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Colletta (#47089656)
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I follow the findagrave guidelines for posting obituaries. I extract the information needed to fill in the basic data, and may ad organization affiliation and military career, but that's about it. So please do not send me full obits, as I will not post them. If you want to take your time and edit out certain points, you may do so. I will not post the names of living individuals.


PLEASE TAKE MORE RESPECTFUL PHOTOS I have been seeing more and more horrible photos. I am especially disappointed in the half-ass images of historic markers. Cut-off obelisks. No dimension to ground markers. Blurry. Illegible. Military markers taken from a standing position instead of a kneeling position. I am disgusted sometimes because we are suppose to be documenting history for all time, instead, we are doing injustice to the dead. Many meaningful inscriptions are not getting recorded because the photo is too small to transcribe. Take more time at the cemetery and think before you post a bad photo. Use common sense and don't be in a hurry. Less good photos are worth more than many ugly photos. Thank you.


Cemeteries are such unique places. I enjoy the beauty of sculptures, mausoleums and various items around the interred. The statuary, the iconic images, representative symbols, old rod iron fencing; it is all fascinating. From the most elaborate statue to the simply inscribed piece of wood.

There is so much mystery in a cemetery. Stories that are told and stories to wonder about and stories to find out about.

I have been to cemeteries in at least 30 states including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Costa Rica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands and Argentina.

I am a 4th generation San Franciscan. Lived in Marin County for 33 years and now live in Mendocino County.

I enjoy taking photographs of the surroundings and capturing the beauty of the burial plot. I do my best to capture the entire tombstone in as pretty a shot as I can manage. I continually watch for seasonal changes or offerings to capture a better representation of the marker and view.

I spend a great deal of time in cemeteries (physically and virtually.) I photograph and document a select number of cemeteries in the counties of Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino as well as San Francisco and Colma.

For the most part, I only create newer memorials from obituaries that I have photographed or intend to photograph. This allows me to concentrate my time with cemeteries I am familiar with. My "numbers" are fairly high, but I know where each interred is within the cemetery.

I have finished photographing the following cemeteries in rural West Marin, Olema, Bolinas, Tomales Presbyterian, Tomales Catholic and Marshall. Have photographed B'nai Israel, Fernwood, Little Lake and Willits with continual visits for additions.

I traveled to Antarctica in 2009 and visited Grytviken Island, where Ernest Shackleton is interred. Stop by and leave a virtual flower for one of the mariners.

I don't have my email listed, so please chose a random memorial "edit request" for a more personal note.

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Please advise me that you are posting my photos to your Ancestry family tree. I am very happy to share (or provide full sized original) but let me know. I spend hours and travel hundreds of miles to obtain photos in all kinds of weather. Copying my photo and then using as "your own" is the same as shoplifting.

Credit my photographs as follows
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Jeff G.
RE: Bolce
My pleasure - - - I try not to do "edit's" without being fairly certain about them - it's hard (and embarrassing) to take them back. And good for you for checking-out the birth place on your own; it speaks to your own desire for accuracy.

Jeff :)
Added by Jeff G. on Oct 29, 2014 3:18 PM
Hattie Neale
Thank you for pointing out the spelling variant; I've added the info to her memorial. I've seen many spelling and date errors on grave markers. I am assuming you contacted the person who duped the memorial at Mt Tam Cemetery -- she obviously can't be in both places. I appreciate your comments in your bio, I think there are too many people uploading large amounts of data to boost their stats, rather than paying attention to accuracy. I too find that annoying.
Added by SkåneBesökare on Oct 25, 2014 12:26 PM
RE: Fernwood Cemetery
I will correct
Added by Hc on Oct 25, 2014 9:45 AM
Diane Reich
Berthold Furst
Thank you, memorial updated.
Added by Diane Reich on Oct 22, 2014 7:31 AM
New York Historian
Sarah Friedman - Findagrave
I sent an findagrave message to the person who created Sarah's memorial, waiting to hear back from him, will let you know what he says.
Added by New York Historian on Oct 21, 2014 9:22 PM
Diane Reich
Max Davis
Thanks for the info. Removed the nickname. Since the headstone lists Max as 1st name, that's what I went with. Thanks again.
Added by Diane Reich on Oct 21, 2014 4:01 AM
J Spencer
Ray L Holmes
Thank You so much for adding Rays Bio. What a tribute to him on this sad anniversary. I also found out, that he just started working out of Oakland just 3 weeks before the Quake. It was tragic fate indeed that put him on the cypress that day.
Added by J Spencer on Oct 17, 2014 11:13 PM
RA Look
Thank you for making the links that connect my great grandaunt, Mabel Lavina Thrap Kwansney, to her parents. This will help others tracing my family line and is greatly appreciated.
Ray A. Look 47243262
Added by RA Look on Oct 16, 2014 5:59 PM
Mike Casey
RE: Howard Bland
You're very welcome, and keep up the good work, especially for our veterans. Mike
Added by Mike Casey on Oct 06, 2014 3:03 PM
RE: Barlow
You are very welcome for the information, and thank you for updating the memorial so promptly and for adding the additional information.

I, too, believe that John changed his first name from Junius to John. I found a deed entry that seems to indicate the name change, also: "September 13, 1935-John A Barlow, alias, to Iva E Barlow dated Sept 12, 1935. Four lots in Westport and S 1/2 of SE 1/4 of Sec 9 T 20 N R 17 W MDM" (Source: Ukiah Republican Press, Ukiah, California, Published: Wed., Sep 25, 1935)

Per the "alias" following John's name, I believe the original deed was in the name of Junius and the above deed, transferring the property to his wife, clarified/legalized this transfer of real property.

The older brother of (Junius) John Alexander was John Zebulon Barlow, born 25 Jun 1862 and died 9 Mar 1932.

Since all of the information in the marriage certificate is correct except for the middle name of John's father, I'm now beginning to wonder if family history has recorded the middle name of the father incorrectly as Leroy, instead of Luther (as stated in John's marriage certificate). Oh well, back to the 'drawing board.' :-)

Thanks again for all of your assistance. I will remove the marriage certificate.


Added by Ruth on Oct 06, 2014 8:33 AM
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