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Defunct funeral home sued by families

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) -- Two families have filed a lawsuit against a South Hadley funeral home owner whose license was suspended by the state for the alleged improper treatment of bodies.

The families of Jeanette Modelewski and Nancy Wyllie filed the lawsuit against Ryder Funeral Home owner William Ryder in Hampshire Superior Court.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette ( ) reports that the suit claims the families suffered emotional distress over the treatment of their loved ones bodies. The suit alleges intentional, reckless and negligent interferences with a dead body, breach of contract and negligent infliction of emotional distress. It seeks unspecified damages.

Ryder's license was suspended after investigators found five decomposed bodies not properly embalmed and a sixth improperly stored.

Ryder's lawyers did not return messages, but have previously said he is battling health issues.


Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.),

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