Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
 member for 9 years, 4 months, 8 days
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links

Please do NOT hesitate to contact me if you wish that a family member's memorial be removed. I understand that the resting places of loved ones are very special and personal. My intention to create these memorials is to share and hopefully help those who are seeking out burials for either family research or for viewing family markers. Personally, I have a memorial set up for my father and I don't have it in me to add a picture of his gravestone. Just too final I guess. I have special pictures of him up for family to see. If someone else were to add a picture of his tombstone I would prob. ask that they take it down. This is very personal to me. So I understand how someone might feel about this...I totally respect your request and understand completely.


This is a picture of my son who had accompanied me on one of many trips to old cemeteries in the area. He's leaning against a tombstone of a fellow who died almost 200 years ago! I had taken a rubbing of this stone when I was my son's age....Still have the rubbing!!! Stored away for safe keeping. Someday maybe someone will contact me asking about the tombstone...I can't even get a good picture of it anymore, it's leaned over so far!

This is a big reason why I like going around these old cemeteries....taking pictures of the old preserve a bit of the past...or should I say...monuments to the memory of the people of the past...before they slip away....crumble into so many already have...


I ask that the images which i have worked VERY HARD to capture NOT be copied and published to another websight without my permission. Images are not allowed to be copied for publication and resale. Personal use for family genealogy is fine but it's always nice to be asked and credited. This is a simple thing to do and goes along way to make me feel that i'm doing something good for others.

Nothing bothers me more than to come across a photo that i have taken and find someone else's name underneith and/or no credit given at all for my work.

I also ask that any picture attached by others to my memorial pages be of a respectful nature to the person being memorialized as well as being respectful to family and friends. It's not an ARTSHOW either. No over the top "creativity".

This site is not meant to be for a competition to see who creates the most memorials. Not a race to see who gets to the cemetery first to get that shot. Not meant to be for those who strive for quantity and NOT quality.

This site is for those of us who enjoy taking that stroll through a cemetery and seeing beyond the gravestones to the people being remembered. More important for those who would like to "FINDAGRAVE" and be so thrilled and thankful for doing so.

An Epitath taken from a Civil War Soldier's gravestone......

In the night a bright wing fluttered oer the tent in which he lay. In his ear a soft voice uttered...Soldier rise and come away"

Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 20,958 Memorials Added
 • 20,310 Memorials Managed
 • 43 Memorials/week
 • 33,096 Photos
 • 4 Photo Requests
 • 103 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 24,938 Virtual Flowers
 • 44 Virtual Cemeteries
 • 27 Fame Ratings
 • 8 Sponsorships
 • 9 Friends
Search Contributor's Records

First NameLast Name

Virtual Cemeteries
"FOUND"........ (66)
100 YEAR CLUB (22)
Civil War Vets (69)
Craig Colony Census detai... (57)
DAD (1)
Death Stories...... (32)
[View all Virtual Cemeteries...]
Find A Grave Friends
carolyn grady, Diane Miller, Katherine (Kath..., Louise Grimaldi..., Mary E. Warner, Roberta (Schott..., s baucum, Susan Fuller
Messages left for Donna Ruhland B... (755)[Leave Message]
Sharon Fulton
RE: Frederick Bloomer
Lol. That was fast! Looks like we're both sitting at our computers at the same time.

Thanks for the transfers! It is quite satisfying to have reunited this family! My only regret is that, despite having specific plot numbers, I was not able to locate markers for the parents and one brother.

Added by Sharon Fulton on Aug 21, 2014 7:30 PM
Sharon Fulton
RE: Frederick Bloomer
Thank you so much re the picture! And sure, it would be great if you could transfer the memorial. I could add some tidbits.

Thanks again!

Added by Sharon Fulton on Aug 21, 2014 7:18 PM
Anne Critcher Clark
Grave Transfer
Hi Donna! I got the transfer for my grandfather Asa Babcock perfectly and was able to do the updates. Thank you so much for everything you do!
Added by Anne Critcher Clark on Aug 19, 2014 6:58 PM
Ronald P. Mills Sr.
RE: Trommetter Stone

I found the picture of my mother, Pauline Trommetter Mills as a young girl, with friends, in front of that shrine you mentioned...I've attempted to attach it to Alois and Elizabeth Trommetter's stone site. Let me know if it worked?

Added by Ronald P. Mills Sr. on Aug 12, 2014 7:47 AM
Dale & Corinne Wise
Thank you so much for accomplishing the edits so quickly/ I am working on commemorating the WWI veterans of Nobles county Minnesota with thier families. So, I really appreciate your work. Thanks for the help/ Gail Wise Gittens
Added by Dale & Corinne Wise on Aug 10, 2014 12:19 PM
Hoppe-Town Line Lutheran Cemetery
RE: Mariah Catharine # 68517465  and  Andreas F W Hoppe # 68396921 both memorials @ Town Line Lutheran Cemetery in Alden, Erie, NY.

I have sent you an email to the above listed email. Please let me know if you do not receive it. Thanks.
Added by Patricktl on Aug 04, 2014 5:19 PM
NYgirl inAZ
Re: Edward Greenhaglel
Thank you!
Added by NYgirl inAZ on Jul 18, 2014 3:51 PM
NYgirl inAZ
Re: Edward Greenhagle
Hello. I did not know that someone had taken a pic of my great-grandfather's grave and made a memorial on this website until today - thank you! I was in the middle of making a memorial and a search of the cemetery listings brought up yours. I didn't get the connection with my searches before because his name is misspelled on his tombstone! -hagel
Would you mind transferring the management of his memorial to me? Through my uncle, I am learning a little more about Edward all the time, and with my help we are getting closer to finding Edward's family in the former East Prussia/Germany (now Poland).
Thank you.
Beth Sheehan
Added by NYgirl inAZ on Jul 18, 2014 3:24 PM
Bear Ridge Cemetery
Hi Donna,
Sent you an e-mail as well as edit updates at Find-A-Grave for all the Leland, Loveland, Tousey, Taylor, Clement Perkins, and Warren Peabody which you have posted to Saint Pauls Evangelical Protestant Reformed #2 who are actually buried up the road in Bear Ridge Cemetery and need to be posted to that one !
Added by Cindy on Jul 17, 2014 9:21 AM
stephen schifani
Reuben Town
He was the son of Reuben Town 1746-1775 who married my 5th great grandmother Sarah Dodge 1767 . Reuben died 1775 . She then married Samuel Wallis Sr 1753-1848 , Here is mothers memorial number 132804524
Added by stephen schifani on Jul 15, 2014 11:57 AM
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service