Follow-up: Arveson Shrine sisters buried at Evergreen

       In a Feb. 21 Westside Pioneer update on the Arveson Shrine status, it was noted that information about the burial places of the Arveson sisters (Pauline and Dorothy) was not known.
       That question has been cleared up, thanks to a phone call to the Pioneer from Paula LeBaron, for whom Dorothy had been a tax preparer for many years.
       From that relationship, LeBaron said she knew that Dorothy had been buried at Evergreen Cemetery near Pauline - both in unmarked graves.
       A call to the Evergreen Cemetery office confirmed that Pauline was buried there April 23, 2008, and Dorothy March 16, 2011. Their graves are not side by side, but a couple of rows apart, an office employee said.
       LeBaron said neither daughter was ever married and “there were always cats and dogs in the house.”
       This was a reference to City Code Enforcement officers finding 11 dead animals Jan. 28 when they entered the house on the shrine property. Also in the house was a man, William Schwartz, who appears to have lived with the sisters for years.
       Schwartz has been hospitalized ever since with a leg ailment. He also faces 11 counts of animal cruelty charges, with a court date scheduled March 27.
       The house was condemned and later declared dilapidated, starting a process that could lead to the house's demolition, according to Code Enforcement.
       LeBaron, now 84, said she would support an effort to at least mark the sisters' graves. “Maybe all the people that Dorothy used to do taxes for would want to help,” she said.
       The sisters established the Catholic-oriented Arveson Shrine in the 1960s in honor of their mother, Rose Arveson Simmons, who they believed was a saint. The shrine remains open to the public, although it is currently unmaintained.

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