A Hagerstown funeral home has volunteered to take care of moving to another cemetery remains of the 40 to 50 bodies buried inside a Washington County landfill property.
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Gerald N. Minnich, funeral director of the Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home on North Potomac Street, said he also is offering to work with the Maryland Health Department to get disinterment permits needed to move the bodies from the small private cemetery.
"We will do whatever work it takes to get the cemetery moved," Minnich said.
Minnich said he would help a county consultant gather information about the funeral practices at the time the cemetery was used, he said. From 40 to 50 bodies were buried in the small private cemetery between 1825 and 1856, according to a 1996 report commissioned by the county.
Last week, Bill Divelbliss, manager of the 135-year-old Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown, offered to rebury the bodies in a prominent portion of that cemetery, free of charge.