UPPER EAST SIDE — A Madison Avenue funeral house that has catered to such deceased stars as Philip Seymour Hoffman is being sued for mixing the ashes of two unrelated individuals, a brand new lawsuit says.
After Pegi DeFeo died on Dec. 30, 2016, her sons, Michael DeFeo and Charles Peter DeFeo III, employed the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel to cremate their mom’s stays, place them in a cedar container and maintain a personal ceremony, in response to the go well with filed in State Supreme Courtroom.
However at first of the yr, whereas the cremation course of was underway, the chapel at 1076 Madison Ave. alerted the household that the lady’s ashes have been mistakenly combined with these of an unrelated man, the lawsuit states.
“It’s unimaginable to differentiate or separate [Pegi DeFeo’s] ashes from these of the person with whom her ashes have been mixed,” says the go well with, which notes the household paid the chapel $12,188 for his or her providers.
Due to the mishap, the funeral house has not launched the ashes to the DeFeos and a ceremony has not been held virtually 4 months after her dying, in accordance the the lawsuit.
The household has suffered “extreme psychological anguish, shock, trauma, emotional misery, and psychological accidents,” in response to Gil Santamarina, the lawyer representing them. “It is devastating for them and continues to be.”
Pegi DeFeo’s husband is just not named within the go well with as a plaintiff as a result of he’s unwell and “unable to deal with the stress related to bringing this lawsuit,” the submitting exhibits.
The lawsuit, which was filed on April 19, seeks no less than $one hundred,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
The funeral chapel’s supervisor was not out there to remark Tuesday.
The house has beforehand hosted providers for Hoffman, rap supervisor Chris Lighty and Queens Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro.
It’s at the very least the second Higher East Aspect funeral house to be sued for negligence inside the final two years.
In 2015, a Brooklyn-based mostly household sued the Walter B. Cooke Funeral Residence on East 87th Road after dropping their beloved one’s ashes within the mail.
Each funeral houses are owned and operated by a subsidiary of the Texas-based mostly Service Company Worldwide, referred to as Dignity Memorial, which operates almost four,000 funeral houses and…