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Duane Heit (#46917250)
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Bio Photo With this site being named 'Find A Grave', 100% of my entries tell how to actually find the grave, along with a photo of the monument.

There are two 'Lickteig' memorials that don't tell how to find the grave as requested by Jeanne Vogel.

Oak Lawn Cemetery, Cresco
started recording on Feb 4, 2014. Listing the names and dates first, photos will come later.


I'm employed as a mortician with Lindstrom Funeral Homes in Creso.

Please contact me if you would like the persons obituary or any other biographical information listed or photos added.

If you see any mistakes or errors in my postings, please let me know and I'll make corrections.

Feel free to contact me at if you have comments, questions or corrections.


I'm trying to list all the burials with biographies and photos that I can for my ancestors/relatives. This includes the sirnames of Heit, Boellerschen, Papenheim, Lange, Grimm and Zmoos. Most of my relatives are buried in the following three cemeteries; St. Johns Lutheran (Stapleton) a few miles west of Waucoma, St. Mary's Cemetery New Hampton and a few in St. Mary's Cemetery in North Washington.

The following is a listing of the cemeteries that I photographed each monument in it and the date I finished posting them to Find A Grave. Each cemetery did have at least a few monuments where I could not read the last name on it, and therefore did not post.

Alta Vista, Iowa - Calvary
Late April of 2011 - 500 entries

Boyd, Iowa
July 16, 2011 - 150 entries

Cresco, Iowa - Calvary
May 6, 2013 - 2100 entries

Cresco, Iowa - New Oregon
Feb 4, 2014 - 1700 entries

Churchtown, Iowa - Mays Prairie
Aug 30, 2007 - 200 entries

Fredericksburg, Iowa - Garden of Memories
July 16, 2011 - 50 entries

Ionia, Iowa - St. Boniface
April 7, 2011 - 400 entries

Jericho, Iowa - Lutheran
April 28, 2011 - 400 entries

Lansing Iowa - Gethsemane
August 23, 2007 - 1300 entries

Lawler Iowa - North
Spring 2011 - 70 entries

Little Turkey, Iowa - St. Mary's
July 2, 2011 - 250 entries

New Albin, Iowa - St. Joseph
Late April of 2011 - 500 entries

New Hampton, Iowa - Calvary (aka St. Joseph's)
In April 2010 - 1200 entries

New Hampton, Iowa - City (aka Graceland)
July 2011 - 3000 entries

New Hampton, Iowa - St. Mary's
In April 2010 - 1100 entries
(Most of my father's deceased relatives are buried here.)

Postville (rural), Iowa - Bethlehem Presbyterian
Spring 2011 - 200 entries

Protivin, Iowa - Holy Trinity
August 2011 - 1100 entries

Waucoma, Iowa - St. John's (Stapleton)
March 2010 - 150 entries
(Most of my mothers deceased relatives are buried here.)

Waukon, Iowa - Mt Olivet (aka St. Pat's)
March 27, 2011 - 1300 entries
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Dian Babcock
Abibail Mary Manning obit
I don't see Abigail Mary Manning cemetery record and believe she is the wife of Valorius D. Manning in the Oak Lawn Cemetery

Here is her obituary
Abigail Mary Manning obituary
Sunday March 7, 1897 at her home near Kendallville, Mrs.
V. D. Manning in her 76th year.
Miss Abigal Mary Manning (Mrs. V. D. Manning) was born near Sandy Hill, New York October 2, 1821. She united with the M. E. church at an early age. Moved to Wisconsin in 1848 lived there until moving to Winneshiek County, in 1855.
Lived two years in Cresco in whence her husband died. Removed from Cresco in the fall of 1895 residing since in her former home near Kendallville. She has been in feeble health for some time past and her death resulted after an illness of about a week.
She leaves three children, Mrs. Mary Woodward, Mrs. Bean and Edward C. MANNING, Miss Emma Manning preceded her mother dying December 27, 1877 at the age of 26 years. Dian Babcock
Added by Dian Babcock on Oct 13, 2014 9:07 PM
Dian Babcock
RE: adding obits
I have been adding my obituaries to the wrong place. I wondered why there wasn't a response so guess I will do them over again. Sorry I sent them Virtual setting Dian
Added by Dian Babcock on Oct 05, 2014 6:15 PM
Nancy Yost Leach
The Lydon Family of Howard County
I have been unable to find the final resting places of our great, great grandfather, Nicholas Lydon (1823-1903) and his wife Mary Foley (1834-1906).

They and their 6 children lived in the Cresco (Paris?)area. Their son, Martin (1867-1956) and daughter, Mary (1863-1943) are buried at Calvary Cemetery. You manage their Find A Grave memorials. I would think the parents would be in the same cemetery.

Do you have any information that could help my search?

Thanks so much!
Nancy Leach

Added by Nancy Yost Leach on Oct 03, 2014 1:57 PM
Dian Babcock
RE: adding obits
Thank you I wasn't sure how to do that. I will try that now. Dian
Added by Dian Babcock on Sep 29, 2014 7:07 PM
Dian Babcock
Isabella R. Humphrey obituary
Isabella R. Humphrey wife of George R. Humphrey completed her earthly career on the evening of April 18, 1895 and passed to the other side.
Isabella Murray was born at Pleasant Lake, Indiana September 17, 1847 and in 1854 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Murray, one brother and three sisters came to Howard County. On May 29, 1866 became the wife of G. R. Humphey. Her home has since been in or near Cresco. Four sons and two daughters came to bless their union all of whom are left to mourn the loss of a loving, kind and faithful mother.
In her youth she was converted and became a member of the M. E. Church and through life bore ll her troubles with the meekness of her Savior. She had been a constant sufferer for about twenty two years with the rheumatism, and through all her suffering never complained of her lot. She leaves an example of a true and loving wife and mother, beloved by all who knew her.
Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Sunday afternoon, conducted by her former pastor Rev. H. Williams of Ridgeway assisted by Rev. Macurdy and members of the church choir. Besides the sorrowing friends and members of Memorial Post, G. A. R. of which order Mr. Humphrey is a member, a large concourse of neighbors and friends from both town and country, out of respect for the living and honor for the dead, were present at the funeral.
The floral offerings were both handsome and profuse and the funeral one of the largest held at Oak Lawn.

My great grandmother Almeda (Schofield) Clark of Cresco, Iowa collected obituaries of family and possibly people she knew.
Added by Dian Babcock on Sep 29, 2014 4:33 PM
Dian Babcock
Mrs. Francis E. Edmondson Thornburgh obit
At the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. J. Clemmer, in Cresco, Iowa September 28, 1891, Mrs. Francis E. Thornburgh aged 78 years 3 months and 15 days.
Francis E. Edmondson was born in New York City, June 7th 1813. She was married to Ephraim Thornburgh, September 28, 1828 at LeRoy, New York. Five children were born to them of whom only two survived her, Mrs. E. P. Dunn of Brewster, Nebraska, and Mrs. J. J. Clemmer of this place.
The first years of her married life were spent in West Virginia where they lived until about the year 1838 when they moved to Knoc County, Ohio. About the year 1845 they moved to Beloit, Wisconsin and from there about 1855 to Iowa.
Her death occurred on the 63rd anniversary of their wedding within an hour and a half of the time when the ceremony was performed.
She was a consistent member of the church. First the Presbyterian and afterwards the Congregational for nearly sixty years. She was one of first members of the Congregational church of this place, when it was organized at Vernon Springs by Rev. J. W. Windsor and Supt. Reed some 35 years ago.
Her illness resulted from a fall, producing paralysis of the lower limbs and seriously affecting her brain. She scarcely knew her friends during her long sickness.
The family desire to thank their many friends for the sympathy extending to them during her sickness.
Funeral services at the house today at 10 o’clock.

My great Grandmother Almeda (Schofield) Clark collected family obituaries.
Added by Dian Babcock on Sep 28, 2014 9:07 PM
Carl Bennett
Franklin and Martha Ashley
You posted a fine photo of the Ashley memorial on Find A Grave #36993788. Apparently only the wife's name was engraved on it, but cemetery listings indicate the husband was buried there too. Could you please post the same photo on his site, #44636608?
Thank you and best wishes,
Carl Bennett
Added by Carl Bennett on Sep 28, 2014 7:37 PM
Dian Babcock
Harrison Blake obituary

Harrison Blake was born January 4th 1844 at Stukley Province of Quebec, Canada died December 2nd, 1913 at Minnepolis, Minnesota. He came to the United States at the age of 18 years and lived at West Union, Iowa for some time where he had a sister, Mrs. Ralph M. Hoyt. Later he went to Stephens Point, Wisconsin where he was employed by his Uncle Nathan Blake, in a store for several years. Later he went in company with Edwin I. Merry in the grocery business in Lawler, Iowa. He was married to Emma J. Merry November 2nd 1871 and soon after went to farming in Howard County, Iowa. Later he was identified with the firm of Crandall Blake and Merry grocery and meat market in Crisco, for several years. In October 1882 he went to Minneapolis, Minnesota built a store building at 2652 Lyndale Ave. South and continued in the feed business at this place for 28 years. He was prosperous at the time. His health began to fail and he sold his store and residence, but still lived in the city. His health gradually failed until his death.
His whole life was one of usefulness. He gained the reputation of honesty and fair dealing. He leaves a wife two children and an aged brother in Iowa.
Burial was at Oak Lawn cemetery Cresco, Iowa Thus ends a useful and honorable life is the verdict of all who knew him.
Mr. and Mrs. Blake were well known in Cresco, Iowa.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to our many friends for their help and kindness toward us to our bereavement Emma J. Blake and George and Edwin I. Merry.

My great grandmother Almeda (Schofield) Clark of Crisco, Iowa collected family obituaries
Added by Dian Babcock on Sep 28, 2014 2:40 PM
Dian Babcock
Emma J. Blake obituary

Mrs. Emma J. Blake was born at Magog, Canada and died at her home, 4041 Lyndale So, May 22, 1928. She came with her parents to Iowa at the age of four years. They homesteaded near Cresco and with the family endured many hardships of pioneer life.
She was married to Harrison Blake November 2, 1871. Mr. Blake preceded her in death several years ago. Minneapolis has been her home for the past 46 years. She loved the companionship of her lifelong friends as well as many new ones. She is the last of her family and is survived by her nephew Arthur D. Merry of Minneapolis, a niece Mrs. John Wein of Long Beach, California and a very devoted companion, Miss Magdalena Smith, who had lived in the home and tenderly cared for her for over twenty years.
Services were held at the home and interment was at Oak Lawn cemetery, Cresco, Iowa.
Card of thanks from Magdalena Smith, Mrs. Ella Wein, Arthur Merry.

My great grandmother Almeda (Schofield) Clark collected family obituaries
Added by Dian Babcock on Sep 28, 2014 1:50 PM
Dian Babcock
Mrs. Adah G. McArthur obituary

After an illness of four months, Mrs. Adah G. McArthur passed away at her home Friday evening January 6, 1928 aged 71 years, 7 months and 29 days.
Mrs. McArthur was born Decorah May 7, 1856. She was the daughter of Robert and Emeline McCulloch and was one of a family of six children four sisters and two brothers all of whom preceded her in death, excepting one sister Mrs. Jennie Phelps of Portland, Oregon who couldn’t be here for the funeral.
When she and her twin brother Arian were six months old the family moved to New Oregon, Iowa where they lived ten years when they moved to Cresco, which was then a new town and which has since been her home excepting two years lived in Madison South Dakota with her husband M. J. McArthur whom she married in 1896.
Mr. McArthur passed away January 9, 1924. A baby daughter and son Archie children of a former marriage preceded her in death several years ago. Her brother Adrian died September 24, 1924.
Besides her sister Mrs. Phelps she is survived by five nieces, Mrs. Alta Johnson, and Mr. F. E. White of Cresco, who were with her a large part of the time during her last sickness, Mrs. Nott Scheffer of Minneapolis, Mrs. Thelma Parker of San Diego, California, Mrs. Frederic Gerling of Portland, Oregon.
Mrs. McArthur was a faithful member of the Methodist church and Ladies Aid Society also the W. R. C. the members of the latter society attending in a body the funeral which was held in the church Tuesday afternoon, her paster Rev. F. H. Weed officiating.
Buried in the New Oregon Cemetery beside her late husband.

This obituary was collected by my great grandmother Almeda (Schofield) Clark and I was able to make copies from my aunts collection.
Added by Dian Babcock on Sep 26, 2014 8:23 PM
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