Lawsuit says another person was buried in woman’s cemetery plot in Niles

Staff report


A Niles woman has filed a lawsuit in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, alleging that another person was buried in her burial plot in Niles Cemetery.

Jane Moore of North Bentley Avenue said her family bought four plots in the cemetery in 1970.

Headstones were purchased in 1970 and were engraved with the names of the four people, and the stones were placed in the center of the Moore Family Plot, the suit says.

The first plot was used in 1970, when Moore’s mother-in-law died, the suit says. Moore’s husband was buried in another plot in 1974, and the third plot was used when Moore’s father-in-law died in 1985, the suit says.

The fourth plot was reserved for Jane Moore, and all payments were made on the plots, the suit says.

However, Debra S. Carnes was buried in the space belonging to Jane Moore shortly after Carnes died in January 2014, the suit says.

Carnes was 62 when she died and was the daughter of Charles and Lois (Moore) Wood, according to her obituary.

Niles Law Director Terry Dull said he has been working on resolving the dispute and believes it will be resolved. He said he believes Carnes was related by marriage to Moore.

The suit names as defendants the city of Niles and Lane Family Funeral Homes, which the suit says handled the arrangements for Carnes.

Dave Knarr, director of corporate assets for Lane Family Funeral Homes, said he had not seen the lawsuit and had no comment.

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