Fishers woman relieved after father’s missing casket found in Whitestown cemetery 


By Maria Cook

After nearly a week of wondering, a Fishers woman has received closure after learning that her father’s missing casket has been found in a local cemetery.

Sandi Vasel was shocked after her mother’s funeral Feb. 21 when Lincoln Memory Gardens cemetery in Whitestown informed her they could not locate her father’s casket.

Vasel’s mother was to be laid to rest beside her father, who was buried in the cemetery in 2006. But when cemetery staff opened what was meant to be a grave site for both of her parents, her father’s casket was missing. Because his casket could not be located, Vasel was forced to delay her mother’s burial, rather than bury her without her late husband.

Vasel said Lincoln Memory Gardens located her father’s casket Feb. 26. She said the casket was found “in an unmarked grave about two rows over” from where her father was supposed to have been buried. His casket has now been placed in a mausoleum beside his wife’s, while Vasel’s family decides what to do regarding her parents’ burials.

“We’re just very glad that it’ll be taken care of now,” Vasel said.

Lincoln Memory Gardens could not be reached for comment.