December 21, 2014

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Woman files lawsuit after husband’s ashes were placed in wrong crypt

ELYRIA — An Oberlin woman filed a lawsuit against Resthaven Memory Garden Cemetery Inc. in Avon, contending she suffered severe emotional distress and mental suffering after the ashes of her husband were buried in the wrong crypt.

The lawsuit filed by Barbara Brown in Lorain County Common Pleas Court seeks an undisclosed amount of damages in excess of $25,000.

Brown noticed at the July 23, 2011, funeral of her husband, William F. Brown, that something was amiss, according to the suit.

The ashes of William Brown were supposed to be placed next to Barbara Brown’s parents, according to the suit.

Instead, the remains were placed in a crypt three niches to the right of where he was supposed to be, the suit stated.

Barbara Brown contacted Resthaven the Monday after the funeral and Resthaven personnel acknowledged the misplacement of William Brown and agreed to move the remains to its correct location, according to the suit.

Resthaven moved William Brown to the correct niche at 8 p.m. Aug. 4 and Barbara Brown was asked to remain in her car and was not allowed to be present, the suit stated.

Yvonne Rawbon, an assistant manager of Resthaven, said Monday that a funeral director was present for the entombment.

Barbara Brown’s attorney, John Haynes, said the matter was “very upsetting” for his client.

“She was very shook up, very upset,” Haynes said.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.