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Tama County Pioneer Cemeteries to allow burials

June 25, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Joyce Wiese, chairman, of the Tama County Pioneer Cemetery Commission, told supervisors of a request for burial in a Pioneer Cemetery.

The decision of the Tama County Pioneer Cemetery Association nine-person board was they would allow burials, but with certain restrictions. A person would be required to have a relative buried previously in the cemetery they requested to use.

There also would have to be sufficient space for burials without any expansion. Many of the cemeteries have space, but others do not.

If a burial was to occur in a pioneer cemetery, it would be the responsibility of the family requesting burial to pay all expenses.

The Pioneer Cemetery Commission was organized in the 1990's and 27 cemeteries have been restored.

At that time a cemetery was to have had six or fewer burials in the last 50 years to qualify. Once a cemetery has qualified as a Pioneer cemetery, it keeps that designation for life.

The Pioneer Cemetery Commission will be having another meeting toward the end of July and will discuss further any complications they can foresee for burials.



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