Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

Dedicated to cemetery preservation in the great state of Ohio

"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."

Monday, May 25, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020 - Memorial Day - A Day of Remembrance honoring American's fallen heroes - All Saints Cemetery, Northfield, Summit County, Ohio

Remembering and thanking those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf that has kept us safe and enjoying our freedoms throughout our lifetimes. 
Each year Memorial Day is the day that is set aside to honor and thank America's fallen heroes; yet knowing that in truth, we can never thank them enough.  
Praying they all rest in a richly deserved eternal peace.
Below are a few scenes from a May 25, 2020, Memorial Day, visit to All Saints Cemetery


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Sharing a current report about stalled out preservation efforts to save Lakeside Cemetery in Bay Village, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Sharing from "WestLife" a well researched article by Alex Kamczyc describing several setbacks thwarting protective plans from being implemented for securing Bay Village's small, but hugely historic, Lakeside Cemetery.  
Lake Erie is the cemetery's 'neighbor'
to the North.
Only a few yards of disappearing earth and aging boulders down a cliff at lake level stand between the two.  
Thus, conservation measures desperately need to be undertaken soon to curb the advancement of an eroding shoreline that affects the cemetery's stability.
Complicating matters are ongoing property ownership disputes with others and project costs that need resolution first.  
Excerpt from this story.:
"The cemetery was created for Rebecca Johnson Porter and her infant son, David, after the two drowned in April 1814 while returning to their home by boat from Cleveland. Porter’s sister, Sarah Osborn, and her husband, Reuben, donated a portion of their lakefront property next to Rebecca’s home for a public cemetery. Now it’s home to several historical figures including veterans from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I, as well as many names recognizable as Bay Village’s founding families."
The story mentions that there are 270 graves at the Lakeside Cemetery.  
Keeping good thoughts that soon we'll be reading an update offering much better news of plans moving forward that best preserve Bay Village's Lakeside Cemetery! 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

"History in the Hills: Union Cemetery notables" - Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio

Sharing a link to this insightful and history-focused story from Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio.:
  "History in the Hills: Union Cemetery notables"  
authored by 
Paul Zuros who is the Director of operations at Historic Fort Steuben and the Steubenville Visitors Center.
"Find a Grave" has 41,502 memorials listed for the Union Cemetery in Steubenville.  
All Cemeteries Matter!
Each cemetery holds its own unique history - no matter what its age, size, or status!
 The fascinating stories of those who came before us await our discovery.  
Learn about the triumphs and tribulations of early pioneers, veterans, doctors, teachers, and homemakers.
Gain a greater sense of how the character of your community came to be what it is today. 

Friday, May 15, 2020

From the Ohio History Connection - "Cemeteries for Genealogy Research Webinar" - Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 10:30a.m. - 12:30p.m. - Presented by Krista Horrocks - Project Reviews Manager, State Historic Preservation Office

Sharing an announcement of this upcoming free webinar:
(Click on link below:)
Advance registration required.
"Ohio History Connection"
 "Cemeteries for Genealogy Research Webinar"
Saturday July 18, 2020
 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
 "Hunting for an ancestor’s gravestone can be an exciting adventure or a frustrating series of dead ends. 
When we find our ancestor’s gravestone, we often are in awe, as it can give important birth, death, and marriage dates. 
To provide this information, cemeteries need to be preserved and be taken care of. Join cemetery expert Krista Horrocks as she explains how the gravestones and historical documentation on cemeteries provide important genealogical information, how Ohio law treats cemeteries (all 14,637 of them), and cemetery preservation.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Remembering my mother on Mother's Day 2020 - 25 years after she left me and this world behind

I can't believe it has been 25 years since spending my first Mother's Day without my mother being in my life.  

My mother, Virginia Harriet Zagorsky Limes, passed away on February 3, 1995 after suffering for 8 years from the after effects of two strokes - her first one was major and the second one was minor.  My father had died in 1988. I was their only child - a later in life baby for each.  My father died from prostate cancer that had spread to the bone that was quite painful for him to endure.  He was first afflicted with it in 1983.  So, counting up all of those years they were the worst 12 years of their lives - for dealing with severe illness.  And, in mine, for feeling helpless to at least ease their pain.
My mother and me in 1984 - 2 years before her first stroke
My mother's stroke turned her into a person essentially I had not known before.  I can say the one positive after affect for her was that she lost weight.  That might have been it.  Her first stroke left her with limited mobility on one side of her body and mentally in poor shape because dementia set in.  As time went on, she walked using a crutch but tired easily.  She never really had abundant energy it seemed to me as a child romping around wanting to play and go outside. She would need to "take a flop" after dragging the Electrolux canister vacuum cleaner up and down the house going from the back room through a hallway, kitchen, dining room, and living room before finishing up in the bedrooms.  And, when she was dusting and got tired of it she would just say "I'm going to dust the dining room table "with a lick and a promise." Of course she never told my father such things - only me. 
I'm sure we all have special memories of our mother.  Some are more endearing and heartfelt than others.  Still, a mother is unique; and she will be a unique person in our life.  Our time with her will hold its own meaning that we will carry with us the rest of ours.  
Some of us are, or were, close to our mother and for some perhaps they could say that wasn't quite so true.  Some may have never known their mother at all.  But, we know there was one or we wouldn't be here!  It sounds kind of simplistic to state that but each person's relationship with their mother is unique.

So, it is the uniqueness of mothers that I feel we can celebrate and honor because we know there will be no other person we can truly call Mother but one; the one who gave us life.  We would not be here without her being part of our world first before we even entered the one we would call our own time on earth.

These thoughts come to mind when I think of my mother and her life before I came along and afterward.  I would like to tell her "thank you" in person one more time for her sacrifices made for me so my life would be better growing up.  For all of the food she cooked and heaped up on my plate.  The clothes she picked out for me that she liked even if I would have maybe chosen something else.  She cared and wanted to do what she could to keep me safe and happy; adequately clothed and well fed!  

Please spend some time pondering the little things as well as the large momentous events that helped shape your relationship with your mother.  If she is still living tell her how you feel, and show your feelings to her.  She may have had to hide some of hers from you, but she'll be glad you shared with her to tell her that she will always be your mother; your unique mother.  One day you may not be able to do that in person.  You just might wish that you had spent more time sharing your thoughts and memories of your life with your mother when you had the chance.  Don't let the opportunity go by if you still have that chance.  You may not get another. 
My mother and me about 1952

I look up to the sky now and say "Mother are you listening?"  

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Columbus, Ohio: Green Lawn Cemetery Reclaiming Burial Plots that have been unused for 50 or more years

He interviewed Randel L. (Randy) Rogers, President of the Green Lawn Cemetery Association, regarding the cemetery's notifications of their intentions for reclamation of grave plots that have been sitting empty and unused for 50 years or more.
The notifications list includes the names of lot owners, section, lot, and space numbers.  
The lists appeared in the Classified Sections on Sunday, April 26, 2020 (page F-5), and Monday, April 27, 2020 (page C-6), of the "Columbus Dispatch" newspapers .  
"Public Notice: Green Lawn Cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Ave., Columbus, Ohio, herby announces its intent to reclaim the below listed interment rights which have been abandoned for over 50 years."
"Claimants who can prove Next of Kin blood relationship status with the owner have 90 days from this notice to contact the cemetery at the above address or at 614.444.1123 to establish successor-in-interest rights."
147,400 memorials are listed on Find A Grave.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Sharing updates about the most recent vandalism at Lorain's Charleston Cemetery - the city's pioneer burial ground.

Several Lorain/Elyria and Cleveland news outlets are reporting updates about the most recent vandalism attack at Lorain's  earliest and most historic pioneer cemetery: 
The Charleston Cemetery on 6th Street.
(Photograph below of the entrance
to the Charleston Cemetery
 by Linda Jean Limes Ellis
October 14, 2015)
The "Elyria Chronicle-Telegram"
Elyria, Ohio
May 5, 2020
News story by Dave O'Brien

Lorain's "MorningJournal"
May 5, 2020
News story by 
Richard Payerchin
WTAM - 1100 AM Radio
May 5, 2020
Tom Moore
Description of the Charleston Cemetery from "Find A Grave" below:
"Charleston Cemetery was known as The Old Bank Street Cemetery. Where the cemetery exists right known, that part of 6th St. was called Polk St., the other half was called Bank St.
Charleston Cemetery is between 6th St. and 7th St., halfway between Oberlin Ave. and Hamilton Ave.. On 15th Sept. 1828, Quartus Gillmore, Addison Tracy and Roswell Crocker, trustees of Black River Township, paid $1.00 to Hiram Messenger for 90 squares rods of land to be used by all the inhabitants of the township as a burying ground."

Mystery Ironwork piece found at the London Cemetery in Richland County, Ohio - What is its name and purpose?

Thanking Darryl Skip MacUaid McQuate, a member of Preserving Ohio's Cemetery on Facebook, for sharing this photo and granting permission to share it here. 
A lively discussion has arisen over the name and purpose of this metal, likely ironwork, piece Darryl has found at the London Cemetery in Richland County, Ohio.  
Thus far, the general consensus is that this item can just be called a "decorative metal piece to go around a grave." 
At this point, it is not known who designed and/or constructed it.  Nor is it known whose gravesite it was meant for, or a more appropriate name for it that would fit its specific purpose if other than being decorative alone.
Photo by Darryl Skip MacUaid McQuate  

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Thanking Tim Foor of Hallowed Ground Cemetery Preservation LLC for locating the H. D. Gowey (Hartland Duportal Gowey) grave marker at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware, Delaware County, Ohio

 Tim Foor, is a well known leading advocate for active but abandoned cemeteries in Ohio.  
Tim's qualifications for this role come from his personal experiences dealing with long-standing problems that have befallen Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County
Tim started the "Cemetery Advocacy" Facebook Group offering support and updated information to help those impacted by the ongoing issues still affecting this once tranquil 20th Century cemetery.
 More recently, Tim has been conducting hands-on cemetery and grave marker preservation and restoration work at inactive cemeteries.  
His company is:
 Hallowed Ground Cemetery Preservation LLC.
Hallowed Ground Cemetery Preservation LLC on Facebook
One aspect of cemetery preservation is locating and unearthing grave markers long sunken out of sight.  
Tim has demonstrated his inherent ability to accomplish work of this nature quite well. 
Citing here one such example is his recent locating Hartland D. Gowey's obscured and partially buried grave marker at Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware.
(Photos below courtesy of Tim Foor)

The overbearing Yucca plant had partially obscured the Hartland D. Gowey marker for an untold number of years - but not any longer!
My thanks to Tim for locating this marker! 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Sharing this story: "Vandalized historic Union Baptist cemetery gets $400,000 for repairs" - Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio

This in-depth story is from Channel 9, WCPO, in Cincinnati, written by Kristen Swilley. She confirmed that these funds were received through the National Parks Service African American Civil Rights Grants Program.  
At present the African-American Burial Grounds Network Act has not yet been passed into law.  The Senate version, SB 2827, was introduced by Ohio's senator, Sherrod Brown. 

Sharing the Second in Series of: " Money for indigent burials not being used in Ohio"

By Conor Morris

"Editor’s note: 
This is the second in a three-part series on a little-known Ohio law about townships and cities’ responsibility to pay for the burial of those who are indigent (we had to break it into a third part due to space limitations in this edition). Check out the third part in our next edition on April 30." 

"As The NEWS reported last week, one can scan the websites for dozens of Ohio’s cities, townships and villages and not find a single reference to their responsibility to pay for these burials, which, granted, are typically done at minimal costs, meaning the indigent person is typically cremated and only given a simple marker in a graveyard of the localities’ choice."

Taking a Brief Look at Cemetery Laws in Ohio

Cemetery Laws in Ohio
A brief review of the Ohio Revised Codes
and their Amendments
Sharing some observations pertinent to the Ohio Revised Codes and how they affect Ohio’s Cemeteries.  These codes are the laws in the State of Ohio that can ultimately determine what kind of future our cemeteries will have.
A couple of small, but nonetheless important, key elements should be mentioned beforehand.:
1.  The Ohio Revised Codes are subject to amendments when newer laws are passed that affect them, in whole or in part, that can alter the meaning(s) as originally stated. Thus, it is important to check the “ORCs” regularly to learn if there are any updates to them.  It is especially true for those ORCs that will be shared and cited.  For example, attorneys have interpreted the ORCs in ways that suit their needs to support one side or the other in a dispute. So, the most current version of an ORC is the one that needs to be used.

Note:  Here is a LINK to a short explanation about the Ohio Revised Codes (AKA "ORCs").

Note:  Here is a LINK to "LAWriterOhio Laws and Rules" main page where both the Ohio Revised Codes and the Ohio Administrative Codes can be found. 

2.  "Basically, four words that can mean the most that pertain to the cemetery laws in the Ohio Revised Codes (ORCs) are the ones that state:  “May” and “Can” instead of “Will” and “Shall”. That is our problem and the prosecutor (which is necessary to move forward in the courts) and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office have been interpreting “May” and “Can” as being a Non-mandated action and a voluntary act."
My above statement is a quote from Mr. Dave Robertson who has been “leading the charge” with his own continual maintenance work at the Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Ross County, Ohio, and spearheading the enlistment of additional volunteer help.  
He has been quite successful at both endeavors for at least 7 years at this Active yet Abandoned cemetery, one which we'll discuss more about in this post. 
 Thus, it is important to take a moment to  look at what is happening with active cemeteries, those that have burials within the past 25 calendar years, that have "fallen through the cracks" and lack protection in ways that have been long associated with cemeteries in these categories:  Inactive; Abandoned; or Family cemeteries - those with no burials in the past 25 calendar years.
Most represented in this "Active yet Abandoned" category seem to mostly come from the growing number of cemeteries that are owned by For-Profit or Private Association type organizations operating in Ohio.  
Sadly, some of these types of cemeteries have fallen into the hands of individuals or associations who have taken the monies they received from lot owners who paid them in good faith for goods and services that were not delivered as promised. Instead, these cemetery owners used the funds for their own personal gain, even gambling them away.  Some current or recent examples include:  Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County, Ohio and Grandview Memorial Park in Portage County, Ohio where the husband and wife former owners have been sentenced for their crimes and are now serving time in jail. 
Below is a link to a good article that helps explain what has been happening with some of these cemeteries which had irresponsible and unethical owners who abandoned them after committing crimes against them and the burial lot owners.:
From the “Columbus Dispatch” 
Posted October 3, 1919 
by Sheridan Hendrix:
Thus, my eyes have been widely opened to this illegal activity that all Ohioans should come to understand the seriousness of these crimes that can spread to other cemeteries -- ones where our familes and friends are buried.  
This is how this more recent category of Active But Abandoned cemeteries has emerged in Ohio and across America.  I also use the term “Orphaned Cemeteries” because, in the end, they are left without owners.
These active cemeteries lose their registration when the legal owners leave and are not there to renew them when due.  
For-Profit cemeteries and Association owned cemeteries must renew cemetery registrations yearly
If the registration lapses due to lack of ownership, a cemetery’s status is taken down to the level of that of the Inactive/Abandoned/Family cemeteries with no burials during the past 25 calendar years.  At this level, the Active yet Abandoned cemeteries are not eligible to be Registered.
"(D) Sections 4767.02 to 4767.04 of the Revised Code do not apply to or affect a family cemetery or a cemetery in which there have been no interments during the previous twenty-five calendar years. As used in this division, "family cemetery" means a cemetery containing the human remains of persons, at least three-fourths of whom have a common ancestor or who are the spouse or adopted child of that common ancestor."
Moving ahead to 2019 and the passage of HB 168; the latest amendment impacting Registrations
 It is imperative that we keep in mind that until the passage of HB168, the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution only considered complaints about cemeteries that are Registered

This requirement was strict and its stipulations illustrate just how crucial it is for a cemetery in Ohio to be Registered and retain its Registration.  

See Ohio Revised Code 4767.07A “Complaints” listed below.  Note, the number of amendments this ORC has had thus far.:
Amended by 132nd General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 168, §1, eff. 10/29/2018.
Amended by 128th General Assembly File No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.
Effective Date: 12-02-1996
Yes, many ORCs have had several amendments since the date they became effective.  
On the other hand, there still exist several ORCs that were enacted in the early 1950s and have remained in effect as such without any amendments. It is easy to see how many are in need of current review because they have become outdated.
By law, the townships should be taking over abandoned cemeteries in their jurisdiction and be responsible for them and maintain the grounds and records.  However, as we have seen all too often that isn't always the case -- at least not for as long as they can stall off doing so.
Another aspect to consider is that once it is determined that a crime is involved, the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission turns over the handling of a cemetery dispute case to the prosecuting attorney in the county where the cemetery is located.
It would seem that Ohio’s state government shies away from becoming too involved with cemetery problems.   

Below are some representative links to cemetery preservation websites in other states.:

Categorizing cemeteries in the way the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commision "OCDRC" has done leaves out our historic early cemeteries where the local pioneer settlers and founders of villages were buried. 
Those who have complaints against responsible parties for such cemeteries cannot submit them to the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission because the cemeteries have not had a burial in the past 25 years; or are family cemeteries – and thus they are "pigeon holed" into the Inactive and Unregistered categories.
In Ohio, there are three basic types of cemeteries.: 
Cemetery Registration affects each type differently:
Political Subdivision/Government: 
These cemeteries are typically operated by a township or municipality, or a combination of either or both. Although this type of cemetery must be Registered, the Registration never expires
Registration must be renewed every year with the Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing.
Cemetery Associations or Companies: 
Registrations for cemeteries operated by corporations or not-for-profit cemetery associations must be renewed every year." 
Thankfully in ORC 4767.07 (see below), we come to better understand how HB168  keeps an Active Cemetery from facing an uncertain fate and perhaps saves its very existence.
 "cemetery registered, or a cemetery that is not registered but is required to be registered"
4767.01 [Effective 10/29/2018] Cemetery registration definitions.

(3) Administer the cemetery grant program established under section 4767.10 of the Revised Code;

(11) Establish and maintain an investigation and audit section within the division of real estate in the department of commerce to conduct investigations pursuant to division (A) of section 4767.08 of the Revised Code and to audit the financial records of a cemetery to ensure compliance with sections 1721.21 and 1721.211 of the Revised Code at least every five years, or more often as the section deems necessary. The investigators or auditors of the section may review and audit the business records of cemeteries during normal business hours.
4767.07 [Effective 10/29/2018] Complaints.

(A) Any person may file a complaint regarding the activity, practice, policy, or procedure of, or
Regarding an alleged violation of section 1721.19, 1721.20,1721.21, 1721.211, 4735.02, 4767.02, or 4767.09 of the revised Code by, any person operating or maintaining a cemetery registered, or a cemetery that is not registered but is required to be registered pursuant to section 4767.03 of the Revised Code that adversely affects or may adversely affect the interest of an owner or family member of the owner of a cemetery lot or burial, entombment, or columbarium right. All complaints shall be in writing and submitted to the division of real estate in the department of commerce on forms provided by the division.

(B) With respect to complaints filed pursuant to division (A) of this section, the division of real estate shall do all of the following:

(1) Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by sending written notice to the person who filed the complaint not more than twenty days after receipt of the complaint;

(2) Send written notice of the complaint within seven days after receipt of the complaint to the person responsible for the operation and maintenance of the cemetery that is the subject of the

(3) Before taking further action, allow the owner or the person responsible for the operation and maintenance of the cemetery that is the subject of a complaint thirty days after the date the division sends notice of the complaint to respond to the division with respect to the complaint.

(C) The cemetery dispute resolution commission shall hear each complaint filed pursuant to division (A) of this section within one hundred eighty days after its filing, unless it has been resolved by the parties to the complaint.

Amended by 132nd General Assembly 
File No. TBD, HB 168, §1, eff. 10/29/2018.
Amended by 128th General Assembly 
File No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.
Effective Date: 12-02-1996 .

517.27 Transfer of cemeteries to board of township trustees.

When a public cemetery in a township is not under the control of a municipal corporation, and the title or control thereof is vested in an association or the trustees thereof, or is vested in a religious society, whether incorporated or not, or in the trustees thereof, and such cemetery is used exclusively for cemetery purposes, such association, society, or the trustees thereof may convey such grounds to the board of township trustees and its successors in office. Subject to the rights of the original grantor, his heirs or assigns, the board shall accept and take possession of such grounds, and take care of, keep in repair, hold, treat, and manage them in all respects as required by sections 517.01 to 517.32, inclusive, of the Revised Code.

517.10 Title to certain burial grounds vested in board of township trustees.
The title to, right of possession, and control of all public cemeteries located outside any municipal corporation, which have been set apart and dedicated as public cemeteries, and any grounds which have been used as such by the public, but not expressly dedicated as a cemetery, except such as are owned or under the care of a religious or benevolent society, or an incorporated company or association, or under the control of the authorities of any municipal corporation, shall, severally be vested in the board of township trustees.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

517.11 Care of cemetery.

The board of township trustees shall provide for the protection and preservation of cemeteries under its jurisdiction, and shall prohibit interments therein when new grounds have been procured for township cemeteries or burial grounds. Where such old cemeteries are in or near village plats, and the public health is liable to be injured by further interments therein, the board shall institute suits to recover possession thereof, remove trespassers therefrom, and may recover damages for injuries thereto or any part thereof, or to any fence or hedge enclosing them, or to any tomb or monument therein.

The board may enclose cemeteries under its jurisdiction with a substantial fence or hedge, and shall keep any such fence or hedge in good repair. It may re-erect any fallen tombstones, regardless of the cause of the falling, in such cemeteries. The board, as it considers necessary, may purchase, maintain, and improve entombments, including mausoleums, columbariums, and other interment rights. The board may levy a tax to meet any costs incurred for these purposes, not to exceed one-half mill in any one year, upon all the taxable property of the township.

Amended by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 413, §1, eff. 9/28/2016.
Effective Date: 07-24-1986 .

1301:13-7-03 Grant applications.
(A) Grant applications shall be submitted on forms prescribed by the division and shall bear the original signature of the principal administrative officer or financial officer of the applicant.
(B) All grant applications shall include, at a minimum, the following documents and information:
(1) Federal tax identification number;
(2) Internal revenue service tax exempt certificate, if applicable;
(3) Contact information for the fiscal representative of the applicant;
(4) Contact information for the programmatic representative of the applicant, if different than fiscal representative;
(5) The acreage of the cemetery, how much acreage is fully developed and at capacity and how much acreage has inventory of available interment spaces;
(6) Number of interments made in the two previous years;
(7) The operating budget of the cemetery;
(8) Designation of the percentage of the estimated total cost of the project for which the grant will provide funding;
(9) Description of how the applicant will provide the remainder of the estimated total cost of the project, if applicable;
(10) Project description and purpose along with the goals of the project;
(11) Description of training, including agenda, syllabus or other content material, how the training relates to the maintenance and operations of cemeteries, name and contact information of the provider, if applicable;
(12) How grant funds will be accounted for separately from other sources of funding, if applicable;
(13) Additional information as required by the division as set forth in its grant guidelines.
(C) In addition to submitting a grant application, all applicants must submit an original W-9 form to the division.
(D) All completed grant applications must be received by the prescribed deadline.
(E) Incomplete or illegible applications, or applications that are not consistent with the terms of section 4767.10 of the Revised Code and this chapter, will not be considered for funding.

Effective: 6/7/2019
Five Year Review (FYR) 
Dates: 06/22/2022
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4767.064767.10
Rule Amplifies: 4767.10

Real Estate Land Code is 690 for graveyards, monuments, and cemeteries.
Too much history has already been lost
because our cemeteries have become neglected, lost, and forgotten. 
The life stories of those buried in them remain untold.  
Further, it is sad to know that it may not take 25 years for an active cemetery to resemble in appearance a typical inactive cemetery that is over a 100 years old which will happen if it does not keep receiving necessary proper maintenance.
The language of current cemetery laws need strengthening.  New ones need to be enacted and made enforceable.  Otherwise, our cemeteries will not have the bright futures they deserve.