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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."

Ohio Revised Code - "Lawriter" & Registered Cemetery Information

From Lawriter for Ohio Revised Code for Cemeteries


Ginty, Dennis ;
May 7, 2013: 

"The Division does not register cemeteries that are family cemeteries and it doesn’t register cemeteries that have not had an interment during that last 25 years.  Family cemetery is defined as “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.”  The Division has no history of a cemetery registered with the name Postle Family Cemetery."
"Yes, you are correct that the minimum maintenance guidelines apply to registered cemeteries (Ohio Revised Code Section 4767.06 (H)).  The Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission does not have the authority to create minimum maintenance guidelines for non-registered cemeteries." 

"Ohio Revised Code Section 4767.07 states a person may file a complaint against any person operating or maintaining a cemetery registered pursuant to section 4767.03.  The Division does not have jurisdiction to take complaints against unregistered cemeteries.  We are not aware of any other complaint process." 

Dennis Ginty
Deputy Communications Director
Ohio Department of Commerce
Communications Office
77 S. High Street, 23rd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 644-9564

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