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Andrea Grega (#47056707)
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Bio Photo Some people come into our lives
and quickly go,
Some stay for a while
and leave footprints on our hearts,
And we are never, ever the same.


After retirement, I started working on my family's ancestry. Visiting area cemeteries has given me an insight to my family's history. Find A Grave is a wonderful website and tool. I became a volunteer as a way to give back to the genealogical community .

The city of Farrell, Pennsylvania grew rapidly in the early 1900's due to the steel industry and a great migration of Slavic and Italian immigrants from Europe in hopes of having a better life. Many families rest in these cemeteries from that migration.

I have completed photographing and documenting the six cemeteries that are on Sharon-New Castle Road, East of Mercer Ave., Hermitage, Pa., Saint Michael's Byzantine Cemetery, Saint Ann's Cemetery, St. Anthony's Cemetery, Holy Trinity Hungarian Catholic Cemetery, Holy Cross Cemetery and Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I also have completed Saint Stanislaus Kostka, Fairview Cemetery, the cemetery behind Saint Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery, both in Hermitage and Saint Elizabeth Cemetery of Farrell.

Please notify me if you find any errors in any of these cemeteries.

My parents and grandparents are buried in Saint Michael's cemetery and most of my family. I have considered it an honor to document this cemetery as a tribute to my Grandfather John Bohach (Bohacs), one of the founding fathers of Saint Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church and all the hardworking faithfully dedicated Carpatho-Rutheian families.

My husband's parents and grandparents are buried in Saint Ann's cemetery. My husband went to grade school at Saint Ann's school and we were married in Saint Ann's Catholic church. His father coached basketball for the school in the 1950's. Some of my family and many friends of our families are also buried there.

To all those, Rusyn, Slovak, and other ethnic cultures, who rest in these cemeteries, you are not forgotten. You all are remembered for the building of the "Magic City", Farrell, Pennsylvania.

All the mills and factories of the early 1900's are gone now and the land is as peaceful as the cemeteries. But their spirits live in our hearts.



We are the chosen. My feelings are, in each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors.

To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.

To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before.

We are the Story Tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called as if it were in our genes.

Those who have gone before cry out to us. " Tell our story. " So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today.

It goes to respecting their hardships, their losses and building a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.

It goes to a deep and immense never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on understanding that they were doing it for us.

That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do.

With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.

It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.

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Would you consider transferring Timothy Bresnahan and Margaret Bresnahan to my care? They are my great grandparents - their daughter Catherine Bresnahan Bender was my grandmother.
Timothy - 66399414
Margaret - 66399348
Thank you.
Added by jean on Sep 18, 2014 8:04 PM
Terence WHALEN
PELLES, Margaret
Good Evening Andrea
I was researching my Pelles line and saw that you also had a line. Do you know who Margaret's husband was. There was no listing in the oBIT for him...
Added by Terence WHALEN on Jul 13, 2014 10:03 PM
Pamela Hoffman Winkler
Hi Andrea! I went back out to St. Rose to find the grave for John Tyran not realizing that someone else posted a photo while I was away on vacation. Oops! Now there are two posted. I have a lot to learn about this Find-a-Grave site! While at the cemetery, I noticed that the headstone for the Battyanyi couple had been placed while I was gone. So I posted the photo to both of their memorials. However, I noticed that "ownership" of the memorials now belongs to GrammaL who I don't know how to contact because her messages have been turned off. Will she get a notification that a photo has been posted so she can delete the note about the headstone not being there yet?

Thanks for your help,
Added by Pamela Hoffman Winkler on Jul 06, 2014 2:11 AM
andrew rabatin
Thank you for the edits and updates. Andy
Added by andrew rabatin on Jul 01, 2014 10:51 AM
Battyany couple
Thank you for the transfers but that wasn't necessary...but very welcomed!
Thanks again,
Added by GrammaL on Jun 24, 2014 12:04 PM
RE: Julius Michaels
Hi Andrea,
Could you transfer my grandfather's memorial to me? I appreciate it very much.
Thank you,
Added by pmichnowski on Jun 15, 2014 12:19 PM
RE: Rose Lusby
I will add one of the images of her headstone, the one showing both names.

Whenever you do sponsor the memorial, let me know as I can then add the overview and other images that fill in the context of where they are.

Added by Trackerjack on Jun 12, 2014 2:15 PM
Rose Lusby

Your tribute to Rose is very touching.

I've updated the images on Joseph's memorial to reflect how it looks with Rose's information on the family headstone.

I am unable to add images to Rose's memorial since the limit of 5 images was reached with the touching photos that were added. So either they need to be removed, creating the space for the headstone images or the memorial needs to be "Sponsored" ($5).

If I understand the system correctly sponsorship will remove ads and allow up to 20 images to go into the memorial. I'm pretty sure the fee is a one-time deal. Never needs to be renewed...

I will retain Rose's images while I await your input.
Added by Trackerjack on Jun 12, 2014 11:52 AM
Jennifer and Sue
Ruth Burgoon
Hi My Name is Jennifer Wohlfarth Ruth Burgoon is my Great Grand mother I am still learning about Find A Grave so sorry if I did this wrong. I am trying to Link Ruth's Parents and I don't know how all this works yet. Can you please email me or leave me a message on find a grave. I would be very Grateful Thank you I been doing My family on this so far on find a grave its pretty big lol I think am related to every in PA lol my great grand parent and beyond them had many children and so on. Thank you for Honoring my Great Grand mothers memory.

Added by Jennifer and Sue on Jun 12, 2014 12:25 AM
JP Strizzi
RE: Thank you
Thank you Andrea. You really do a great service. It's hard to find cemetery info for family who lived out of state and this is a great website for helping people to find their family. I just love it. I did send some transfer requests through the suggest a correction button. Thank again and have a wonderful day.
Added by JP Strizzi on Jun 11, 2014 11:01 PM
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