Floral Hills Memory Gardens at both the Ross County and Pickaway County locations are heading toward a resolution of their long-standing problems

Sharing two newspaper reports about two Ohio cemeteries – with the same name – one in Ross County and the other one in Pickaway County.  

They are Floral Hills Memory Gardens.  News about their situations has been shared in several posts on this blog. 

First, thanking Sheridan Hendrix for researching and writing this news story primarily regarding the Floral Hills Memory Gardens location in Ross County that was published in the “Columbus Dispatch” on October 3, 2019. :

“Despite Law Change, Ohio’s abandoned cemeteries still in limbo” 

Abandoned, yet active, cemeteries are an increasing reality in Ohio. 

Because of this fact, a broader outreach to educate the general public about them is important.

This feature article also cites and has links to stories that have been published about Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County, and Grandview Memorial Park in Portage County — both cemeteries were victims of criminal activity committed by their owners who are currently in prison. 

A sobering focus details the ongoing maintenance issues for those left behind  through no fault of their own.   

It has been six years since Dave Robertson began tending to the 37-acre lawn of Floral Hills Memory Gardens near Chillicothe.”

I’d rather we don’t ever need to write and read stories like this one, but since they are a reality, bringing increased awareness about them IS needed. 

This is a sobering story indeed.  So sad because it should not have to be that in the 21st Century, and in Ohio, we have abandoned and orphaned, active cemeteries that have also lost their registration with the state.  

Those with complaints about such cemeteries must proceed through the steps of first submitting them to the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission (“OCDRC”)  The OCDRC will investigate the complaint and act upon it accordingly.Because of the passage of HB 168 in 2018, the OCDRC can refer the case to a local Court of Common Pleas. Next, will be the appointment of a suitable Receiver who will have the duty of handling the operations of the cemetery, which includes re-registering it with the Department of Real Estate; until a permanent owner can be found.

 

Meanwhile, the adversely affected cemetery sits with no legal owner to care for it in all of the ways a cemetery deserves to be maintained. 

 

 Hopefully, the Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Ross County gets the much-needed and long-awaited help in the form of a Receiver and finding a suitable and permanent owner for it.   

“Clean Up Floral Hills” – on Facebook Ross County Location. 

  

Now, we turn our attention to this notice published in the “Circleville Herald”:

“Notice:”

Publish Date:

Friday, September 27, 2019

Notice Content

NOTICE OF COMPLAINT FOR FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE TAX LIEN 

“Notice is hereby given that an action against Ronald L. Downey and Joseph L. Miller, in the Court of Common Pleas, Pickaway County, OH, 207 S. Court Street, Circleville, OH 43113, was filed on 3/14/19 styled Ellery Elick, Treasurer, Pickaway County, Ohio, Plaintiff v. Ronald L. Downey, et al, Defendants, Case No. 2019DLT003. 

The Complaint is to foreclose the lien of real estate taxes due and payable on the real property known as Floral Hills Cemetery, US 23 and Little Walnut Road, Circleville, OH 43113, PPN M30-0-004-00-037-00, M30-0-004-00-033-02, M30-0-004-00-048-00, M30-0-004-00-038-00 and M30-0-004-00-039-00, last transfer OR Vol. 615, Pg. 2642; OR Vol. 646, Pg. 2365. Legal description can be viewed on the Pickaway County Recorders website at countyfusion2.kofiletech.us. The prayer in the complaint is: 1. The Treasurer be found to have a good and valid lien on the within described real property, in the sums of $55,246.63, 11,974.61, 8,648.27, 8,648.27 and 976.67, respectively, plus accrued taxes, assessments, penalties, interest and costs. 2. That all defendants be required to set up their claims or be forever barred. 3. That unless the amount found to be due to this plaintiff be paid within a reasonable time as established by this Court, the equity of redemption be foreclosed and an order of sale issue to the Sheriff of Pickaway County, Ohio directing him to sell the real property which is the subject of this action as provided in 5721.19 ORC. 4. Such other and further relief in law and in equity as proper. All defendants are required to answer the complaint within 28 days after the last publication of this notice which will be published once each week for six successive weeks. The last publication will be made on 11/01/19 and the 28 days for answer will commence on that date. if defendant fails to answer or otherwise respond as required, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. Jeffrey A. Catri Asst. Prosecuting Attorney Pickaway County, Ohio 203 South Scioto Street, P.O. Box 910 Circleville, Ohio 43113 (740) 474-6066 Phone JAMES W. DEAN, CLERK OF COURTS 207 SOUTH COURT STREET CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO 43113 (740) 474-5231 September 27, 2019 October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 Nov 1, 2019 Circleville Herald – 561581″

At this time, it is unknown if there is a precedent in Ohio where an active, yet abandoned, cemetery went into foreclosure and was sold at a Sheriff’s sale. 

 

Questions remain.:

It is unclear what the reasons are that the Pickaway County Floral Hills Memory Gardens apparently would not also have a Receiver assigned to it rather than the cemetery be offered in a Sheriff’s sale?

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Or, why hasn’t the municipality where the cemetery is located accept responsibility for its ownership during the past decade?  Would it finally agree to accept it if the cemetery fails to get a new owner through the Sheriff’s sale?

Soul searching: Could 86 bodies still be buried on farm site in Perrysburg?

PERRYSBURG — A dedicated group of people has grave concerns about a former parish cemetery that they believe has not been properly cared for over the years.

Source: Soul searching: Could 86 bodies still be buried on farm site in Perrysburg?

Old Burying Ground in Greenfield volunteer work session coming up! – Reminder: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 – beginning at 8:30a.m.

If you missed joining the volunteers at the Old Burying Ground for the work session of September 30, 2018, this is a reminder that another one is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd starting at 8:30a.m.
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Always check the calendar on the Greenfield Historical Society’s website for upcoming events which include the “OBG” – Old Burying Ground work sessions!

To keep up to date with the latest progress made by the all-volunteer group who has been working for five years to restore the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield just click on the Past Events Section on the “A Look Back” tab found on the Greenfield Historical Society’s website.  

Next, take note of the “Tombstone Repair” and the dates of each of their work sessions thus far.  

Click on each of them to see the photographs and a recap of the type of work conducted during each of the work sessions.  

The Greenfield Historical Society volunteers are a well organized group of caring people who are well trained with cleaning, repairing, and resetting grave markers from the smallest to the largest; including the more difficult ones like the “Box Tombs” shown below.  

White Bronze Markers and Monuments bring Beauty and Wonder to the Attica Venice Township Joint Cemetery and Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery – Attica, Seneca County, Ohio

On July 17, 2018, I visited the Attica Venice Township Joint Cemetery and the adjoining Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Seneca County, Ohio.  

I had heard that the larger Attica Venice Township Joint Cemetery contains over 100 white bronze markers and monuments!  

So, on my way to Findlay to do some antique shopping, I decided to make visiting these cemeteries my first stop.  

These are not large cemeteries, however, a visitor could easily spend quite a lot of time walking row by row reading the inscriptions and marveling at the grand white bronze (zinc) monuments; some that tower above all of the markers around them. 

At both cemeteries, newly erected gray granite monuments serve as official cemetery signs.

At the Attica Venice Township Joint Cemetery, the cemetery’s official name monument is near the Ohio Historical Marker (erected in 2017) that commemorates the life and sacrifice of World War I nurse Clara Edith (Work) Ayres who is buried at the Attica Venice Township Joint Cemetery.  These historical markers are always a welcome sight to any visitor.  They draw you to them to learn more about the cemetery and some of the notable local people who are buried there. 

  I realize now that my eager rambling through both cemeteries was too brief. I know a second visit is warranted to find even more interesting markers and monuments; including more of those white bronze beauties that have weathered so well through the decades, indeed centuries.

 

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Above two flat markers:

 Ernest W. Karr (right) and Mrs. Iva Jane Karr (left) 

white bronze flat markers

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Above:

Anna Mina Karr 

White Bronze lamb

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Above:

Large white bronze matching side-by-side plaques

monument for

Henry and Lucinda Briner

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Above three photographs: 

Listed on Find A Grave

at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery

and his wife, Lucinda Force 

matching side-by-side plaques on white bronze monument

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  The above nine photographs:
The Griffith family Monument

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Above:

Dr. William B. Olds and his wife Maggie Olds 

white bronze double marker on base.

Please note:  The stone base is crumbling

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Above three photographs: 

White bronze monument and

close up view of the flag holder at her gravesite.

Learn more about Nurse Clara Edith Work Ayres

from her biographical information 

presented on both sides of the Ohio Historical Marker

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The above three photographs 

Listed on Find A Grave

at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery

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Hamilton White Bronze Monument

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Above two photographs:

Listed on Find A Grave

at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery

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Above:  

The small white bronze marker for Katie Blanch Wyley

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The above four photographs:

Lockie and Clarence Steigmeyer

White Bronze monument with statue

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Above four photographs:
James Howard Clements

and his wife,

Mildred J. Van Wormer Clements

Side-by-side bronze plaques on ornate white bronze monument

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Above two photographs:

White Bronze side by side plaques on monument

for James F. and Jennie (Smith) Clements

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Above two photographs: 

White bronze marker for Mary Allgyre

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Above two photographs:
Milton Eisenhart’s white bronze monument

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Above:
Photograph of a log design stone bench.

(Please note:  The right support is collapsing!)

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Above three photographs:
Various views of the Ohio Historical marker

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Above:

Elizabeth Fisher Reichert’s white bronze monument

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Above:

White Bronze marker for

Samuel Croxton

and Mattie Croxton

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Above two photographs:
Small size White Bronze marker for

Rosana Songer – wife of John Songer

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