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Police say the 74-year-old Scranton man was struck in the head Monday at Saint Joseph's Cemetery in nearby Throop. Police say the 74-year-old Scranton man was struck in the head Monday at Saint Joseph's Cemetery in nearby Throop.
THROOP, Pa. -

Police say a Pennsylvania man decorating a relative's grave for Easter with his wife was killed after a headstone fell on him.

Police say the 74-year-old Scranton man was struck in the head Monday at Saint Joseph's Cemetery in nearby Throop. When emergency responders arrived, it was too late. 

A cemetery caretaker told local media that the couple visits the grave several times a year and ties a cross to it each year.

Caretaker Ed Kubilus says the bases of headstones often sink when the ground thaws, making them susceptible to tipping over.

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