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Cemetery should take better care of its grounds

It is a sad day when I come every year from California to visit the graves of my grandparents, who have been gone for 11 years now. It saddens me not because of their passing but because of the state of their plots each and every year I come.

It is a great disappointment that the Sunnyside Cemetery does not maintain the stones and plots in which we lay our loved ones to spend eternity in. I once complained about not being able to see the stones and I was handed gardening tools. And this is what it is, every year I go to garden around family stones for there are many of us laid to rest there.

My grandfather's stone is placed so far over near the road that people tend to drive extremely close and to this I was told that if someone drives over it, it is my responsibility to replace the stone. I have even at times witnessed people park up on the grass. A simple sign to say "please, do not drive on the grass" apparently is too much to ask, as well as them moving the stone over when it was them that had placed it too close to the road.

Where is the dignity or honor that a cemetery should give to our loved ones? Why when we choose to bury those we love in the Sunnyside Cemetery, do they not show us the respect of tending to the land and plots that we pay so dearly for?

To this I say it is a sad day when I come to visit my family laid to rest at the Sunnyside Cemetery, which has so blatantly shown they do not care for those that have passed on in this life but remain in the hearts of the living. No, they do not care, nor do they do what is right. It is a sad day.

/s/ Natalie Bock (Crabtree), Sun City, Calif.

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