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Colletta (#47089656)
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I follow the findagrave guidelines for posting obituaries. I extract the information needed to fill in the basic data, and may ad organization affiliation and military career, but that's about it. So please do not send me full obits, as I will not post them. If you want to take your time and edit out certain points, you may do so. I will not post the names of living individuals.


PLEASE TAKE MORE RESPECTFUL PHOTOS I have been seeing more and more horrible photos. I am especially disappointed in the half-ass images of historic markers. Cut-off obelisks. No dimension to ground markers. Blurry. Illegible. Military markers taken from a standing position instead of a kneeling position. I am disgusted sometimes because we are suppose to be documenting history for all time, instead, we are doing injustice to the dead. Many meaningful inscriptions are not getting recorded because the photo is too small to transcribe. Take more time at the cemetery and think before you post a bad photo. Use common sense and don't be in a hurry. Less good photos are worth more than many ugly photos. Thank you.


Cemeteries are such unique places. I enjoy the beauty of sculptures, mausoleums and various items around the interred. The statuary, the iconic images, representative symbols, old rod iron fencing; it is all fascinating. From the most elaborate statue to the simply inscribed piece of wood.

There is so much mystery in a cemetery. Stories that are told and stories to wonder about and stories to find out about.

I have been to cemeteries in at least 30 states including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Costa Rica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands and Argentina.

I am a 4th generation San Franciscan. Lived in Marin County for 33 years and now live in Mendocino County.

I enjoy taking photographs of the surroundings and capturing the beauty of the burial plot. I do my best to capture the entire tombstone in as pretty a shot as I can manage. I continually watch for seasonal changes or offerings to capture a better representation of the marker and view.

I spend a great deal of time in cemeteries (physically and virtually.) I photograph and document a select number of cemeteries in the counties of Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino as well as San Francisco and Colma.

For the most part, I only create newer memorials from obituaries that I have photographed or intend to photograph. This allows me to concentrate my time with cemeteries I am familiar with. My "numbers" are fairly high, but I know where each interred is within the cemetery.

I have finished photographing the following cemeteries in rural West Marin, Olema, Bolinas, Tomales Presbyterian, Tomales Catholic and Marshall. Have photographed B'nai Israel, Fernwood, Little Lake and Willits with continual visits for additions.

I traveled to Antarctica in 2009 and visited Grytviken Island, where Ernest Shackleton is interred. Stop by and leave a virtual flower for one of the mariners.

I don't have my email listed, so please chose a random memorial "edit request" for a more personal note.

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Please advise me that you are posting my photos to your Ancestry family tree. I am very happy to share (or provide full sized original) but let me know. I spend hours and travel hundreds of miles to obtain photos in all kinds of weather. Copying my photo and then using as "your own" is the same as shoplifting.

Credit my photographs as follows
Colletta member #47089656 at Find-a-grave

Thank you very much!

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jenny saad
RE: Hellums
Dear Colletta,
Hello! I do not live in the area and have only added what information I have based on a family connection. Any additional info provided by you would most appreciated,
Best regards,
Added by jenny saad on Sep 12, 2014 1:23 AM
James Piercy
Charles Wesley Piercy
Hi Coletta,

Thank you of posting the obituary for my GG grandfather's brother, as well as the research you did. I have fixed the memorial page as you suggested.

Thank you!
Added by James Piercy on Sep 09, 2014 10:03 AM
Mary Combs
RE: Eleanor Martin
Thanks for trying!!

Added by Mary Combs on Sep 08, 2014 7:28 PM
Diane Reich
Please add a memorial for wife Henrietta, she is buried with her husband. I will then add her photos
Added by Diane Reich on Sep 08, 2014 9:58 AM
Diane Reich
David Plato
memorial updated. Thanks!
Added by Diane Reich on Sep 06, 2014 6:21 AM
Ray Cannata
Thanks for the edits
Thanks for the edits on P. EPSTEIN.
Added by Ray Cannata on Aug 28, 2014 2:54 PM
RE: Cypress Hill - Barth
I thought this might stone was for Bessie also, but I removed it.
Added by Marion on Aug 24, 2014 11:34 AM
Chris Aiuto-Atkins
RE: Charles Bowbeer
I did not take a picture, because when I requested it, it didn't have one on it and it was in my area, where I live. I thought I would go and look for the photo, when I saw that there's a photo already taken by you I tried to mark it fulfilled, it wouldn't let me. So please don't think I took a photo from you, I so sorry this happen, I guess I will request from the owner that he makes the changes for me. ONCE AGAIN SO SORRY, just was asking for help.
Added by Chris Aiuto-Atkins on Aug 15, 2014 10:23 PM
Chris Aiuto-Atkins
Hi, I claimed to take this photo, but you did it instead. I wish that you can mark it fulfilled. Because the claim stays open on my side. Can't finish it because you took the photo I claimed.
My Contributor # is 48404469.
Thanks Chris Aiuto-Atkins
Added by Chris Aiuto-Atkins on Aug 15, 2014 12:17 PM
Barbara Hunter-Holmes
Nora Canty Hunter # 101316163
Hi Colletta,

Many thanks for processing the Edits. I totally understand her name change, and thank you again for posting the possibility.

Added by Barbara Hunter-Holmes on Jul 28, 2014 11:46 AM
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