Akron woman’s ashes recovered after getting lost in the mail

AKRON – The ashes of an 81-year-old woman have been recovered after getting lost in the mail over the weekend.

The package carrying the remains of Catherine Stermock was discovered in Philadelphia at the post office.

Stermock’s family had been searching for her ashes since they went missing Saturday.

Her remains had been placed in a priority mail express package at the U.S. Postal Service in Cleveland on Friday. The package was scheduled to arrive at a funeral home in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday, but it never arrived.

Read more: Akron woman’s ashes recovered after getting lost in the mail | fox8.com.

  • LloydStreetMarty

    Clerks are getting sloppy during the busy holiday. Express mail should be put on top of the postal container in an express sack. SMH. Former window clerk now a mail handler in a processing plant. Consolidation doesn’t help either as a parcel has to travel further than before.

  • JimL

    In 20 years as a Letter Carrier I only handled cremated human remains 4-6 times. They were all registered mail! Why did they not register it ?

  • postalnews

    Postal service regulations say ” “You must ship cremated remains using Priority Mail Express service.”

    http://about.usps.com/publications/pub139.pdf