Daughter says Preston City Cemetery moved father’s remains without permission


PRESTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Felecia Rodnick still mourns the loss of her father who passed away in July 2015.

“Everybody who met my father loved my father,” says Rodnick.

preston burial mistake 1 Daughter says Preston City Cemetery moved fathers remains without permissionHer dad Walter Rodnick was a proud WWII veteran. A few months after his death she noticed the ground was disturbed on both sides of the headstone.

“I actually almost thought gosh what could have happened here,” says Rodnick. “It’s not like they could have dug them up.”

But apparently that is exactly what happened. When she tried to get answers form the Preston City Cemetery she got a voicemail message she finds very insensitive.preston burial mistake 2 Daughter says Preston City Cemetery moved fathers remains without permission

“He was put on the wrong side from the beginning so we figured there was a pot of gold underneath his vault there so we kind of dug it up to see if we could find that pot of gold but there was none and stuck him on the other side next to your mom.”

preston burial mistake 3 Daughter says Preston City Cemetery moved fathers remains without permission“Even more than a year and it is extremely hard for me to listen to,” says Rodnick.

She says the person who places the veterans markers noticed the mistake and notified the cemetery.

Rodnick says she’ll never know for sure if her father’s remains were in tack and were moved correctly because she wasn’t notified and wasn’t able to be there.preston burial mistake 4 Daughter says Preston City Cemetery moved fathers remains without permission

“In my mind now I don’t have that closure I don’t have it for me and I don’t have it for my father,” says Rodnick.

We called the cemetery looking for answers and left a voicemail asking why she wasn’t notified and asking if permits were pulled to make the move.

preston burial mistake 5 Daughter says Preston City Cemetery moved fathers remains without permission“It will always be with me for as long as I live because I don’t know that he is how he should be,” says Rodnick.

She is speaking out because she doesn’t want this to happen to any other family.

“I think he was very very disrespected as a human being as a veteran and I think I was as well,” says Rodnick.

News 8 contacted the Connecticut Department of Public Health which regulates funeral services and we found out no one can open up a grave for disinterment without a permit and without the consent of family members.

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