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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
 member for 9 years, 4 months, 20 days
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Bio Photo When I was young, my mother had a shoe box and a shirt size gift box full of photos that she kept in the linen closet. Every so often, I would ask if we could get them out and go through them. We would sit at the kitchen table with the photos in a heap. My sisters and I would ask who the people were, and Mom would tell us about them. That was probably what first sparked my interest in genealogy.

I began actively digging for information to put my family tree together in 1981. My Aunt Frances Herbold had been at it for decades by that time. A lot of time and legwork was involved when she was doing her work. There was no Internet. She wrote scores of letters to people, asking for information. She must have spent hours and hours looking through old rolls of microfilm, which could easily cause a person to go blind or insane, or both. Aunt Frances, God bless her, furnished me with a bare bones genealogy to start with. When she passed away, my Uncle sent all of her genealogy materials to me.

Many years passed, and little by little my family tree grew. Then one day I was watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on CNN. I was horrified to see the devastation, but what struck me most was that so many people had lost every picture, every slip and scrap of paper they ever had. I thought of all the family photos, letters and documents I had accumulated over the years. It was hard for me to imagine I could experience such a loss, but it got me started looking for a way to preserve and share these things with others who might be interested.

A short time later, I discovered findagrave. While I haven't posted everything, a large part of my family tree is here. Findagrave is a wonderful place to preserve and share information and photos and to honor those who came before us. That is the reason I do what I do here. I have also met a lot of new cousins here.

My husband and I live just north of Seattle, Washington. I have adopted Holyrood Catholic Cemetery as the one I work on almost exclusively now. I finished entering the names, burial dates and grave locations (from the Catholic Cemetery website) for all of the burials there in late February, 2012. Now I'm working on taking and posting grave photos. As of

May 21, 2013, 29%
August 29, 2013, 37%
September 14, 2013, 38%
October 2, 2013, 39%
October 18, 2013, 40%
November 9, 2013, 41%
December 1, 2013, 42%
January 8, 2013, 43%
January 25, 2014, 44%
February 10, 2014, 45%
February 28, 2014, 46%
March 10, 2014, 47%
March 21, 2014, 48%
March 31, 2014, 49%
April 10, 2014, 50%
April 20, 2014, 51%
April 28, 2014, 52%
May 8, 2014, 53%
May 16, 2014, 54%
May 26, 2014, 55%
June 6, 2014, 56%
June 22, 2014, 57%
July 7, 2014, 59%
July 23, 2014, 61%
July 27, 2014, 62%
August 4, 2014, 63%
August 11, 2014, 64%
August 21, 2014, 65%
August 30, 2014, 66%
September 5, 2014, 67%
September 14, 2014, 68%
September 25, 2014, 69%
October 3, 2014, 70%
October 12, 2014, 71%
October 19, 2014, 72%
October 27, 2014, 73%
November 4, 2014, 74%
November 13, 2014, 75%
November 21, 2014, 76%
November 29, 2014, 77%
December 7, 2014, 78%

of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos. When people contact me with additional information, requests for transfers or photo requests, that's when I look for more information on a person or surname, including obituaries.

If you have suggestions or requests for transfers, please contact me using the "Edit" tab toward the top right hand corner of the person's memorial page. Select the first option you see; then tell me what you would like for me to do. Making your request this way ensures that I have all the information I need to fulfill your request. Please keep in mind that I will add any information or corrections you send me, but I will also credit you as the contributor of that information. If you don't have a findagrave ID, then I will use your email address when giving you credit as the contributor.

I love taking grave photos at Holyrood. You can contact me directly if you would like for me to get a grave photo, or you can make your photo request from a person's memorial page. If you see an inferior grave photo that I have taken, feel free to ask me to try to get a better one, and I will.

It's not about the numbers with me. It's about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think that anyone is forgotten. It is, as I said before, about memorializing and honoring those who have gone before us. I would like nothing more than to see all memorial pages in the loving care of family members.

Names I am working on:

~ Every Herbold group I can find ~
Berardi ~ Nigro ~ Zeek ~ Ellis ~ Edgerton ~
Lytle ~ Olmer ~ Vassar/Vasser ~ Dowell ~
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Messages left for Bonita Olmer (1072)[Leave Message]
Paul C Bachant
Hi Bonita, thank you for taking the time to go to the cemetery.
Added by Christina on Dec 13, 2014 6:43 PM
Michael Milliken
Holyrood Catholic Cemetery
Thank you very much for posting a photo of Adeline (White) Milliken's grave marker. It is a welcome addition to her memorial on FindaGrave. Your efforts are appreciated.
Added by Michael Milliken on Dec 12, 2014 3:41 AM
D. Goodboe
Re: Maxine L. Nichols Farmer photo
Bonita, so kind of you to take the initiative and photograph Maxine's headstone while you were out at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery. It's a beautiful shot and I'm very grateful to see it posted to her memorial page. Thanks!

Added by D. Goodboe on Dec 06, 2014 8:32 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
Willard A. Meyers
Here I am, ready to down load the obit for William.
First I check to see if anyone has entered him
without the obit. Low and behold, U beat me to it!
There is no guess, U R on duty and ahead of all of
the rest of us.
Keep up the great job U do.
Have fun in all U do.
Your friend,
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Dec 04, 2014 11:58 PM
F Priam
RE: 123 Edits
I was just going through the headstone applications for that cemetery, it has nothing to do with you, just that most of your memorials had burial dates where I was giving you the actual death dates from the applications and middle names where you just had an initial. Just delete everything and I will never send you anything more.

God Bless You and have a Great Day! :-)
Added by F Priam on Dec 03, 2014 2:24 PM
Dear Bonita Can You Please Transfer Management of Arthur John Menghini 73603245 He is in my line.

Or can you please link him to his Mother and Father and his Mother is Adolorata Menghini and her # is 91680841 and Father is Louis S Menghini and his # 91680846.

Thank You on Behalf of my Family.

MY F A G # is 47916397.

Added by Bradley on Nov 30, 2014 9:34 PM
John and Dorothy Favero
Thank you for transferring my grandparents.
Added by Pinikula on Nov 29, 2014 9:54 AM
Muriel Arima Buzzelle Wolff
I just now saw it Bonita. Thank you.

~Grave Tag'r~.
Added by PAPAWRAITH on Nov 24, 2014 12:53 PM
Virginia Small
Thanks so much for the photo
Added by corgilover on Nov 12, 2014 8:09 AM
Norman Paul Michel
I just now got a chance to see it. Keep up the good work. Thank's
Added by PAPAWRAITH on Nov 10, 2014 2:35 PM
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