If you have a loved one buried at Willard Cemetery and would like for them to be memorialized on a monument there, please e-mail Colleen Kelly Spellecy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WIllard Cemetery Memorial Project has grown out of the concern for the 5,776 Willard patients that are buried in unnamed and unremembered graves at Willard Cemetery, Willard, New York, as well as those buried at Ovid Union Cemetery in “Patients Row” and unmarked patients in Holy Cross Cemetery. After reading the book, “The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases From A State Hospital Attic,” by Darby Penney and Peter Stastny. Colleen Kelly Spellecy felt compelled and committed to rectify the situation of unremembered souls buried with no name and no markers. Several well-qualified people stepped up to serve on a committee to assist her in working toward the goal of memorializing these forgotten souls.
MAY 16, 2015 MEMORIALIZATION
A Memorial Celebration at Willard Cemetery, May 16, 2015 from Duprey Video Productions on Vimeo
Colleen Kelly Spellecy: Chairperson
Yvonne Greule: President Romulus Historical Museum
Janet Brown: Advocate for Memorial
Sheila Reynolds: Secretary Ovid Union Cemetery
Paulette Likoudis: Trustee Lodi Whittier Library
Gail Snyder: Town of Ovid Historian Advisory Board
Peg Ellsworth: Past President Romulus Historical Society
Diane Valerio: Former Chaplain American Legion