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MrsB (#47910340)
 member for 3 years, 3 months, 13 days
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Bio Photo Please feel free to use any of our photos or bios for non-commercial purposes. (Note: Our photos will always have either "MrB" or "MrsB" under the photo. Any other name under a photo on a memorial of ours came from that volunteer, and that volunteer would have to be the one to give permission.)

I also volunteer with the Washington County Genealogical Society of Nebraska, which has an online collection of obituaries (with hard-copy cards of the original news clippings in a public library). The obituaries are for people with any connection to Washington County. The link is free (credit to the Gen. Society is appreciated if used)

We want to help people realize they are part of larger families, making a link themselves in the on-going stories.
My husband and I have enjoyed taking photos and learning the stories of times and people gone by. We have heard the scream of eagles overhead, seen large owls swiftly make their silent dives, and watched an antlered stag peacefully munching acorns in an old downtown cemetery in Council Bluffs. Walking through soggy ground in a tiny country cemetery, we wondered why people would bury kin in low-lying areas--until we looked up at the highway, and saw the road was built up, with the cemetery left down level with the ditch (we called the state dept. on that--the first graves were there before that state entered the Union, and it wouldn't take much to dig the ditch a couple of feet deeper). Trying to fulfill a 20th century photo request, I saw in the obit that there would be a Spring interment, suggesting cremation had occurred. Sometimes family members don't always get the job done (that happened in our extended family--the surviving spouse sort of liked keeping the box in the house, and then went on to survive several decades). Trying to locate this requested grave, I called both the Funeral Home and the Sexton, and neither had any listing for this last name at all. I then wrote the memorial creator to see if the names belonged in this cemetery. I suggested perhaps the memorial could be removed, unless he knew for sure Clara and George were buried there (and then it would be a serious kindness to contact the funeral home and the sexton). Sometimes burials are privately made in family plots, particularly with cremains, and it would be a shame to have somebody else buried right on top of the urn just because nobody let the gravediggers know. Sextons from different cemeteries have said that is an increasingly common worry and occurrence. We have learned a lot since we started volunteering with FindaGrave! And to think that as a kid I found history boring :)
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Nancy Mancuso
RE: Raymond Donald died 2010 in Farmington
That would be great if you would pass this obituary to them.
Added by Nancy Mancuso on Nov 23, 2015 8:33 PM
Nancy Mancuso
Raymond Donald "Ray" Nielsen
Donald Ray Nielsen of Fredericktown passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2010, at Parkland Health Center, at the age of 51 years. He was born on February 11, 1959, at Bonne Terre, MO. He was preceded in death by his step-father, Louis Allen Matkin and his grandfather, Raymond Grindstaff.
A life long resident of the area, Donnie graduated from Farmington High School in 1977. He was a member of Delassus Baptist Church and the Teamsters Union. He was employed by YRC in St. Louis where he had worked for the past sixteen years. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, and barbecuing and entertaining friends and family was one of his favorite pastimes. His granddaughter Gracie was the apple of his eye.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Vickie (Williams) Nielsen, their two daughters, Brittany (Mrs. Barry) Watson of Columbia and Tiffany Nielsen of the home; a granddaughter, Grace Watson; his mother, Rosa Lee Matkin of Knob Lick; his maternal grandmother, Glenda Grindstaff of Knob Lick; three brothers, Greg Nielsen and his wife Gale, Randy Nielsen and his wife Dana, all of Farmington and Chuck Klempert and his wife Amy of Ironton; and a sister, Tammy (Mrs. Bill) Mund of Farmington. Also surviving are a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at Cozean Memorial Chapel from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25. Visitation will resume on Thursday morning at 7 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m. in the Cozean Chapel with the Rev. Charles Shrum officiating. Interment will be at Silver Point Union Church Cemetery in Womack. Memorials may be made to the Family. Share your condolences and memories and view the online obituary and tribute video at
Added by Nancy Mancuso on Nov 23, 2015 2:09 PM
Bob Bardo
RE: Raymond Nielsen--Springwell
Hi, Mrs. B,
Thank you for checking the information on Raymond Nielsen and finding out who his parents were. I just came across his memorial while doing other things, and tried to update his information.
Added by Bob Bardo on Nov 23, 2015 7:48 AM
RE: Helen Hedelund's parents
You have never ever been rude.

I enjoy your information very much.

I have been burned quite a few times lately though. Hence my paranoia.

I understand that information is necessary to confirm why links are being made.

When sending edits there isn't any space to explain why the edit is being sent. Sending an additional message on the graver's page could be considered even more intrusive.

I have gotten to the point where I only send edits to people I have feel I have previously been on good terms with. I am hesitant to send any at all which seems counter productive to the point of creating an edit tab and definitely causes problems for linking families.

I used to really enjoy this site. Lately I feel like a criminal for even trying to be helpful while my husband and I search for a lost family member.

My husband has family buried in every single section of Forest Lawn with 7 generations among the bunch.

His father, grandfather, and great grandfather all worked for the cemetery. Forest Lawn is a very important part of the family continuum.

You are not the problem Mrs B. You have always been very kind.

I appreciate you checking on the edits. I hope I can be considered trustworthy enough that you will know I work very hard to be accurate.

If I can't find information at all I will leave a bio blank. If I have doubts as to what I have found I will add information with an explanation and a plea for family members to provide additional help.

I am sorry Forest Lawn removed the database from their revamped site. I understand their need to make money but the problem is not everyone can get to Omaha to search for loved ones. I think it is just a shame that they haven't seen fit to put the information back up.


Added by KDQ on Nov 22, 2015 5:41 PM
Frances Geil (Bross) (Newell) Sprecher
You're welcome. Finding this was a bit of a fluke. As you can see from the message previous to the one you sent, that lady discussed Laura Newell, which led to other Newell's. I ran a search online and this came up.

I never would have known to look for Frances under Sprecher, but there she was. Funny how things tend to come full circle.

Anyway, thanks for your message, and for posting and the additional edits.

Enjoy that cool weather!

Added by Sheila on Nov 22, 2015 5:06 PM
RE: Helen Hedelund's parents
Is there a problem with Helen's parents? They are located in the same section and lot she is. Her brother Walter is also buried there.

I am unsure where her husband John is buried.

I didn't look for her children Richard or Harriet as there seems to be a great problem with edits on Find A Grave lately.

I have been putting information in the photos I take or in the memorials I set up myself so I don't "bother" anybody with too many edits.

I'm one of those rare individuals whose life will end =) and I feel that it is important to get the Find A Grave family connections/edits out while I am working on that person.

Unfortunately there are people who have added thousands upon thousands of memorials to Find A Grave (with very little information) and then feel it is a burden to care properly for their creations.

It appears to be a control issue with these individuals rather than a mission of family information and connection. It's heartbreaking really.

Or...they are too dumb to figure out their "smart" phones and have the edit emails sent to a special folder until they can get to them which would prevent the email chime from constantly sounding.

Either way I am out of patience with them. I have limited time that I can spend on this project and I try to move along as quickly as I can. I also try to be as accurate as I can be. Sometimes it's tricky. That's the beauty of the edit process, we can fix things.

I don't think I have ever been intentionally rude to someone but I know that there have been quite a few people who feel they can be rude on this site. Shame on them. From the bios of gravers I am getting the picture I'm not the only one who has been abused.

Anyway, if I have made a mistake on a connection let me know. In the case of Helen Johnson Hedelund her parents and brother are with her so it was fairly easy to pick her out of the Johnson lineup. There are soooo many Johnson families in Forest Lawn.

Added by KDQ on Nov 22, 2015 5:02 PM
RE: Turnovsky edits appreciated
You are very welcome. And yes I sent the obits. Thanks for the credit but none is needed. I just like to help out when I can.
Added by SRGF on Nov 21, 2015 8:33 PM
Weldon Collins
Memorial Cemetery
Thanks for the head marker photo of Chester R. Cogdill I want to thanks you for taken the time. I will pay it forward.
Added by Weldon Collins on Nov 21, 2015 2:06 PM
Catherine Fitzgerald
I sent you an email about what I was able to find out about Catherine (buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Omaha). Please let me know if you got it. Thanks!
Added by phillipsp on Nov 19, 2015 10:26 PM
Diane Jestes
RE: I corrected (I think) the children for Marie Shaffer
Mrs. B. I tried to find Marie's two eldest daughters who died, in Find A Grave, but they are not listed. One is buried in Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery and the other is buried in Westlawn/Hillcrest cemetery.

I have second thoughts about what Aunt Marie's name is. I think you had it right the first time. When I asked my cousin Bud he thought about it and decided her first name was Rose. I now found in her oldest daughter's Social Security Applications & Claims Index, 1936-2007, she shows her mother as Marie R. and in the 1930 Federal census she is shown as Marie R.
I am changing my genealogy records to Marie Rose Baltzer. Would you be kind enough to give her back the name Marie Rose?

By the way, in the 1930 census the enumerator goofed when he wrote 20th Ave for the Shaffer family. They were renting the house at 3514 So. 21st St. (two doors north of our house, we lived at 3524 S. 21st St). My Aunt Violet, Marie's sister and her family were also living with them in that tiny house. If you wish, you can change the address in the 1930 census. (That was the year before I was born).

Thank you for your great work!

Added by Diane Jestes on Nov 19, 2015 5:20 PM
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