Buescher barred from preneed funeral business

The once busy Buescher Memorial Home on Capitol Avenue stands empty these days after the owner’s license as a funeral director and embalmer was revoked in November 2009.

The once busy Buescher Memorial Home on Capitol Avenue stands empty these days after the owner’s license as a funeral director and embalmer was revoked in November 2009. Photo by Julie Smith.

A judge has ordered the shuttered Buescher Memorial Home to stay away from offering pre-arranged funeral contracts after claims the home mishandled numerous such deals.

Attorney General Chris Koster announced Monday the state has obtained a judgment against the funeral home and its owner, Barbara J. Buescher. The ruling prohibits Buescher and the business from entering into any preneed contracts and requires them to pay $29,500 in costs and penalties.

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Since the attorney general’s office filed its lawsuit in November 2009, the funeral home has paid $283,378.66 in restitution to compensate 60 consumers who had purchased preneed contracts with the defendants.

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