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"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been Removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sharing Updates for Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County and Grandview Memorial Park in Portage County, Ohio

The bad news just keeps getting worse as prospects are again dimmed for finding a satisfactory resolution soon for both the Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County and Grandview Memorial Park, Ravenna, in Portage County.  
We have been following this sad saga for months hoping for a final resolution for these two active cemeteries; yet the latest news still leaves them in want of new owners.  

Both cemeteries have been dependant upon dedicated volunteers to pitch in and handle their care as best they can.  But these situations cannot go on indefinitely. 

Ohio laws (Ohio Revised Codes), or the lack of them, have not provided answers either despite the Ohio Attorney General's involvment with this case.  

Published June 16, 2017

Excerpt:"Theodore and Arminda Martin, owners of Fairview Memorial Park, were originally indicted in February on 54 charges against 44 victims. Friday’s indictment replaces the original and includes 80 charges and 67 victims."
"No cash to operate neglected Delaware Cemetery" -- from the "Delaware Gazette" published June 13, 2017

"A.C. Strip, esq., a Columbus-based attorney specializing in corporate insolvency, was appointed to care for Fairview Memorial Cemetery by Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley at a hearing on May 23."
"Strip said he is working on an inventory of items at the cemetery, but said he has virtually zero cash on hand to take care of the cemetery. Strip then praised the group of local volunteers who had been taking care of the cemetery and said they were responsible for cleaning up the cemetery for Memorial Day."