Sen­ti­men­tal wreathdis­ap­pears

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PASLEY

A griev­ing wi­dow wants to know what hap­pened to her hus­band’s funeral wreath.

The wreath made with roses from Joan Gilchrist’s gar­den dis­ap­peared from Man­gere Lawn Ceme­tery ear­lier this month.

Gilchrist, 83, from Block­house Bay buried her hus­band Ron­ald on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 4.

By Satur­day Jan­uary 7 the wreath was gone.

Gilchrist said she be­lieves the wreath was ei­ther stolen or buried with the cas­ket even though ceme­tery work­ers were specif­i­cally told not to bury it.

‘‘I’m very dis­ap­pointed,’’ she said.

Since her son Stu­art died in the 1970s Gilchrist has vis­ited the same ceme­tery ev­ery week.

Her good friend Mer­ril Bourne made the wreath us­ing more than a dozen roses from Gilchrist’s and a neigh­bour’s gar­den and said that it looked ‘‘pretty bloody good’’.

The flow­ers were lodged in a block of oa­sis to en­sure they had wa­ter and could sur­vive for a de­cent amount of time.

Gilchrist and her daugh­ter Patricia dis­cov­ered the flow­ers were gone on their first visit to Ron­ald’s grave since the funeral and were left dis­ap­pointed.

Gilchrist said it was very pe­cu­liar and she would like some­thing to be said.

Gilchrist’s daugh­ter looked around the ceme­tery but couldn’t find it any­where and Gilchrist is sure that the wreath was too big to have been blown away.

They saw a lot of un­touched fresh flow­ers at other graves through­out the ceme­tery.

Bourne first posted about the miss­ing wreath on Neigh­bourly, a neigh­bour­hood so­cial net­work web­site.

She said if the wreath had been stolen that it was a des- pi­ca­ble thing to do.

‘‘They don’t re­alise the up­set caused by tak­ing them,’’ Bourne said.

The last time Gilchrist saw the wreath it was sit­ting on the cas­ket at the ceme­tery on the day of the burial.

Man­gere Lawn Ceme­tery did not wish to com­ment.

SUP­PLIED

The funeral wreath be­fore it dis­ap­peared from Man­gere Lawn Ceme­tery.

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