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Please be patient as I will try to get to my emails as soon as I can. My father passed away on New Year's Eve and I was gone for a month, so I am a bit behind on things. Thanks for your patience. If you would like to leave flowers on my dad's memorial page, click on my dad's name, David Hernes.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow;
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight;
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die
~Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)
Her memorial page is #40647533
Strangers in the Box
by Pamela A. Harazim
Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I've often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, serene.
I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories
Are lost among my socks.
I wonder what their lives were like.
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I'll never know their ways.
If only someone had taken time
To tell who, what, where, when,
These faces of my heritage
Would come to life again.
Could this become the fate
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be tossed away?
Make time to save your pictures,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours could be
The strangers in the box.
Behold and see as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so must you be
Prepare for death and follow me
(Taken from the headstone of my great-great-great-great-great-great uncle, Josephus Benoni Bellamy, whom died in 1777 at age 16)
The Recording of a Cemetery
by Thelma Greene Reagan
Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where others cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.
Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.
Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.
Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hallowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.
Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.
Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.
Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marble stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder how you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
~ Walter Butler Palmer (1906)
His memorial page is #87759950
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|Nancy Poppin Umland||Julia Sullivan|
Hi..........good work on the headstones from the Calvary Cem in SF. I posted the Find A Grave for Julia b/c I had the obit on a sheet with other obits. It's nice she now has a stone.
|Ags8th||RE: Rosanna Brady photo request, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, CA|
Squeak, thanks for the site confirmation. My Rosanna Brady was married to a James Brady and was according to her father's will alive in San Fran at least until 1883.
Added by Ags8th on Oct 01, 2015 12:31 PM
|Maria O'Neill-Forbes||McAleer & O'Neill|
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the transfers.
Hi, John L McAleer 102726190 is Hannah O'Neill-McAleer, my great aunts 2nd husband. Do you have any connection to these 3 ppl or could we do a transfer?
|Maria O'Neill-Forbes||possible transfer|
Hi, Hannah McAleer 102726253 is Hannah O'Neill, my great aunt. Do you have any connection to these 3 ppl or could we do a transfer?
|Wendy de Solla Aldridge||Photo of headstone for Abraham De Solla|
Just a quick word to thank you for taking the time to photograph the final resting place of Abraham De Solla. I was curious to see the dates. I'm not yet sure how I might be related to him....as the de Solla name is quite rare. I am living in Canada, so it was great to have someone do this for me.
Thanks again :)
Oh, and for the name Ryan on the stone, would that have been his wife's maiden name ??
Wendy de Solla
Thank you both for taking the photo of the area of his grave as well as the note you sent me last week about the other mathews request. So much information has been cleaned from Find A Grave contributors who go above and beyond. Again, thank you for taking the time to send the note and the photo!
|Kay Romer||RE: Angelo and Mary Mifsud, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, CA|
Thanks for your note. Your efforts are much appreciated.
Yes, we think my husband's grandmother's mother was named Mifsud. She then married a Calleja, then her daughter married a Mifsud. Apparently, the name Mifsud in Malta is like "Smith" or "Johnson" are here -- very common. We visited Malta last year and ran across several Mifsuds, so I can vouch for how common it seems to be. We also ran across a couple of Callejas as well. It's also a very small country, so there isn't a lot of variety. :-)
An interesting note on Angelo's burial -- He was hit by a train and killed in May of 1956 but was not buried until August of that year, because there was a gravediggers' strike going on at the time. There was simply no way to bury him. My mother-in-law said it was an awful experience, because here they'd lost their dad at a relatively young age (with several children still at home), then they had to go through the pain again when burying him all those months later. Sad stuff.
Again, thanks for your efforts.
|Eric||Annie Daly memorials|
I think the headstone photo for Annie Daly on 108076908 should be moved to 105162053.
The death date on 108076908 was Mar 22, 1913. Right now it shows 1899, but I think that this is an updated value based on your photo. It could be that A.Firefly has the original date. I have a census record with Annie Daly from 1910.
The death date on 105162053 is Dec 18, 1898, which is much closer to the 1899 on the memorial.
Or it could be a completely different Annie Daly.
Can you check your work on assigning this photo to 108076908?
Added by Eric on Sep 22, 2015 9:46 AM
|Tom Brocher||Charlotte W Schmitz in HCCC|
I could be mistaken, but I think the marker photo that you posted for Charlotte W Schmitz, a relation of Eugene Schmitz, a former SF Mayor, is in error. I photographed the marker - her name is not on it but she is Grave 2 while he is Grave 8. The Schmitzs occupy Graves 1-2 and 7-8 in Section B, Row 3, Area 11. Have a look at the plot info and the marker that I posted on her marker (#105287700).
The marker photo you posted is from the correct area, but it would appear that it is not for the Schmitz part of the area.
Let me know what you think!
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