ROCHESTER (KDKA) — A Beaver County family reached out to KDKA and Get Marty after the loss of a loved one and a battle with a local cemetery.

When Richard George died from cancer, family member say they already had paperwork indicating he would be buried at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park in Rochester.

However, soon after his death, family members said they were told by cemetery owners that the paperwork wasn’t enough.

“This is the last thing you want to go through at this point in the game, to see my mother go through this,” says David George.

David says the cemetery cited an obscure state law indicating family members have to get written permission from all immediate family before a burial can take place.

The family contacted KDKA-TV Get Marty reporter Marty Griffin who immediately reached out to the cemetery.

Within 24 hours, the corporate owners of the cemetery apologized to the family and allowed the burial of Richard George to go on as planned.

“You must have called the right people. They were falling all over themselves to make apologies,” said David.

Family members want people to know the burial plots must be considered deeded property.

The George family recommends all family members sign off on the rights to the cemetery plots before a family member dies.

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