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Cremains found in cupboard

Published 9:39pm Wednesday, August 11, 2010

If anyone has information regarding the following individuals or their next of kin, please contact the Dowagiac Police Department or the Yazel and Clark Chapel in Dowagiac.

The cremated remains of the following eight persons were discovered on Wednesday, Aug. 11, in an upstairs cupboard during renovation of the former Groner Funeral Home, 301 Main St.

These remains were apparently left in the building after the funeral home closed three years ago and need to be given to the proper relatives:

John C. Gunn, 1982.

John P. Brown, 2006.

Joseph Livingston, 2005.

Robert L. Wallace, 2001.

Lester D. McDonald, 2000.

Johnnie J. Jackson Jr., 2005.

Frank N. Baldwin, year of death unknown.

Sharon A. Schoetzow, year of death unknown.

Anyone with information may forward contact information to Patty Klug at the Dowagiac Police Department,  (269) 782-9743, or Brad Yazel at Yazel  and Clark Chapel, (269) 782-2135.

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  • gsdmama

    this makes me so sad. No family members to care where these remains went? I hope someone steps forward for them.

  • Alice

    In addition to the sadness I feel because of the sheer stupidity and lack of respect on behalf of the Groners and all involved, I am also saddened by gsdmama’s ignorant conclusion that this happened because “no family members cared where these remains went.” As a family member of someone on the aforementioned list, we had arranged for that family member’s ashes to be spread in a location very dear to him as well as our entire family and were told several years ago that our arrangements had been fulfilled. So please, reserve your judgments regarding my family and the other families during this difficult time and try having an ounce of decency and respect although you appear to have no knowledge of either.

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