermilion man is asking a county judge to let him put up the two-foot, six-inch tall headstone he commissioned to mark the grave of him, his wife and their two stillborn daughters in a Lorain cemetery.

According to Raymond Asik’s lawsuit, filed Friday in county Common Pleas Court, he and his wife, who died in 2005, bought three grave plots at the city’s Elmwood Cemetery in 2003 for $1,575.

They then paid to have the remains of their stillborn twin daughters moved from where they were buried in Dayton in 1970 to Lorain.

When the city was selling the lots to the family, the lawsuit said, the family was told there was no prohibition against erecting headstones, but when they tried to install the headstone, commissioned in 2005, the city said it couldn’t do so.

The lawsuit said the portion of the cemetery — near the couple’s parents — where Asik wants to have the headstone installed already has upright headstones and it wouldn’t violate cemetery rules.

City Safety Service Director Mike Kobylka, who is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, declined to comment.

Asik and his attorney could not be reached for comment.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.