Even the dead were affected by the lake-effect storm that dumped up to 7 feet of snow on a half million people in the Snow Belt.
At the 166-year-old Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna, the Snowvember storm knocked down trees, made cemetery roads impassable, prevented employees from getting into work and delayed a dozen burials.
Bodies were stored in local funeral homes for as long as six days while cemetery employees waited for the weather to improve, said Ronald Paszek, superintendent of the cemetery near Our Lady of Victory Basilica run by Buffalo’s Catholic Diocese.
The weather nightmare was “very stressful” for local families who wanted to give their loved ones a dignified burial in the cemetery of their choice, said Paszek, who is still assessing the damage to the South Park Avenue cemetery. read more...