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Schlitzberger and Daughters offers advice on choosing the right cemetery

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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:00 am

Many times when customers come to Schlitzberger and Daughters Monument Company, they are taken completely by surprise when they find out just how many rules and restrictions they are bound by in erecting a memorial.

Most cemeteries have basic rules of one kind or another. It’s important to find out what kind of fees and restrictions are involved in opening and closing a grave when someone is buried; check and find out whether or not a burial container or vault is required, what second rights of interment are and what kind of memorial you will be allowed to place on your grave.

To avoid problems and emotional stress later, ask tough questions before you commit yourself to a particular cemetery, such as:

• What costs are incurred when burying someone?

• If I purchase second rights of interment, what other costs will it incur?

• What type of memorial (upright, flat, bronze, etc.) can I place on my grave space?

• What materials can my memorial be made of?

• How many memorials can I place on my grave space?

• Can I bury cremated remains in my grave space and will I be charged for opening and closing the grave?

• Can I bury cremated remains in a grave space where someone is already interred?

• If I do not bury a loved one in a grave space, can I still erect a memorial for them on the grave space?

• What responsibility does the cemetery have for grounds keeping, maintenance and repairs or replacements of damaged memorials?

• What kind of fee, if any, does the cemetery charge for erecting a memorial on the grave space?

Forewarned is forearmed, and finding out before you purchase cemetery plots just what you will and will not be allowed to do is very comforting. Pre-planning is a step that you can take that will give you more control and a feeling of security when dealing with cemeteries.

Schlitzberger and Daughters is a nationally certified, family owned and operated company. Founded in 1961 by Bobby Schlitzberger’s father, who made around 100,000 memorials in his lifetime, the Houston-based company has strong ties to Galveston County.

Bobby and Dianne Schlitzberger, both Texas City High School graduates — class of ‘67, eventually took over operation the family-owned company and created around 150,000 memorials during their time. Recently, Schlitzbergers passed on to the next generation when daughters Maria Schlitzberger-Hall and Kimberly Schlitzberger were pleased to take over the family business.

They do memorials in all cemeteries, and provide upright monuments, statuary, public memorials, lawn level granite and bronze markers, bevels, slants, flower vases, ledgers, mausoleums, back-to-nature memorials, pet memorials, cremation urn memorials, ceramic, etched and laser photos, signs, benches, cemetery lettering, on-site servicing and sandblasting, and more. They are best known for their capability to create custom memorials to fill any design need.

If you are in need of a memorial, call Schlitzbergers today at 713-926-1785 or 409-938-7454, or stop by one of their offices: 6859 Lawndale Street in Houston or 2501 Main in La Marque. For more information, visit their website at www.schlitzbergers.com.