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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
 member for 11 years, 5 months, 23 days
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Bio Photo When I was young, my mother had a shoe box and a shirt size gift box full of photos that she kept in the linen closet. Every so often, I would ask if we could get them out and go through them. We would sit at the kitchen table with the photos in a heap. My sisters and I would ask who the people were, and Mom would tell us about them. That was probably what first sparked my interest in genealogy.

I began actively digging for information to put my family tree together in 1981. My Aunt Frances Herbold had been at it for decades by that time. A lot of time and legwork was involved when she was doing her work. There was no Internet. She wrote scores of letters to people, asking for information. She must have spent hours and hours looking through old rolls of microfilm, which could easily cause a person to go blind or insane, or both. Aunt Frances, God bless her, furnished me with a bare bones genealogy to start with. When she passed away, my Uncle sent all of her genealogy materials to me.

Many years passed, and little by little my family tree grew. Then one day I was watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on CNN. I was horrified to see the devastation, but what struck me most was that so many people had lost every picture, every slip and scrap of paper they ever had. I thought of all the family photos, letters and documents I had accumulated over the years. It was hard for me to imagine I could experience such a loss, but it got me started looking for a way to preserve and share these things with others who might be interested.

A short time later, I discovered findagrave. While I haven't posted everything, a large part of my family tree is here. Findagrave is a wonderful place to preserve and share information and photos and to honor those who came before us. That is the reason I do what I do here. I have also met a lot of new cousins here.

My husband and I live just north of Seattle, Washington. I have adopted Holyrood Catholic Cemetery as the one I work on almost exclusively now. I finished entering the names, burial dates and grave locations (from the Catholic Cemetery website) for all of the burials there in late February, 2012. Now I'm working on taking and posting grave photos. As of

May 21, 2013, 29%
August 29, 2013, 37%
September 14, 2013, 38%
October 2, 2013, 39%
October 18, 2013, 40%
November 9, 2013, 41%
December 1, 2013, 42%
January 8, 2013, 43%
January 25, 2014, 44%
February 10, 2014, 45%
February 28, 2014, 46%
March 10, 2014, 47%
March 21, 2014, 48%
March 31, 2014, 49%
April 10, 2014, 50%
April 20, 2014, 51%
April 28, 2014, 52%
May 8, 2014, 53%
May 16, 2014, 54%
May 26, 2014, 55%
June 6, 2014, 56%
June 22, 2014, 57%
July 7, 2014, 59%
July 23, 2014, 61%
July 27, 2014, 62%
August 4, 2014, 63%
August 11, 2014, 64%
August 21, 2014, 65%
August 30, 2014, 66%
September 5, 2014, 67%
September 14, 2014, 68%
September 25, 2014, 69%
October 3, 2014, 70%
October 12, 2014, 71%
October 19, 2014, 72%
October 27, 2014, 73%
November 4, 2014, 74%
November 13, 2014, 75%
November 21, 2014, 76%
November 29, 2014, 77%
December 7, 2014, 78%
December 24, 2014, 79%
January 3, 2015, 80%
January 15, 2015, 81%
January 30, 2015, 82%
February 11, 2015, 83%
February 19, 2015, 84%
February 28, 2015, 85% *
March 18, 2015, 86%
April 19, 2015, 87%
May 10, 2015, 88%
May 18, 2015, 89%
May 25, 2015, 90%
May 31, 2015, 91%
June 9, 2015, 92%
June 17, 2015, 93%
June 25, 2015, 94%
July 2, 2015, 95%
July 7, 2015, 96%
July 14, 2015, 97%
July 29, 2015, 99%

of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos or, when there is no visible marker, an area photo.

If you have suggestions or requests for transfers, please contact me using the "Edit" tab toward the top right hand corner of the person's memorial page. Making your request this way gives me all the information I need to fulfill your request. Please keep in mind that I will add any information or corrections you send me, but I will also credit you as the contributor of that information. I do this because I don't have time to confirm all the information people send to me, and the question, "Where did you get your information?" is answered right there on the page. If you don't have a findagrave ID, I will use your email address when crediting you as contributor of information.

I love taking grave photos at Holyrood. You can contact me directly if you would like for me to get a grave photo, or you can make your photo request from a person's memorial page. If you see an inferior grave photo that I have taken, feel free to ask me to try to get a better one, and I will.

For me, this is not about collecting a huge number of memorials. It is about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think anyone is forgotten. It is, as I said before, about memorializing and honoring those who have gone before us. I would like nothing more than to see all memorial pages in the loving care of family or friends.

If I'm being honest though, I have to say my least favorite transfer request is: "Please transfer my relative." I have transferred to people based on this kind of request, and the result is less than satisfying. No information or photos are added; no family connections made; they do not respond to edit requests, and I wonder why the person thought they wanted to maintain the memorial page in the first place.

My favorite transfer request goes something like this: "So-and-so was a family friend. We lived next door to her for many years. She was like a second mother to me. I remember when... Birth Date: xxx; Birth Place: xxx; Maiden Name: xxx, etc. I have also added a photo of her." Transfer requests like this will be made in a heartbeat. I love learning something about every person in Holyrood (my adopted cemetery). I smile every time I think about the feisty little lady in Holyrood who stabbed her abusive husband in the neck, and the photo on her memorial page is a mug shot (although you can't tell at first glance). And there are others... so many others.

Names I am working on:

~ Every Herbold group I can find ~
Berardi ~ Nigro ~ Zeek ~ Ellis ~ Edgerton ~
Lytle ~ Olmer ~ Vassar/Vasser ~ Dowell ~
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Messages left for Bonita Olmer (1292)[Leave Message]
Gail Harms
RE: Elizabeth Beaton Transfer
Thank you so very much.

Gail Harms
Added by Gail Harms on Jan 20, 2017 7:17 AM
Gail Harms
RE: Elizabeth Beaton 25634735
Hi Bonita,

I went to the edit tab and there is nothing about a transfer on there.


Gail
Added by Gail Harms on Jan 19, 2017 7:42 AM
Gail Harms
Elizabeth Beaton 25634735
Hello,

Elizabeth Beaton 25634735 was my great Aunt could you transfer her over to me.

Thank you

Gail
Added by Gail Harms on Jan 19, 2017 5:53 AM
Susan Sylvester
Mary Alice Garske 7212973
Bonnie, Thanks for transferring Mary's memorial. While her husband wrote tons of history about the Garske family, I had to do some digging into her family. I think the lady deserved a lot of credit for raising 7 kids in the depression. Sue Sylvester
Added by Susan Sylvester on Jan 12, 2017 2:01 PM
Lovina
Marjorie Mary "Madge" (Noonan) Norris
Hi Bonita,

This is in regards to Marjorie Mary "Madge" (Noonan) Norris. Unfortunately, Find a Grave has a glitch in its system right now regarding adding parents, but forcing one to delete the spouse. This happened to me four times yesterday.

Marjorie's Find A Grave # is 150672691
or the complete website : http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=150672691.

I tried to add her parents
Peter J Noonan Find A Grave# : 55872902 &
Margaret F (Fuller) Noonan Find A Grave# : 55872846.
They both are at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery.

One person today processed my edit and of course gave me a Decline due to the Find a Grave glitch, but they were aware of the glitch and corrected it. I thanked them, which you can see on my page via their response. The other person did not notice the glitch. Therefore, the parents were added, but the spouse was deleted. I have done a re-edit to get the spouse back for their memorial.

Thank you for understanding and I deeply appreciate it since you are the manger of her memorial that the glitch does not affect you.

Again this is for, Marjorie Mary "Madge" (Noonan) Norris, parents of Peter J Noonan # 55872902 & Margaret F (Fuller) Noonan # 55872846.

Thank you for the extra effort, Lovina

Added by Lovina on Dec 31, 2016 7:42 PM
TerryH
RE: Brian Hauff
Sounds fair. Did you look at the actual document or a transcribed version on a digital database? Due to some peoples handwriting a 4 can easily be taken as a 7 and visa versa.
Added by TerryH on Dec 31, 2016 5:00 PM
TerryH
RE: Brian Hauff
In my research I have 10 different Brian Hauffs and don't seem to be related to any of them so far.

Terry Hauff
Added by TerryH on Dec 31, 2016 4:29 PM
Susan Sylvester
72129716
Bonita, thanks for transferring my grandfather Leo's brother to me. You have done a wonderful job on the memorial but I will now add information about his personal life. John who was the family historian wrote realms about his family so the hard part is too much information. I hope I do John justice in selecting material he would have liked for his final memorial. Sue
Added by Susan Sylvester on Dec 18, 2016 7:56 AM
JSKDKS
Mems
173735344 & 173734926 C if U like these, Otherwise I can Edit or Change if necessary Thanks. John
Added by JSKDKS on Dec 13, 2016 2:58 PM
Kathleen Levy
Thank you!
I do believe your hard work helped me find out where my great uncle Michael J. Kwasigroch is buried. He was born in Wisconsin in 1896 and seemed to disappear after 1930 when his last known address was in Reno, NV. Thanks for adding his information even though his grave doesn't have a marker!
Added by Kathleen Levy on Dec 12, 2016 12:25 AM
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