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Andrea Grega (#47056707)
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Bio Photo Some people come into our lives
and quickly go,
Some stay for a while
and leave footprints on our hearts,
And we are never, ever the same.

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After retirement, I started working on my family's ancestry. Visiting area cemeteries has given me an insight to my family's history. Find A Grave is a wonderful website and tool. I became a volunteer as a way to give back to the genealogical community .

The city of Farrell, Pennsylvania grew rapidly in the early 1900's due to the steel industry and a great migration of Slavic and Italian immigrants from Europe in hopes of having a better life. Many families rest in these cemeteries from that migration.

I have completed photographing and documenting the six cemeteries that are on Sharon-New Castle Road, East of Mercer Ave., Hermitage, Pa., Saint Michael's Byzantine Cemetery, Saint Ann's Cemetery, St. Anthony's Cemetery, Holy Trinity Hungarian Catholic Cemetery, Holy Cross Cemetery and Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I also have completed Saint Stanislaus Kostka, Fairview Cemetery, the cemetery behind Saint Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery, both in Hermitage and Saint Elizabeth Cemetery of Farrell.

Please notify me if you find any errors in any of these cemeteries.

My parents and grandparents are buried in Saint Michael's cemetery and most of my family. I have considered it an honor to document this cemetery as a tribute to my Grandfather John Bohach (Bohacs), one of the founding fathers of Saint Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church and all the hardworking faithfully dedicated Carpatho-Rutheian families.

My husband's parents and grandparents are buried in Saint Ann's cemetery. My husband went to grade school at Saint Ann's school and we were married in Saint Ann's Catholic church. His father coached basketball for the school in the 1950's. Some of my family and many friends of our families are also buried there.

To all those, Rusyn, Slovak, and other ethnic cultures, who rest in these cemeteries, you are not forgotten. You all are remembered for the building of the "Magic City", Farrell, Pennsylvania. http://www.nauticom.net/www/planet/files/Archives-HistoryFarrell.htm

All the mills and factories of the early 1900's are gone now and the land is as peaceful as the cemeteries. But their spirits live in our hearts.

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**WHY I DO GENEALOGY**

We are the chosen. My feelings are, in each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors.

To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.

To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before.

We are the Story Tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called as if it were in our genes.

Those who have gone before cry out to us. " Tell our story. " So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today.

It goes to respecting their hardships, their losses and building a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.

It goes to a deep and immense never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on understanding that they were doing it for us.

That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do.

With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.

It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.

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JohnK83776
RE: Nicholas and Agnes Rock
Andrea,
AH HA! My Cousin Chuckie supplied the info. I should have guessed. I will have to email him to straighten out a few of his details. Sorry I didn't see where it said the info was from him, but actually I still don't see it. No problem.
Thanks again.
John Kiefer
Added by JohnK83776 on Jun 20, 2016 10:43 PM
JohnK83776
Nicholas Rock photo
HI Andrea. I believe we communicated some a few years ago. Your cousin was my math teacher at Farrell High. I am curious about the wedding photo that you have posted for Nicholas Rock, my grandfather. Yesterday I came across this same photo listed with Nicholas some how associated with a family tree on Ancestry, although he appears to be an in-law of an in-law on that tree. But I am curious what the original source of this photo online is. It is the correct photo, and most of the info you have listed is pretty accurate.
I am curious how this photo got online, because for 15 years I have been trying to find any documentation of Nicholas's wife's (Agnes Rock aka Yaga Butoryac) immigration. As of now, she remains an undocumented immigrant.
Thank you for all the work you have done putting the Farrell cemeteries online, it has been an invaluable resource for me.

JohnK83776
Added by JohnK83776 on Jun 20, 2016 6:30 PM
Mary Toth Mihalcin
Our Family
Hi Andrea. I'm so glad I found this site. You've done a beautiful job memorializing our family/families roots! I'm the daughter of Snookie and John Toth. Paul was my brother. I'd love to know how we're related. Thank you for the wonderful work. I'm trying to find out about us...all of us.
Added by Mary Toth Mihalcin on Jun 14, 2016 1:29 PM
Becky Ague
Floyd Ague
Hi there! Do yo happen to have any info on my distant cousin? Do you have any info on whom I would contact to find out info on this grave? Thanks so much for your help.
Added by Becky Ague on Jun 06, 2016 10:56 AM
jean
Paul Bender
Thank you so much for the transfer of his memorial.
Added by jean on May 12, 2016 9:09 AM
jean
Paul Francis Bender
His dad was my dad's brother, making Paul my cousin.
I know it is not within Find a Grave guidelines for transfer, but would you be willing to make an exception? Thank you,
Jean
Added by jean on May 10, 2016 3:26 PM
Pamela Hoffman Winkler
Dondero
Uh-oh. You're going to get frustrated with me but...there are also two listings for Henry Dondero (1916-1943). One of them has his last name spelled Dodero and that's where you have a lovely photo posted of his grave marker. The listing with his name spelled correctly shows up on the "no grave marker photo" list. Since I was out at St. Elizabeth's taking requested photos, I thought I'd take some of the markers that aren't documented yet. That's why I'm noticing these extra listings. In Henry's case, I just happened to misspell Dondero myself in the search box and was directed to your posting of Dodero. Thanks, again !

With chagrin,
Pam :p
Added by Pamela Hoffman Winkler on May 07, 2016 12:52 AM
Pamela Hoffman Winkler
Dondero
Hi Andrea! I hope you're enjoying Spring. I've been happy to get out and take some photos. While I was posting photos for memorials in St. Elizabeth's cemetery, I found two memorials made for Enrichetta "Kate" Dondero. Memorial #143812350 appears to be the extra one as #97935281 has a short bio plus links to family members, as well as a marker photo. Thought you might like to know. Kate shows up on the "no grave marker photo" list because of the extra listing. You already have a nice photo posted. I have to say that I always enjoy coming across a memorial that you've posted with a picture of the deceased as well as a complete bio. You do such a thorough and thoughtful job of it. Thank you for all you do for F-A-G!

Regards,
Pam
Added by Pamela Hoffman Winkler on May 07, 2016 12:40 AM
Ruth Washburn
Monok/Bohach family
I am researching Anna and Michael Monok they are my Mother's family. I see they are buried in lot #257 St. Michael's Byzantine cemetery, that is owned by the Bohach family. Do you know how these families are connected. I think Anna was 1st. cousin to John Bohach.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely
Ruth
Added by Ruth Washburn on May 05, 2016 10:27 AM
Joe Gatta
Gatta family
Hi Andrea,
Thank you for all that you do, it is greatly appreciated. I hope you can help in my search. I'm now retired and researching my ancestors. I've come across a lot of information and have found that my great grandparents settled in what the 1910 Census refers to as South Sharon. They arrived from Bagnoli, Irpino, Italy in 1899 and the 1900 Census has them living in Pittsburgh that year but I have records that show them living in South Sharon from at least 1905 to 1913 at 1117 Hamilton Ave. They had a grand total of 11 children with 2 of them born in Italy and the rest in Pennsylvania, most if not all of the other 9 born in Farrell/South Sharon. Unfortunately I found death records for 2 of the children while they were living in South Sharon. I have a death certificate for Mary Gatta born in 1905 and deceased in 1907 with her burial in St. Elizabeth and I also have a death certificate for Domenico Gatta born in 1907 and deceased in 1909, also buried in St. Elizabeth. The entire Gatta family left the Farrell/South Sharon area sometime between 1915 and 1920. The 1920 Census has them living in Marcus Hook, Pa and that is where the family settled for good and also the area where my current family and relatives live, Southeastern Pa/Philadelphia and suburbs. Nobody in my family living now knew about these 2 children and while I understand why they were left behind, I don't want them to be forgotten. I haven't been able to find their gravestones on any of the sites I've been on and I was hoping you might have some information on these 2 Gatta children. I'm thinking they're probably buried together or at least I hope so. Thanks so much and I hope to hear back from you soon. Joe Gatta 484-844-1846
Added by Joe Gatta on Apr 20, 2016 10:25 AM
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