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Big Ern (#46620889)
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Bio Photo I have been interested in genealogy since 2001. I have added both family and non family members. Any additions or corrections are greatly appreciated. I have also added people that had both positive and negative contributions to society as well as some that were just caught up in events that they couldn't control. I feel we can learn from their mistakes as well as their accomplishments. Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.- George Santayana

I like to do corrections so send me what you have, preferably using the edit tab located on the upper right hand corner of each memorial. I want the memorials to be as complete as possible. Due to time constraints I don't always reply but I will do them within the 30 day period.

Note: As of 2/23/15 I should be all caught up with corrections. Please resubmit any that I may have missed updating the memorial.
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Pasadena Girl
RE: Marvin J Besteman
No worries...the bio I have is short for Marvin J Besteman.

Mr. Besteman attended the University of MI where he played hockey for a short time. He married his wife Ruth in 1958 and had four children. Their son William passed away only days after his birth. He made his living as a bank president and then retired to Florida for the winter months. He is a published author "My Journey to Heaven, with Lorilee Cracker. A story of a near death experience he had in 2912. He enjoyed golfing and travel.

This is about all I know, so I'll leave it up to you how much you want to add.

Added by Pasadena Girl on Aug 03, 2016 9:23 PM
Linda Davis
RE: Donald Ross
I think that he was cremated at that cemetery, but obviously the ashes aren't there.

Reply: I agree with that thinking.
Added by Linda Davis on Aug 01, 2016 6:14 PM
Pasadena Girl
Marvin J Besteman
I would love to take over the management of Marvin's memorial such as adding a short biography. Would you be willing to transfer it to me? Or I would be happy to send you a short bio. so you could add it yourself if you so desire.

Thank You,

Pasadena Girl
Added by Pasadena Girl on Aug 01, 2016 12:54 PM
Linda Davis
RE: Donald Ross
I have submitted a bio for his brother Alex too.

There were 3 memorials for Alex. A Bu, this cemetery one in Miami and one stating he was cremated with ashes scattered on a golf in MI. The 3 memorials were merged into the cemetery memorial with the bio from the cremated memorial.

Last week I phoned the cemetery in Miami and yes, there is an Alexander M. Ross but the dates are wrong.

Theirs was born in the 1890's and died in 1958 so I don't believe that the golfer is buried in Miami.
Added by Linda Davis on Aug 01, 2016 7:06 AM
Linda Davis
Donald Ross
Just letting you know that Donald Ross Find A Grave Memorial# 55448988 was made today a Famous Memorial with the bio I submitted. Please rank the memorial.
Added by Linda Davis on Jul 31, 2016 12:39 PM
Scott E Dunfee
Walter C. Withrow #66944902
Big Ern,

There is another memorial for Walter Clarence Withrow that is married to Norma LaVerne Cusick in Oak Grove Cemetery with a monument (Find A Grave Memorial# 159256282). Not sure if you want/need to delete your Walter C. Withrow.


Scott E. Dunfee
Added by Scott E Dunfee on Jul 18, 2016 12:43 PM
M W Bencal
William Horwitz, Jr # 136378351
Thank you for making the edits to William Horwitz, Jr's memorial. I had gone back to add a few things on my family tree for his granddaughter this past week, and ended up spending days on Mr. Howritz. Interesting journey.

Thank you again for making the edits.

God Bless,
W M Bencal
Added by M W Bencal on Jun 11, 2016 6:11 PM
Sandra Walczak
RE: Frank Keller
You're welcome.
Added by Sandra Walczak on May 24, 2016 7:52 AM
Brian Joseph Velazquez
Hello Big Ern
My Second Cousin Herman Edward Robinson have pic face on Yahoo
Added by Brian Joseph Velazquez on May 22, 2016 7:38 PM
RE: Joseph Juliano
Do not bother to request a photo, I have been there and there is no marker on the grave.
Thanks for your response
Added by Tina on May 16, 2016 5:23 AM
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