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Time to remove winter season decorations that you wish to keep. Please remove from grave sites not later than March 23, 2015 any decorations you wish to keep. In preparation for Palm Sunday and Easter as well as the Spring mowing season, decorations remaining after March 23 will be removed to the dump area. Please abide by the Cemetery rules regarding Easter and Summer flowers. Our grounds people will be clearing the graves between March 24 - 27. Please refrain from placing things on graves during that period in order that they are not mistakenly removed. Your co-operation is requested.
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.
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 and the 2014 - 15 winter has been very robust.. 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. .
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 Old section
Plot prices $785.00 New section
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.
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.
Aerial photos by Bob Black, photographer & Neill Werkheiser, pilot - - Use Back arrow
President - Robert Black 610 252-6506
Vice Pres - Gordon Santee
Secretary - Patricia Steinmetz
Treasurer - Neill Werkheiser 610 253-5420
Board Member - Carol Santee
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.