Spring clean-up in Bethesda Cemetery causes confusion, many upset over grave site items gone

A spring clean up caused confusion and chaos at a local cemetery tonight.

Posted: Mar. 31, 2018 9:38 PM
Updated: Mar. 31, 2018 11:47 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A spring clean up caused confusion and chaos at a local cemetery tonight.

Saturday night our newsroom received several calls about Bethesda Cemetery in West Terre Haute.

Those who have loved ones buried there told News 10 they saw a landscape crew doing clean-up work.

Callers said items like flowers, shepards hooks, and memorabilia were taken from graves during the process.

People told us they were not notified about the clean up and they were not happy with what they saw.

"This is ridiculous. Who has the right to tell you what you can and can't put on your loved ones grave?" said Angela Padgett, who has loved ones buried at the cemetery.

"Those meant something to somebody. All those little angels that are laying on the ground, those meant something to somebody. And for those to be removed is about as disrespectful as you can get," said Mike Grayless, also has loved ones buried at the cemetery.

We reached out to the landscaping company who was part of the clean-up.

"I am a contracted landscaper. I was just doing what I was told. There are rules at the cemetery, and I was working to follow those rules," said Brandon Hoopengarner, owner of Hoopengarner Lawn and Property Maintenance.

News 10 also reached out to Bethesda Cemetery management, but they did not answer.

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