Letter to the Editor: Sunset Gardens Cemetery
I recently submitted a letter to you regarding the condition of Sunset Gardens Cemetery. On July 17, 2014, I received a phone call from the owner of the cemetery, Josh Fuemmeler, asking if I would meet with him to discuss things I was concerned with and things that he was aware of. The cemetery was being mowed at the time and did look really nice. The monuments needed to be trimmed around and he was in the process of doing that. The grave sites that should have been taken care of sometime ago had been filled in and seeded. Plans to improve the main entrance was also discussed. He plans to redo that area by removing the old stone wall, the dead brush etc., and redo it with new plantings. He also plans to redo the roadways as needed. I feel Mr. Fuemmeler is a man of his word and will try to do what he can to make the cemetery look like we all want it to look.
According to Mr. Fuemmeler, grave site prices have remained the same for a long, long time and he has not increased prices since he has been the owner. I am sure other cemeteries charge quite a bit more and if you visit them, you will find they have issues also. He also stated, that if the monument on your family plot has sunk or is uneven, contact him and he will be happy to tell you the procedure to follow to correct the problem.
The cemetery already looks better, however, improvements can't be done in a few days or a few weeks. It will take time and I feel we need to give him the time needed to make the improvements.
We purchased our cemetery plot many years ago. We chose Sunset Gardens because we liked where the cemetery was located, near the airport and overlooking Odell Avenue as you came into town. It is even more appealing today with the addition of the Martin Community Center and museum and the new housing development across the road. My husband is buried there on the lot we had chosen. It is where he wanted to be placed and I have no intention of changing that. Hopefully, with the improvements it can be a place where you and your loved one can be laid to rest, a place we can all be proud of.
Evelyn Bailey, retired