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Karen Brewer (#46823815)
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Bio Photo I am sixth generation Iowan. My mother's side of the family has been in Iowa since 1841. I have been working on my family history since 1980.

I began contributing to Find A Grave as a means to record the headstone inscriptions I had transcribed from walking many cemeteries back in the day, mostly Audubon, Cass, Clarke, Madison, Polk and Warren counties in Iowa and mostly relatives. This was before Find A Grave and way before Find A Grave turned into a genealogical site. My parents have also contributed headstone photographs they have taken. My main goal is to preserve what was written on the headstones, to learn about the people and to honor the deceased.

Please contact me by clicking the edit tab on the upper right hand corner of the memorial. I will not add highly detailed information such as census transactions. This data is more suited for sites like, or your virtual cemetery, etc.

Please use the edit tab to request links.

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I have meet so many nice people on Find A Grave.

Thank you!!

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Jeanne Gaumer
Teddie Carson
Thanks Karen. I put this on the page for Freddie Carson, same cemetery. I looked for him on familysearch and found that death date and age for Freddie. Also his middle name listed as Logan.
Added by Jeanne Gaumer on Apr 25, 2015 12:18 PM
RE: 39934675 and 63981406
I found a really nice obituary of him on ancestry with lots of details about him and his death. They did a search for him and found him and others buried on Greenwich island in 1943 but he remained as missing until after the war but was considered killed in action on the date you have and was not reburied until 1950. He and his comrades were buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Mo.

If you like, I can email you a copy of the article but please don't publish it as is, since I do not have permission to publish it. If you like, you can get on my ancestry and look at his tree I built for him over there with the postcard and picture of his missing notice. I can give you a invite to the tree
Added by Mary(Coggin)Russell on Mar 17, 2015 8:17 AM
Jeanne Gaumer
THanks Karen, I added this to the 3 early immigrants.
Added by Jeanne Gaumer on Feb 24, 2015 6:03 AM
Terry Mount
RE: Old Altoona Cemetery
Hi Karen,

I found Noah Oldfield listed in the death register for Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado.

For reference please search for Noah Oldfield in the Pikes Peak Newsfinder at the following URL:

Note that you can also order an obituary for him it appears.

I hope this helps.

Terry Mount
Added by Terry Mount on Feb 23, 2015 7:55 AM
Oh, my--let me try again:
Do not use any commas or spaces in the sequence of keystrokes:

Start bold: <, b, >
Stop bold: <, /, b, >

Start italics: <, i, >
Stop italics: <, /, i, >

Added by MrsB on Feb 15, 2015 8:49 PM
Oh, my--let me try again:
Do not use any commas or spaces in the sequence of keystrokes:

Start bold: <, b, >
Stop bold: <, /, b, >

Start italics: <, i, >
Stop italics: <, /, i, >

Added by MrsB on Feb 15, 2015 7:45 PM
RE: Thank you for Walt Zich transfer
A fellow FindaGraver taught me. In the bio, type to start the bold, and then to finish it. Type to start the italics, and then to finish it. You can't do this when you first enter the memorial--the memorial has to first be in the cemetery, and then go to Edit Bio, and do this. It looks crazy when you are first typing it, but when you Save and look at the memorial it will happen.

Best wishes--I came back to this memorial because I was working with some other Zich's, and were hoping they were Walt's relatives (they weren't that I know of). My family and I really liked Walt, though--take a look at the picture they have of his son that died in Vietnam--he looked very much like a younger Walt.
Added by MrsB on Feb 15, 2015 7:40 PM
Thank you for Walt Zich transfer
I appreciate this very much.
Added by MrsB on Feb 15, 2015 2:20 PM
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 142192746
Good morning, Karen, I appreciate you giving me a heads up on little Oscar Neff's memorial and your contribution of his obit. What a splendid find! I especially like the language: "He was buried on Tuesday in the Cemetery about three miles from town, where all that remains of Oscar, who last Sunday morning was the pride and hope of a happy family, will rest until the day comes for the grave to give up its dead." -- I see that you too scour newspapers from long ago. Thanks so much for sharing it. Oscar is the nephew of a woman whose adopted daughter married my great-grandfather, had two children, and then divorced him. He never spoke of them. We only learned of his first marriage last decade, long after his 2nd family had died. I often imagine the shock/horror my G-Aunts/Uncles might have felt upon learning of their beloved Papa's secret. Isn't research full of surprises! Again, thank you. --Sandy
Added by Norton on Feb 11, 2015 10:00 AM
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 36935973
Thanks for your kind words. It's good to know that the biographies are actually being read and appreciated! My dad taught me well... ALWAYS look for objective original documentation before accepting something as fact, no matter how reliable a third party source may seem. I spent many summer vacations rummaging through dusty documents in courthouse basements with him, and am now the custodian of those family records. Research has come a LONG way in this digital age, but I've also found that a large dose of misinformation comes with each piece of newly available correct information. You would certainly think that a headstone would be reliable, but in this case, even "cast in stone" can't be relied upon! I just hope that the next generation of researchers understands the importance of preserving those original documents and not just the summaries.
Added by EveyBl on Feb 02, 2015 3:25 PM
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