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Colletta (#47089656)
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Bio Photo Cemeteries are such unique places. I enjoy the beauty of sculptures, mausoleums and various items around the interred. The statuary, the iconic images, representative symbols, old rod iron fencing; it is all fascinating. From the most elaborate statue to the simply inscribed piece of wood.

There is so much mystery in a cemetery. Stories that are told and stories to wonder about and stories to find out about.

I am a 4th generation San Franciscan and have lived in Marin County for over three decades.

I enjoy taking photographs of the surroundings and capturing the beauty of the burial plot. I do my best to capture the entire tombstone in as pretty a shot as I can manage. I continually watch for seasonal changes or offerings to capture a better representation of the marker and view.

I spend a great deal of time in cemeteries; both physically and virtually. I photograph and document a select number of cemeteries in the counties of Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino as well as San Francisco and Colma.

I also enjoy researching and adding histories, especially pre-1920's. Love the old West Marin ranching history and the Mendocino logging and nautical history. I enjoy perusing old newspapers and other documents to find people lost to each other and especially connecting orphaned baby memorials to their parents.

I generally stick to the counties I am familiar with as I know the geography, area history, etc.

Please do not send me full obits. If you want to take your time and edit out certain points, please do so, per policy.

I will not post the names of living individuals per policy.

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I am happy to share my photos and/or provide an original jpg. Often times I have more photos and/or views, as well. Just Ask!

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RE: Basilio Filippini
Hi Colletta,

Thanks very much for your reply and the update! The "Beffa" name doesn't show up in my daughter's tree anywhere, but we know that with genealogy there are always surprises!

Added by Susan on May 27, 2016 10:49 PM
Hello Colletta,

I am also a volunteer photographer on Find A Grave and am researching my daughter's paternal side. I see that you maintain the memorial for Basileo Filippini and I cannot find him in the family tree. Are you related? Can you shed some light on this? If you are so inclined, please respond to me at my regular email address which is

Thank you very much.
Added by Susan on May 27, 2016 5:40 PM
Dennis O'Rorke
RE: West Marin
Bless you!
This corresponds totally to the information that
my cousin Peggy Coffey gave me years ago regarding
Michael and Mary being listed as shopkeepers in the
1870 census of Freestone.The historic General store
in Freestone has a sign outside saying it was established sometime after 1870, can't remember the
year but this information pre-dates that.Can't begin to describe how fascinating this is.
I have a fairly large collection of vintage Russian
River postcards as well as San Francisco stuff if there is anything that you are interested in. My family all seemed to be clustered around Laurel Hill
Cemetery in San Francisco and I remember taking many
walks there as a child. A local group The Western Neighborhood Project has a lot of information on their website, and the Bay Area Post Card Club as well. Can't thank you enough.
Added by Dennis O'Rorke on May 04, 2016 3:29 PM
Dennis O'Rorke
Michael Kiernan
I see that you have photographed the grave marker
of a Michael Kiernan, born in 1834, County Cavan,
Ireland. I hope that this turns out to be my
great great grandfather, who was married to a
Mary Dolan and they had 3 children, Thomas, Josephine, and Lillian. They show up in the 1900
San Francisco Census, sans Michael. I go back and forth from San Francisco to Monte Rio and hope to visit the Tomales
Catholic Cemetery soon.I am also fascinated by old cemeteries and antique roses which often survive in
older cemeteries.I finally managed to pull over on the side of the road and take a couple of snapshots
of the Marshall Cemetery. If you are ever in the vicinity of Guerneville,you should check out the old section of the Guerneville Cemetery on top of the hill.Thank you very much for posting that picture of the Michael Kiernan Headstone.

Added by Dennis O'Rorke on May 04, 2016 1:15 PM
richard burton
Ormerd Mother
There is a CA Will and Probate record for Anna Amelia Ormerd. In it she leaves 2/5 of her estate to Reuben Rigdon - her son. This confirms that Mother is Anna Amelia Ormerd. I still haven't figured out Hamlet.
Added by richard burton on Apr 26, 2016 11:55 PM
Elizabeth Rapp
Samuel P Woodworth and Ellen R Hope Woodworth
Can you help me determine the burial location of Samuel Parmenas Woodworth (1851-1924) and Ellen R Hope (1862-1938)? They are the parents of Reuben McD Woodworth.

Reuben Woodworth,wife #2, Bertha (my great aunt), and wife #3, Alice are all buried within the boulders on the Woodworth plot at Mountain Cemetery in Sonoma. Next to that plot is the Davis/Hope plot which makes me wonder if they are in Mountain Cemetery in one of these two plots. The other option is that Samuel’s parents (Parmenas Newton Woodworth and Marilla McDonald ) are buried at Cypress Hill Cemetery in Petaluma.

I understand from Eileen that you likely could help with Sonoma County Cemetery records.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
Added by Elizabeth Rapp on Apr 10, 2016 5:47 PM
Wm. and Laura Bassett plot
I happened to be at the tomales presbyterian cemetery the other day and they put on two more names on the north side of the stone.They are Wm.Robert and Barbara Jean Bassett.
Added by Shedan on Apr 03, 2016 9:04 AM
Valarie Vine
John "Jack" Drumgoole
I came across your findagrave page today while looking to see if the above person might have been buried at San Quentin Prison. He died there in 1920 while serving a life term for murder. I did not see his name, so perhaps he was buried elsewhere or family had him returned to his birthplace in Illinois. Your bio was enjoyable to read.......... your appreciation for the various elements of cemeteries that make them so special.
Added by Valarie Vine on Mar 24, 2016 12:45 AM
Marc A Kurschner
Sydney Weinberg
Hi there i am trying to trace back and look for my uncle who was a prisoner at san quniten. you have him as deceased in plot 247 in boot hill but i cant find any records that actually show the plot or his death. can you please confirm the information for me? many thanks.
Added by Marc A Kurschner on Mar 23, 2016 1:55 PM
richard burton
Thank You!
I was in Two Rock again today and stopped by to visit my Hinshaw and Laufenburg ancestors. I really appreciate your photographs and comments on each individual.

Thanks again,

Richard Burton
Added by richard burton on Mar 20, 2016 6:12 PM
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