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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
 member for 11 years, 27 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 (1256)[Leave Message]
Tami
Luton # 166046274
Thank you so much Bonita! I will add your info to her memorial. Thank you so much for the photos.

You are awesome!

Tami
Added by Tami on Aug 22, 2016 6:45 PM
Darlene
Mary Reedy grave photo - Holyrood Cemetery
Thank you very much.
Darlene
Added by Darlene on Aug 20, 2016 7:02 PM
Kristy Muņoz
Albert Herzog, part 2
Albert's parents' ID's are 530593 and 530592.

80330302 is Daughter's ID, she is one of yours. Her real name is Rose Louise Herzog, but everyone called her "Louise" to avoid confusion, since her mom was Rose, and her dad Albert's sister was Rose Herzog Stensland.
Added by Kristy Muņoz on Aug 20, 2016 6:40 PM
Kristy Muņoz
Albert Herzog and Rose Herzog
Hello! Albert Herzog is my great-grand uncle, I have his birthdate, marriage date (for both wives), death date, and names of his parents and his first wife Rose's parents--I don't have photos of them (although I think some of my family members do).

Albert's parents are buried in the Redmond Cemetary in Redmond, King, WA, US, Francois Antoine ("Francis Anton") Herzog and Bertha Albertina Augustina Morgenstern (buried as "Bertha Augusta Herzog").

Albert was born 29 Jan 1905 in Redmond, King, WA, US. Married 1st wife Rose on 29 Aug 1925 in King County, WA, US.
Married 2nd wife Stella Hanratty (that last name is from her first marriage to Kenneth Hanratty, but I have not yet found her maiden name yet) on 25 Sep 1972 in Monroe, Snohomish, WA, US.
Died on 23 Jan 1987 in Langley, Island, King, WA, US.

Rose C Raboin was born 15 Jan 1908 in Niagra, Wisconsin, US. Her parents were Joseph Raboin and Mary Louisa Bruley. I do not yet know where they are buried.
She died on 15 May 1972 in Everett, Snohomish, WA, US.

Albert and Rose's daughter is Rose Louise Herzog Pagano Schriock. Born around 1926, died 12 Jan 1988 in Island County, WA, US. She is buried as "Rose L Schriock"--more info to follow in second message.
Added by Kristy Muņoz on Aug 20, 2016 6:27 PM
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BUCHEA PHOTO REQUEST.
Thank you so very much for your kind note.....Don't know why I requested the photo since you had already so kindly posted a photo. My mistake, and certainly not my first or last mistake, but I am sorry to have caused you trouble checking.

You have no idea how helpful and beautiful your postings and pictures are. You sure have but a lot of time and effort to help others.

I do want you to know your kindness is certainly appreciated and a great help to so many of us struggling to find leaves and twigs and sometimes branches to our Family Tree.

Thanks Again.
Added by A Friend on Aug 03, 2016 5:09 PM
Melissa King
Robin A King is my aunt
My dads sister#53613263 ty
Added by Melissa King on Aug 02, 2016 11:35 AM
Melissa King
Robin A King is my aunt
Please turn this memorial over to me. Thank you.
Added by Melissa King on Aug 02, 2016 11:32 AM
Weez
RE: Grave Photo for Dolph Brower Scott
I am sorry. I will not report your request again. In my quest to fulfill photo requests, I have found memorials where photos had already been added without the requestor's knowledge so I thought I was being helpful by reporting it. Sorry... By the way, if you email the Webmaster for that website, he says he will email the photos to you. I hope you have a blessed day.
Added by Weez on Jul 30, 2016 5:15 AM
Thomas Brown
Maintainer for 37027084
Dear Bonita,

May I please have maintainer rights for Memorial # 37027084?

This is my brother.

Kind regards

Tom Brown
PelBro62
#49066169
Added by Thomas Brown on Jul 26, 2016 4:23 PM
Joan Donnelly Ellis
RE: Francis & Elizabeth Green
I am not related so you can have them :)
Added by Joan Donnelly Ellis on Jul 23, 2016 3:10 PM
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