|PJ Krostag (#47835480)|
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Those who forget history are bound to repeat it.|
I hope by remembering and honoring those that have gone before us we can show thanks for all the hard work and sacrifice that enables us to have the easy life we have today.
I am mainly researching the Krostag family.
An online family history is available at
Also interested in Luzetsky, Mazaleski, Bonsavage, Perkins, Skurdahl, Komara, McGuirk
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|mel truman||Frank Kane photo request|
I attempted to fill your request for Frank Kane at Christ Our Redeemer but was unable to find him. My guess that he doesn't have a marker was confirmed by a cemetery employee.
I did take a photo of the plot that can be posted should you desire it. I have done this for folks before. It's totally up to you. Just let me know.
|Lori ||RE: Ream at St Mary's Johnstown|
Thanks so much for letting me know. I added William back, as the spouse to Catherine (no worries!). If there's anything else I can do, just let me know. Have a great day!!! - Lori :)
Added by Lori on Sep 29, 2016 3:15 PM
|Brian J. Ensley||RE: McGuirk at St Columba's|
First, if there are any memorials that are your family members, please don't hesitate to ask for transfers. In my previous message I told you about my project regarding St. Columba's. I have 5 family members there that is a daughter of my 3rd Great Grandfather and her family and that's it. My wife has distant family there but they're in unmarked graves.
I tried to talk to the Priest at St. Columba's about 25 years ago and he slammed the door in my face. 6 Catholic churches in the Cambria City section of Johnstown closed due to the drop in population and are merged with the Resurrection Parish. I'm sure they may be of help, but I'm not sure if they have the lot maps. St. John Gualbert in Johnstown is the Co-Cathedral and is in charge of the up-keep of all the cemeteries in Johnstown, so they may have them. I wish I was there when you were in town. There is an old lady who's house faces the alley next to the cemetery that I've talked to just recently and she remembers the headstones that were in that area.
My aunt lived one block down from the cemetery and I remember being at her house the day after the '77 Flood and the streets were still like rivers even then. St. Columba's was hit hard by the flood, especially with Elk Run bordering the whole one side of the cemetery and running down hill as well. If you look at the cemetery you can see large areas where stones are missing, and when walking, you can see indentations where there are unmarked graves where the old pine boxes rotted away and the ground sunk.
Those small stones may well still be there, but it's a gamble. One word of advice- if you do end up putting in a new headstone for them, think about getting a used one. I know that sounds weird, but I've done it for ancestors.
Every monument place has them and you can get them dirt cheap compared to a new one. When they sand-blast the old inscriptions off and re-inscribe them, depending on the type of stone, you'd never know it was used.
Look at this memorial for Wilbert Blough #58431935. This was my ex-wife's grandfather. His widow couldn't afford a stone. Now this is just a small one, but it's a used one and you can't tell. I bought it and had it installed for a little over $100 at the time.
My great grandmother out-lived her husband by 50 years so they traded in his single stone and used the money towards a double stone. People do it all the time so then the monument place ends up sitting on a bunch of used stones, so they'd be more than happy to make a deal on one. Just something to think about.
|Brian J. Ensley||RE: Palusko|
You're very welcome. I'm fortunate enough to still live in the same area where both sides of my family have lived since the Rev. War, so I've done pretty much all I can on my family and my wife's.
So, I do what I can for others that live out of town whose ancestors are here in the Johnstown area. I've been researching local families for over 30 years and published over a dozen books relating to local cemeteries. There were several names that connected into the Palusko name by marriage, so I tried looking for as many headstones with those names as well.
As you saw, St. Stephen's is not only designed for billy goats to navigate, but it's known for toppled stones, illegible stones and many, many missing stones- especially infants. And, since these families were recent immigrants, many couldn't afford stones. So this cemetery is known for unmarked graves. So now that PA has made our death certificates public record up until the past 50 years, it has allowed me to find many more people buried there that would have been previously unknown.
I've been slowly adding memorials and headstone photos to St. Stephen's over the past couple of years but I treat every single memorial with the same respect and care as if they were my own family, so I take my time trying to make each one as complete and accurate as possible. Rather than just make memorials and add the minimum data and load a photo, I try to research each and every person and post a good quality photo. My photo includes the entire stone, and if that makes it too hard to read, then I include a close-up of the inscription itself.
I'm doing the same with St. Columba's. I transcribed that Cemetery about 10 years ago and came up with about 800 (+/-) names that had headstones. I researched each person, going to the library and digging up obits, using death certificates, etc., which led me to more family buried there (i.e. children) in unmarked graves.
Not including people that were later re-interred in other cemeteries, I'm up to 1300 people buried there. That's a lot without markers.
Anyhow, enough rambling. Thanks for the kind words and don't hesitate to ask if you need anything back here. I'm always happy to help when I have the time.
|Brian J. Ensley||RE: Grandview Photos|
You're very welcome- Glad I could help!
|Barry L. Seitz||RE: Mozdzer|
I try to get a picture of the area. If someone is visiting, it's easier to find the plot.
Glad I could help.
|Dennis Willing||RE: Oliver Skurdahl Grave|
I added the photo to Geraldine's memorial and I apologize for spelling you name incorrect in the last message I sent didn't realize it until I sent the message auto correct changed it on me!!
|Dennis Willing||RE: Oliver Skurdahl Grave|
You're very welcome glad I could help! Buried next to Oliver is Geraldine A. Skurdahl 1917-2009 if you create a memorial for her I'll add her photo to her memorial!
|Robin Knowles Miner||RE: Loretta May transfer|
I am so glad you found it. Having lost my parents and one in-law, I find that honoring these graves and having them online gives me a sense of wonder and the vast number of kind folks that work at this site. If you ever see any other grave I have listed that is in your family, just ask, and unless they are directly related to me. Thanks for your kind words and best wishes in your ventures.
|Robin Knowles Miner||grave transfer|
I received your edit for Loretta Krostag May and have added her maiden name. It is quite obvious that she is a relative of yours, so I have transferred that grave to you. Family should have family. Have a nice day, Robin (in Alabama)
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