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Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
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Please do NOT hesitate to contact me if you wish that a family member's memorial be removed. I understand that the resting places of loved ones are very special and personal. My intention to create these memorials is to share and hopefully help those who are seeking out burials for either family research or for viewing family markers. Personally, I have a memorial set up for my father and I don't have it in me to add a picture of his gravestone. Just too final I guess. I have special pictures of him up for family to see. If someone else were to add a picture of his tombstone I would prob. ask that they take it down. This is very personal to me. So I understand how someone might feel about this...I totally respect your request and understand completely.


This is a picture of my son who had accompanied me on one of many trips to old cemeteries in the area. He's leaning against a tombstone of a fellow who died almost 200 years ago! I had taken a rubbing of this stone when I was my son's age....Still have the rubbing!!! Stored away for safe keeping. Someday maybe someone will contact me asking about the tombstone...I can't even get a good picture of it anymore, it's leaned over so far!

This is a big reason why I like going around these old cemeteries....taking pictures of the old preserve a bit of the past...or should I say...monuments to the memory of the people of the past...before they slip away....crumble into so many already have...


I ask that the images which i have worked VERY HARD to capture NOT be copied and published to another websight without my permission. Images are not allowed to be copied for publication and resale. Personal use for family genealogy is fine but it's always nice to be asked and credited. This is a simple thing to do and goes along way to make me feel that i'm doing something good for others.

Nothing bothers me more than to come across a photo that i have taken and find someone else's name underneith and/or no credit given at all for my work.

I also ask that any picture attached by others to my memorial pages be of a respectful nature to the person being memorialized as well as being respectful to family and friends. It's not an ARTSHOW either. No over the top "creativity".

This site is not meant to be for a competition to see who creates the most memorials. Not a race to see who gets to the cemetery first to get that shot. Not meant to be for those who strive for quantity and NOT quality.

This site is for those of us who enjoy taking that stroll through a cemetery and seeing beyond the gravestones to the people being remembered. More important for those who would like to "FINDAGRAVE" and be so thrilled and thankful for doing so.

An Epitath taken from a Civil War Soldier's gravestone......

In the night a bright wing fluttered oer the tent in which he lay. In his ear a soft voice uttered...Soldier rise and come away"

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RE: Margaret McCue Curtiss
Thanks so much! It is such a thrill to see her name on that stone. I hope someone is able to track down her husband Waldo Curtiss out there in New York somewhere someday.

Added by Curtiss48858 on May 25, 2015 4:58 PM
Margaret McCue Curtiss
May I copy and save the photo of the stone of Margaret McCue Curtiss that you took? Margaret is my great x 3 grandmother. I would like to add it to my ancestry tree. Thank you!

Added by Curtiss48858 on May 25, 2015 12:10 PM
Steven Osifchin

Thank you for the Laychak transfers.

Added by Steven Osifchin on May 21, 2015 7:48 AM
Mary Yates, Carrie Winn
Hi Donna,

Many thanks for the transfers of these above-mentioned memorials! All that you do on findagrave is very much appreciated!
Added by Gram on May 18, 2015 8:10 PM
Amy Scotland
Donna: My Grandmother was Dorothy Lillian Ruhland Scotland. My father's name is Harry. I'm wondering is you are the cousin he has talked about for many years. If you get a chance please email me. It would be really fun for me to share a picture, a story or two with him. When I was a young child we visited your Uncle Art (literarly it's been so long I can't remember if they called him Art or Greg or I'm just confused) in Las Vegas with my Grandma. Anyway it would be fun to connect, if you have the time.

Added by Amy Scotland on May 13, 2015 1:03 PM
Susan Bruffey Lehman
Flora (Maiden) McKenzie - transfer
Flora McKenzie was the wife of Donald D. McKenzie, Donald was the son of my 4th great grand uncle. Would you transfer her memorial to me so that I can write her biography and link her to other family members? My Find A Grave is ID #47357320,
thank you very much,
Susan Bruffey Lehman
Added by Susan Bruffey Lehman on May 12, 2015 9:36 AM
Sharon Martin
Elizabeth Woodward Lampson
Thank you for transferring Elizabeth to me.

Added by Sharon Martin on Apr 25, 2015 7:01 AM
RE: Willis Schellenger
Memorials # 22402521 and 22402522 are for the same person; Willis Schellenger (1825-) and they were both created by you on the same day: 23 Oct 2007. Sorry if you didn't understand my first msg which was sent as an edit for memorial 22402521, suggesting that 22402522 was a dupe of 22402521 and should be deleted.
I agree, Willis Schellenger should have a memorial to remember his life, but he only needs one.
I hope this explains it well enough so you understand.
Mike Skelenger
Added by skellysiam on Apr 14, 2015 8:06 AM
Jim Kimble
RE: Mary Eldridge
Hi Donna....
The information I sent you is for the wrong person. All you should have to do is delete everything, including links to her parents, that is not on the tombstone.
I feel bad about this error and after it was "entered" I couldn't change it as it's your site.
Added by Jim Kimble on Apr 08, 2015 3:04 PM
Frederick Porter
Greenwood/North Byron Edits
Hi Donna,

Thanks so much for all the edits in Greenwood and North Byron, I know that it can be tedious work.

Have a great day,

Added by Frederick Porter on Apr 08, 2015 1:31 PM
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