Family Clashes With Cemetery Over SpongeBob Headstone

The cemetery claims the memorial doesn't fit within its guidelines.

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It was traumatic enough that Kimberly Walker, a 28-year-old U.S. Army sergeant, was found dead, allegedly by her soldier boyfriend’s hand, in a Colorado Springs hotel room on Valentine’s Day. But now her family finds themselves struggling with the Cincinnati-area cemetery where she is buried over a granite memorial cast in the image of her favorite character: SpongeBob SquarePants.

Deborah Walker, Kimberly’s mother, explained to WLWT-TV that her daughter loved the character and kept SpongeBob paraphernalia all the time. She was even buried with the doll at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, so her family felt it would be fitting to have a memorial of her favorite cartoon mark her final resting place.

The family paid more than $26,000 for two monuments, one cast with army fatigues representing Walker, and another with a naval uniform for her twin sister, Kara, currently an IT specialist with the U.S. Navy. The monuments are 7,000 lbs., each, standing six feet high and four feet wide, plus an eight-inch platform. The Walkers also paid for six plots in the cemetery.

With the initial approval of a Spring Grove employee, the monuments were installed on Oct. 10, but a day later the family was told that they were inappropriate and had to be removed.

The cemetery released a statement apologizing for the Walkers’ ordeal, but said it could not approve of the monument they picked out.  Although a meeting is planned to resolve the conflict, the family has made its position known.

“We all feel like, SpongeBob should stay there,” Walker said.

5 comments
rmatzig
rmatzig

It sounds like the cemetary president is a real stiff.

kafantaris2
kafantaris2

It's not the cemetery. It's the vet families that don't know how to laugh at the uniform. 

So what. 
Put SpongeBob SquarePants back on her grave. 
The rest of us can still laugh at ourselves; in laughter is when we melt into a one people. 
Rest in peace Corporal Kimberly Walker. We can take a joke -- even if you didn't mean to make one. 
And thanks for serving our country.

lakawak
lakawak

There are ways to do things TASTEFULLY and there is this way. There is no reason why they couldn't have done a more traditional headstone...being that it is a traditional cemetery and had the juvenile Spongebob logo on it.

Weston96
Weston96

@lakawak What if it was a six year old who died of cancer? Would your opinion be swayed, you narrow-minded bitch?

MartyRules
MartyRules

@lakawak i disagree many monuments in these types of places arent traditional for one and for two the monument was discussed as part of a contract so unless its something flat out inappropriate there should be no discussion about it they should get to honor there loved ones the way they want new traditions are made everyday otherwise we would all be cremated 

also people have different taste and there not all bitter