Family concerned with sinking grave marker at Denver cemetery

Problem Solvers

DENVER, (KDVR) — A Denver family is concerned with the state of a grave at Fairmount Cemetery. 

Steve Bingaman says his great Aunt, Pauline Cronland, has been buried at the cemetery since 1999. 

“We came to visit her, and her grave had sunk,” says Bingaman. “In the last few weeks they’ve just let it fill with grass clippings.”

Bingaman showed the Problem Solvers photos of the grave barely visible in recent weeks. 

“You wouldn’t even know there was a grave here,” he says.

Bingaman says another family grave at the cemetery was lifted back to ground level, and he’s hoping Fairmount will do the same with this one. 

“I contacted the cemetery several times over the year, got excuses about the ground being too frozen, and there’s no vault under there,” he says. 

Calls and emails to Fairmount Cemetery were not immediately returned Thursday.

According to Bingaman, Fairmount Cemetery called him Friday morning and invited him out for a meeting with the head groundskeeper and the landscaping contractor. 

Unfortunately, he says cemetery officials told him the grave marker hasn’t sunk, rather, the grass level has raised. 

Bingaman says the cemetery has offered to widen the hole to make the issue less severe. 

Fairmount Cemetery provided the following written statement on Friday afternoon:

We will be discussing the topography of the land where the gravesite is located and possible solutions. We at Fairmount care about our families and constantly strive to provide the best service possible. Our goal is to take care of their needs before, during and after their time of need and build a lifelong relationship.


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