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Gail Slater (#47462104)
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Bio Photo I have lived in Butler, Pennsylvania all of my life and have been on a journey discovering my family history for over 35 years. I have created many memorials for my own ancestors (Slater, Reith, Stepp, Schehl, Brown, Riding, Hartzell and many more), as my discoveries are made.

I believe that every life deserves to be remembered and I add memorials for others because of this.


Dear Ancestor:
Your tombstone stands among the rest neglected and alone, the name and date are chiseled out on polished marble stone.
It reaches out to all who care, it is too late to mourn, you did not know that I exist, you died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you, in flesh, in blood and bone, our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled one hundred years ago, spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,I wonder if you knew, that someday I would find this spot and come to visit you
----Author Unknown


While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.

These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.

A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.

A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.

According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.
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Messages left for Gail Slater (185)[Leave Message]
Doug Barnes
I got them straight now
Thank you Gail for your help. Both husbands are with her now. For Margie Ekas Mills Macurdy
Added by Doug Barnes on Jan 19, 2015 4:47 PM
Doug Barnes
Thanks Gail
I appreciate the transfers. Have a great day.
Added by Doug Barnes on Jan 04, 2015 11:48 AM
Thank You
I just wanted to say thank you for all the work you've done and Happy Holidays.

Added by Caroline80126 on Dec 18, 2014 5:03 PM
Barbara Goggin Brann
John Rutherford
I cannot find his burial listed in Erie Cemetery's online database, to determine which section, and lot he is buried in. I looked up his death certificate to make sure that you had the correct cemetery, and not one with a similar name, and it says Erie Cemetery Crematory. I am unfamiliar with there being a crematory, and the only cremation vaults onsite are very recent. Perhaps they used to have a crematory in 1960, I don't know, but perhaps his cremains were never interred here, or elsewhere. I would suggest that you call the cemetery's office to have them look it up in their records for you. If they can give you the section, lot, and grave number, post it and I will try to get a photo for you before the snow comes.
Added by Barbara Goggin Brann on Nov 23, 2014 10:20 PM
Coins left on tombstones & T n J Stepp
I always wondered what the coins meant. I noticed, too that some will leave them on a child's marker, too. Does that have a meaning as well?

Also, I took a photo of Theodore & Jane Stepp's marker and posted it on their respective memorials. One can't have too many photos, lol. I thought I'd let you know. Keep up the great work and Cheers! :)
Added by Albertico on Nov 11, 2014 10:38 PM
Jerry and Linda
Thank You
Thank you Gail for the transfer and all the help you have given us. We appreciate all that you do. Wishing you the best.
Added by Jerry and Linda on Nov 06, 2014 5:11 PM
Jean Walter & Cousin, Jimmy Hicks
Brown Farm Cemetery Find A Grave Memorial # 107515377
ADAM Brown is my 3 great grandfather. I was trying to locate the Brown Family Cemetery on a map. Where is it located? Thank you for all you do.
Added by Jean Walter & Cousin, Ji... on Oct 12, 2014 11:57 PM
Brown's in Middlesex Churchyard
Hi Gail,
Thanks for adding all the info and links.
I wish the new edits would allow you to send one edit that includes all the info and not several for the same person. Hope they change that!

Added by Jill on Oct 08, 2014 8:53 PM
Sherlocks Cousin
Coins on military graves
Great that you added the info in your bio! I have it listed too.
Added by Sherlocks Cousin on Sep 28, 2014 8:02 PM
Sherlocks Cousin
Walter Clark Gold/Gould
First - thanks for the speedy update on my cousin George Gould. The same family also spells the surname as Gold. Since you have lived in Butler all your life do you feel up to a HUGE favor? There were 2 Walter Clark Gold/Gould men in Butler County, PA. One married a Blanche and the other an Ada. The Walter Gold I need to attach to my paternal side had parents named Henry W Gold and Catherine J Shoup. Catherine was a Great Grand Aunt to me. Can you find which Walter Gold was the right one? The Shoups are my direct paternal line family (my maiden name is Shoup). If you need more info, please email me. Thanks for your help, Gail! Pam
Added by Sherlocks Cousin on Sep 28, 2014 8:01 PM
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