Minnesota funeral home closed due to unsanitary conditions

Published 10:09 am Wednesday, June 17, 2015

MAPLEWOOD — Minnesota health officials have shut down a suburban Twin Cities funeral home accused of letting bodies decompose.

The state Department of Health issued a cease and desist order after it conducted a random inspection last month at Maple Oaks Funeral Home. The Maplewood business was also cited for missing records.

Health officials said inspectors found unsanitary conditions and decomposing bodies in the embalming room. A lawyer for the funeral home, Michael Sharkey, said the bodies belonged to members of the Hmong community and that the mourning period can last weeks.

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Sharkey said Maple Oaks’ owners said they were assisting other funeral home directors by holding the bodies at their facility.

He says they plan to meet with state health officials soon to resolve the matter.