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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% *
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 (1156)[Leave Message]
Treasure Hunter
Not a request
I just wanted to tell you that I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to findagrave. Thanks
Added by Treasure Hunter on Aug 26, 2015 10:08 AM
Lokin4Sun
RE: Zion Lutheran Cemetery Sign.
Ok thanks
Added by Lokin4Sun on Aug 25, 2015 7:48 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
RE: Edward T. Polasik
Thank you,
Jean
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Aug 25, 2015 2:34 PM
Lokin4Sun
Zion Lutheran Cemetery Sign.
Can you please remove the cemetery sign off the main page of Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Stanwood. As you see when you go to remove it we have replaced it with a new one. thanks --> Anne
Added by Lokin4Sun on Aug 24, 2015 6:07 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
RE: Edward T. Polasik
Please add the following:

The Seattle Times
Seattle, Washington
Thursday, July 30, 1970

Thank you,
Jean
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Aug 23, 2015 10:18 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
Edward T. Polasik
Bonita
I contributed the information to you.
Where did I get the information?
Name of the newspaper, where published and the
date it was published needs to be at the top of
the information.
Jean
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Aug 23, 2015 1:20 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
Dennis Edward Murphy
Bonita
How do you do you this?
Memorial entered July 24th, 1970
Died July 27th, 1970
Buried July 30th, 1970
I can understand dates of death and burial, but
date the memorial is three days before the date
of death???
Jean
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Aug 21, 2015 3:56 AM
klassikat
RE: McPherson
You're welcome. I am OCD about Old Tacoma. I like clean databases too. Don't know how I missed your add of Mr. McPherson. Must have been a late night and I was blurry eyed. You've done a great job at Holyrood.

Take care.
Added by klassikat on Aug 17, 2015 12:01 AM
klassikat
McPherson
Thanks for letting me know I goofed. I usually check before I add but guess I forgot to on this one. Best regards.
Added by klassikat on Aug 16, 2015 10:01 PM
Wes Hart
Carlton Leroy Dillingham
Bonita;
Thanks for looking. I assumed since he died 5 months before his wife, they would be buried next to each other. Could be, he was not Catholic or like a friend that also died near Seattle. His ashes were in a backyard shed for years until I found him and arranged to have them placed in Tahoma National Cemetery.
I will request a photo.
Thanks again
Wes Hart
Added by Wes Hart on Aug 15, 2015 8:50 AM
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