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ONLY ON 3: Cemetery owner promises families to clean up perpetual mess

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- For years there have been complaints about the upkeep of Calvary Cemetery in Wilmington.

Today a group of people who have loved ones buried there banded together to show their frustrations and demand change.

It was an emotional start to the day. About a half dozen folks who have loved ones buried at Calvary Cemetary came to give the owner a piece of their mind.

"You won't even allow me to even speak to you guys," owner Jack Krupicka said to them.

"We have allowed you how many years, sir?" one person responded.

They demanded he take better care of the grounds after they say he's neglected them for years.

Sharron Cain said good bye to her son 19 years ago.

"To this day, it is still traumatic," Cain said. "I always question why."

And she questions why Krupicka cannot keep up with the overgrowth, the trash and broken tree limbs on the property.

"I wonder if I am going to get bit by a snake," Cain said. "At least if the owner cuts the grass I can see what's in front of me, beside me or behind me."

She is not the only person outraged. Some say the peacefulness a final resting place is supposed to symbolize has been taken away.

"The focus is on the conditions of the cemetery," said Glenda DeBose, whose brother and father are buried in the cemetery. "The weeds are so high, they're up to my waist in some areas."

After Krupicka saw their heavy hearts and tears in their eyes, the group finally got the answer they've been wanting for years.

"He said personally, he asked us to forgive him," DeBose said. "He's asked us to be given a chance to make it work, and I am going to give him that chance."

Krupicka said he did no want to go on camera, because there is no excuse for the conditions of the grounds, but he told the families today he would do better with the upkeep.

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Shocked and appalled! Something needs to be done!

I visited Wilmington this past weekend (4/26/14)with my family and decided to place flowers on my fathers grave. It doesn't make any sense on how the grounds are not being kept up. Debris all over in the fences and grass has not been cut since the start of Spring. My husband even suggested we exhume his body to move him to another cemetery. It was very sad to know that no one is taking care of the property. I am very concerned and have been calling all day with no one answering. What are the next steps to address this? Is it a city council issue? My mother has a place marker out there and I REFUSE to allow her to be buried there in the condition it is in now. Something needs to be done!

cemetery

05/06/2009 was wway's first article on the condition of this grave yard. 5 years later and its still a mess. The owner is not going to do a thing about it.

Fees for Cemetery

Do the people that have their loved ones buried in Calvary Cemetery pay Mr. Krupicka a fee for upkeep? If so then he has been stealing from them and if he doesn't comply with that upkeep then he is criminally responsible and a law suit should be filed. But if they pay no upkeep fee then they should be in the cemetery cleaning as much as anyone else. But truly if I had a loved one buried in a place that had gone to neglect I'd at least clean my loved one's plot while the lawsuit pending.