Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Husband Bought a Cemetery

I would have preferred a beach house.

Tedd (aka The Husband) is an avid genealogist and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington, Delaware. This 136-year-old 39-acre graveyard is in bad shape due to years of neglect. Yesterday, "The Friends of" organization assumed ownership for the cemetery. This transfer of power was witnessed by members of the local press (The News Journal) and the story appeared in today's paper.

Here's how the article starts:
"Riverview Gardens cemetery has seen its share of woes in the past 10 years. It has been rife with complaints of poor maintenance, misplaced graves, lost remains, a stolen skull and mismanagement of its perpetual-care fund. It has faced state investigations and was the target of metal thieves who swiped the heavy brass doors off mausoleums." A stolen skull? Misplaced remains? Sounds like a Halloween movie.

Please read the full story at
Future Looking Brighter for Riverview

Be sure to watch the video that accompanies this story.

Alas, our recently decluttered basement is now filling up with dusty and moldy records from the cemetery that Tedd needs to review. Should I change my name to Morticia Adams?



  1. I never knew anyone who owns a cemetery. Sounds cool...

  2. Mkay...tiny bit creepy, but I'm sort of into that this week!

    Linda D. in Seattle

  3. As long as he's not taking home any of the residents....


  4. Hello Joan,

    Tedd gave me your business card while we were at the settlement table Friday. It is nice to meet you. For me, this transfer of owership is the result of a 10 year journey. I have 18 relatives buried at Riverview and when my dad died in 1998, I began to cut grass just to find the head stones. You know the rest - the book of oral history was born in September 2005 ... we saved the chapel from destruction in 2007.....formed a Friends group in 2008 and now we are cemetery owners. The next chapter of Riverivew will be written as we move forward. Many opportunities await us. I am very grateful for Tedd's contribution. Thanks for making temporary space in your basement as we take inventory of the chapel.

    On another note, I have been riding the Bike to the Bay for the past 10 years. My cousin's husband Mike Bonkowksi was top fundraiser one year and his CyCo team was also top fundraiser. Mike is the lawyer that donated two years of professional time and helped us speak with one voice at Riverview. There are lots of connections. I hope to meet you in person soon.

    Go Steelers!

    Lee Anderson