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Zella (#46524425)
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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Mary Elizabeth O'Neil Diehl
Birth: 1893
Death: Nov. 25, 1920

Wife of John Ward Diehl.
Her name is Mary Elizabeth O'Neil Diehl.
My husbands Great Aunt.

Wife of Ward J. Diehl.

(Altoona Mirror, 26 November 1920)

Family links:
J Ward Diehl (1887 - 1979)*

*Calculated relationship

Saint Brigid Cemetery
Cambria County
Pennsylvania, USA

Created by: Zella
Record added: Mar 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66824417
Added by Cindi on Jul 06, 2015 10:39 AM
Spirit Keeper
RE: Barbara Livingston
Seriously you should add this message to her memorial page That way people will see it when they look her up on Find A Grave. Thanks for your time
Added by Spirit Keeper on Jul 06, 2015 10:16 AM
RE: Gus Moss
And thanks to you for being so dedicated to getting this right!
Added by nuorlenzgal on Jul 04, 2015 3:18 PM
Judy Seeley Price
RE: Botzums or any other relative that is mine.
Dear Zella:

Sorry, but I am appalled that blood relatives direct lines at that, are not in your guideline (you have a choice as many of the wonderful people that have felt & turned over management or Find a Grave). You don't even know these people. While I thank you an other grave walkers & picture takers most do see and share. I also have my own set of rules, when I work forever on a line that is my family I don't feel comfortable giving it to someone who isn't in my blood line, you must remember I can't take the line that gives you credit. I will just have the piece of my jigsaw puzzle. I have been sending all my emails to Find a grave so they know how I feel and exactly what I have I said. I don't have the ability 1) to walk the cemeteries in Ohio for 2 reasons,I have advance stage of MS, and I live in Fl, which I can't get up there like I want to. Find a grave is a wonderful source for relatives that have gone or past on before us. But, the generally idea is bringing your families and relatives together in making a link to our Ancestors. I may be slow getting the info worked on, but, I have a notebook with the transfers in it so I do get to them..But, you do what is necessary in your eyes.

Added by Judy Seeley Price on Jul 04, 2015 11:33 AM
Gus C. Moss
Thank you so much for your kind contributions to this site. I believe there is a mistake in the transciption of a name in the Find A Grave Memorial# 81775910. His name is Gus C. Moss, rather than Gus G. Moss.
Added by nuorlenzgal on Jul 04, 2015 7:13 AM
Bonnie Blevins
RE: Sarah Merritts
My Sarah Merritts' married name is Sarah Stiffler. She was married to M.H. Stiffler (don't know what the initials stand for) and they had a son John Irvin Stiffler, buried at Carson Valley Cemetery. I have Sarah Stiffler's death certificate. I will be glad to share any info via email Going to be in Altoona in August.
Kind regards, Bonnie Merritts Blevins
Added by Bonnie Blevins on Jul 03, 2015 1:43 PM
RE: Auker
I was wondering if they had named 2 daughters the same name, have seen it happen before.

Thanks for letting me know

Happy 4th of July!
Added by cataholic4ever on Jul 02, 2015 7:44 PM
William Stark
RE: Civil War Monument
Now I remember--thanks.
Added by William Stark on Jun 30, 2015 7:15 PM
William Stark
RE: Civil War Monument
What is the name of the person in question?
Added by William Stark on Jun 29, 2015 6:33 PM
Linda Mann
I NOW know how we may be connected after reading your direct line...however our research has taken us to different avenues. I received mine from a 3rd cousin in Truro who was a school teacher.
William Baragwanth who married Jane Curnow My 6th Great Grands.... and their son William Baragwanth married Prudence Uren is the line I am certain of who married into the Man Family (Mann) Anyway I always wondered why you took the time to create the Cornish in your site.

Added by Linda Mann on Jun 27, 2015 5:23 PM
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