Grieving Family Shocked To Learn Of 2nd Service For Uncle - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Grieving Family Shocked To Learn Of 2nd Service They Never Planned For Uncle

Posted: Updated:
An obituary published January 3rd informs readers of a second memorial service for a man whose family says they didn't plan. An obituary published January 3rd informs readers of a second memorial service for a man whose family says they didn't plan.
GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J. -

A grieving family says they were shocked to learn of a memorial service for a deceased uncle they didn't plan.

Last month, the family of Leroy Bonner had a funeral and buried the 81-year-old in Camden's Harleigh Cemetery.

They were shocked to open the newspaper this week to find another obituary printed weeks after his death.

In the new obituary, a request for money in the dead man's name was made.

The second obituary, printed on January 3rd, announces a second memorial service at Gloucester City's Lighthouse Baptist Church for Monday night.

The problem, according to Bonner's family who claims power of attorney, is that they didn't know about the service and didn't authorize any donations.

"This is hurtful and we're trying to mourn and we're trying to heal and it's like, he just died yesterday," Anna Fabrizi-Groves, Bonner's niece, said.

Pastor Jim Doster tells FOX 29's Chris O'Connell his wishes were very well known and that Bonner was an active member of the church for 17-years. The pastor claims the service at the church is what Bonner would have wanted.

As for the request for donations in the obituary, Pastor Doster says it's not about the money.

You can watch the story in the video above.

  • Chris O'Connell ReportsMore>>

  • Taney Dragons Prepare To Take The Field At LLWS

    Taney Dragons Prepare To Take The Field At LLWS

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:45 AM EDT2014-08-15 05:45:48 GMT
    Opening ceremonies for the 75th Little League World Series took place on Thursday. 
    Opening ceremonies for the 75th Little League World Series took place on Thursday. 
  • Dead Poets Society Actors Remember Robin Williams

    Dead Poets Society Actors Remember Robin Williams

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 12:36 AM EDT2014-08-13 04:36:38 GMT
    Dead Poets Society, one of Robin Williams' most memorable performances, was shot right here in our area. On Tuesday, actors who were in the film took a look back at the days on the set with him in Delaware.
    Dead Poets Society, one of Robin Williams' most memorable performances, was shot right here in our area. On Tuesday, actors who were in the film took a look back at the days on the set with him in Delaware.
  • Pedestrian Struck, Killed In Vineland Hit-And-Run

    Pedestrian Struck, Killed In Vineland Hit-And-Run

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-08-12 21:33:57 GMT
    Investigators say they’re looking for a Dodge Ram 2500 with an extended cab, model year between 1994-1997. If you have any information on the fatal hit-and-run, please contact the Vineland Police Department at 856-696-1212.Investigators say they’re looking for a Dodge Ram 2500 with an extended cab, model year between 1994-1997. If you have any information on the fatal hit-and-run, please contact the Vineland Police Department at 856-696-1212.
    Vineland police say a pedestrian was killed Sunday night in a hit-and-run crash in Vineland, Cumberland Country.
    Vineland police say a pedestrian was killed Sunday night in a hit-and-run crash in Vineland, Cumberland Country.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices