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Couple wants to wed in cemetery

Friday, August 5, 2005

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- When Jamie Sue Smithhart wanted to escape to a quiet place as a teenager, she retreated to a nearby cemetery.

Now she wants to get married there.

Smithhart, 22, and her fiance William Harold Zentmeyer, 23, have asked the city to give its blessing to their plan to be married in Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville.

They were rival art students in high school but didn't begin dating until earlier this year.

As a teenager, Smithhart found the site of Veterans Memorial Plaza just inside the cemetery's main gate to be a place she could go "when I needed to get away."

"It holds a lot of childhood memories ... it was kind of my escape area," said Smithhart, who is a graphic designer.

When Smithhart took self-employed artist Zentmeyer to her special place, he insisted they marry there.

"It sounds like them," said Anne Dowhie, a Central High School art teacher. "It would be like them to want to do something a little different."

The city Works Board on Thursday discussed briefly the couple's request. Members voiced no objection, but tabled it for a week to give a city attorney time to review the application.

Kerry Kamp, executive assistant with city Transportation and Services, said in her 15 years she could not remember anyone seeking permission to have a cemetery wedding.

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