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Colletta (#47089656)
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Bio Photo Note Sept. 18; I believe I am caught up on e-mails edits, as of today. If I missed something, please let me know. Thank you all for your patience.


Cemeteries are such unique places. I enjoy the beauty of sculptures, mausoleums and various items around the interred. The statuary, the iconic images, representative symbols, old rod iron fencing; it is all fascinating. From the most elaborate statue to the simply inscribed piece of wood.

There is so much mystery in a cemetery. Stories that are told and stories to wonder about and stories to find out about.

I am a 4th generation San Franciscan and have lived in Marin County for over three decades.

I enjoy taking photographs of the surroundings and capturing the beauty of the burial plot. I do my best to capture the entire tombstone in as pretty a shot as I can manage. I continually watch for seasonal changes or offerings to capture a better representation of the marker and view.

I spend a great deal of time in cemeteries; both physically and virtually. I photograph and document a select number of cemeteries in the counties of Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino as well as San Francisco and Colma.

I also enjoy researching and adding histories, especially pre-1920's. Love the old West Marin ranching history and the Mendocino logging and nautical history. I enjoy perusing old newspapers and other documents to find people lost to each other and especially connecting orphaned baby memorials to their parents.

I generally stick to the counties I am familiar with as I know the geography, area history, etc.

Please do not send me full obits. If you want to take your time and edit out certain points, please do so, per policy.

I will not post the names of living individuals per policy.

Photographers own copyright
Ask permission to use my photos
I am happy to share my photos and/or provide an original jpg. Often times I have more photos and/or views, as well. Just Ask!

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Paul McJones
Husband of Charlotte Christie
For Memorial # 142670161, you have a different Atkinson husband. I believe she is buried with William Burton Atkinson (Memorial #173204046) at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, in Colma. She was the second wife of William Burton Atkinson -- they were probably married in 1927 or 1928. I believe Charlotte's maiden name was Christie; I don't know if she had a previous marriage.
Added by Paul McJones on Nov 26, 2016 12:17 PM
Anne Shurtleff Stevens
RE: copyright expired
It would be nice if Findagrave would post a change to the rules. Thanks for letting me know.
Added by Anne Shurtleff Stevens on Nov 13, 2016 11:43 AM
Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Andrew M Swaney obit
You placed a photo of his obit on his memorial, #99485237, which I have transcribed and added the source. Would you kindly remove your photo which is against Findagrave policy; "Please do NOT add newspaper article or obituary scans. The photo section is reserved for headstone/grave photos and possibly a portrait photo of the person."
Added by Anne Shurtleff Stevens on Nov 13, 2016 10:45 AM
I just saw your response. I don't know where to look for response notifications. Any way I went to cemetary and also found my Great Grandmother. Now to find out who she is buried with. Yet another mystery. Thank You Louise
Added by LuluW on Oct 24, 2016 3:46 AM
Anne Dawson
Marker for Marjorie Louise Byrd Maxwell.
Thank you. This is my mom and I had not seen her marker. My brother was supposed to let me know when her marker was placed. Gordon Sullivan is my step dad.
Added by Anne Dawson on Oct 17, 2016 2:33 PM
Christie Search
I am great granddaughter of Giulia Patiņo. I just found her at the Italian Cemetery in Colma, Ca. In my search I and from some old photos I found in my mothers things, I found a picture of Concha Patiņo Christie. She is a relative since on the picture it says "grandma's" cousins. She is buried with Francisco Patiņo who died July 15, 1905.
This has to be a relative of my great grandmother Giulia. All I know is that my great grandmother came here from Mexico. This is the first link I found with her side.
Just saw you are listed on John H Christie. This was Concha's husband.
Any suggestions are welcomed. I took take lots of cemetery pictures now.

Louise Wehser
Added by LuluW on Oct 15, 2016 4:58 PM
Joan J Kippe
Major Raymond Lisenba
May I use your photo submitted this year? Great booking photo of Rattlesnake. I think I read in some court papers his body was released to a sister so I have never been sure he was buried in the San Quentin Cemetery. Thanks for all of your work. JDK
Added by Joan J Kippe on Oct 05, 2016 8:02 PM
K. Gebauer
Harlo Busby
Thank you for all your work. It's much appreciated. May I please use your photo of Harlo's gravesite for our family tree?
Best regards,
Kathy Gebauer
Added by K. Gebauer on Oct 05, 2016 11:02 AM
In Loving Memory Of My Son Gary
Eliza Ann Minear Stemple
I was wondering if you could help me find out some information as to a story about this woman. She is in my family ancestry. Story goes that she killed her infant son who you also have listed here as infant boy Stemple. He was 9 months old at time of incident. Is there anyway you could check records in that county to see if it is true...Story goes she beheaded him and put him in the oven as a sacrifice, guess she was a religous fanatic....... I just don't want to record it if it isn't true in my genealogy. I have searched for any records to verify this and can't find anything other than what I was told. I am in Indiana so it is impossible for me to check in that county. Thanks for any help you can give me...
Added by In Loving Memory Of My So... on Oct 02, 2016 8:42 AM
Permission to use photograph
Hello Colletta,

I commend you for the good work you do for Find A Grave. May I use your plot picture from Mem# 121238757 on Mem# 170715718. They are brothers (my cousins) with ashes buried in the same plot area.

Thank you,

Contributor# 48722830
Added by JULIA THOMPSON on Oct 01, 2016 2:03 AM
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