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Sue Steenberg-McDeid (#47899485)
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I have been doing genealogy since 1989 as a means of working thru my grief when I lost my beloved Grandma. Family was everything to her, having come from a family of 21 children, not all of whom lived. She herself lost 3 out of 5 and her husband at age 47. She never remarried. I never heard her say a bad word about another human being and was a true Christian, sweet and humble. An amazing woman who taught me about unconditional love, looking for gray and not just black and white, and faith in all things. Thanks Grandma I love you still. Heaven's gain was our loss.

When I was in high school my Daddy worked on building Red Rock Dam at Pella, Iowa. Part of his responsibilities was moving old cemetaries out of the path of the water that would ultimately claim them. He would speak of his work at the supper table each night and enthrall me with stories, bringing each person almost to life again. He took his duties very seriously, and treated each grave with respect and reverance. The US Government honored him for his dedication with a plaque still seen in Washington DC. Good job Daddy.

Researching Steenberg, Jacobson, Huffman, Russell,Rhoades, Brice, Bartholomew, Tomer, Morris, Turner, Cooley, Reed, Davis, Britton, and a raft of others.

Anyone desiring a transfer of their relative only need ask. Please state relationship to the person.

In your haste to enter a lot of names and be "top contributor" on here, please give some regard to accuracy. It is more important to impart correct information to someone seeking a grave than to hurry up and "get the name in" and lead someone astray. Someone in Missouri entered my two great uncles as being husband and wife! If you don't know, then just make the memorial and don't add erroneous information that is totally ridiculous and makes FAG look incompetent. Also, some regard for people who just lost a loved one would be appreciated. Someone entered my foster mother's name just days after her death in her haste to "be first". Then went so far as to tell the entire world where these people live and their names to boot. I don't care a thing about the numbers, I am one of the people out there beating the bushes looking for that elusive picture that all of us want to see of our loved ones, which is exactly what our ancestors are to us genealogy bugs. The contribution of the photo is as important as zillion names. It takes a lot longer to drive, find, shoot, drive home, and upload than to sit and enter data. But none of this is worth anything if the info is not accurate. So please be courteous, respectful of the dead AND their families, and accurate.


As of April, 2015 the cemetery did a complete and total 'clean out', not clean up. What this means is that if you left flowers, crosses, plaques, shepherd's staffs, wreaths, etc. they are no longer there. Everything but the shepherd's crooks is gone, even if you just put it there. The city's position is that they 'put it in the paper', like everyone with kin there has access to the newspaper. It's pretty much a 'kiss my grits' attitude by them. The cemetery has now just a very few flowers added in the last couple of months, and people seem to be afraid of to add anything more because it might be pitched. If you are as angry as most of the locals, please contact Superintendent Gary Steppe, hopefully soon to be outgoing superintendent now that he has his IPERS. More damage done under his management than that of anyone else save one named Carlos. Let Keokuk know what you think of this, folks. Your family bought the lot, paid for perpetual care, and basically the cemetery stole your stuff when you weren't looking, under the guise of 'read the rules'.
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Kathryn J McCloud
Clarisse M. Ebner Tucker
Thank you so much for linking this memorial to those of her parents!
Added by Kathryn J McCloud on Sep 13, 2016 2:15 PM
Patricia A Phelan
Your story
I like your story -- thanks for sharing.
Patricia Phelan
Added by Patricia A Phelan on Jul 09, 2016 11:38 PM
Patricia A Phelan
Phelan memorials in Old Catholic C

Hello Sue,
Will you be so kind as to transfer the following to me Patricia A Phelan (#47525419)

They are my great grandparents and I have additional information I want to use to update.
Thanks, Patricia A Phelan

Catherine Phelan
Record added: Aug 30, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 116308004

John Phelan
Find A Grave Memorial# 116307879

Added by Patricia A Phelan on Jul 09, 2016 11:36 PM
William Fredrick Rittman
Memorial I set up for my grandfather. I didn't find the one you set up because you used what was on his headstone and I used his full name. So, what do we do now. I have his service picture on there and am in the process of adding his deceased wife an 4 of his 6 children's pictures. You have my GGrandfather and GGrandmother and his sibblings entered.

What would you like to do? Is there a way to combine the memorials?

You were first so it is your choice.

God Bless,

Added by sisterdi on Feb 03, 2016 2:31 PM
RE: White transfers
You are wonderful.
Added by sisterdi on Feb 03, 2016 8:53 AM
Request transfer of my family records
You do such wonderful work. Thank you. Three of my six family members had their Find A Grave entries made by you. I am requesting that they be transferred to my care.

David E. White 15766085 Grandfather

Sarah Ann White 115766108 Grandmother

Velma I White 115766125 Aunt

My email address is:

Thank you so very much

Diana White
Added by sisterdi on Jan 31, 2016 7:43 AM
Karen & John P

I have a photo of Mary GARRITY McGettigan 116608145 and James McGettingan 116608079 memorial stone. The last name spelling on the stone is MacGettigan. I did find a newspaper obituary for James but haven't had time to upload it yet.

Thank you for all of the work you do on Find A Grave.

Added by Karen & John P on Jan 25, 2016 1:10 PM
Sandra Scott
RE: Philip Heiser
Thank you! I will certainly give you credit.

Sandra Scott
Added by Sandra Scott on Jan 01, 2016 1:24 PM
Catherine Hise

Catherine Marie Wilte Hise, Wife of Roscoe has matching dates with my Marie Catherine Rea Hise, wife of Roscoe. Do we have a mismatch of data here possibly? This is in Oakland Cemetery in Keokuk. Marie is my cousin, she died 6 weeks after her marriage to Roscoe Hise and is buried by her mother Mary Ann Barrett Rea. Would like to clarify so we can merge these memorials if needed. Thanks!

Added by HistorySeeker on Dec 06, 2015 6:21 PM
Sandra Scott
Philip Heiser
I wonder if I may have permission to use your grave marker photo for Philip Heiser on my family website. See to see how I'm using the photos on the site. I will give you credit for the photo.

Thank you.
Sandra Scott
Added by Sandra Scott on Nov 26, 2015 6:18 PM
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