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Mercer cemetery records updated to digital age


December 5, 2019

Tom LaVenture/Daily Globe

Opal Roberts, the appointed cemetery sexton as a Mercer Town Board Supervisor, shows some examples of how she updated cemetery record keeping including a digital system at the Mercer Public Library on Nov. 26.


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MERCER, Wis. - A Mercer official has spent the better part of a year updating the records of a 110-year-old town cemetery.

Opal Roberts, who has been an Iron County Board Supervisor since 2008, was appointed the Mercer cemetery sexton following her election to the Mercer Town Board of Supervisors in April.

Roberts said she was familiar with the cemetery as the Mercer town clerk from 2003-2013. As sexton, however, she became apparent of problems with mapping, plot sale and burial records.

"I was appointed sexton, so that meant I was in charge o...

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