PRESTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Last October Felecia Rodnick came to her parents’ grave site as she does every week but that day she found the ground was disturbed on both sides of the headstone.
Turns someone had removed her father’s remains and moved them to the other side of the headstone and no one even called her.
Rodnick spoke with News8 Tuesday and today we continue to dig for answers.
Our first stop was Preston Town Hall.
The first selectman directed us to the Preston City Congregational Church which doesn’t own the cemetery but gave the land for the Preston City Cemetery where World War II veteran Walter Rodnick is buried. Rev. Stan White contacted members of the cemetery association but they didn’t want to talk.
We also went to the W.W. Benjamin Company to ask about a message Wayne Benjamin left for Rodnick’s daughter last fall after she asked why her father’s remains were moved. She says it was very insensitive.
“He was put on the wrong side from the beginning so we figured there was a pot of gold underneath his vault there,” says Benjamin in the message.
Rodnick reacted to the ‘pot of gold’ reference. “I guess I didn’t know what to think I was in such shock,” she said Tuesday fighting back tears.
Benjamin did leave us a voicemail Wednesday morning but wasn’t at the office to answer further questions.
“That’s my mistake it just happens that’s all there is to it,” he says in the voicemail.
But that’s not all there is to it. A permit and permission from the family is needed before a grave can be opened for disinterment.
For Felecia Rodnick it’s much more than an inconvenience. News8 has learned she can file a written complaint to the Department of Consumer Protection and the Attorney General.
After News8 spoke with Rev. White he looked at the story we did with Felecia Rodnick yesterday on line.
He called right afterwards and said that he wanted to reach out to her.
Rev. White wants to offer Rodnick his services to perform a religious reburial service for her father complete with any military honors he may have received at his funeral. He says he will also try to give her the opportunity to actually see the casket and vault if that is something which would give her peace.
Rodnick tells News8 she doesn’t want her father’s remains dug up again. She just wants Wayne Benjamin fined or held responsible in some way.