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Pamela Lawson (#47311452)
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Bio Photo I am of Norwegian and Austrian descent. I can trace my Norwegian ancestry back to Christiania/Oslo and Brevik, Norway. Many of my family members are buried at Mount Olive Cemetery, Chicago Illinois.

I have been taking pictures of the graves in the older, predominently Scandinavian sections of Mount Olive Cemetery and logging them on this site.

At Mount Olive, the office will look up one grave for free, and charge $10 for every look up after. I would be happy to take any pictures at this cemetery, as long as you can provide the Section/Lot #. Please message me :)

A little history on Mount Olive Cemetery:
Established in 1889, Mount Olive Cemetery was first known as a Scandinavian cemetery. One of the more distinct features of Mount Olive Cemetery is the Archway at the main cemetery entrance. It is one of a few cemeteries to have a bell in the tower that is rung as each interment procession arrives through the Archway.
The old chapel at Mount Olive was constructed in 1889 and was in service until 1960. It has been featured in several history books because of its unique structural design and age. It has also been considered for historical landmark status by the City of Chicago.

Favorite Cemeteries I've Visited: Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA (beautiful!) and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA (for the people buried there and its odd location, hidden among towering high-rises).

Favorite Graves I've Seen in Person: Abraham Lincoln, Marilyn Monroe, and the Gilbertson Family at Mount Olive (92765528). I love the angel carved into their gravestone.
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Lisa Machan
Riiser Graves
Pamela,
Thank you so much for taking the time to photograph the Riiser graves. They were my great-great-grandparents. One of their two sons changed his name to Riser...so it is interesting that he must have decided to put his re-imagined name as theirs on the headstone.

I live in California. Thank you for being my legs and eyes in Chicago~ It is a wonderful gift!

Lisa Machan
Added by Lisa Machan on Jun 02, 2014 2:33 PM
Renee Higdon
Alma Malmstrom
I would like to thank you for taking pictures of my great-grandmothers grave. Alma Malmstrom, she is buried with her first husband Leopald Stern. I am in a major search for anything about her and she seems to be a mystery. I did find a two story brick home that her and Leopald shared with their children in the late 1800s and it still stands in Chicago. Again, thank you! Not sure why you took it, but if you had a request to take it, wish I knew from whom.
Added by Renee Higdon on Aug 25, 2013 9:03 AM
Ron & Nancy Boeger McDaniel
Danielson & Lindstrom
Thank you so much for the photos of this family.
Added by Ron & Nancy Boeger McDani... on Jun 23, 2013 6:50 AM
Gail Rasmussen Cassel
Many Thanks
Thank you so much for the photos of my grandfather, grandmother and aunt and uncles (in the middle of all the fires). I really appreciate that you took the time to do this for me.

Thank you again,
Gail Cassel
Added by Gail Rasmussen Cassel on Jun 21, 2013 3:53 PM
Kiri Johnson
My great-grandparents
Dear Pamela,
What a wonderful surprise to find that you posted pictures of my great-grandparents' headstones, Thank you so much!
They were Ferdinand Christophersen Hannibal and Anna Marie Engedahl Hannibal. Ralph Norbert Jones was one of their grandsons.
There are some other family members buried in Mt. Olive as well. I will try to add them when I get a chance to visit Chicago.
Thanks again.

Kiri
Added by Kiri Johnson on Oct 16, 2012 12:57 AM
Carisa
Rippets
Thank you for posting pictures to James and both Mary Rippet's memorials!. It looks like a cool cemetery!

Carisa
Added by Carisa on Oct 12, 2012 7:47 PM
Kris Groff
Adolph Locke
Thank you so much for the pic...It's a shame the stones have disappeared in that area... It sure does happen.
Added by Kris Groff on Oct 01, 2012 8:59 AM
Tom Centano
Headstone
Thank you very much for the headstone photo. I really appreciate it.
Added by Tom Centano on Sep 26, 2012 8:27 PM
Patti Podboy
Frank Fazio
Thanks so much, Pamela, for the photo of Frank's crypt. I greatly appreciate it.
Added by Patti Podboy on Sep 26, 2012 7:59 PM
William Woodburn
Velez Photos
Thank you for taking the time to post the photos of Ms. Velez's gravestone. I really appreciate it.
Added by William Woodburn on Sep 15, 2012 9:58 AM
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