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Judi Wollenziehn (#46620052)
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Bio Photo Ten years after I was hired as the library media specialist at Jim Bridger Eighth Grade Center in Independence, a neighbor stopped by to chat with my husband, who was mowing the yard. "Guess you folks know that you're livin' on Bridger's old farm," he said. My husband rushed into the house to tell me, igniting a journey that included extensive research, trips to the Old West, new friendships, deep disappointments, and thrilling victories. The startling discovery that I lived on the former farm of my school's namesake fueled my interest in the mountain man who previously was of little interest to me.

I began researching his life, using books and the Internet to find information about this man who had walked on the same ground on which I was walking. As I learned about the intrepid frontiersman who guided more wagon trains out west than all the other scouts combined, I began wondering about his descendants. I discovered that three of his great-grandchildren were still living - one in Modesto, California, one in Belle Plaine, Kansas, and one in Columbus, Kansas.

I joined the Westport Historical Society and met their historian, Peggy Smith, another Bridger enthusiast. She told me that Bridger's granddaughter, Louise Lightle Wachsman, was buried in an unmarked grave at Mount St. Mary's Cemetery. With the support of my principal, G. W. Gelven, I initiated a fund-raising campaign with Bridger students that allowed us to dedicate Louise's headstone within a school year. This event whetted my appetite for more opportunities to educate the community about the unknown hero who had played such a key role in the Westward expansion.

Several years later, two groups of gifted students from Jim Bridger Eighth Grade Center raised $26,000 during a two year period to commission a statue of Jim Bridger by renowned sculptor, Tom Beard. The completed work (at the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence) was unveiled by two of Bridger's great grandchildren at a reception held a few days before the Old Scout's 200th birthday.

I am now the library media specialist at Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, KS. My former history club members were part of the team. During my club sponsorship, the students adopted the children's section of Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City. Once a month, they cleaned the area and raised funds to purchase headstones for children in unmarked graves (

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Valice Raffi
Rudolph Berthold Tarras
Thanks for adding his info and links!
Added by Valice Raffi on Jul 12, 2016 6:23 AM
Andrew Daft
Thank you!
Added by Andrew Daft on Jul 04, 2016 9:54 PM
Sherry Hess
RE: Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery
Thank you so much.

Added by Sherry Hess on Jul 04, 2016 6:49 PM
Sherry Hess
Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery
Hi Judi

You have taken a photo for Joel Jasperson @ Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery, may I with your permission share his photo in my family tree giving you credit for the photo.

Thank you
Sherry Hess
Added by Sherry Hess on Jul 04, 2016 5:42 PM
Wendy F
RE: Joshua Munger
Dear Judy,
I didn't get the honor of meeting or knowing him either. Thank you for making his memorial. Sponsoring is a very small thing to do considering Joshua's great sacrifice. Anyone who gives up so much should never be forgotten. (My eldest paternal Aunt was a Great Grandmother in law to him.)
Thank you!
Added by Wendy F on Jun 14, 2016 3:47 AM
RE: # 69827729
Thanks for getting back Judi. If I ever find out anything more, I can let you know. Thanks for adding the picture.
Added by Dee on May 25, 2016 9:35 PM
# 69827729
Hi Judy,
I noticed you added the picture and manage the memorial for # 69827729. There is a link to her husband who is listed in a different cemetery, but a picture of the same stone has been added to that memorial by someone else. I'm not sure which cemetery the stone is actually in. Can you help me? Thank you.
Added by Dee on May 25, 2016 12:08 PM
Memorial# 12676315
I hope all is well. See my last message to you? The memorials are still duplicated. I hope you and the other contributor can work this out.
The cemeteries are side by side so it might be confusing. Let me know if you can't tell which cemetery these belong in.
The other contributor seems to have trouble communicating, except to say she is correct (?).
Added by pMcP on Apr 15, 2016 8:58 PM
Memorial# 12676315
Hello fellow Contributor,
I just wanted to send you a quick heads up as there are two duplicate memorials created. However, I am unfamiliar with these cemeteries so I leave it up to you and the other memorial manager to sort it all out. They have such a beautiful and distinctive family gravestone that it should not be too hard, I think, to determine which cemetery they belong in.

In Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, Marathon County
Created first by: Judi Wollenziehn

Dennis Charles Brennan
Memorial# 12676315 added: Dec 13, 2005
wife, Anna W Mary Brennan
Memorial# 12675755 added: Dec 13, 2005


In Saint Joseph Cemetery, Wausau, Marathon County
Created by: Kathleen Englebretson

Dennis Charles Brennan
Memorial# 102401788 added: Dec 20, 2012
wife, Anna W Mary Brennan
Memorial# 102401837 added: Dec 20, 2012

I have notified the other page manager as well.

Thanks for all your hard work on Find a Grave.
Added by pMcP on Feb 12, 2016 8:26 AM
Goodykoontz family
Hi Judy,
I'm trying to tie up loose ends in my mother's family and saw that you did the memorial for Joe "Leslie" Goodykoontz #55776329. Do you know the family? His information matches exactly the Joseph Thomas Goodykoontz I have in my family except for the middle name ("Thomas" was on Joe's WW I draft registration). Joseph Thomas' first wife was Nellie Sheets, who was first cousin to my grandfather. The information I have is from a history written by Nellie's first cousin. Any ideas? Thank you for the memorials and your help.

Added by HeadHunter on Jan 06, 2016 6:28 PM
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