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familylady (#46993755)
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Bio Photo For as long as I can remember I have had an intense curiosity to know where I came from- whom and where my family originated, how they lived, and how they died. I wanted to know them as best I could. Upon locating ancestors, I felt driven to leave as best I could, a statement in their behalf. Small-town folks deserve to be remembered; a memorial forever validating their existence. Everyone had people who loved them and had a distinct impact on their world, their community, family, and children. They deserve to be remembered.
I have been able to trace and place memorials for many from my mother's side of the family, but as my mother's father was a Native American of the Blackfoot tribe, his history has been a monumental challenge; My grandfather was born not long after the Battle of Little Big-Horn and was five-years-old when U.S. troops, charged with the responsibility of arresting Chief Big Foot and disarming the Sioux, caused what is now infamously known as the Massacre at Wounded Knee. The once proud Sioux nation found their free-roaming life destroyed, the buffalo gone, themselves confined to reservations dependent on Indian Agents for their existence. Due to the extremely negative stigma of being a Native American, to gain work and acceptance he disguised his native-American heritage to survive by passing himself off as French or Italian, alternating over the years of his life. Neighborhoods, particularly in large cities, were much more ethnically concentrated in those days; nationalities clustered with one another. Therefore, I have been unable to trace his family.

Much is also lost of my father's family heritage- My father's family immigrated to America in the first decade of the 1900's from Eastern Europe. Continuous wars, the rising tide of Socialism and Communism, and the changing European map decimated family records- The country my father's Ukrainian mother was born in - Austria-Hungary- has not even existed in decades. Many who immigrated to America from Eastern Europe had a deep distrust of their homeland's government and feared authority in the ‘old country'. They didn't like being on any ‘records' there for good reason.

With many nationalities from many nations, so many of us Americans contain a wealth of ancestral beginnings. My personal heritage stems from England, Wales, France, Quebec, Poland, Ukraine, and Native American.
Please- treasure those you love, those who are no longer here to love in life, and the ancestors of your family! - They are truly of a fabric of which you are part. Their very existence has ushered you in and has bearing on who you are. Everyone has a story to tell.
* I welcome any information on anyone whom I have a family connection to- even if it is a small fact. Corrections are also welcome.
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Messages left for familylady (17)[Leave Message]
RE: Thank you !!!!
Happy to help when I can! :)
Added by StephanieH on Sep 16, 2015 6:08 PM
John Hileman
Miss Toni Fisher 33064045
Dear Gina,

Yes, I will gladly accept management of the memorial.

To transfer management, go to the memorial and at the top right, there is an item labeled "Transfer Management". Click that heading and then on the page that appears, enter my contributor number, 47171205.

I am happy to hear you persued having the memorial designated "Famous". Maybe I can try again.

Thank you very much,


Added by John Hileman on Dec 14, 2014 12:43 PM
John Hileman
Toni Fisher Monzello 33064045
Per your email to me.

Could you please update Toni's bio based on the obituary that I posted? You may wish to note the discrepancy in the date of her marriage to Henry.

Also, please note the grave stone photo that I requested.

I already corrected Toni's date and place of birth and date and place of her death.

The obituary indicates her maiden name was Nolan. The California birth index on FamilySearch appears to indicate Toni's birth name was Marion C. Nolan. The 1930 census for Royal C. and Violet Nolan shows a 5 year old girl named Dollie.

There is no record that Toni was ever married to Wayne Shanklin, however there are indications that Mr. Shanklin had a number of common law relationships.

I also request that an attempt be made with Find A Grave to have this memorial moved to the Famous category.

Thank you,

Added by John Hileman on Dec 05, 2014 7:38 AM
John Hileman
Edit sent on 8/16/2014

Could you please check your "Edits" tab for an edit I sent you last month?

Please feel free to email me.

Thank you,

Added by John Hileman on Sep 02, 2014 5:54 PM
Catharine Lorre
Date of Birth: September 21, 1953
Hamburg, Germany,811411&dq=peter-lorre+september+21&hl=en
Added by Dogshe on Sep 22, 2013 4:12 PM
RE: Hannah & Moses Greeley
Hello, Gina
I guess I do not know myself how to do transfers, but I am glad I found where the Greeley's are buried, and I appreciate all your research for them! I have been to this cemetery numerous times, and I did not know until recently that they moved the Stevens/Sawyer cemetery, and the Smith/Bean cemetery into the Maplewood cemetery combined area because of the Flood control project the government built in the 1940's that flooded the original Stevens/Sawyer and Smith/Bean cemeteries. Thanks Gina for being such a good person and significant contributor to Find A Grave! regards, Ken(Kparn)
Added by KParn on Jan 13, 2013 12:20 PM
Your dear Dad
I had visited your Mom's site before and I was surfing Find a Grave today when I came across your Dad's site. I give you on this wonderful day God gave us, my prayers and love as a Christian man with empathy and sincerity.
Added by KJV Guy on Apr 04, 2010 5:39 AM
RE: Thank you
It was my great please ma'am. She seemed so sweet. I miss my dear Dad...Alden Louis Lovell. The picture doesn't truly look like him. Actually, he was quite handsome, quiet, reserved, and women LOVED him. He was however, a gentleman, always faithful to my mom. You must have wonderful memories and you have my prayers and thoughts. You may find a picture of me on facebook. Take care...Mark
Added by KJV Guy on Feb 28, 2010 3:12 PM
RE: Thank you
Thank you very are as beautiful as your dear mother!
Added by KJV Guy on Feb 09, 2010 6:08 PM
Debbie Holth
It was an honor......
Familylady - it was an honor to leave a note for your father. He is one of our dear heros in our nation - we can never repay them for what they did and continue to do. Thank you so much for your kind remarks. May you have a lovely Christmas!! Debbie Holth
Added by Debbie Holth on Dec 23, 2009 10:28 PM
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