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Mother has waited four months for Meadow-Brooke to order memorial statue
Doris and Ed Gohring removed most of the items from their daughter's grave Saturday morning. She said they go to the cemetery every week to water and trim the grass and tend to their daughter Jessica's grave.
Doris Gohring has received a notice from Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens in King George to remove the items on the grave of her daughter, Jessica.
Cemeteries have rules about what can be displayed and for how long to make it possible to maintain the grounds.
Gohring has had the items on her daughter’s gravesite since shortly after her death in July 2009.
Gohring was present on Thursday, Sept. 2, when Ruth Herrink, holder of a note from Stonecrest Financial, Inc., operator of Meadow-Brooke, attempted to foreclose on a note, secured by a Deed of Trust on the cemetery property.
Ruth Herrink is publisher of The Journal and the Deed of Trust trustee, Jessica Herrink, is president of The Journal Press, Inc.
The foreclosure sale did not take place, as Stonecrest had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy the previous day.
While at the cemetery, Gohring talked at length to Herb Nichols, investigator from the Cemetery Board at the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, about the statue she had ordered for her daughter’s grave.
Gohring said that she had paid in full for the statue in April 2010, but the statue had not been ordered. Once a statue has been ordered it takes several months for it to be delivered.
Before Gohring left the cemetery, she said Robert Crouch, president of Stonecrest, gave her a copy of a receipt showing that the statue had been ordered on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Crouch hand delivered the letter instructing her to remove items from the grave, dated Sept. 2, 2010, to Gohring at her place of employment on Friday, Sept. 3.
The letter included a copy of the rules of Meadow-Brooke regarding flowers and decorations: “No unsightly flower receptacles may be placed on or remain on any burial site. The Cemetery shall have the authority to remove any flowers or decorations as soon as, in its judgment, they become unsightly, or when they do not conform to the standards set out in these rules and regulations. The Cemetery reserves the right to regulate the method of decorating lots so that a uniform beauty may be maintained. NO MORE THAN ONE (1) FLOWER ARRANGEMENT SHALL BE PERMITTED ON ANY GRAVESITE, If there be more than one flower arrangement on any site, the Cemetery has the right to remove such arrangement in excess of one as it, in its sole discretion, may select.”
However, under “MODIFICATIONS” the regulations state that “Special cases may arise in which the literal enforcement of a rule or regulation may impose unnecessary hardship or be plainly inappropriate. The Cemetery, therefore, reserves the right, without notice to anyone, to make exceptions, suspensions or modifications to any of the rules and regulations when, in its judgement, the same appears advisable; and such temporary exceptions, suspensions or modifications shall in no way be construed as a permanent amendment or as affecting the general application of such.”
Jessica Gohring's grave is decorated with a Hofstra flag; she had graduated from the college shortly before her death. The Betty Boop flag reminds her family that she was a fan of the cartoon character.