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Heidi Bruneau (#47069654)
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Bio Photo I have been working in Genealogy research for 22 Years and have a love of History. I am a Minnesota Native with strong Minnesota Ancestry
as well as Bohemian (Czech) Ancestry

I like taking photos of stones mainly the older ones because I know first hand that even 10 years can make a stone unreadable. Even unreadable stones need a memorial!

Feel free to share any of my gravestone photos on or in personal trees. I don't need to be credited. Gravestones are public so credit should not be due.

I also like to translate stones in Bohemian (Czech) language

I am a big fan of the new edit system
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Anna Barta Janacek Stehlik
I think this memorial might be for the same person as memorial # 121489509. I requested a photo for this one and sent a copy of it to my friends in the Czech Republic. They were able to provide a translation of the stone's transcription. Please take a look at the other memorial to see if you agree that it is a duplicate Thanks!
P.S. Please note that I have also contacted the creator of the other memorial.
Added by Char on Aug 22, 2016 10:12 AM
Rachel Keller
Elizabeth Graham @ Oak Hill
Heidi: We just discovered we have a duplicate of the above at Oak Hill. We will delete our entry but the death date on this memorial is incorrect and would you please update it to read death 1888 per Mn Death Records. Thanks you..Rachel

Elizabeth Graham
Minnesota Deaths and Burials
Name Elizabeth Graham
Gender Female
Death Date 29 Dec 1888
Death Place Richfield, Hennepin, Minnesota
Age 59
Birth Date 1829
Birthplace Ohio
Race White
Marital Status Widowed
Father's Name Samuel Mcclellan
Father's Birthplace Ohio
Mother's Name Mary
Mother's Birthplace Ohio
Added by Rachel Keller on Jun 15, 2016 7:24 AM
Gilly (inactive)
RE: Mary
Thanks, appreciate it!
Added by Gilly (inactive) on Mar 24, 2016 3:34 PM
Gilly (inactive)
Mary Escher nee Olson
Heidi, I did some digging around on Ancestry and found our Mary Escher. I added a proper record for her in the Assumption Cemetery in Richfield it is at #159966053, if possible could you please add your photo to it. I will make an edit suggestion that Joe remove the photo on his memorial, or you can do it. If he had wanted a memorial for M.K. Escher nee Riddle he should have just made one instead of co-opting your work.
Added by Gilly (inactive) on Mar 24, 2016 11:07 AM
Gilly (inactive)
RE: Mary K Escher wife of J.H. Escher?
Michael Escher....sorry, I mis-spoke, Michael and Theresa Escher are buried in Adrian, Noble(s) County, I should know I used to live in Sioux Falls!
Added by Gilly (inactive) on Mar 24, 2016 10:39 AM
Gilly (inactive)
RE: Mary K Escher wife of J.H. Escher?
Heidi: Below are the dates I have for my great aunt, Mary Katherine Riddle, they are completely different than what is on the stone, I tried to contact Joe Riddle (some sort of relation of hers, but he has his comments disabled), I think the person on that stone is someone completely different, maybe if you pull your picture and create a completely different memorial in the place that you mentioned, just a thought. John Henry, my great uncle died in 1937, he was a farmer in Long Prairie, Todd County, his parents are buried in Saint Adrian Cemetery in Adrian County. I have been trying to find Mary and John's burial place for years, if you know of a Catholic Cemetery around Long Prairie let me know, I would appreicate it.

Mary Katherine Escher nee Riddle

Birth 28 SEPTEMBER 1882 Loretto, Lawrence, Tennessee, United States

Death 26 DECEMBER 1972 Long Prairie, Todd, Minnesota, USA
Added by Gilly (inactive) on Mar 23, 2016 8:40 PM
Gilly (inactive)
Mary K Escher wife of J.H. Escher?
Heidi, do you remember where you took this photo?
Find A Grave Memorial# 80556738
This would be my great aunt by marriage, Her husband is someone I have been trying to find for years,
Added by Gilly (inactive) on Mar 23, 2016 11:16 AM
Hi Heidi, I'm a descendant of Jan and Josephine Sokolik. Would you consider transferring their memorials to my account? Unless you're also a descendant. Thanks for all the great help you do! This website is so helpful !

Josephine Sokolik 146746091
Jan Sokolik 146746174
Jan (son of Jan, above) 135703374
Marie Sokolik 135703395

thank you,
Sandra Sokolik Huffman
Added by SHuffman on Mar 02, 2016 5:09 PM
Rachel Keller
Oak Hill Cemetery.
Hi Heidi, While continuing the documentation of all graves and updating the plot maps we came across a notation of a burial and Dolly a volunteer probed the spot and came up with a grave buried under nearly 12" of sod and dirt. With diligence the stone was unearthed and taken out of the ground and cleaned and photographed. We decided the marker was to fragile to be left standing and the grounds-keepers leveled the ground and laid it back down to preserve it. Check out #142530882. Ester Carlson.
This must be one of the more beautiful stones at Oak Hill. I know how you like them so wanted to share with you. I wish we had felt comfortable leaving the stone standing but with modern mowing equipment it just does not bode well that it could not be damaged. Hope all is well with you.
As always thank you for updates sent your way.
Added by Rachel Keller on Sep 01, 2015 11:08 AM
Sokolik names in St Wenceslaus Cemetery
Heidi, Thank you so much for posting this information! I'm searching for my G-G grandfather, Jan Sokolik, wife Josephine, and I see that you just posted their information! The DOD is more than I had, and now I can verify his wife Josephine's name and her DOD. I wonder why they didn't add their DOBs on the headstone! That would be so much help. Jan and Marie were my G Grandparents, and they had a very tragic death, too early, leaving my grandfather John and his brother alone at very young ages, 2 and 5. Once I have my and my husband's families genealogy in place, I plan to photograph and post photos of the old pioneer cemetery close to where we live in the country, as this information is so important for people who live far away from their family roots. I too am from Czech heritage. Are you related to Sokoliks, Dvoraks, from LeSeuer, Scott, or Jackson counties? Again, I'm so grateful to have this information, thanks for your effort! Sandra Sokolik Huffman
Added by SHuffman on May 21, 2015 7:59 AM
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