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Tom Brocher (#47674416)
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Bio Photo Since February 2012 a group of us have been working on a project to photograph entire sections in Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California. Progress on this project is updated frequently below. As we add photos we use them to correct memorials and link to family members or send requests to have the memorials corrected or updated. We add new memorials to this cemetery based on these photographs and on the National Gravesite Locator website for this cemetery.


FAG members Samme Templin, Theresa Miller, Christine S., and Cindy S. are helping to post the photos.

FAG contributor Stewart Blandon is working on Section 2E.

FAG contributor Kathleen Clemence is working on Section R.

FAG contributor Christine and Winmar finished photographing and posting photos from Section MA.

Please join us!! I estimate that we have posted at least 30% of the photos in the cemetery, and are posting nearly 1400 photos every week. It's a big job and we could use your help!

Please contact me if you are willing to help this project by either uploading photographs that I have taken, or by photographing other sections.

Please contact me if you have a better photograph of a headstone for a memorial (e.g., with better lighting), and I will be happy to remove my photo from the memorial. [Over time I've learned the hard way the right times of day to photograph markers in the cemetery to get the best lighting, usually in the afternoon.]

Status of photography of Golden Gate National Cemetery section by section:

Sections A to D: Completed.

Section E: Completed. Contains markers for 45 graves of German and Italian prisoner of war from World War II; there also many graves of servicemen who died between 1865 and 1910. Markers not in the National Gravesite Locator: Maltie Andrews, John Brackman, Infant Son Crawford, John Jackson, Charles Kinnaka, Francis O'Sullivan, and Jamey Schafer.

Section F: Completed. Concepcion F. DelaCruz (F, 557) is not in the NGL

Section G: Completed. Markers not in the NGL: Oliver Melander, James C. and Nodie Schrader.

Section H: Completed. Markers not in the NGL: Martha Ellen Fiedler, Bernice Peck Scott, John H. Sawyer, Lee Ellerton Dickinson, William Albert Rimmel, Bertram W. York, Michael Meglinskie, Dexter L. Drubendorfer, Bert McNulty, William Von Cleve.

Section I: Completed. Markers not in the NGL: Frederick Bachmann, Robert Colvin, Alice & Arthur Sorenson.

Section J: Completed. Markers not in the NGL: Carlo Barroni, John Edward Scoggins.

Section K: Photography and posting photos of the reverse sides of the markers is completed.

Section L: Photography and posting photos of the reverse sides of the markers is completed.

Section M: Completed May 5, 2013. Names not in NGL: Eugene Brozowski, Earl Chapman, Justin Lacau France, Merle Gadbury, Abramo Marko, Lillian A. Murphy, Elia Pera, Henry Stegnerski, George Pete Sucevich, Maude Edna Webster, William Ralph Williamson.

Section MA: This section is completed.

Section N: Photos of all markers have been posted. Names not in the NGL: William E. Thomas (1924-1983).

Section O: Photos of the fronts of O-1A to O-640 have been posted. Photography all of the reverse sides of all markers is completed. Photos of the fronts of the last half of the section have been taken.

Section P: This section has been completely photographed. Photos of all of the reverse sides of markers are posted. Photos on the south half of the section are posted (except last 4 rows).

Section Q: Completed 21 June 21 2014.

Section R: Completed 1 July 2014 by Kathleen Clemence.

Section S: Completed 28 June 2014.

Section T: Photos of the backs of the markers have been posted. The fronts of markers have all been photographed.

Section U: The backs of the markers have been posted. The first row of flat markers is all photographed and posted. Photography of fronts of markers has started.

Section V: The fronts of the markers have been posted.

Section W: Completed May 24, 2014. Not in NGL: Peter Koster, Audrey Minor, Louise C. Reeves, Arthemus Langston, Dorothy M Cross, Edith I Johnson, Thelma G Heinz, Audrey A Groom, Ethel T Dilley, others

Section X: Photography of all markers in this section was completed in May 2014. Not listed in the NGL: Robert Linyard, Stanley H Manzano, Presner Felder, James Allen and Richard Anthony O'Kendo, William Latham Chamberlain, John H. Gwinn Washington, Tillie C. Fuelscher, John Casey, James O'Connor, Ichiro Garry Tsuruoka, Ernest Laverne Speicher, Ruth Hall, Herbert F Sweebohm, Charles Warren, John Marvin Williams, John Manuel Baldwin Bastida, Charles A Henderson, Clarence C Centeio, Karl Stohlstrom, Robert A Ausmus, Mildred R Webb, William Henry Doland, Toivo Evertt Malen, Philamena A Flowers, Ruth E Henkel

Section Y: Photography of the fronts of all markers was completed in Mar. 2013. Photos of the backs of markers have been uploaded. Markers not in NGL: Daniel Baldwin Elam, Charles E. Walker, Lon Ash Cook, Frank Yee, Robert G Peterson, Elise Courrier Phillips, Joseph F Weiterer, Dudley Theodore Edson, John W Haslet, Morton Morris Eierwiess, Robert Allen Washington, Antone W Caldera, Harry M DeLacy, Michael Melnick

Section Z: Completed. Markers not in NGL: John H Downing, Angel B Canja, Sr., Charles Palizzolo Sicily, Albert Brown, Melvin Rucker, William Francis Clark, Ivo Sofranc Montenegro.

Section 2A: Completed June 16, 2013.

Section 2B: Photography completed July, 2013. Uploading of fronts is completed. Uploading of backs is underway. The northwestern end contains a large percentage of infants and young children.

Section 2C: Completed April 5, 2014.

Section 2D: Completed June 9, 2013. Not in the National Gravesite Locator: Herbert L Dennis, Frederick Kurz Austria, Hing K Lee, Navor A Archuleta, Bernard F Fahey, John Louis Leglend

Section 2E: FAG contributor Steward Blandon has finished photographing the entire section and has uploaded 80% of his photos.

Section 2F: Completed.
Section 2G: Completed.
Section 2H: Completed.

Section CA: Sites 1-38, 189-394, 467-504, 655-860, 933-970, 1130-1326, 1399-1434, 1587-1783, 1856-1893, 2055-2071, 2082-2250, 2323-2359, 2506-2536, 2548-2716, 2789-2825, 2972-3182, CA1 (posted), CA2, CA8 (posted), CA13-CA14 (posted), CA15 have been photographed. Not in NGL?: Margana K Williams

Section CD: Photos for Sites 1-189, 295-494 have been posted.

Section CE: Photos for Sites 1-76, 224-312, 336-387, and 537-624 have been posted.

Section CF: Sites 1-55 posted, 98-213 photographed, 285-338 posted.

I am currently interested in the Brocher, Lahey, Williamson, Weber, and Grumann families of eastern Wisconsin, particularly Manitowoc County.

I am also researching Nuzum, Wright, Wheeler families of western Wisconsin.

Finally, I am researching Welch, Belden, Dunbar familiies of southeastern Minnesota.
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RE: Thomas Lahey Two Rivers
No problem, anytime. If you have any other family members here I can take the photo's I go out everyday. I'm GPS'ing the whole cemetery. People were looking at my partner and I like were crazy. However, we have a great time and have fun while in the bone yard. We actually were washing the stones before the photo's were taken. The moss & Alge this year are eating the stones away like nothing. Basically, we went in garden hose and all cleaning stones prior to the photo's. History is now preserved from the mother natures fury from 60 below zero weather this past winter. Glad to be a service to you. In the future, if you need anymore photo's here in Manitowoc County WI shoot me an email. I can go out and get it for ya. I also have access to obituaries at our wonderful library if you need any. Take care!
Added by screenname on Jul 05, 2014 6:39 PM
Wethersfield Village Cemetery Wethersfield CT
I went to this cemetery today..unfortunately the gravestone of Mary/Franklin Belden d 1831/1833 has broken off completely with only a small piece remaining. I made a copy of the gravestones in this cemetery and I know the gravestone before it and after am sure that this was their gravestone. Will post the photo soon.
Added by Sara on Jun 15, 2014 3:39 PM
Duplicate photo
HAYS #118409639.....happens! ~Thanks
Added by rp on Jun 05, 2014 5:16 AM
Wethersfield Village Cemetery Wethersfield CT
I went to this cemetery today...unfortunately Abigail and her husband Thomas' gravestones have broken off completely. I took photos of what is left and will post them soon.
Good luck with your genealogy,
Added by Sara on Jun 02, 2014 2:47 PM
Shizuko Ruth Egawa Shiramizu
The temporary grave photo marker can be removed as the stone marker has been added.
Added by ShaneO on May 31, 2014 10:57 AM
Marion Hopper
Purn E Hearing
Thank you for adding my Uncle's headstone. I'm adding to my files...Find A Grave Memorial# 3585529
Marion Hopper
Added by Marion Hopper on May 30, 2014 10:21 PM
Marion Hopper
Purn E Hearing
Thank you for adding my Uncle's headstone. I'm adding to my files...
Marion Hopper
Added by Marion Hopper on May 30, 2014 10:19 PM
Photo Requests
You have a couple older photo requests for Thomas & Marion Dunbar at Forest Home Cemetery. I'd suggest contacting Nelsisg@foresthomecemetery(dot)com to request the plot and section locations for them. It's a huge cemetery and some photo volunteers for that cemetery will go to the effort if location information is already supplied in the request. The cemetery office charges money if someone asks for too many locations, so supplying the location in your request will help. Thanks!
Added by emj on May 23, 2014 12:51 PM
John and Peggy Hutchins
Photos of Arthur and Lena Osborne
Thank you for providing very good photos of Arthur and Lena's Headstone in Golden Gate Memorial Park. I have been trying for some time to get there and then just noticed that you had already taken the photos. Again thank you for your assistance.
Added by John and Peggy Hutchins on May 23, 2014 12:02 PM
Vicki Sanow
Harold Sanow
Thank you very much for updating Harold's memorial.
Added by Vicki Sanow on May 07, 2014 5:46 PM
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