New Jersey Woman Keeps Promise Made to Dying Friend

A recent article in the Star Ledger reveals a woman’s hardship when making final arrangements for her dying friends burial.  Susan Cooper promised to oversee the final wishes of Carl “Billy” Seiben who lived in a nursing home and had no other living family members.

Misplaced contact information and a string of red tape almost made Seiben’s fear of being buried in a potter’s field a reality instead of being buried near his mother and father at Hollywood Memorial Park and Cemetery. Although Seiben’s sister prepaid for interment services, many New Jersey cemeteries require a burial vault which would create a financial burden for Cooper.

Thanks to the efforts of Bernard Stoecklein, chairman of CMS Mid-Atlantic, an anonymous donor foundation was located and they contacted Cooper so that Seiben could be laid to rest at Hollywood Memorial Park and Cemetery.

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