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GeekyGraveGirl (#48141838)
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Bio Photo My mother's memorial page is now on the "online stroll"!!!!

Helen Coon
Find A Grave business:

SOURCE CREDIT FOR MAP PHOTOS of Sunset Cemetery's unmarked graves in section 7P: Riley County Genealogical Society's home page, on which is a link to a "Grave Locator". Go to that page and click on the link, and it takes one to an interactive map of Sunrise and Sunset Cemeteries.

BURIAL "UNKNOWNS": Persons are more important than places: lives more valuable than locations; connections have more meaning than caskets. This site may be the only "graveyard" a loved one can go to to find a friend, family member, or ancestor. I have created pages for family, and been delighted to find a photo and location later confirmed. It's ideal to know the disposition of a body, yes, but more important to acknowledge the departure of a life. A grave is anywhere we go to honor a memory.

Please submit a summary of obituary information to the memorials I manage. I try to avoid including survivors when referencing recent obituaries.

I'll transfer most any memorials if someone is not known, or related, to me. Please be as specific as you can in stating relationships.

If you want to change information, click on the "EDIT" tab at the top right of the memorial and add the information in the areas given.

*If you find a memorial that is DUPLICATED, please click on the edit tab and fill out the form.

*I've inherited some --I can't just delete those, I have to contact FAG to delete them, so I will mark such as "duplicates" until they are deleted.

*If you are a close family member who doesn't want a memorial or photo on FAG,please contact me and I will remove the memorial.

If I did not create it originally, I have to go through FAG. Removal may take several days.

If I did not take the photo I can't delete it, even if it is on a memorial I manage (you will have to contact the contributor).


MY OTHER PHOTOS: Please obtain my permission before copying and posting these anywhere. Thank you!

Helen Coon is my mother,
Clifford Bitikofer my father-in-law,
My nephew Nathan died at age 14.
For a story of love, adventure and faith, see:Sarah Andersson and Oskar "Mulundu Weta" Andersson .
A different kind of love story between Sarah Wiens (my great-aunt) and Helmut Stainer. Unknown Baby, "born 1935, buried 1965".
Cora Coon;
Hugh Coon;
Catherine Neufeld ;
John T. Neufeld ;
Vicky Goertzen a long time and very dear friend who died of diabetes.
"Wally" our dog who died on Good Friday;


I have interests in art, photography, history, and writing. My husband and I have two college aged sons. My husband is a teacher, and I am a substitute teacher with fairly full-time employment. I hit the cemeteries when school is out, though! Am presently photographing Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.
I believe in and try to follow Jesus every day and in every aspect. The Kingdom coming on earth begins with those who are faithful doing the will of God through Christ in all we say or do on this earth and in this life, not because of eternal reward, but because the world needs us and the message of salvation, and redemption of all Creation. Peace on earth, good will to all.

Thanks and blessings to all who work so hard to make Find A Grave one of my favorite "social networks"! Appreciation as well to those who put the tributes on memorials.
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RE: Transfers...
Thanks! As my kids say "Mom loves her dead people"
Added by DeerfieldmomNJ on Mar 25, 2015 5:46 PM
Carolyn Andrighetti
RE: David Joseph and Karen Ann Schoemann
Thank you so much for the offer, but Karen was my relative. I really know very little about David's family except the names of his parents. Karen was into genealogy, but I don't think any of her family was. She helped me a lot. I was so honored to be able to make a memorial to her.

You are doing some really valuable work, and I am going to start doing the same with a very large cemetery in Austin, Texas, next month. I am so looking forward to paying it all forward.

Added by Carolyn Andrighetti on Mar 21, 2015 6:03 PM
Carolyn Andrighetti
David Joseph and Karen Ann Schoemann
Thank you so much for the great photo. It truly means a lot to know and see where loved ones are resting.
Added by Carolyn Andrighetti on Mar 21, 2015 7:54 AM
charlotte Smith
Gibbons grave
Thanks you so very much for adding all my Gibbons family. I have wanted that for so long. Charlotte Smith
Added by charlotte Smith on Mar 19, 2015 10:27 AM
KE Tuttle
Guy Aldrich Kern
Do you have any idea who puts out the flowers. I see there are some on the grave again.

Thank you for such a nice photo. I can almost walk across that ditch virtually.)
Added by KE Tuttle on Mar 19, 2015 8:06 AM
KE Tuttle
Guy Aldrich Kern
Added by KE Tuttle on Mar 19, 2015 8:04 AM
KE Tuttle
RE: Guy A Kearn
Thank you for letting me know. I have never been to the cemetery or probably will not ever have that opportunity, but this lone grave is special for our family.

Guy was one of the elder brothers of my grandfather and a beloved son of Joseph and Jenny Kern. (They had met, married and had sons while living in Clifton, but had headed West in a covered wagon at the turn of the century. Guy had gone back to Kansas, either to see friends, cousins or just on an adventure.)

When Guy died, he had been on the train, headed for home, was murdered and robbed. The people of the town buried him, not knowing who this young man was or if he had any family. They probably put him in an area where it cost less or maybe someone donated the space.

At any rate, there had been a receipt that was clue in his jacket. This later led to a hotel or rooming house where he had stayed and left or received a letter from his mother (my great grandmother).

Jane Rebecca Foss Kern was notified and she headed out to Kansas on that same train. (She may have been out several times to visit the grave in her later years, but she was blind and this was quite a task to undertake for her.) She made arrangements for that stone out in the field and it was put up.

Years later, my uncle looked up the cemetery and went out to see that stone. He found it broken or in disrepair so paid to have it fixed. He was the family genealogist at that time. When he was elderly, he passed this job on to me, but did not give the clues about where Guy was buried. We only had the story and that it was out in Kansas.

I had to research Uncle Guy all over again and, thanks to findagrave, we have documentation of our uncle's burial place. The surprising part was that when the volunteer, after much searching, found the stone, there were flowers already in place. This bright splash of color was a real blessing.

My uncle did tell my mother that the grave was across the "ditch". So, I can assume it was already there and covered by grass in the early 1960s when this note was made.

Thanks for asking and thanks for the mowing of this remote, but remembered grave of our great uncle.
Added by KE Tuttle on Mar 19, 2015 7:50 AM
Michael Silvis
RE: Francis Sylvis
Hello Geeky

Thk for input. Yes I would love to see memorial.

Question, do they have DOB show age? Year,Month,Day

Added by Michael Silvis on Mar 12, 2015 7:52 PM
Michael Silvis
Francis Sylvis
Do you know who is Francis Sylvis parent's name?

I am trying to locate his parent on family tree (Sylvis)who live in Riley, Kansas. You only gave date of Death. What happen to date of birth???

Michael Silvis
Added by Michael Silvis on Mar 12, 2015 1:36 AM
Florida Boy 64
RE: James Gardner
When you can feel free to visit and flower my memorials added and sponsors. Every one has a story to tell
Added by Florida Boy 64 on Mar 09, 2015 3:46 AM
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