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Lisa Gerald (#47005408)
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Bio Photo Feel free to contact me with any corrections or additions to my listings!

Please use the "Edit" tab for making changes to data fields; and select "suggest any other correction or addition" to:
1) Add other info outside the data fields
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3) To request a memorial transfer

I'm happy to transfer individuals unrelated to my family (or more closely related to you), or if you have some special interest in them.

Gravestone photos which I have taken may be freely used for any legitimate genealogical or historical purpose. Please click on the photo to make sure that it's mine, and that I did not just add it; I will credit original photographer.

Please also feel free to add more photos to the memorials - portraits, snapshots, etc. If you need more photo slots just let me know; if you have a better gravestone picture I'm fine with deleting mine.

And here's a standing "Thank you" to the usual suspects, for sending corrections, links & additional info for the local memorials; I know your work is impeccable!


Will be handled case by case. I would prefer to do HTML links to grandparent, sibling or in-law's memorials if there is a lack of info on actual burial site of the connecting generation.

There seems to be a great deal of misunderstanding about this cemetery. Unlike other "township" cemeteries, it is strictly a Potter's Field, which opened in the early 1900's. There are no burials from the 1800's, no burials of people who died in other places, no burials of those with means, and no re-interments. There are two gravestone; one is that of Thomas Rispin, #54813772, which is visible in the far left foreground of the cemetery photo. (St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery is adjacent.) Later joint memorial plaques have been erected. The Aurora library has a book containing what is known about those interred in the cemetery.


Primary focus is documenting West Aurora Cemetery. Nearly all marked graves now have photos posted; a few fallen, broken, and overgrown stones still need to be identified and photographed. (About half of the documented burials are known to be unmarked.) Please check out the "unknowns" if you are missing a family member who you think might be buried at West Aurora!

Currently trying to merge duplicate memorials at West Aurora. If you see any that have been missed, please post below.

Note: The burial record transcript for West Aurora is incomplete, particularly for earlier decades, and has no entries at all from mid October 1883 to late May 1884.

Problems with plot numbers: Most of the memorials were entered from the information contained in a published book on the cemetery. Unfortunately, there are errors, including the omission of all directional locations. So, for instance, a notation that someone was buried "3g S of 677" has been entered as Section 1 Block 1 Lot 677 Grave 3, when the actual burial was not in this lot, but in the 3rd grave south of it. This becomes apparent when I find more than one person buried in a single grave; and they seem to be unrelated. Without the original records, and with most graves being unmarked, it takes a good deal of research to determine if someone belongs in a lot, or was just buried near it. So I am making an effort to link as many family members as possible.

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Nellie Porter
Hi, Would you like me to transfer Nellie's memorial to you? I have no tie to her or her husband. Laura
Added by ljrh on Apr 13, 2016 2:18 PM
Paul Reichenbacher
RE: Mother of Elizabeth Kremer Winn
Thank you for your fast reply. I copied you on an email that I sent to Beverly Hampton at Mount Olivet Cemetery seeking info about Nicholas Kramer/Kremer and his wife Mary Draudt. Is your address
With kind regards,
Added by Paul Reichenbacher on Apr 11, 2016 6:15 PM
Paul Reichenbacher
Mother of Elizabeth Kremer Winn
Dear Lisa,
Memorial 75415095 for Elizabeth Kremer Winn has a note about her mother's death: Mary Draudt Kremer "possibly died 7 July 1920." Do you have a source for her death date? Mary Kremer is listed in the 17 January 1920 census as a widow living with her son Nicholas Kremer, but I cannot find her after that date, so a death date of 7 July 1920 is reasonable.
Hope to hear from you.
With kind regards,
Added by Paul Reichenbacher on Apr 11, 2016 9:07 AM
Richard H Bernhard
RE: Blanche Thiess #73840939
Dear Lisa:
Thanks for your inquiry about Blanche Rispin Thiess (1887-1949), wife of Henry Thiess (1885-1971). I don't have any definitive information on the exact date of her death. The one family tree currently on about this says that she died on June 21, 1949 in Montgomery, Kane County, Illinois & was buried in Riverside Cemetery there on June 27, 1949. All sources I've seen do indicate she died in Kane County, Illinois & was buried in Riverside Cemetery there all in June, 1949. Minor variations in dates are usually due to difference between the time of the actual death of the person & the time of her actually being pronounced dead by a physician with a death certificate being filled out. These particular folks are relatively remotely related to Dorothy Anna Thiess (1878-1954), wife of my father's uncle, Frank Hugo Bernhard (1875-1933). So I haven't really studied that wing of the family in any detail, just copying whatever seems relevant & at least approximately correct on the internet. So, regrettably, I can't really help you in getting more precise detail on the death & burial of Blanche Rispin Thiess. Sincerely, RHB
Added by Richard H Bernhard on Mar 15, 2016 6:25 PM
John Brooks
Any relation?
Added by John Brooks on Feb 26, 2016 6:42 PM
Cindy Coffell
Anna More
Thank you for the links to Anna's parents. I appreciate you!
Added by Cindy Coffell on Feb 14, 2016 3:35 AM
Leona Zimmer
Louis Zimmer
Hi Lisa,
First of all thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you've done in your spare time! It's priceless to say the least. Thank you!
The info about Louis R Zimmer came from the County of San Bernardino Calif. Cert spelling is Lewis ( error I believe). Louis was divorced, birth June 13, 1876., Illinois. Occupation: Detective. Father John Zimmer and Ella Reese ( Breese) mother. Place od death: Patton, CA. Length of stay was, 18 yrs. 7 mos. 18 days. Patton State Hospital, Patton, CA. Hist. No 21345. Los Angeles CA. Cause was pneumonia. Autopsy was done by J. Roos, MD.

Thank You Leona Zimmer
1-503-396-6017, Rainier OR
Added by Leona Zimmer on Jan 21, 2016 5:55 PM
Gail K
Thanks for the addition to her memorial. Do you know where Mr. Breese is buried?
Added by Gail K on Jan 12, 2016 6:33 PM
George Gaschott
Thank you for the additional info on George Gaschott, appreciate it very much!

Fawn Bowden
Riverside IA
Added by Fawn on Dec 20, 2015 9:37 AM
J Gosda
RE: Isaac Van Fleet
duh thank you. I realized this later in the day. whoops! thanks for the response though.
Added by J Gosda on Nov 16, 2015 1:14 PM
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