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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%

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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Messages left for Bonita Olmer (1014)[Leave Message]
Sharon (Reiss) Voeller
John Polum
Bonita
Thank you very much for taking this picture.

Sharon Voeller
Added by Sharon (Reiss) Voeller on Jul 29, 2014 7:29 PM
Shelli Steedman
RE: Mary Wippel
Thanks so much.
Added by Shelli Steedman on Jul 29, 2014 7:10 PM
Kathryn Richert
Ray
Thank you for taking a picture!!!
Added by Kathryn Richert on Jul 29, 2014 3:40 PM
Shelli Steedman
RE: Mary Wippel
Do you happen to have a phone number for them?
Added by Shelli Steedman on Jul 29, 2014 2:55 PM
Alice
Raymond V. Hurd
Thanks so very, very much for finding his place of burial. I love it when families get connected via this site. Best wishes, Alice
Added by Alice on Jul 29, 2014 8:53 AM
Shelli Steedman
Mary Wippel
Hi, thanks so much for attempting to take a photo of the headstone. The next time you go, would you mind very much seeing if you can find anything out regarding Mary. I have lots of Wippel's in my tree and I want to verify that she is one of mine. If this is not possible, is the office attended so I can call? I live in WA State. Thanks again. Much appreciated!!!!!!!
Added by Shelli Steedman on Jul 29, 2014 12:08 AM
Tera Dangel Marshall
Thanks!
Thank you so much for your efforts.

I hate that you made the trip for a gravestone that wasn't there, but at least now we know.

You are a treasure! Thanks!

Tera
Added by Tera Dangel Marshall on Jul 26, 2014 5:10 PM
Kathleen Manuel
Helen and Alice Worthington
Thank you so much, Bonita. It looks like my family has a lot of work to do, doesn't it? I can't believe so many of these graves are unmarked.
Added by Kathleen Manuel on Jul 26, 2014 4:22 PM
Kathleen Manuel
again!
Thank you again, Bonita! Now I know what I need to do.
Added by Kathleen Manuel on Jul 21, 2014 6:44 PM
Kathleen Manuel
many thanks
Thank you so much, Bonita! Now I can do something about putting up memorials that I did not know were missing. You have been a great help and blessing to me.
Added by Kathleen Manuel on Jul 21, 2014 8:30 AM
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