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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. Do not expect me to post living individuals because I won't.

Photos Why do people cut off part of the grave marker? An edge, or the parameter around the inscription, or the entire top off a tall obelisk? This is a web-site to document the tombstone. That means, it should be photographed in all it's beauty, left to right, top to bottom. If it is a tall pillar, then walk back until you can catch a good view. Then add another photo of the inscription. And why do people post a photo so small, you can't read the inscription? This is especially upsetting on the older tombstones or when there are symbols. Really think about what you are doing before adding a disrespectful representation.

Back to my regular nice stuff...

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

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Diane Reich
Jacob Cohn
Thanks for the info, memorial updated
Added by Diane Reich on Aug 19, 2014 6:28 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
Barbara Hunter-Holmes
John Hunter Decendents
Hi Colleta,

With further research I noticed you've created or maintain many of my Gr-Gr-Uncle John's descendants.

How are you related to the Hunter family?

If you wish, you can email me at and we can talk further. I'm always interested in discovering new family.

Safe Travels,

Barbara Hunter-Holmes
Added by Barbara Hunter-Holmes on Jul 21, 2014 2:32 PM
Connie Clark
RE: Frances Renken
You are very welcome. I took several shots with my camera too if you'd like them. We use our phones to add the GPS on each grave, but also take with the camera. My email is if you'd like the others as well. Best wishes, Connie and Wayne
Added by Connie Clark on Jul 20, 2014 6:02 PM
Kelli Smythe
William Thomason
Thank you for the information on William. He married my cousin.
Added by Kelli Smythe on Jun 29, 2014 1:09 PM
Camille Phelps
Hurwood W. Griffith
Colletta... Thank you for allowing your photos to be used on Ancestry.. I posted your photo of Hurwood's marker to my tree and gave you credit as you requested. Thank you again for you generosity... Camille
Added by Camille Phelps on Jun 15, 2014 6:25 PM
Elenor Lechner
Colletta, would you mind transferring Elenor to me? She would have been my aunt (my father's sister). Thank you for considering this request.
Added by JuneBug on Jun 15, 2014 12:03 AM
Ron Shaw
RE: Point Reyes Coast Guard Cemetery
I searched for it several different ways, and it didnt show up. I finally found out it existed through a google search for a totally unrelated item. I will delete my entries.

Ron Shaw
Added by Ron Shaw on Jun 13, 2014 9:07 AM
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