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Ron Kocian (#47966132)
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Bio Photo Hello everybody. First of all, I'm from Butler County, Pa. and I'm a baby boomer and a retiree as of 2012. I'm a product of my generation and I'm a veteran of the US Army having served a year in Vietnam. Agent Orange assassinated my pancreas and I'm a type 1 diabetic because of it. I'm of the Roman Catholic persuasion deeply involved with my church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the VFW, and my politics are libertarian but mostly conservative. I became interested in cemetaries because I love history and love the stories of people. Every grave has a story, to be sure. My main goal in life is to be a burden to as many people as I can. (Did I mention, I've been married to a long suffering woman since 1975? I just did, I guess.) I want to be buried when I die and have an awkwardly shaped tombstone so I can be a burden to the guy who cuts the grass around my grave. The tombstone text is to be printed upside-down so that curiosity seekers will have to struggle to read it. The last line will read, "Made ya look!" De colores y Ultreya!
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Cheryl Carmany Marr
Shakley
Thank you for your time and effort to photograph this headstone. I vrry much appreciate it!!
Added by Cheryl Carmany Marr on Aug 29, 2015 9:05 PM
shockness
MATTHEW CAMPBELL
HI, RON, THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE PICTURE OF MY GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER'S GRAVE MARKER. I WENT ON LINE AND ADDED A LOT OF INFO. ABOUT MATTHEW CAMPBELL AND HIS FAMILY. THE SEARCH GOES ON!! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP, MARGARET "SHOCKNESS"
Added by shockness on Aug 27, 2015 7:10 PM
Sue Allen
RE: Emily Meals
Thank you for your effort in getting them,I sure appreciate it.
Added by Sue Allen on Aug 03, 2015 9:01 AM
Sue Allen
Emily Meals
Thanks for the GREAT close-up. I also put it on her son,Samuel Frank Meals as he is on that side of stone with her.
I hope you will be getting Samuel G. Meals & wife Catharine as I requested. I think they might be on another side of same stone.
Added by Sue Allen on Aug 03, 2015 12:11 AM
R Durschinger
RE: Jacob Nau
Dear Ron, You surely go above and beyond. I really appreciate all your help. I just wish that more custodians would be as diligent. To bad that they were members of Find A Grave. Those piles of stones, although not on the original graves, still have a lot of pertinent meaning to relatives. Good luck with your summer of work it really seems to be a labour of love for you. I loved the upside down transcription for your personal stone. Sure hope that your family has many years before needing it for you. Thanks for all your help and verifying Jacob's 1859 death date. Ruth
Added by R Durschinger on Jun 05, 2015 8:40 PM
Judy Cain Bowser
Mary O'Donnell
Thank you Ron for finding and photographing the tombstone of Mary O'Donnell. These old thombstones are so very hard to read. I really do appreciate your work and effort.

P.S. I like your philosophy on life, and thank you for your military service.
Added by Judy Cain Bowser on Jun 04, 2015 1:34 PM
R Durschinger
RE: Jacob Nau
Thanks Ron. I believe that Lawrence and another family member (not sure of name) are also buried possibly in the same lot. Don't know if they have stones. My good friend, Marcella Neff Desmond, did a study of the cemetery for the last church anniversary. She might be of help if you know her. Her Neff family are mostly buried in the cemetery. Her mother was Regina Neff. Just want you to know that I appreciate all your help. Ruth
Added by R Durschinger on Jun 04, 2015 7:44 AM
R Durschinger
Jacob Nau
Thank you so much Ron for taking this fantastic picture. Could you read the exact death date? I'm not quite sure if it's May 15, 1850 or 1859. Let me know if you can confirm the date for me. I really appreciate your time and effort. God Bless.
Added by R Durschinger on Jun 04, 2015 3:59 AM
Todd Walker
Merle Ray
Thank you very much for taking the time to locate and photograph Merle's headstone. Greatly appreciated!!
Added by Todd Walker on May 17, 2015 4:10 AM
EdnaCMc
Rosewood Cemetry
Thank you so much for the recent photos of my Early family and Ekis family. Your time and efforts are much appreciated.
Added by EdnaCMc on May 16, 2015 5:21 AM
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