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Morgue Returning Dead Bodies to Pa. Woman

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    Morgue Returning Dead Bodies to Pa. Woman
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    In June, authorities removed two dead bodies from the northern Pennsylvania home of a 91-year-old woman.

    And since June, all Jean Stevens has hoped for is the return of her late husband James and her twin sister, June.

    “I think about them all the time and I always will,” Stevens told The Associated Press.

    But now, it looks like the widow will get her wish and the bodies will be returned – as soon as construction is complete on the mausoleum she’s having built to house her loved ones’ remains.

    The mausoleum, which will resembles a smaller version of Stevens’ garage, is a stipulation of the return.

    “I want to get Jimmy and June back to her just as soon as I possibly can,” said Bradford County coroner Tom Carman.

    According to The Associated Press, Stevens had the bodies dug up after they died – James in 1999 and June in 2009 – because she couldn’t bear not seeing them. Her husband of 60 years was kept on a couch in the garage and June in a spare bedroom.

    “I could touch her and look at her and talk to her,” Stevens told The Press.

    Soon, Jean will be able to do that again. Upon their return, she plans on placing them in body bags with clear panels so that she can see their faces.

    The mausoleum will be able to hold up to eight bodies – including Stevens’ mother and father whose remains she’ll have transferred once the structure is complete.

    The 91-year-old also plans on being laid to rest there with all the people she loved in life.