Clipped From The Miami News

dbloom803 Member Photo

Clipped by dbloom803

 - RUG SERVICE - We Specialize In , ORIENTAL RUG...
RUG SERVICE - We Specialize In , ORIENTAL RUG Cleaning rringing Surging Repairing "It Pays to Properly Care for your Rugs" '- 8725 SW 132 St. 232-3368 MIRA HOLD PAD Available, the best for Orionis! & ores rugs. Cut to fit. BURIAL, from 1B 1928, when the county population was small, the rare and sundry indigents were reportedly buried in the old City of Miami Cemetery at Northwest 19th Street and Second Avenue, a prestigious place where the remains of such founding families as the Tuttles and Burdines rest. As more and more people of every variety began coming here, spurting the population, more and more unclaimed bodies or bodies relatives said they simply couldn't afford to bury became a problem that had to be disposed of. That was when the county went into the graveyard business and struck the agreement that exists today with the undertakers. r , Metro-Dade budgeted 8110,000 for the program this fiscal year. And it remains today the only county in the state owning its own graveyards. t was- 10:47 'a.m. before ' the green-and-white Metro-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department van finally arrived for the detail. Three Inmates, led by corrections officer Roger Gonzalez, followed the small entourage into the cemetery area. First buried were the stillborn& Gonzales, armed with a blueprint and a log book, approached the long, open trench where the unnamed, unknown little bodies would be placed. Their memory at least out here would be only a numbered notation. Reed drove his station wagon beside the trench. A stone-faced in. mate reached into the back and tenderly moved the small boxes out, passing first one, then the other to the second inmate, who quickly passed the boxes down into the trench, where the third inmate gently laid them end-to-end and climb4 ed back out. , The only sounds heard during this were a screeching bluejay and the rumbling start of the large Warmer and Swasey Gradall machine loaned by the county's department of public works. , , ,,,,, - -- - 7' ,, , ,, ., zens of the community, and they're .4 "'''" - ' ' '''"- ---- - '- 4:."-": -- in circumstances now where they t - 1 want mom out of that grave. -4 t e :. A , 1 i , 4. ,,,, . - "Or, in other cases, a family has -.' I- ''.. ' , - had a change of heart. You don't . ) 1' '''. . 1 112, ' . . ' -- ." , ' know how many we bury,because f '0-4 Ai . I ,.: - A. , , , s' -' - their death, they say, 'We haven't i J. '1-' 4,,,c , . when their family is notified of i,, 4 , ' - ck 1" 4.4..; , t t 4 ,, 1 I, - seen him in 20 years and we '' ' 9 ' ,..,-6.., , ' 4. '46, '' $ 14' '''' ' ' ' couldn't care less.' ,.. J r, ' ,40- ,' . ,''s , - And then there are those who I ' dc ;4-'' ;, .,s1 ,'" ' ' I ... ' .. ''',, ,' ',,' , ,'G ", simply are not notified for varying ', ,, : -..- , , . . . . ),' . ' ,.. ..,1 4 ' reasons and when they find out ' I-of - ,, ' w ,. , ct.., ',,, . t , ,, ,1 ,v4, , t - -4,4 ,,,, - , 4' ' 4. 4-,,, , r. ,;f . ,. they say, 'What do you mean you A y.! ,.. p - . , .,,',,..44 .- ' A, , , ' . , 1, ',, - buried her there!' " i , ' ,,,,,, 00"4,-,,;-v' .. fl''''e, , - , tz '' -'' ' Gaensslen said the county does . everything it can to assist in such Simple monument a symbol that someone cared disinterments. i , For one thing, it frees, another The inmates had put the top of dead flower. ' t , gravesite. the coffin back in place, and one Each year, she said, people come began nailing it down while the - to her and ask if or where a relative w For another, the people who ant their relatives out 'are adaother two prepared lowering straps is buried. Some simply want to see mant in their feeling. that would be affixed to each end of the exact spot, and Gaensslen often g. It is not because there is no tell. the coffin. In the distance, the big will go with them on her days off to machine was heard rumbling that unlock the gate and show them. , gious ceremony a practice dis- continued, she said, because of "a . way. . . Others wish the body disinterred lot of flack from various religious - Officer Gonzalez was pleased and buried with a religious ceremo- groups because a corrections officer 4 with this day. "Sometimes it's pret- fly in a private cemetery. was reading a few verses from the ty bad," he said. "Sometimes we -,,, "Many of these are Latins who psalms." get them in body bags. As soon as we lay them out, the flies start came here very poverty-stricken," It mostly has to do with pride, she said. "They lost a loved one, but she said, even for the homeless swarming. And then there's the couldn't afford to pay for a burial. winos. Nobody really wants, she smell. Always that same smell. You Now these people are in business said, to be buried by charity in a never forget it." , .. .. . .. . ' for themselves. They're upright citi- nameless, unmarked grave. The Inmates had put the top of the coffin back in place, and one began nailing it down while the other two prepared lowering straps that would be affixed to each end of the coffin. In the distance, the big machine was heard rumbling that way. . . Officer Gonzalez was pleased , with this day. "Sometimes it's pretty bad."' he said.. "Sometimes we get them in body bags. As soon as we lay them out. the flies start , swarming. And then there's the smell. Always that same smell. You never forget it." . The big machine lowered its claw and the lowering straps were slipped under the coffin and attached around the claw. The machine gently lowered the coffin with the steadying assistance of one of the Inmates. Then, as quickly as that was done, it began covering the cot- fin. By 11:15 a.m., the procedure was over. The machine had rumbled away, the burial crew had boarded the van, and Sharli Gaenssien was walking back across the burial ground toward her rented car. As she walked, she passed by a small mound of stones that some unknown person had erected. In the center of the mound was a green, plastic flower pot holding a long dead flower. ' Each year, she said, people come to her and ask if or where a relative is buried. Some simply want to see the exact spot, and Gaensslen often will go with them on her days off to unlock the gate and show them. Others wish the body disinterred and buried with a religious ceremony in a private cemetery. "Many of these are Latins who came here very poverty-stricken," she said. "They lost a loved one, but couldn't afford to pay for a burial. Now these people are in business for themselves. They're upright citi 4 4 4 unity, and they're .4 now where they tat grave. Ism a family has heart. You don't we bury, because ly is notified of say, 'We haven't years and 'Ave e are those who titled for varying n they find Out, lo you mean you , . the county does , k . , , -, , . 4 I BURIAL, from 113 . , . 1 A 1928, when the county population , - - was small, the rare and sundry indi- - - , I gents were ere reportedly burled In the I , - -4 t - I old C ty of Miami Cemetery at I - - , , 4. . , I .. Northwest 19th Street and Second , A, 1 112,, 4' ' Avenue, a prestigious place where , ,111 the remains of such founding land. - - I lies as the Tuttles and Burdines rest. ""- 1 ts ' - A f I As more and more people of I 1, 4 ........" 1 every variety began coming here, ' 44, 1 t to, spurting the population, more and , more unclaimed bodies or bodies relatives said they simply couldn't . -",-.1,, 't ' . ' afford to bury became a problem I P. . ..4,4 ,,,,,, . ' ; that had to be disposed of. That was Af! - ' r ", ' ' -,4 when the county went into the 4 zo!, ' 7 eravevard business and struck the straps were slipffin and attached The machine gen- , , , , coffin with the ice of one of the RUG SERVICE quickly as that , I covering the cot- We Specialize In , L., e the machine procedure ORIENTAL RUG 'h had ' y, the burial crew Cleaning rringing Surging Repairing van, and Sherif liking back across toward her rented Pickup & Delivery DURA HOLD PAD Dade County Available, the best , she passed by a for Orionis! & ores rugs. Cut to fit. stones that some lad erected. In the "It Pays to Properly Care for your Rugs" - and was a green. 8725 SW 132 St. 232-3368 t holding a long-I

Clipped from
  1. The Miami News,
  2. 27 Feb 1984, Mon,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 10

dbloom803 Member Photo

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in