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Cindy (Nekvasil) Hester (#46889883)
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Bio Photo Hello,I have been researching my families: NEKVASIL, JANUCHOWSKI, JARKA, JORGENSEN AND HESTER for over 30 years and am ecstatic to add my information to Find A Grave. My husband, Mike is pictured in the Find a Grave Scrapbook under Free Stickers (6th picture down) since HIS job is "finding graves". He works for the local burial vault company: CALUMET WILBERT VAULT CO. of Gary, Indiana.

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that some how they know and approve.

Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we some how find ourselves. How many graves have I
stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us." How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up,their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.

It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth,without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do.

With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family story tellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before.

(unknown author)

Feel free to use any pictures or information I have added to any memorial. And HEY! send me a note that you did. Love hearing from fellow "gravers" And PLEASE remember this is not a game of numbers.,its a LABOR OF LOVE FOR OTHERS. If you have any questions, inquiries or concerns, JUST ASK!! I will try to help as many living AND non-living as I can.
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S Ross
Roy& Ruth Curray
Hi Cindy ~ got your messages about the photo and question about a sister (Mabel) for Ruth ...unfortunately I am not related, just a coincidence that my name is also Ross! :) I documented the headstones in Logan Park last summer for family members to find. Let me know if you are interested in a transfer. Thanks, Sheri Ross
Added by S Ross on Aug 01, 2015 7:25 AM
John & Linda Russell
Gertrude Whitmore
Thank you for taking the time to add the Class picture to the Find-A Grave Memorial.
Best Regards - John
Added by John & Linda Russell on Jul 30, 2015 2:48 PM
Rosemary Nordstrom
Minnie Flemming
Hi Cindy, I was so pleased to find the memorial for my great grand-aunt Minnie. Oddly, though, Baldwin is her middle name, not her maiden name. She was born Minnie Baldwin Jewell and her parents were Francis (Frank) Marion Jewell and Delilah Alice Sutton. I put in an edit, but wanted to explain in case you questioned it. All the best, Rosemary
Added by Rosemary Nordstrom on Jul 28, 2015 3:32 AM
Joseph Atherton, Bunnell Cem
Hi Cindy,

I am dying to find out if you are related to Joe Atherton, as that is my husband's grandfather, whom he never got to meet. Joe died about 8 years before my husband was born.

I'm curious how you found that photo of him from the reunion book! It's one I've never seen. My husband's mother shared with me some photos of him, but we don't have many. My husband is the son of on of Joe's daughter's with Ruth Evelyn Goode.

I very much hope to hear from you soon. Thank you so much for adding these photos. I've often thought it quite sad that he has no marker at his grave.

Added by Marianne on Jul 26, 2015 8:31 PM
Sharon Snow
RE: john whitted
You're welcome. Have a wonderful day. :-)
Added by Sharon Snow on Jul 26, 2015 2:17 PM
Robert B. Pool II
John B. Nicholson Jr.
Hello Cindy,

I noticed that you had left an entry for John B. Nicholson Jr., with a photo that I presume came from the 1941 Dickinson College yearbook. I'm wondering if it's the same person I came to know personally much later. I also have supplied a FindaGrave entry for a person with the same name, with Memorial # 68716772. You may want to take a look, and see if we could have the same person from the photos on my entry for him. I know 2 others who worked with him here at U. of Baltimore, and have emailed them to see if either remember him working at Dickinson College.


Bob Pool
Added by Robert B. Pool II on Jul 24, 2015 12:45 PM
Kathie Rodgers
Mark is very knowledgeable about Greenwood and Swan Lake. Once he walked out to the circle and saw where the grave was supposed to be he remembered everything including to which state the body had been moved to.

So you know who the dunelady is? I would like to get in touch with her she doesn't have my parents listed as being interned at Swan Lake and I would like to correct that. Also I am very interested in her work. I understand it is actually a group of people and that they are also friends of Mary Francis.

Added by Kathie Rodgers on Jul 06, 2015 5:24 PM
Diane Burke
RE: the Rose family
Thanks I appreciate the identification. You mean to tell me James Hester had owned slaves? That is something I had no idea about. I'm still in contact with Jolene Carson and she never mentioned that. Wow...that is something to add to the family history. Are you on I have about 30 trees I manage there because, Dan's, mine and all the grandchildren's families. Would be willing to "swap" info if your interested. My best guess is that you probably have more than I do though! Thanks again.
Added by Diane Burke on Jul 06, 2015 2:58 PM
Kathie Rodgers

I just got off the phone with Denice and she and Mark searched the records from 1970 and indeed found Mr. Harkins. Unfortunately Mark says that his body was disinterned and moved by the family to somewhere in Iowa.

Added by Kathie Rodgers on Jul 06, 2015 12:27 PM
Kathie Rodgers

I have seen just how much work you have done and I am wondering if you are the person who put together the list of burials on Greenwood, Swan Lake and St. Stans Cemeteries. Specifically are you the woman known as the DuneLady.

Added by Kathie Rodgers on Jul 06, 2015 11:42 AM
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