Calvary Cemetery & Mausoleum in Cherry Hill sustained quite a bit of damage due to severe weather that hit the area Saturday night, September 28. Officials report the storm produced straight-line winds around 70 miles an hour. It was a fast moving storm that left damage in its path including uprooting three trees completely and splitting a pear tree. Debris and branches were left lying in the roadway after the storm passed. Additionally, the mausoleum roof sustained some damage. The wind ripped off some of the flashing around the skylights. A window was broken when a tree branch hit it, and damage was done to the exhaust fans that sit atop the roof.
Early Sunday morning cemetery staff began assessing the damage. Since the week-end tends to be a busier time with family members and friends visiting, the cemetery fieldworkers were quick to begin cleanup efforts. First on the list was removal of the three very old and large poplar trees that were toppled over.
“We are fortunate no one was hurt, and that the storm hit at night when no one was visiting the cemetery. Trees can be replanted and buildings can be repaired, but loved ones can’t be replaced,” expressed Marianne Linka, Director of Cemeteries. Cemetery staff will continue overseeing repairs until all damage has been fixed in both the mausoleum and cemetery grounds.
The cemetery and mausoleum are open and visiting hours have not been affected. The cemetery office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the mausoleum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the cemetery is open daily from dawn to dusk. If you have any questions or concerns, you may call the Calvary office at 856-663-3345 or you may call 855-MyPrePlan.