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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.


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.

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.



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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Carla Dowling Thrasher
RE: Rosina Russo Lombardi
Thank you so much! You have no idea how much it meant to me to see that she was already on here.
Added by Carla Dowling Thrasher on Mar 24, 2015 12:38 PM
Nina Thomas
Kathryn M Scahill Kerins
Andrea thank you for adding the memorial for Kathryn Scahill Kerins on March 10th 2015 in Saint Elizabeth Cemetery. You have inadvertently created a duplicate. Would you mind deleting one of the memorials ? She should still remain linked to her husband Thomas. Thanks again for the memorial. Nina
Added by Nina Thomas on Mar 23, 2015 10:20 AM
Carla Dowling Thrasher
Rosina Lombardi
Thank you for posting the plot and Obituary information for my Grandmother! Loved seeing it on here already!
Added by Carla Dowling Thrasher on Mar 23, 2015 6:36 AM
Nancy Aiello Thayer
Joseph P. Aiello
Dear Andrea:
I did a search on google for a Joseph P. Aiello and what to my amazing eyes should appear is that there is another Joseph P. Aiello up there but he is not our family member so you may want to take care of him:

Birth: Oct. 28, 1918
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 2010
Mercer County
Pennsylvania, USA

Joseph P. Aiello, Nugents Convalescent Home, formerly of 1200 Division St., Sharon, passed away peacefully at 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday in the home. He was 91.

Mr. Aiello was born October 28, 1918 in Monongahela, Pa., to Peter and Mary Vaccaro Aiello.

He attended Brookfield Schools.

Joe retired in 1984 from General American Transportation Corporation, Masury, OH where he was a Railroad Engineer for over 40 years.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Sharon.

He was a member of the American Heart Association and enjoyed gardening, boating, and water skiing at Mosquito Lake and the Shenango Dam. He also enjoyed golfing and spending time outside in the sunshine. He was well known through out the community for his kind generosity to all.

As a young man, he traveled to the state of Idaho and worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps assisting in the conservation and development of natural resources . His wife, Levvas Cameron, whom he married on December 20, 1947 passed away on August 23, 1979.

He is survived by two daughters, Cindy Osborne, Dixon, Iowa and Gayle Wininsky and her husband Michael, Sharon; his brother, Anthony Aiello, Norwalk, OH; four grandchildren, Christopher Osborne and his wife Melissa, Michelle Osborne, Johannah Wininsky and Adrianne Wininsky-Tomlin and her husband Ben Tomlin. Also surviving are three great grandchildren, Adam, Aaron and Andrew Osborne; and a sister-in-law Agnes Aiello, Farrell.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by infant twin children, two brothers, Dominic and Frank Aiello, and four sisters, Nellie Frado, Rose Bruno, Angela Kosa, and "Jennie" Marino.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association.

Calling Hours: 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday (1-21-10) in the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. 1090 East State Street in Sharon.

Condolences may be sent by visiting the web site

Services: Funeral 10 a.m. Friday (1-22-10) in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Phillip D. Beck pastor of the Central Community Church, Transfer officiating.

Interment: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage

Hillcrest Memorial Park
Mercer County
Pennsylvania, USA

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Created by: Andrea Grega
Record added: Nov 07, 2012
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Joseph P. Aiello
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Added by Nancy Aiello Thayer on Mar 21, 2015 4:06 PM
Sondra "Sandy" PITMAN Morrison
Hnida & Crisan
Thank you for contacting me. Their granddaughter, Dawn, had me put these on. If it's ok with you, I would like to wait until I see her, so I can show her they are already there. Thank you for your patience.
Added by Sondra "Sandy" PITMAN Mor... on Mar 20, 2015 8:57 PM
RE: Norman Spangler
Thank you Andrea! That was a nice gesture on your part to create the memorial. Normally, I wouldn't say anything but reading her comment I just had to. Cheers my fellow graver and I'm glad that your part of this community. This lets me know that there are good people out there. All the best to you! :)
Added by ღAlberticoღ on Feb 01, 2015 4:07 PM
Rodney Cleary
grandma byrd
and do you have the cemetary plot she is in is she buried next ro frank or william
Added by Rodney Cleary on Jan 24, 2015 6:14 AM
Rodney Cleary
grandma byrd
how do you know bradford is one of her name was it before she was adopted and the birth date according to the 1940 census she was born in 1903 do you have a memorial number so i can join them after i check on some,
Added by Rodney Cleary on Jan 24, 2015 5:56 AM
Gary Duryea
RE: Cemetery records
The 3 names I am trying to find death records for are Ive(John), Pasko(Paul), Nellie Dzaja. Ive died (1913-1920) and the other 2 died (1920-1922). I have checked the Pa death records website and did not find them. However, it is easy to miss names when looking through the lists. It is also possible the last name was misspelled as it was spelled Jia in the 1920 census. Also , who would know if there is a physical map of the cemetery showing grave locations? Thanks Gary Duryea
Added by Gary Duryea on Jan 21, 2015 6:02 AM
Gary Duryea
cemetery records
Is there a record of graves for St. Stanislaus Kostka? The church records were lost in a fire in 1930 and I'm trying to find death records for 3 children who died (1913-1922). Thanks Gary Duryea
Added by Gary Duryea on Jan 20, 2015 9:21 AM
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