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Having grown up next to a cemetery, I've always had a fascination for the mysteries of the graveyard. I'd watch the rituals surrounding the funeral mass and solemn procession to the cemetery in the churchyard. What was this ceremony of taking relatives and neighbors to their final resting place?|
At a young age, there was more curiosity than understanding of the customary bell ringing that accompanied the procession the half block to the gravesite. I would watch from my window as groups of people gathered tightly under a crimson tent where the deceased had been placed. Flowers, tears, holy water and a priest with a train of altar boys marked those last moments.
It wasn't until years later that I found an appreciation for the annual treks to the cemeteries on Memorial Day. The walking of the rows, pausing frequently to remember the life of one who's left us, became less of a burden and more of a history lesson. We would linger at he gravesites of relatives and friends to say a silent prayer and leave a fresh sprig of flowers which would mark the site for the coming Summer. Small American flags would also be placed on the graves of our veterans.
My dad was the historian in our family. At each stop, he would relate the things we should remember about that person. How we were related, a bit about their life and always a light-hearted something that would allow us to remember them with love.
Find A Grave has allowed me to continue this tradition online so all who can't travel and future generations can take part in remembering their loved ones' history and build their own family trees.
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|Delphine Richter Thomas||Elsie Jopp nee Kranz|
Jory, Please link her to her parents, William and Fridericka (Bennin) Kranz who are buried in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Many thanks, Delphine Richter Thomas William: 105209196; Fridericke: 105209835
|Dale & Corinne Wise||Jopp|
you shoud remove yours I had mine in 41553 before you move your picture delete your and I will transfer mine to you Dale Wise
|Evie (Greer) Schipper||Just wondering...|
I see you've created many Lemke memorials in this area. Are you related to the Lemke families of Stearns County, Minnesota?
|Pat Ellingson||Mathias, John & Gertrude Ohman|
Thank you so much for taking the photos of our relatives' graves. We really do appreciate it! They are good photos. Thank you for being a volunteer.
Thanks so much Jory for taking and uploading the beautiful photograph of my husband's grandparents' monument. Your help is much appreciated!
Added by LynnS on Sep 03, 2012 11:46 PM
|Karena Couillard||Richard Schwartz|
If you are related to Richard Schwartz you may want to contact the Sauk Centre Historical Society in Mn. There is someone there writing a book on him and looking for more information.
Sauk Centre Area Historical Society
430 Main Street South
Sauk Centre, MN 56378-1509
Contact: Marilyn Uhlenkamp
Hours: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
|Karena Couillard||RE: Fox photos|
No problem. Glad I could help.
Jory, Thank you very much the photo's are just fine. I really appreciate your help.
|Aquarian Dawn||Elmer Groth Memorial Page|
Thanks so much for adding photo of grave marker.
Just wanted to say thanks for the photo!!!
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