Cemetery Items Thrown Away

By: Julia Fello Email
By: Julia Fello Email

A local family is coming forward with the story of how items they left for loved ones at a local cemetery were thrown away.

The cemetery manager at the Gates of Heaven in Schofield says that's because the family violated cemetery rules.

Cemetery manager Mark Kukukla admits his ground crew threw out items left by grave stones - because those who left them there were breaking cemetery rules.

He says out of more than 900 grave stones about 200 had violations. For the past month, he explains he's been cleaning up the cemetery plots.

A notice was posted in a fl yer at Saint Therese Parish in Schofield, but many say they weren't aware of the enforcement.

Warren Staszak says his entire family was distraught to find items he left for his father in a dumpster on father's day.

"There were crosses and flags statues people's cards envelopes plastic, toys for children and I guess my feeling is that it was sentimental value to somebody," said concerned loved one Warren Stazak.

The cemetery manager tells us he's enforcing the rules to make sure his grounds crew is safe when mowing the lawns and items don't hurt anyone or damage grave stones.

"I have great concern for them because I understand that this is a resting place for their loved ones and a lot of the stuff that they have on the plots are very sentimental to them and you walk the thin line of trying to enforce the rules," said Mark Kukukla, cemetery manager.

The manager also wanted to make it clear that he did place certain statues in violation *next* to the dumpster, but they are now missing.

If anyone is concerned, your asked to call the office at 715-359-2421.

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