Ongoing legal proceedings had halted all business at the cemetery since 2005, even for families that had purchased plots prior to the state’s investigation. That changed temporarily on Feb. 1 this year when a judge ordered that Geneva Hegemier’s remains be interred in a Grand View mausoleum. After another court-ordered interment in February, funeral workers trying to bury the body of John Lenn in April found signs of an existing casket already in the plot that had been sold to Lenn’s family and canceled the burial.
More than 140 people have joined a class-action suit filed in November 2005 against cemetery owners. Another 100 people filed a personal injury suit in July this year.
The owners and operators named in both suits include Howard, Goldsman, Jack Grossman, who ran the cemetery from 1990 to 1999, and members of the Hepburn family, which ran the cemetery from 1929 to 1990.