Man sues Haverstraw cemetery for burial blunders

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A former Village of Haverstraw trustee is suing a cemetery for allegedly bungling his grandmother's burial not once, but twice.

Ricky Sanchez says his family discovered that his grandmother was buried in the wrong place after his grandfather died last October. The two were supposed to be buried next to each other at St. Peter's Cemetery off Hillside Avenue and Route 9W.

The family agreed to let the cemetery rebury its loved one with relatives and a priest present, but Sanchez says his grandmother was moved early.

"[It was] absolutely devastating," Sanchez says. "The whole entire family was upset. It just opened up the wounds, the tears. It was very, very bad."

Sanchez is suing cemetery superintendent Dan Nolan for $175,000, saying it's possible the cemetery buried other people in the wrong plots. Nolan did not return calls for comment.

For more of Sanchez's interview, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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