Leonida Hernandez, 76, was buried on Feb. 25, and about a week later her daughter, Evelyn Greager, learned that her mother was buried on top of someone with the same last name.
“I got a call that they put her in the wrong place that belonged to somebody else,” Greager said.
She said her mother was buried behind the correct burial plot, a mistake the cemetery told the family it makes rarely. Cemetery officials declined to comment, and it’s unclear how the blunder was made.
The family had a second burial service for Hernandez today at 11 a.m. when cemetery workers removed her casket from the ground and buried it in the correct spot.
Greager said this second service was very difficult for family and friends, especially her father, Inocencio, who was married to her mother for 59 years.
“We didn’t expect this,” Greager said. “We had to go through this grieving again.”
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