Widow Sends Message To Grave Robber

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

She lost her husband of 48 years last October to cancer.

Just this week, the Menifee County woman discovered someone stole decorations from his grave.

Instead of going to police, Charlene Tufono, turned to prayer and a local paper in hopes of deterring others from stealing.

"I would like to begin this letter with a request for prayer for the person who took the bird house and solar church house from my husband's grave at Lovely Cemetery," Charelen Tufono wrote in the Letters to the Editor section of this weeks edition of the Mt. Sterling Advocate.

"I just want you to know, you didn't steal from me, you stole from a dead man," she went on to write.

Tufono says while the petty crime upset her, the purpose of the letter, wasn't to scold the thief, but to reach out to them and pray for them.

"He always, my husband, found the good in people and that's what he would want be to do in this situation," said Tufono.

Her husband, Carl Tufano, died a year ago October, of cancer. "He was diagnosed and died ten days later. It's still a nightmare for all of us," said Tufono.

But while it's been an incredibly difficult year on her family, she hopes the letter will make an impact on those who read it, because that's what her husband would of wanted.

"He was a wonderful person and I miss him dearly and I don't feel like I wrote the letter, he did," said Tufono.


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  • by joe Location: knott on Aug 3, 2008 at 04:01 PM
    This is starting to look like the grammar police blog
  • by viewer on Aug 2, 2008 at 08:53 PM
    why correct us we are trying toexpress our selves we all cant spell and not good at typing
  • by Gary Location: E-Town on Aug 2, 2008 at 02:51 PM
    When individuals that commit a crime such as this, the punishment should fit the crime. Give them a sign saying "I stole from the Dead" and put them on the side of I-75 for 5 days on a bright sunny August day and let them serve their time there holding the sign up for a normal work day 8 hours! But then the governor would probably just pardon them tho and give them a state job.
  • by Debbie Location: Illinois on Aug 2, 2008 at 08:54 AM
    My landlord past away in his sleep, March 2007. A shock,of course, to hia family and all thst knew him. The evening of his funeral 2 elderly women were caught taking the flowers from his grave. So sad that people would do things like that.
  • by smart Location: eastern kentucky on Aug 1, 2008 at 08:25 PM
    To grammar queen, you have a run on sentence at the bottom add punctuation when necessary. This means between we are and why.
  • by Sharon Location: Ky. on Aug 1, 2008 at 03:03 PM
    This is bad that people would do this but really it happens quite often. About two years ago there was a few girls stealing flowers off of graves after memorial day to resell and buy drugs. People like this couldn't have a heart.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Somerset on Aug 1, 2008 at 01:49 PM
    I lost my dad of cancer a year ago in may. It's a terrible journey to go through , having to bury a loved one. Then the awful pain of finding out even after death, their grave can not rest. I truly admire Ms. Tufono for praying for those responsible, God will show them their punishment one day if not on this earth. And to Grammer Queen the other comment on language, that's very cold considering the situation to nitpick about pronunciation.
  • by Grammer Queen Location: Ky on Aug 1, 2008 at 12:05 PM
    Thank you anonymous for your correcting the "would of" !!!! Really, what do people think that means? I see it far too often, it seems to me that our native language is a fundamental part of who we are why do so many have problems speaking it correctly.
  • by c Location: kentucky on Aug 1, 2008 at 08:03 AM
    Several years ago, after losing my cousin in a car accident, we noticed that things began missing from his grave as well. Luckily the lady was found. It's sad to think that people would do such a thing.
  • by DC Location: Hazard on Aug 1, 2008 at 06:42 AM
    An open letter to Mrs. Tufono. Mam, you've got it. You are an inspiration to us all. Your behavior and response to this incident is a perfect example of "what would Jesus do?" God will welcome you to heaven one day, I think, to join your beloved husband, and someday, the person or persons that did this deed will stand before Him also. Keep on, Mrs. Tufono. Keep on.
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