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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.

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.

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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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Linda M. Welch
Hello: I am looking to find out the death date of Asa Bond and his wife Betsey Bond. they are in the Cresco Cemetery. They came to Iowa from Cavendish, Vermont in early 1830s. We at the Cavendish Historical Society are doing a project tracing all our early families. You have Asa passing away in 1862, but he was still alive in 1870, as we have a few letters that Betsey wrote back to Vermont about him and her and their lives there. Is there anyway I can get an obituary for both of them. tThanks so much.
Linda M. Welch, Cavendish, Vt. Historical Society
Added by Linda M. Welch on Nov 27, 2015 10:39 AM
Elizabeth Combs
James J McKone 1924-1934
Hi~ do you have an obituary for james mckone or his sister, Mary McKone? both died in childhood. also, can you tell me who is also buried with or near them?
Added by Elizabeth Combs on Nov 19, 2015 11:53 PM
Terry (Todd) Ferl
Britha Overboe 68920583
Would you kindly add (copy and paste) the following obituary to Britha's memorial:

Brita Christenson, daughter of Kristen and Eli Bergteig, was born on the 16th of September, 1865 [i.e., 1866]. Her birthplace, as designated in her copy of Skriver's "Sjaele-Skat" which she presented to her pastor shortly before her death, was "Gaarden Teigen i Lysters Prestegjeld i Bergenstift i Norge." She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith in her home community in Norway. On the first of May, 1892, she emigrated from Norway, coming to Jacksonville Township, Chickasaw County, Iowa, where she found employment which continued until her marriage to Ole O. Overboe on September 25, 1909. She continued to live on the Overboe homestead, 8 miles northwest of New Hampton after the death of Mr. Overboe on September 18, 1937, until ill health compelled her to leave her old home.

Mrs. Overboe suffered an illness of five years duration which became acute the last few months of her lifetime during which she was given affectionate care by her daughters at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cutsforth.

She departed this life on Tues. Feb. 23, 1943 at the Cutsforth home at the age of 77 years, 5 months, and 7 days. She was given Christian burial at Jerico Lutheran Church in which she had held membership during her lifetime in America. She was preceded in death by her husband, and by one son, Albert, who died in Hollonquist, Canada on Jan. 22, 1930. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Clarence Cutsforth and Mrs. Carl Vikdal, 8 grandchildren, 6 brothers and 2 sisters: Halvor of Lawler, IA, John of Canada, Herman residing in California, and Christopher, Johannes, and Lars, who reside in Lyster Sogn, Norway, Mrs. Ingeborg Vikdal of Lawler, and Elisabeth Loven of Oslo, Norway. (Published and edited by the pastor of the Jerico and Saude Lutheran churches, affiliated with the Norwegian Synod of the Synodical Conference. Courtesy of Bernita Webster.)

Albert was Brita's son by a previous marriage. (Source:

Added by Terry (Todd) Ferl on Nov 08, 2015 10:40 AM
Rachel Gillooly
James W. Cagley
Was once married to Evelyn Sumner Hilterbrand and they had a son together James Cagley Jr.,
Added by Rachel Gillooly on Oct 15, 2015 5:08 AM
Albert Steinhauer
Sarah Stinson Gordanier
Thanks for her grave photo and family info
Added by Albert Steinhauer on Sep 22, 2015 6:40 PM
Jane Foster
RE: John Gates
Thank you for the suggestions. I will try those contacts.
Added by Jane Foster on Sep 21, 2015 5:38 AM
Jane Foster
John Gates
Would you be able to check the cemetery records for Graceland [New Hampton Cemetery] for John Gates. I know he is buried there as his daughter Cora (Gates) Roberts in her Will left money for perpetual care. I do not know where her mother is buried....Jane Elsie (Cheesman) Gates... but Cora also left money for the grave of Mary (Davison) Wakefield/Gates her step mother for perpetual care.
Thank you for your time.
Jane O'Connor Foster
Added by Jane Foster on Sep 20, 2015 1:19 PM
Thank you!
I'm researching relatives my relatives from Makee, Iowa, and most are buried in Mt. Olivet. So far all of them have been added/photographed by you. Thank you! Very helpful.
Added by Lindzotc on Aug 25, 2015 10:21 PM
Judy Morgan
John Yarger & Mary, Graceland Cemetery

Here are obits for John and Mary Yarger if you would kindly include them. I can't find where I can add them myself. Thanx- Judy
obit "The Nashua Recorder", Nashua, Iowa January 8, 1936

J. A. Yarger, attorney here for about 40 years and former mayor of Nashua, died at his home Tuesday, Dec. 31st. He had been in failing health the past several years, suffering from pernicious anemia, and a few days before his death had developed pneumonia.

John Austin Yarger was born in Green county, Wisconsin, Jan. 11, 1856. As a young man he came with his parents to Iowa, the family settling on a farm in Webster county. His father died soon after he returned to Wisconsin for his family, but the mother carried on the Iowa farm. A few years later the family moved to Clarksville, and not long afterwards to New Hampton. Mr. Yarger was educated in the common schools of Webster county and the public schools of Clarksville. When about eighteen years old he began reading law in the office of John D. Dow of New Hampton and in 1889 he was admitted to the bar. For two years he remained with Mr. Dow, and in 1891 he came to Nashua, where he entered into partnership with the law firm of Springer & Clary, of New Hampton, conducting their law office as a branch of the New Hampton one. The firm continued its existence until the senior member was elected to the bench, and the firm became known as Clary & Yarger, and remained so until the death of Mr. Clary in 1915. He continued his practice until a year ago when he retired.
On September 17, 1889 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Davidson, of New Hampton, who died Jan. 22, 1903. Two children were born to this union. Edwin H. and Austin M., both of Nashua. He was later married to Mrs. Elizabeth Gray, who survives. He belonged to the Bradford Lodge A. F. & A. M., and to Charles City Lodge B. P. O. E. He served at one time as mayor of the town, and has filled other city offices during his residence here.

Funeral services were held at the home Friday at one o'clock. Rev. J. H. Fairlie officiating and interment in the cemetery at New Hampton. Pallbearers were John Cronin, W. F. Getsch, W. C. Kitchen, Edward Paschke, G. E. Ellison and H. M Walleser.
Here is Mary's obit.

obit -This was found in the folder labeled "Obituaries 1903" in the Nashua Public Library: From the New Hampton, Iowa Newspaper, Property of Chickasaw Co. Genealogical Society:

Mary Davidson Yarger

Died--At her home in Nashua, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 21st, 1903, of puerperal convulsions and kidney trouble, MARY J., the beloved wife of J. A. Yarger, aged 35 years, 7 months and 12 days. Words fail to express the depth of sorrow which the above announcement brought to every home in this community yesterday noon. Mrs. Yarger was a womanly woman, a devoted mother, a true wife, a kind neighbor, and in short an exemplary Christian woman, whose acquaintance it was a pleasure and an honor to secure. She had been in delicate health for a time but with the birth of her babe on Tuesday, all danger seemed past, and it was indeed a happy family circle for a little while. But, alas, how brief was this happiness! Symptoms of uremic poisoning manifested themselves early Wednesday morning and notwithstanding the best efforts of medical skill, the end came as above noted, and the spirit of wife, mother, neighbor, friend, took its flight to the realms of everlasting day. No word of human lips can give consolation in such a sorrow as this, and were it not for the hope of the Gospel opened up by Him who is the 'Resurrection and the Life,' in whom Mrs. Yarger years ago learned to trust, an attempt at comforting the bereaved would indeed be vain. But while the bitterness of this present separation hangs like a pall over the stricken home, may the knowledge that the loved wife and mother has entered into rest in the mansions eternal be to the sorrowing ones a source of comfort. Mary J. Davison was born at Fort Atkinson, Winneshiek county, Iowa, June 9th, 1868. While she was yet a little child her parents removed to Chickasaw county, Iowa, where she has lived continually since. She married J. A. Yarger at New Hampton, December 1, 1899 (probably 1889), and to them two children were born--one son Eddie, now 12 years old, and the babe born Tuesday. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors and Eastern Star Chapter at New Hampton and of the Emanon Club and Congregational church of Nashua. Besides the bereaved husband and children she leaves father, mother, a brother and sisters residing at San Jose, California; also one sister at LaCrosse and another in Chicago, both of the latter now being here. The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday (tomorrow), Rev. Edwin Ewell conducting the service, and interment will be made in the family lot at New Hampton.

Added by Judy Morgan on Aug 14, 2015 4:55 PM
Thank you again for the additional transfer. Your work is very much appreciated.
Added by Pete. on Aug 06, 2015 1:24 PM
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