Sunday, October 26, 2008

Dead evicted from funeral home

Even the dead can't escape foreclosure.

Five bodies and the cremated remains of 22 people were removed in the wee hours Friday from the House of Burns Memorial Chapel, a funeral home in Pontiac.

They were delivered to the Oakland County medical examiner's office for storage around 4:30 a.m., said administrator Robert Gerds.

"I've been here over 10 years. It's a first for me," he said.

At the suburban Detroit funeral home, a woman answering the phone said: "It ain't nothing baby. Just God doing his work." She declined to give her name.

Gerds said some cremated remains are from the 1990s. The county will send the bodies to another funeral home if a family member makes a claim.

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