Grave site giveaway - family looks to donate resting place, vaults

A family trying to give away some unusual items can't find any takers.

The Turczyns want to give a final resting place to family that needs it.

On Friday they paid a visit to the Cadillac Memorial Gardens in Westland - but it's not why you think.

"They would be getting  the burial plot with the vault," said Jane Turczyn. "These are $3,000 a piece. They are side by side, so it would be quite a nice investment for someone." 

Jane and her family want to give away two grave sites with vaults that were purchased by Jane's father, a World War II Vet in the 1950s.

"They retired in the 1970s and decided to move to Arizona," Turczyn said. "They bought into a cremation program and realized they were not going to use these plots."

Jane has all the original paperwork on the purchase of the grave sites and says the family has tried relentlessly to give them away, but has not had any luck.

"Very difficult," she said. "We contacted social services and charitable organizations no one wanted it."

And these grave sites don't come cheap, that's why the family wants to make sure someone truly deserving gets them 

"Jane's father paid $5 a month for five years in the 1950s," said George Turczyn. "Today these plots are worth $6,000. We want to give to someone with need."

What happens if the response to this giveaway is so overwhelming, how will the family decide who gets the grave sites and vaults?

"Hopefully we get a social service organization that has the experience in handling something like that," George said. "We would gladly turn it over to them." 

If you are interested in contacting the Turczyn family to let them know why *you* should get the grave sites and vaults email gwturczyn@gmail.com
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