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Louella Christensen (#47261670)
 member for 5 years, 8 months, 5 days
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Bio Photo Isn't this a great ride we're on? Genealogy is such an interesting and rewarding hobby! I'm frequently amazed (and sometimes disturbed) as I learn more about the daily lives of my ancestors, and the hardships they faced as they immigrated to America and made their way west to Illinois and beyond. And, how DID they manage to raise such large families in the days before TV, washing machines and microwaves???

In addition to working my own family history, I'm on the Sidener Cemetery Board. I'm related to about three-fourths of the people buried in the cemetery! Sidener Cemetery is located in rural St Elmo, Fayette County, Illinois. Since being elected to the Board, I've mapped the cemetery for them, completed a cemetery survey book, finished photographing grave stones, and entered the remaining Sidener graves on FindaGrave. It's been a busy time! We're still looking for photos of people buried in Sidener Cemetery to post on their FindaGrave memorials and for information to help us add family links.

Feel free to use the information and cemetery photos I've added here in your family trees on other genealogy websites such as or in your own family history records. There's no need to contact me directly for permission. Just indicate who provided the photo and that it is being used with permission.

I'm always happy to transfer memorials of any non-relatives that I've entered to their family members upon request. As they say, "Many hands make light the work." It's great to be a member of the Find A Grave community!
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Michael Homiszczak
Harry Schryver
Thank you for the posting about my Uncle Harry's death. His brother was shot down in Sept 1944 and was taken prisoner and not released until the end of war. Thank you again !!
Added by Michael Homiszczak on Nov 02, 2015 4:55 AM
Gone Gravin ★
RE: David Stine 144852798
I am familiar with linking, but it won't matter. The deceased is only eligible for one memorial in this case. The marked location supersedes the non-burial entry.
Added by Gone Gravin ★ on Apr 29, 2015 8:58 PM
Hi Send me the necssary infro that I need

Take Care and God Bless

Lloyd E Smith
Added by Lloyd on Apr 29, 2015 5:43 PM
David Stine
Hi David Stine is not actully buried in Sidener Cemetery His ashes were scatter in the woods there is a marker on the back of his father's grave marker
Take Care and God Bless

Lloyd E Smith
Added by Lloyd on Apr 29, 2015 5:14 PM
Gone Gravin ★
David Stine 144852798
Thanks for the heads up. I took a look and found that mine is actually the valid memorial since the other one is not placed in a cemetery. Rather than delete mine, I have submitted it to site admins for merging. It should be resolved in the next two or three weeks. Thanks again!
Added by Gone Gravin ★ on Apr 29, 2015 4:49 PM
Daniel Engeljohn
Engelkenjohn follow-up
Hello, my name is Daniel Engeljohn. I am maintaining family tree information for the Engelkenjohann - Engelkenjohn - Engeljohn family from the St. Peter, Fayette County, Illinois area. I note that you had questions about Edward and Loretta Engelkenjohn. I added some information to the Find-A-Grave page. I am happy to share other information of interest. Let me know. Dan Engeljohn (Washington, DC --
Added by Daniel Engeljohn on Apr 08, 2015 8:59 PM
Rickey "Rick" Boult
Thank you and you may use anything of mine for your family tree use, If I can ever help you in anyway, please let me know.

A friend for life,
Added by Rickey "Rick" Boult on Feb 21, 2015 4:56 PM
Lannie Bartlett
Charlie Knutson
Hi Louella! I have Charles' parents (and the rest of the family) here in Find A Grave.

Dad - Webjorn #58448245
Mom - Hanna #90906816

Lannie (Knutson) Bartlett (Great-granddaughter of Charlie's brother Peter).

Added by Lannie Bartlett on Jan 20, 2015 7:24 PM
2Lt Arthur Kazarian
Good morning, some months ago I and other people discovered the exact place were Lt. Arthur Kazarian died in Italy june 15 1944. We are looking for people related looking for photos or something else. We are trying to celebrate with a plaque the next anniversary.
Can you someway help us ?
thanks a lot in advance
Mauro Bifani
Added by MBifani on Dec 19, 2014 8:44 AM
fontina gilbert
RE: Looking for my dads sister
Hello again. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. My dad has passed away. His date was 9/30/1993. He was a retired Senior Chief Petty Officer in the Navy and served 33 years.

There is also another brother not listed, Lenard Hendrickson who has passed and lived in Vallejo, California. He was older than my dad. I will find out the dates for you.

I thank you for your information and will contact the court house soon. The brother Harold was one my family never heard of. He passed away at birth but was buried in a different cemetery, Guy Cemetery. Was it common to bury children in different cemeteries? Since my grandmother was a Sidener I would have thought all her young children would be buried in the family cemetery. That is why I thought Bonnie would have been found there. I am looking for all siblings of my dad and should I find more infant deaths I will certainly send you the information. Is it possible to place a military memorial honoring my dad by his parents grave? I know the military will furnish one and he at one time wanted to buried by his mom. We had him placed here in Pensacola so we could be close.
Thank you for your time and hard work.
Added by fontina gilbert on Nov 25, 2014 8:54 PM
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