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sep780 (#46982766)
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Bio Photo In my immediate family I am the family genealogist. I have taken on the job of handling the official "book" for the WISKOW family. I'm also researching my relatives in the PAGEL, HAKES, KOLLATH, STEVENS, BREHMER, SELL, LOVEN, HENDRICKSON, & LYSTAD families. My goal is to trace every part of my heritage back to the people that made the decision to leave Europe for the US & get all their decendants. If anybody has more information I'd love to share. Check out my virtual cemeteries to see about relations.

Any family pictures I have you may freely use for genealogy purposes ONLY. If you want to use if for any other purpose (especially anything where you'll be charging people) please get permission first.

Also, I'm trying to make sure all the markers in the smaller cemeteries in my area are on the site with a photo. I'm currently working on Oronoco cemetery, so if I have a memorial that's not in 1 of my virtual cemeteries & you are in any way related to that person, please feel free to ask about a transfer. Those are the people I'm not related to & I'm more then happy to transfer them to the care of even a distant relative. For others, feel free to ask; including how you're related. If you're a closer relation then I am I'll transfer them to your care.
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JoMae Brintnall Ruth
RE: Beverly Brintnall Berea Moravian Cemetery.
Thank you. I am about an hour and a half away. I will try to get there before the snow flies to take a picture.
Added by JoMae Brintnall Ruth on Sep 24, 2015 7:13 AM
JoMae Brintnall Ruth
Beverly Brintnall Berea Moravian Cemetery.
Regarding your message I have attached a note to Beverlys memorial explaining where her actual burial is. Beverly was my mother and her name appears on two headstones with two husbands. Your photo is with my father, her first husband. Her burial is actually with a different spouse.
Added by JoMae Brintnall Ruth on Sep 23, 2015 3:56 PM
Ruth Benedett
RE: Zastrows at Berea Moravian
Thank you! If there are any others you want to send my way, go ahead!
Added by Ruth Benedett on Aug 27, 2015 6:29 PM
Ruth Benedett
RE: Zastrows at Berea Moravian
I have transcribed the Berea Church Records that go back to 1874. My husband's family is related to most of the people in the Berea Cemetery, so I can take over any of the Berea people that you don't want to do -- I've kind of become an expert on them all!
Added by Ruth Benedett on Aug 26, 2015 6:16 PM
Ruth Benedett
Gustave Zastrow (1873 - 1880)
Berea Moravian Cemetery: Gustave Badtke Zastrow was born 7 Jul 1873 in Dargislaff, Pomerania, Prussia. He died 5 Apr 1880 in Elba, Minnesota. (This is from Berea Moravian Church Records)
Added by Ruth Benedett on Aug 25, 2015 6:52 PM
Ruth Benedett
Emma Zastrow (1879-1962)
Berea Moravian Cemetery: Emma Zastrow shares a headstone with Fred Zastrow -- Fred was her brother.
Here's her obit from the Berea Moravian Church records (Pastor Wright knew how to write them!):

Zastrow, Emma Minna Maria: December 25th is indeed a joyous time for all Christian families, for it is the day on which we celebrate the birth of Christ. As for the home of Carl and Wilhelmine (Badtke) Zastrow and their two children, Frederich and Albert, this day in the year 1879 had a double joy. For not only Christ was remembered, but He remembered them with the blessing of a daughter. Her birth took place just East of the town of Elba on the farm of her parents. This daughter, given the name of E.M.M.Z., was the third of four children, her birth followed by the entrance of another brother, Robert.
Emma grew up on the farm of her parents and her brothers, and there she remained until she remained until her older brother, Frederick, until they moved in 1951. She kept the house for her aging parents and eldest brother, and upon the death of her parents remains the bookkeeper for Frederick until his death. Emma’s life centered around two areas during her life time, her farm and her church. She loved to sing in the choir at the church and was blessed with a fine soprano voice. She loved music and for a short time played the organ for the church.
Her music also carried over into her home where around the organ many time her family and friends would gather to sing their favorite songs and hymns. The gather of friends was especially great during her younger life. She made friends very easily. She was of a congenial and jovial disposition. Everyone loved her cakes and sweets. Her life was a simple joy. Very little time was spent away from her home; and upon going away she was always anxious to head for home. This . . . simple house keeper . . . glorified God through the taking care of her parents and her oldest brother, and was ever ready for great fun of young and old – for she loved all.
Sister Zastrow lived alone since the passing of Frederick in 1952. During the last year she had been in failing health. She was called home by her Lord on Sunday, Oct 29, 1962. Preceding her in death were her three brothers, Alfred, Robert, Frederick. Surviving are nephews Carl Zastrow, Gillman, Wis., Paul Zastrow, St. Charles, nieces, Mrs. Herbert Benedett, St. Charles, Mrs. Garrett Feils, Illinois. Richard E. Wright
Added by Ruth Benedett on Aug 25, 2015 6:46 PM
Earl Pagel
Johann Christian Carl Pagel
Very Interesting! I just reviewed his birth/ babtismal record and it states November 31, so I don't know if he was born on the 30th or the 1st, guess I will just leave it as the record states. Write me at if you like and I will send you an invite to my family tree (Pagel's). Earl
Added by Earl Pagel on Jul 14, 2015 10:50 AM
jane austin
Congrats! Your three year old photo request is being fulfilled. We don't like to rush things here, you know. :)

No idea why it took so long. They're not hiding, although their stones have a little lichen.

Enjoy. :)
Added by jane austin on Jul 08, 2015 5:09 AM
Kevin Baase
Kathryn Klindworth
It looks like you have the wrong tombstone picture on # 114578057.
Added by Kevin Baase on Jun 08, 2015 12:46 PM
RE: Anna Schwanbeck
The sisters' parents were Carl Schwanbeck and Johanna Christians, but I don't believe they immigrated to Minnesota (haven't found records yet). There were two other siblings, who are not yet on findagrave. I plan to look up their death certs at the MHS and visit/photograph the memorials eventually. BROTHER: Rudolph Schwanbeck (1845-1899) d. Plainview MN, m. Wilhelmina Nienow (1844-1914, also d. Plainview, sister to both Herman and Wilhelm Nienow, Elba). SISTER: Emelia Pauline Schwanbeck (1850-1936) d. Winona, MN, m. Charles Fluegel (1849-1929). Thanks for your interest!
Added by ednagenie on Apr 02, 2015 6:16 AM
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