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Colletta (#47089656)
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Bio Photo Update June 18, 2015: Due to health issues I have been slow since March. I'm caught up on ER's, but have not caught up with email requests. I'm getting to them, please be patient.

Thank you.
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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 have finished photographing the following cemeteries in rural West Marin, Olema, Bolinas, Tomales Presbyterian, Tomales Catholic and Marshall. Have photographed B'nai Israel, Fernwood, Little Lake and Willits with continual visits for additions.

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. and even get to know which census years in a community are accurate or are error ridden.

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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Russell Thompson
Thelma Fetters
Thank you for taking the time to photograph my relatives interment marker. May I please have permission to use the photo? I will attribute it to you in this manner, unless you have another preference. Source of photo: Colletta, Find A Grave Contributor (#47089656), August 22, 2015.
Added by Russell Thompson on Aug 22, 2015 7:36 PM
Katina "Tina" West
Emma Evelyn Mathews Eagle
Thank you so much for taking time out of your schedule to take a photo of my family member! Your amazing!
Added by Katina "Tina" West on Aug 01, 2015 3:56 PM
Patricia Perry
Isaac Joseph, Hills of Eternity
I am doing research on the Joseph family and believe that the dates you have for Isaac are incorrect. According to the headstone his DOD is July 20, 1885. This is the same date that is in the Sonora Union Democrat Newspaper. His Memorial is #126868335. Love your picture of his and wife Mathilda's headstones. Thank you so much for your work. She is #126868341. I don't know if you want to show their relationship or not.
Added by Patricia Perry on Jul 21, 2015 3:06 PM
D Robarge
Bertha Foreman
Hi Colletta, I am the grand-niece of Bertha M. Foreman buried at Valley Memorial Park in Novato, CA. Can you link her to her father Edward E. Collison Jr. FG Memorial #36753770? Thanks!
Added by D Robarge on Jul 03, 2015 11:11 PM
Geraldine "Gerry" Humes
Re: Helen Lahey Fulton
Thanks for catching that. Duplicate deleted.
Added by Geraldine "Gerry" Humes on Jun 30, 2015 5:25 PM
Irene Westwood
Headstone
I would like to use your photo from Find A Grave Memorial #84964266 - David K Walker in my Ancestry Family Tree. You take such nice photos of the graves.
Added by Irene Westwood on Jun 29, 2015 6:39 PM
Carolyn Olson
David K Walker photo
I would like to use your photo from Find A Grave Memorial #84964266 - David K Walker-- in my Ancestry Family tree. I appreciate the work done to post these photo's as well as maintaining the memorial. Please accept my thanks for seeing to our ancestors. The volunteers on this site are a godsend.

Carolyn Olson
Find A Grave member #47052647
Added by Carolyn Olson on Jun 29, 2015 3:09 PM
genieresearcher
Sigler
Miles Thomas Sigler's siblings also died Sonoma County...Charles Edward Sigler died 1939, Mary Jane Sigler Judkins died in 1941. Any clues to find burial locations would be immensely appreciated!
Added by genieresearcher on Jun 12, 2015 7:29 PM
genieresearcher
Sonoma County
Hello again, maybe there is a reason I landed on your memorials...I have been researching a family who lived and died in Plumas county and Sonoma County Calif. Since you obviously are very familiar with Sonoma I'm wondering if you might have any suggestions on how I might find burial locations for a Sigler family. I'm looking for Miles Thomas Sigler who died in 1925. Just in case you ever come upon this name, would you keep me in mind please? thanks very much!
Added by genieresearcher on Jun 12, 2015 7:17 PM
genieresearcher
your home page photo
I meant to add that is quite a special photo by the stone being swallowed by that giant old tree. Just out of curiosity, could you read the name on headstone?
Added by genieresearcher on Jun 12, 2015 4:28 PM
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