Woman reburied today after gravedigging error
by TP staff
Mar 08, 2010 | 2075 views | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracy Public Cemetery officials declined to explain how the mistake happened. Press file photo
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A woman was buried last month in a grave that already contained the coffin of a dead woman at the Tracy Public Cemetery on West Schulte Road, a mistake the cemetery told the family is rare.

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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March 08, 2010
That is a devastating error. Our sympathies to the family. Check and check again Tracy Cemetery!

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