The headline of an article in our local newspaper, The South Bend Tribune, caught my eye as I sat down after dinner last night to read.
Ashes of Eight People Found
Officials looking for families to claim remains left behind in funeral home.
It seems when the former Groner Funeral Home in Dowagiac Michigan closed it's doors three years ago it left something behind in an upstairs kitchenette cupboard, the remains of 8 people. The building was recently bought by Yazel & Clark Chapel and that is when the boxes, with the names of the deceased on the outside, were discovered.
The Dowagiac Police Department and the Michigan State Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science are assisting in helping to locate families members for the following people:
Frank N. Baldwin (Date of Death unknown)
John C. Gunn (1982)
Robert L. Wallace (2001)
Joseph Livingston (2005)
Johnnie J. Jackson, Jr. (2005)
John P. Brown (2006)
Family members of two others have been located.
If you can help locate the families please contact Brad Yazel at 269-782-2135.
Source: The South Bend Tribune, Friday, August 13, 2010, page B2. Read full article online here.