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Issue: "Coming to America," April 6, 2013

Graveyard shift

Judging a proposed headstone too gaudy for its cemetery, an Indiana church is now facing a lawsuit from a grieving widow. The Rev. Jonathan Meyer of St. Joseph Catholic Church in North Vernon, Ind., said the headstone purchased by Shannon Carr in 2010 after her husband’s death was too much for the church’s small, traditional cemetery. At a cost of $9,600, the marker featured a colorful NASCAR logo, an Indianapolis Colts logo, and pictures of a deer and a dog. Carr’s lawsuit alleges that the church failed to fully disclose the rules for grave markers in the cemetery before she purchased the monument—a claim Meyer disputes in a sworn affidavit. 

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