Akron woman’s ashes recovered after getting lost in the mail

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AKRON - The ashes of an 81-year-old woman have been recovered after getting lost in the mail over the weekend.

The package carrying the remains of Catherine Stermock was discovered in Philadelphia at the post office.

Stermock's family had been searching for her ashes since they went missing Saturday.

Her remains had been placed in a priority mail express package at the U.S. Postal Service in Cleveland on Friday. The package was scheduled to arrive at a funeral home in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday, but it never arrived.

Stermock's dying wish was for her remains to be buried next to her mother, father and sister at their family plot.

When the package didn't arrive, the postal service began an aggressive search for the parcel, which had a tracking number on it.

The remains are now being sent to a funeral home in Bethlehem.

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