Remains of 92-year-old Holocaust survivor lost in mail

Holocaust survivor Bertha Mueller at age 24. (The McFadden family.)
Holocaust survivor Bertha Mueller at age 24. (The McFadden family.)

( - The loved ones of a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor sued a New York funeral home this week, charging it negligently lost her ashes by sending them through regular mail.

Bertha Mueller, a Romanian immigrant who survived Hitler’s genocide and came to the U.S. from Germany in 1986 to live with her daughter Daisy McFadden, died in her sleep on Feb. 5. McFadden, who lives in Brooklyn, arranged to have her mother cremated by the Walter B. Cooke Funeral Home, on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and to have the ashes shipped to her home, just a few miles away.

“I was in the hospital when she died, so I wasn’t able to pick up the remains," McFadden told the New York Daily News. "They chose to ship them, but no one said they were going to be sent through the U.S. Post Office. We thought they would do it through a private courier.”

McFadden, who filed a negligence lawsuit against the funeral home in Brooklyn Supreme Court this week, said the family never received the remains.


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