Forks Church Cemetery, Inc.

 

 

WELCOME SECTIONS LINKS &  PICS FAQ  

 Transferring plots - This situation arises on a regular basis - "My grandfather told me in 1978 that any unused burial spaces in the family plot would be mine, eventually.  I wish to make certain the cemetery officials know" - We will need some proof to support this claim.  Perhaps you have a last will and testament, a certified letter or the original deed with notations of a cemetery official.  If not, at the very least, we will require that you provide a notarized statement attesting to your claimed burial rights.  If you have siblings or if other grandchildren exist, for example, we will want to see a letter from them stating that they have no interest in the plot and do not contest your claim.  Once convinced of your rights, the Board of Directors will gladly re-issue you a deed to the burial spaces for a $25.00 deed fee.

Wish to sell your plot(s) in Forks Cemetery?

Changing circumstances may mean you no longer have use for your burial spaces.  While we cannot re-purchase your plots, we maintain a listing owners have indicated are for sale and will place parties in touch with one another.  An excellent resource for listing plots for sale and for an overview of general cemetery operations is the web site Finalarrangementsnetwork.com. Also, you may click on "Cemetery Association" on our Links, Pics page to list on a plot exchange board. Forks Cemetery is in no way affiliated with either of these web sites and does not endorse any content.

What is perpetual Care?

All Forks Cemetery plots are sold with perpetual care which includes general maintenance such as grass mowing, road maintenance and signage.  It does not include the repair of fallen headstones, sunken grave markers etc.  This maintenance is the responsibility of the plot owner or his/her family.  In modern times, the cemetery requires the use of an approved cemetery contractor for setting foundations in order to prevent sinking and toppling.  This was not always the rule.  If you become aware of a sunken hole that is not your responsibility, notify us and we will attempt to have the problem resolved.  Depressions and sink holes are common after a harsh winter.  Use caution during your visit to the cemetery..

What is the policy regarding flowers and plants?

Your deed and the Cemetery Rules board state the policy. In brief, planting of live flowers, shrubs and plants is not permitted without consent of the Board of Directors!  If consent is granted and the planting is not kept neat, manicured and to a reasonable size, it will be removed in deference to the rights of other plot holders.  Grave blankets placed during the winter will typically be removed to the disposal area 2 - 3 weeks before the earlier of the mowing season or Easter. If you wish to recover decorations, please do so well in advance of the time we will need to remove them.  Your cooperation and the exercise of common sense is much appreciated.

Cemetery open during daylight hours.  Please understand that our disposal area is for cemetery debris, only.  We are fortunate that the Forks Township police patrol for the safety and security of our visitors.  Security cameras are also randomly used.

   Welcome to Forks Church Cemetery, Inc.   All plots sold with perpetual care; no assessments; no taxes.

Plot prices $595.00 

Plot prices $785.00 

 

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We have been at same location for  more than 200 years.  Located on the west side of Sullivan Trail at the Forks Township/Stockertown Borough border, we have burial sites available in our recently opened section as well as a few in our mature sections.   Reserve yours now.  Our earliest recorded activity dates to 1761.

The cemetery organization is governed by a Board of Directors and corporate officers.  Regular meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. in the office on the grounds.   

Keeping the cemetery grounds dignified and well maintained  requires a substantial budget.  Your support through making a current tax deductible contribution or by remembering Forks Church Cemetery, Inc. with a bequest is encouraged.  Inquiries, correspondence or donations may be sent to the address below.

neilpic2.jpg (120912 bytes)    Neill Werkheiser

As treasurer of Forks Church Cemetery Inc.  for more than four decades,  I would be pleased to discuss with you the various ways you can help us remain financially viable.  Your cash contribution or underwriting of certain capital improvements would be greatly appreciated.

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You will be at home on the grounds of Forks Church Cemetery, Inc.  

Officers:

President - Robert Black 610 252-6506

Vice Pres - Gordon Santee

Secretary - Patricia Steinmetz

Treasurer - Neill Werkheiser 610 253-5420

Board Member - Carol Santee

Contact Information

While our physical location is Sullivan Trail, Forks Township, PA, you can reach us from anywhere, worldwide, by utilizing the contact information, below.  Let us hear from you.

Telephone - Primary contact
610 253-5420
FAX
1 866 577-3960    
Postal address
Forks Church Cemetery Inc., c/o Treas., 1430 Church Lane, Easton, PA 18040
Electronic mail for Bob Black or  Neill Werkheiser
 
General Information: blackfire1@rcn.com

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Treasurer or historical information:  nwerkheiser@forkscemetery.com