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Joe Chando (#47476296)
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Bio Photo I started researching my family history after my mother passed away in 2011. Fortunately for me she had everything written down so it gave me a good head start. My wife did not have much on her family so I started looking to see how much I could find on her family.
I found out early on the only way to do this was to walk the entire cemetery and try to link each person back. Doing it this way I was able to find relatives that I wouldn't have been able find otherwise. Family plots give a lot of clues about the family that are not obvious otherwise.
I am happy to add any family information since it makes it easier for others to find the memorial, any bio information should be written so it can be copied over. Please use the edit tab and the Suggest a correction link when sending information or requesting a transfer, it makes it easier and reduces the chance of an error. If you are looking for a response to any questions, please provide an email address.

Any gravestone pictures I've posted may be used for non-commercial use, family trees, Ancestry, etc. Credit should be noted with the picture.

On Bio's MCOI is short for Morning Call Obituary Index. EEOI is short for Easton Express Obituary Index. PADI is short for Pennsylvania Department of Health Death Index.

Cemetery's Photographed:
Riegelsville Union Cemetery, Riegelsville 2011
Allen Union Cemetery, Northampton 2012
Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampton 2012
Saint Johns Catholic Cemetery, Northampton 2013
Assumption of Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, Northampton 2013
Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Alpha, NJ. 2013
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery, Northampton 2013
Fairview Cemetery, Northampton 2013
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cemetery, North Catasauqua 2014
Saint Andrews Cemetery, North Catasauqua 2014
Saint Lawrence the Martyr Calvary Cemetery, North Catasauqua 2014
Saint Lawrence the Martyr's RC Church Cemetery, North Catasauqua 2014
Gethsemane Cemetery of Saint Mary's, Catasauqua 2014
Fairview Cemetery, West Catasauqua (100% Photographed) Sections 1-12 & 14 complete.
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Dustin Snyder
Matilda C Reese (149361157)
Hi Joe,

I've found out more information about Matilda Reese. For a while she's been a big question mark in my family tree. Having tracked down her children's, I've been able to piece together a bit more of her history. Her second husband was my great-grandfather's second wife.

To help anyone else, could you add the following to her bio, please:

Matilda had three husbands. Philip Smith, Francis Snyder and George Reese Sr.
Added by Dustin Snyder on Feb 04, 2016 10:23 PM
Dustin Snyder
Mamie Scholl (149364123)
Hi Joe,

First, thanks for all your work. I really appreciate your efforts.

I've submitted an edit for Mamie Scholl (149364123) to correct her maiden name.

Can you also edit her bio? Her parents were Philip Smith and Matilda Rockel. I've confirmed this from both her obituary and death certificate.

I'm not sure who Catherine Rockel was.
Added by Dustin Snyder on Feb 03, 2016 3:16 AM
Dorothy Blindenbacher
Beverland and Koehler photos
Thanks Joe for taking all the photos you do.
Added by Dorothy Blindenbacher on Jan 18, 2016 3:24 PM
Shirley Kloberdanz Arendt
Thank you so much for the Kibler photos!
Added by Shirley Kloberdanz Arendt on Dec 19, 2015 7:40 PM
carol Sorden watson
hello, researching for a friend. seeking parents of Elizabeth Harakal mother of frank Gabriel..

thank you carol in az.
Added by carol Sorden watson on Dec 13, 2015 2:02 PM
E Finn
RE: Sacred Heart Cemetery
Great to hear from you re Sacred Heart. I encourage you (from afar) to consider working your magic!

I don't have a map, but I can provide some info. The main stone entry is on Fullerton Ave. In the day it was a grand entrance centered on a large cross within the grounds. I believe that the cemetery is bordered to the north by Mundy Lane, and by Catasauqua Road on the east. It is big.

The four other cemeteries which I believe are to the north with access from Mundy are: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery; Resurrection Cemetery, Polish National Catholic Church; St. Michael's & St. Andrew's Byzantine Catholic Church Cemetery; Sons of Israel Cemetery.

When I visited Sacred Heart 15+ years ago, I used a page copied from a cemetery inventory/list I found at the Lehigh Valley Historical Society. The document has names and dates (transcribed from stones) by row number. Here's a link to the reference: Unfortunately the document is not on-line.

BTW, the Sacred Heart Church which owns/manages the cemetery is "up the road" at 336 N 4th in Allentown; 610-434-5171.

Thanks for giving this cemetery your consideration.

Eileen Finnegan
Added by E Finn on Nov 27, 2015 3:49 PM
Kelly Weirich
RE: Elmer I. Schneck
Sorry, but I don't know what the beginning of this conversation was ....
Added by Kelly Weirich on Nov 02, 2015 3:23 PM
Kelly Weirich
Elmer I. Schneck
Is this Elmer the son of Samuel and Fianna (Gruver) Schneck?
Added by Kelly Weirich on Oct 06, 2015 12:50 PM
Darleen Miller
Eleanor Hartman
Thank you for the edits and photo. If she is your relative, please let me know and I will transfer management to you.
Added by Darleen Miller on Sep 24, 2015 7:08 AM
Thank You!
Hi Joe,

HUGE thanks for your photos of the graves of Willoughby Haffner and his mom. (I SO love that you found the grave of the mother of an old soldier.) You also made my day because Willoughby has been near and dear to my heart since I first started researching his life. Hope you and yours have a wonderful weekend and, again, many thanks!

Added by lesnyder1 on Sep 19, 2015 7:52 PM
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