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.
The funeral wreath before it disappeared from Mangere Lawn Cemetery.