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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
 member for 9 years, 1 month, 20 days
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Bio Photo When I was young, my mother had a shoe box and a shirt size gift box full of photos that she kept in the linen closet. Every so often, I would ask if we could get them out and go through them. We would sit at the kitchen table with the photos in a heap. My sisters and I would ask who the people were, and Mom would tell us about them. That was probably what first sparked my interest in genealogy.

I began actively digging for information to put my family tree together in 1981. My Aunt Frances Herbold had been at it for decades by that time. A lot of time and legwork was involved when she was doing her work. There was no Internet. She wrote scores of letters to people, asking for information. She must have spent hours and hours looking through old rolls of microfilm, which could easily cause a person to go blind or insane, or both. Aunt Frances, God bless her, furnished me with a bare bones genealogy to start with. When she passed away, my Uncle sent all of her genealogy materials to me.

Many years passed, and little by little my family tree grew. Then one day I was watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on CNN. I was horrified to see the devastation, but what struck me most was that so many people had lost every picture, every slip and scrap of paper they ever had. I thought of all the family photos, letters and documents I had accumulated over the years. It was hard for me to imagine I could experience such a loss, but it got me started looking for a way to preserve and share these things with others who might be interested.

A short time later, I discovered findagrave. While I haven't posted everything, a large part of my family tree is here. Findagrave is a wonderful place to preserve and share information and photos and to honor those who came before us. That is the reason I do what I do here. I have also met a lot of new cousins here.

My husband and I live just north of Seattle, Washington. I have adopted Holyrood Catholic Cemetery as the one I work on almost exclusively now. I finished entering the names, burial dates and grave locations (from the Catholic Cemetery website) for all of the burials there in late February, 2012. Now I'm working on taking and posting grave photos. As of

May 21, 2013, 29%
August 29, 2013, 37%
September 14, 2013, 38%
October 2, 2013, 39%
October 18, 2013, 40%
November 9, 2013, 41%
December 1, 2013, 42%
January 8, 2013, 43%
January 25, 2014, 44%
February 10, 2014, 45%
February 28, 2014, 46%
March 10, 2014, 47%
March 21, 2014, 48%
March 31, 2014, 49%
April 10, 2014, 50%
April 20, 2014, 51%
April 28, 2014, 52%
May 8, 2014, 53%
May 16, 2014, 54%
May 26, 2014, 55%
June 6, 2014, 56%
June 22, 2014, 57%
July 7, 2014, 59%
July 23, 2014, 61%
July 27, 2014, 62%
August 4, 2014, 63%
August 11, 2014, 64%
August 21, 2014, 65%
August 30, 2014, 66%
September 5, 2014, 67%
September 14, 2014, 68%

of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos. When people contact me with additional information, requests for transfers or photo requests, that's when I look for more information on a person or surname, including obituaries.

If you have suggestions or requests for transfers, please contact me using the "Edit" tab toward the top right hand corner of the person's memorial page. Select the first option you see; then tell me what you would like for me to do. Making your request this way ensures that I have all the information I need to fulfill your request. Please keep in mind that I will add any information or corrections you send me, but I will also credit you as the contributor of that information. If you don't have a findagrave ID, then I will use your email address when giving you credit as the contributor.

I love taking grave photos at Holyrood. You can contact me directly if you would like for me to get a grave photo, or you can make your photo request from a person's memorial page. If you see an inferior grave photo that I have taken, feel free to ask me to try to get a better one, and I will.

It's not about the numbers with me. It's about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think that anyone is forgotten. It is, as I said before, about memorializing and honoring those who have gone before us. I would like nothing more than to see all memorial pages in the loving care of family members.

Names I am working on:

~ Every Herbold group I can find ~
Berardi ~ Nigro ~ Zeek ~ Ellis ~ Edgerton ~
Lytle ~ Olmer ~ Vassar/Vasser ~ Dowell ~
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Edward Madeo
Thank you so much for taking this headstone photo for me. Great job!
Added by Debbie on Sep 08, 2014 12:06 PM
RE: Welcome
Hi Bonita,

I've begun photographing markers, and have a couple of questions that I didn't see answered in the FAQ.

Added by ernest-shand on Sep 04, 2014 9:39 PM
Andrea Barnes Force
Alice J Picht
Thank you so much for the picture of Alice's headstone. I really appreciate it. I see, also, you have added more information to the memorial. I don't know why the headstone says 1889 as her birth. I got my information from her SSDI records. Again, I thank you very much. Andrea
Added by Andrea Barnes Force on Sep 04, 2014 7:51 PM
Janet Sullivan
RE: Dave Jasper photo
Thanks. I'm new to how this all works.

Janet Sullivan
Added by Janet Sullivan on Sep 04, 2014 6:26 PM
Janet Sullivan
RE: Dave Jasper photo

Did you get my reply?

Re: David Jasper

If not I will do again.

Janet Sullivan
Added by Janet Sullivan on Sep 04, 2014 10:48 AM
Mr. Jean Coston
RE: Gene Merino
One last question.
What cemetery is ne in?
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Sep 03, 2014 5:35 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
RE: Gene Merino
The upper right tab on this page says "Edit mu
What next?
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Sep 03, 2014 1:33 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
Gene Merino
Dear Bonita
Please add below the dates of birth and death
Washington, King County and Seattle.
Seattle is Seattle, Washington, King County date
of death found in the first paragraph.
In the second paragraph is his place of birth
Beacon Hill which a part of Seattle south of
the center of Seattle
Thank you,
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Sep 03, 2014 2:45 AM
Thanks again, Bonita. You are great!
Added by Unicorn4590 on Aug 28, 2014 8:46 PM
Janet Sullivan
RE: Dave Jasper photo
Yes, they are the parents. Two sons Hubert and William are buried near them. Also daughter Adelaide Sullivan (no relation to me thru Sullivan) and a granddaughter Patricia Moseley.(Adelaide's only child).

Thanks again.
Added by Janet Sullivan on Aug 27, 2014 8:12 AM
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