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elatives of a woman buried
at B'nai David Cemetery
in Detroit have been com-
plaining for years about
upkeep at the cemetery and are con-
sidering filing a complaint with the
The chairman of Congregation
B'nai David's cemetery committee, on
the other hand, believes a few minor
problems need to be resolved.
Melvin and Marlene Miller of
Bloomfield Hills and Miller's sister
and brother-in-law, Lynda and Dr.
Stephen Boodin of West Bloomfield,
are even considering moving their
mother from the East Side cemetery.
The cost of more than $5,000 and the
fact that their mother's parents also are
buried at the 100-year-old cemetery
have held them back.
The Millers and the Boodins corn-,
plain that maintenance and'the
appearance of the cemetery at Six Mile
and Van Dyke have been declining for
years. Their mother, Jean Margolis,
was buried at B'nai David 39 years
ago, and husband Leonard Margolis
paid.in cash to have perpetual care for
After his death six years ago, the
congregation raised questions about
whether the perpetual care had been
paid. The issue was resolved, but Mrs. •
Margolis' and 1,200 other graves look
untended, say the family.
"There's no sign posted, no hours,
nothing that says who to call," said
Marlene Miller. Lynda Boodin said the
cemetery "looks like something from a
The family visited the cemetery on
Father's Day in June, but found the
gates locked, They visited last month
during the High Holidays after mak-
ing an appointment to meet B'nai
David cemetery chairman Saul
Chudnow at the site.
Chudnow of Oak Park, a 25-year
left at the