'They screwed up.' Amityville woman says her dad was buried in the wrong grave

Kathleen Buczak-Fisher is outraged, saying her parents Rudolph and Dorothy are not resting in peace together because of a mix up and cover up by Pinelawn Cemetery.

News 12 Staff

Jul 23, 2021, 2:26 AM

Updated 1,006 days ago

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An Amityville woman says her parents wish was to be buried together but a mix up by the cemetery went against their wishes.
Kathleen Buczak-Fisher is outraged, saying her parents Rudolph and Dorothy are not resting in peace together because of a mix up and cover up by Pinelawn Cemetery.
"They screwed up," says Buczak-Fisher. "They buried my father in the wrong grave and moved him without our knowledge.
A document shows the Buczaks purchased plot 228 at Pinelawn in May 2006. When Rudolph died in 2012, Buczak-Fisher say he was buried in what the family believed was plot 228.
Buczak-Fisher says she began to realize something was wrong when her mother died in 2017. Buczak-Fisher says when she visited the cemetery a week after her mother's funeral, she discovered her mother wasn't buried in her father's plot.
"Where my dad was buried with the foot plaque was totally undisturbed," says Buczak-Fisher. "This happened in a split second. I look over and I see a fresh rectangle of soil with a temporary marker with my mom's name on it."
Buczak-Fisher says she demanded answers from Pinelawn's assistant sales director.
"He said to me 'We can straighten this out at 7 a.m. before any funerals start,'" says Buczak-Fisher. "I just replied 'No, do not touch anything until I speak to my sister and a lawyer."'
The Buczak family's attorney requested both plots to be disinterred in August 2018.
"We needed to get to the bottom of who was where," says Buczak-Fisher. "Where dad was buried, it was empty, it was just empty."
The Buczak family is now suing Pinelawn for $1.2 million, claiming the cemetery buried their father in the wrong plot and then tried to cover it up by moving his body to the plot where his wife was buried without telling the family.
Pinelawn issued a statement saying in part, "Once we learned of the families' concern years ago, we quickly remedied any possible issue and have cooperated with the family and their attorneys to remedy any possible issue. We are confident that this is an issue of memorialization placement only. This is now a matter of active litigation, and we have complete confidence that our actions were appropriately handled."


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