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Elaine Micklo (#46965187)
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Bio Photo I grew up in the city of Duquesne. We have a huge family from the Duquesne and West Mifflin area.

I found this site 7 years ago, after losing the love of my life, my husband Ray. I was trying to find where his brother was buried and was very excited to find him here. I also found my husband's mother and her family. I joined find a grave and posted a memorial for my husband, and through the hard work of others, I was able to connect him with his parents and brothers.

Just this past year there have been four deaths in our family; five counting our beloved Priest.
I was able to connect these family members with other family members from other cemeteries. I have found creating memorials of my loved ones has also been a source of healing for me while going through the grieving process.

Nearly 20 years ago, my sister & I began our journey to find out more about our family. Things have certainly changed since we use to go to the library looking through a ton of microfiche, walking cemeteries, writing letters and sending for records. With the advent of Ancestry and sites such as this anyone can find their ancestors with the touch of a few keys. I love that more and more cemeteries are putting their records on Find A Grave and other sites.

My sister's focus has been putting our ancestors in the context of the history and culture they lived in. Grandparents who came to America as Indentured Servants, who were land barons, spending time in the poor house, held political office, fought in wars, all those things you learn about in history ancestors were a part of. Customs we still have today came from them. Everyone of them not only went into who we are as a family, but how their communities developed as well.

I, on the other hand, have always love pictures. Telling the Family History through photographs is especially thrilling. I love posting our ancestors pictures and seeing pictures of other peoples ancestors. One of my favorite parts of Find A Grave is the ability to post those photos.

I also love that I can visit my loved ones here at Find A Grave when I am unable to visit the cemetery myself. It's been such a blessing for those that live out of state as well.

To give something back for all the hard work of the volunteers who posted my family, and for those thousands upon thousands who digitized all the records out there on the internet, my sister and I research others and post them on Find A Grave. In the course of our research those families become a part of us and teach us more about our own ancestors thus becoming a part of the bigger story. I think it's important to remember those who went on before us. Find A Grave allows us to remember and honor them long after we are gone. It is our hope that the families of the people we post will come across our memorials and rediscover the rich history of their own family.

The community of researchers and posters is a special one of which I am glad to be a part. I have connected with cousins that I never would have met if it wasn't for Find A Grave. People who don't care about their family history can never understand why we do the work we do and what a labor of love it is.

I am very happy to transfer memorials we create into the care of their family; as per Find A Grave rules. I will not delete the ones that have been created unless someone posted one before I did. There are other family members who are connected to ones that were created and other relatives who are glad to find them here.

We are related to the Wilcox, Simon, Zewe, Bach, Daerr, Buchleitner, Steimer, Schulte, Woll, Gorney, Loughner, Barker, Denne, Micklo, Coulter, Whitney .........just to name a few.
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Mary (Koller) Meyer
Infant Rigo
Hello, Elaine. I want to thank you for posting this to Find A Grave. I was wondering, though, how you did this grave if there is no headstone? I just today found his death certificate, and I have been searching for this little one for years! I would love to visit the next time I am in town, as I have many Koller family members in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Any information you can share with me would be truly appreciated.

Thank you,
Mary Koller Meyer (this baby is my uncle).
Added by Mary (Koller) Meyer on Jul 08, 2016 10:32 AM
eva radecki
My history
Hi Elaine,,

Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your photos on here. I visited st hedwig cemetery a while back when my grandmother Betty Kapolka passed away. I don't remember visiting before, but I must have since my uncle said I was probably related either by blood or marriage to every one who was laid to rest there. I too enjoy learning about my ancestors! Thanks for sharing!
Added by eva radecki on Apr 20, 2016 8:11 PM
Mia Hrabosky
Stefan Hrabosky
Hello Elaine,

Thank you so much for the many memorials you've posted. My husband has roots in the West Mifflin area and your contributions have been immensely helpful. I'm wondering if you can give me more information about Stefan Hrabosky, 1888-1964? He is my husband's great-grandfather and we have very little information about him.
My email address is Thank you so much for any help you can provide!
Added by Mia Hrabosky on Apr 07, 2016 9:10 AM
Nan Varoga
Picture of Catherine Sherry McGill
Hi Elaine,
I came across the picture today that you posted of Catherine Sherry McGill and am wondering what are the names of the other people in the photo with her? My email is I am married to one of her great grandsons.
Nan Varoga

Added by Nan Varoga on Mar 07, 2016 5:53 PM
Vera Miller
Amelia Micklo
I put a new photo of her gravestone. It looks like it was a very sunny the day you took the photo.
Added by Vera Miller on Nov 09, 2015 4:29 PM
Sabrina Fletcher-Harbin

I am wondering if you are related to the Palyo family you have in memorials? John and Mary and if so I'd like to know more please. they would've been my great great great grandparents possibly thx
Added by Sabrina Fletcher-Harbin on Aug 31, 2015 7:46 PM
Sabrina Fletcher-Harbin
Thank you for Helen!
Thank you for transferring Helen Janus to me! She was my great aunt down the line! :)
Added by Sabrina Fletcher-Harbin on Jul 11, 2015 7:41 PM
Chiara Rubino
RE: Theresa Gervasi Seiterlin
Thank you very much for your kind reply! You very very helpful regardless whether I could have had further hints. I was really moved to see and virtually visit the grave of my grand-grandmother. My grandmother died in 2001 with her mother's death certificate in her hands. You can imagine how much pain this separation had meant for her.
God bless you!
Best regards
Added by Chiara Rubino on Jul 03, 2015 4:06 PM
Chiara Rubino
Theresa Gervasi Seiterlin
Dear Mrs. Elaine,
First of all thank you wholeheartedly for your contribution which allowed me to find the grave of one of my grand-grandmother (the mother of my grandmother) Theresa Gervasi Seiterlin who emigrated to the US in the early 1910's leaving one daughter (Anne Marie) in Italy. I am trying to get info on this branch of my family, which my aunt Resy managed to visit in the early Sixties, also in order to understand something about my family. But we lost contacts and I only know that all the four children of Theresa have died (Fred, Lena, Anna and my grandmother Annamaria). I also know that they relocated in the Allegheny area in the early 1920's and presumably stayed there till their death. Fred did not have children but Lena and Anna presumably yes.
I would be most grateful if you could give me some help, if you know or have known some of them or of their offsprings.
Thank you again
Best regards
Chiara from Italy
Added by Chiara Rubino on Jul 01, 2015 9:48 AM
Peter Gessner Transfer
Thanks you so much for the transfer of Peter's memorial I have been to St. Anges cemetery before how I missed Peter and Mary's resting place is beyond me. Thanks again and if I can be of any help to you please do not hesitate to contact me.

Added by Jill on Jun 08, 2015 5:09 PM
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