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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 13 years, 5 months, 9 days
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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Mary Steinmeyer
RE: Steinmeyer
Hi Zella,
Wow! Your opening blew me away! It was a pleasant shock! Are you related to a Kathie Weigel and if so how? I recall Dad saying a few years back he had send Kathie a copy of the Weigel tree he and I worked on, and he was waiting to hear back from her with the information she had gathered. And of course I donít know if he ever did hear back from her. Especially since Paulís branch is rather bare on the documentation that Dad and I worked on. When we first started on this project I was in high school and we relied mostly on Annaís memory. Then it got put on the back burner when I went to college and life happened. Dad picked up this project when he retired and I know he wrote to lots of people and visited Missouri and Iowa looking for information. He suffered from vascular dementia the last few years of his life so that project got put on the back burner. Iím still going through all his papers which is a slow process and I havenít yet come across the box which may hold his research and the correspondence. I get sidetracked by other projects and people. One of these days, I will retire, and can focus more on some of these projects!
I remember Gíma talking about Paul and Wallie a couple times, but I canít remember if it was in general, or if she and Gípa did go visit them. This was like in the late 60ís/early 70ís. Did you ever meet Anna and Horton?
Even though Dad passed in November, we didnít have his memorial service until May. He is buried next to Mom at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. The tombstone is supposed to be ready sometime this month. Thatís why you probably couldnít locate him. I noticed another volunteer already posted Momí and Dadís information but they arenít linked. So Iíll send a message to that volunteer.
That was such a good picture you posted of my Gpa Horton. He was a handsome guy; I could see why Gma fell in love with him!  One of my favorite memories of them together is that they were always holding hands.
Would it be possible for me to print the pictures of Gpa, and the one of Gma Anna with her mother? So cool!
Please feel free to email me directly!
From one cousin to another!
Added by Mary Steinmeyer on Jul 19, 2015 2:01 PM
Ray Buhl
Patrick Doran
Hello Zella,

I am hoping you can help me with the memorial for Patrick Doran in Saint Vincents Cemetery in Akron Ohio (Memorial 63884074). I have been having trouble finding his death date on-line. Your memorial has a death date of Dec 12, 1881. Do you know where you obtained this date? You also mention that he was buried from St Bernards Church. Does that mean that he was moved to St Vincents, perhaps when his wife was buried? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks Ray Buhl
Added by Ray Buhl on Jul 18, 2015 9:41 PM
RE: David Sellers
You are welcome! I have found many entries where the transcription doesn't match the date on the stone--not off by just one year as sometimes happens with gravestone and death certificate not matching, but because 7 and 2 are misread; 3, 6, 8 and 9 are also easy to confuse without careful inspection. It happens and is easily corrected :).
Added by KIR on Jul 18, 2015 4:54 PM
Death Certificates
You might get a SAC or two from me this weekend. Source is death certificate.
Added by Kat on Jul 18, 2015 2:19 PM
Anne Vermillion
RE: Francis Drass
Thanks so much!!!
Added by Anne Vermillion on Jul 16, 2015 10:34 PM
Blair County
Zella, I noticed your bio and saw Blair County. My family is mostly Blair County, Pennsylvania. I made a trip from California last year and took as many of the Blair Memorial and Logan Valley as I could.

Thanks for being a findagraver. Carol
Added by CEllison on Jul 11, 2015 10:22 PM
Claudette RussellĢ

Thanks for the heads up - I have moved her to the correct cemetery.

Added by CEllison on Jul 11, 2015 10:19 PM
Scott Kerns
Mary Jane Berkheimer Walls (FAG #12776669)
May I ask for transfer of management of the memorial for Mary Jane Berkheimer Walls (Find A Grave #12776669)? She was my 3rd great grandfather. I am actively researching her. My Find A Grave member number is 47492451. Thank you!
Added by Scott Kerns on Jul 11, 2015 3:16 PM
Scott Kerns
Robert Walls (FAG #12776656)
May I ask for transfer of management of the memorial for Robert Walls (Find A Grave #12776656)? He was my 3rd great grandfather. I have done much research and documentation of him. My Find A Grave member number is 47492451. Thank you!
Added by Scott Kerns on Jul 11, 2015 3:12 PM
Mary Elizabeth O'Neil Diehl
Birth: 1893
Death: Nov. 25, 1920

Wife of John Ward Diehl.
Her name is Mary Elizabeth O'Neil Diehl.
My husbands Great Aunt.

Wife of Ward J. Diehl.

(Altoona Mirror, 26 November 1920)

Family links:
J Ward Diehl (1887 - 1979)*

*Calculated relationship

Saint Brigid Cemetery
Cambria County
Pennsylvania, USA

Created by: Zella
Record added: Mar 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66824417
Added by Cindi on Jul 06, 2015 10:39 AM
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