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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
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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% (40,535)

of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos. When people contact me with additional information, requests for transfers or photo requests, that's when I look for more information on a person or surname, including obituaries.

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. Select the first option you see; then tell me what you would like for me to do. Making your request this way ensures that I have 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. If you don't have a findagrave ID, then I will use your email address when giving you credit as the contributor.

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.

It's not about the numbers with me. It's about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think that 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 members.

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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Greetings Bonita,

At long last, thanks to you, I now know where my great grand Aunt's final resting place is.

She is my great grandmother's sister and, if she is not related to you by blood, I am hoping that you might consider transferring management of her memorial to me.

As you well know the credit will remain yours and I will be able to link her to other family members.
She is in the Custer Cemetery, Custer, SD.

Thank you for considering my request.

Regards....Tunie # 46536984
Added by Tunie on Feb 28, 2015 9:43 PM
Michael Gaynor
Thank you so very much for connecting Michael to his parents. The obituary you added was also very helpful ! Your work with the Holyrood Cemetery is commendable, thanks for "paying it forward".
Added by cactus.north on Feb 22, 2015 5:29 AM
Mary VanWormer

Thanks for the quick update.

Added by Deb on Feb 20, 2015 4:48 AM
Pam Witherow
RE: Florence Ainslie

Thank you for adding the marker photos and yes, Nooning was Florence's maiden name. I have sent edits for her name, DOB, DOD and parent links. I also sent edit info for Ed, her husband, as well. Thank you for letting me know about the photo addition!!! :-)

Added by Pam Witherow on Feb 16, 2015 8:16 AM
Eagles Nest
Daniel Mendoza "Dan" Escalona
Thanks so much for the wonderful picture on Daniel's page, it really looks good! Thanks for all your hard work!
Much appreciated!
Added by Eagles Nest on Feb 14, 2015 11:41 PM
Scott Robertson
Rose Mallonee
Bonita, thanks for letting me know you added a photo.
Added by Scott Robertson on Feb 14, 2015 12:29 AM
Paul Everitt
RE: Howard Quinn
Hi, hi, Got the good weather today so breezed through the rest of my project (photos of markers at graves in Restlawn with no previous pix) with enough time to stop at Holyrood on the way home so was able to uncover and photo those temp markers for both of the Quinns and save you that, anyway.
Added by Paul Everitt on Feb 13, 2015 5:20 PM
Paul Everitt
RE: Howard Quinn
Thanks for the heads up. I think I'll wait to claim Howard until I've finished with another project. I cancelled the request for Maria as I don't know if I would be allowed to claim on a request that I made.
Added by Paul Everitt on Feb 12, 2015 11:29 AM
Harry Eugene McDonald
Find A Grave Memorial# 23283902

Thanks for your note about the photo you posted and the difference in the year of birth. Appreciate the photo and your note.
Added by SLGMSD on Feb 06, 2015 2:11 PM
Dominic Russell
Transfer of memorial

Helena N Griffin was my Great Aunt. I was hoping you would be willing to transfer her memorial to me. Thank you very much for your time.

Memorial #53039598
Added by Dominic Russell on Feb 03, 2015 5:22 PM
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