November 27, 2014 - The NY Times features article on Willard - author Dan Barry

Read about Colleen's recent meeting for the Willard Cemetery Memorial Project in the Seneca Daily!

Colleen Spellecy would like to share this article with you that was featured in the Catholic Courier!

Read Colleen's Article that was published in the Syracuse Post Standard!

Another Article in the Syracuse Post Standard!

Read an excerpt from the Abandoned Newpaper!

Check out this link to the FInger Lakes Times!



If you have a loved one buried at Willard Cemetery and would like for them to be memorialized on a monument there, please e-mail Colleen Kelly Spellecy at cspellecy@rochester.rr.com.

The WIllard Cemetery Memorial Project has grown out of the concern for the 5,776 Willard patients that are buried in unnamed and unremembered graves at Willard Cemetery, Willard, New York, as well as those buried at Ovid Union Cemetery in “Patients Row” and unmarked patients in Holy Cross Cemetery. After reading the book, “The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases From A State Hospital Attic,” by Darby Penney and Peter Stastny. Colleen Kelly Spellecy felt compelled and committed to rectify the situation of unremembered souls buried with no name and no markers. Several well-qualified people stepped up to serve on a committee to assist her in working toward the goal of memorializing these forgotten souls.


A Memorial Celebration at Willard Cemetery, May 16, 2015 from Duprey Video Productions on Vimeo


Colleen Kelly Spellecy: Chairperson

Yvonne Greule: President Romulus Historical Museum

Janet Brown: Advocate for Memorial

Sheila Reynolds: Secretary Ovid Union Cemetery

Paulette Likoudis: Trustee Lodi Whittier Library

Gail Snyder: Town of Ovid Historian Advisory Board

Peg Ellsworth: Past President Romulus Historical Society

Diane Valerio: Former Chaplain American Legion

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