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R Sloma (#47469262)
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Born 1964 in Syracuse, N.Y. Grew up on the "West End," and attended Sacred Heart Church and School. Moved with parents to Lakeland in 1983 while attending college. Attended Sacred Heart Grammar School (1969-1978), Fowler High School (1978-1982), LeMoyne College (1982-1984)/Syracuse Univ. Army ROTC (commissioned in USAR 1984), SUNY Oswego (1984-1987). Masters Degree from the Univ. at Albany in 1998. Served in U.S. Army Reserve (1982-1988), U.S. Army Active Duty (1988-1995), and New York Army National Guard (1995-2013). Served assignments in Vicenza, Italy, Indianapolis, Ind., Fargo, N.D., and Albany, N.Y.
Retired from the National Guard and currently an Archivist with the New York State Archives.
I am particularly interested in documenting the burials in the Geddes Sacred Heart Cemetery as part of a larger historical & genealogical project. During high school I worked at the Geddes Sacred Heart Cemetery and I worked at Myrtle Hill Cemetery while in college.
A member of Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) Post 14, E. Jablonowski (Find A Grave ) in Syracuse.

If you are a person doing genealogical or historical research, you have my permission to use any photograph of mine for your own purposes.

I believe that Find A Grave is a really great resource for the purpose of documenting local history, remembering and honoring our military and veterans, and family history, especially of our ethnic, immigrant populations. Its sad to see how much information is lost either through lack of interest or awareness. Many of our ancestors lived through difficult times in which they faced poverty, disease, war. Their stories are important to complete the fabric of our history. I'm glad we share this common interest and am happy to help work toward our common goal. Properly cited information - whether from newspapers, government documents, websites or books - aids us in this effort.


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Duane Warren
Robert F Warren to Robert Baker Warren correction
Thanks for finding and helping me get my Uncle's resting place straightened out. I transferred you the Robert Warren you were researching had have already received a transfer of my Uncle. Really appreciate you not only bringing this to my attention but the additional effort it took in tracking down my Uncle Baker's burial place in France. I know that family will like knowing where this war hero is buried.

Blessings, Duane Warren
Added by Duane Warren on Jun 30, 2015 11:53 AM
Martin Kobos
Thank you for giving me the information. I made the changes with a notation. Oddly enough The Post Standard from Friday, June 5, 1953 pg. 7 says he died on Thursday. That is where I found the original date.
Thanks again,
Added by abby on Jun 02, 2015 2:43 PM
Margot Cole
transfer memorials
Hi, I would like you to transfer the memorials # 144098480 for Virginia Reiss and # 144098533 for Edward H. Reiss. They are my parents. I appreciated you putting their obits on the site.
I also graduated from Sacred Heart and have many relatives in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The church or the cemetery people aren't very willing to give out information. It would be great to get a listing of burials available to all. I wish I lived in Syracuse because I would love to due the listings.
Margot Cole class of '67
Added by Margot Cole on Apr 15, 2015 8:07 PM
Found father 144418408
Added by af on Mar 31, 2015 3:50 PM
Loren Bender
Witold Urbanowicz
Rich thank for the information on where he was buried. Have a great day! Loren
Added by Loren Bender on Jan 15, 2013 1:54 PM
Jan Bos from Nijmegen, Holland
Pfc John J. Kotas
Pfc John J. Kotas was a soldier of Company C 16th Infantry Regiment 1st Infantry Division, participating in the invasion of southern Sicily in July 1943 (operation Husky). D-Day was 10 July 1943.
He was killed on 5 August 1943.
He was buried in the temporary American Cemetery GELA in plot-grave E-56-665.
Date of burial was 10 August 1943.

After the war his remains were repatriated and buried in a cemetery in the United States.

I am writing a book about the temporary cemetery GELA, and also want to include information and the picture you took of his grave, of course you will be credited.

You will be notified when the book will be finished next year.

If you are related, perhaps you may have information/documentation or his picture and/or training in North Africa prior to the Sicily invasion, any information is more than welcome

Thank you

Jan Bos
Nijmegen, Holland
Added by Jan Bos from Nijmegen, Ho... on Jul 20, 2012 12:00 PM
Frank K.
A week late, but nevertheless.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY fellow graver.
Added by Frank K. on Jun 24, 2012 9:48 AM
Polish home
Spent about 3 hours at the polish home sorting through the books. Made several piles:

1. Ready to be cataloged
2. Need to be stamped ( new stamp has to be ordered)
3. Need bookcovers, stamping, etc.
4. Need to be mended or trashed
5. childrens titles
6. american titles with no Polish infor ( bonsai, growing roses)
7. more appropriate for pamphlet file

Gave Rob a list of supplies needed for mending, book covers.

Computer was there but internet connection not done.

I gave Rob a list for his homework....can't proceed until he gets his homework done. LOL

So when will you join us for dinner. I was too busy and tired to go back for dinner tonight.

Added by af on Nov 05, 2011 5:04 PM
I just added a photo, obit and memorial for a Jan Rutkowski.
Added by af on Nov 04, 2011 3:14 PM
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Dear Mr. Sloma,
I found your name by following some other contributor links. I was intrigued to discover you have some interest and history with Sacred Heart Cemetery. I spoke with the groundskeeper and went and visited the rectory a few months ago. First of all, the cemetery is in great condition--the man does a wonderful job. However, he has no burial records prior to the 1980's. I was able to get some information from the secretary at the church, which is a whole other story. The ledgers are arranged according to year of death--there is no computerized cross reference system (at least that is what I was told) There is also no info as to "section or plot" number. (the secretary said "if they're your relatives, you oughta know where they are.") There is however, a wealth of little notations and other stuff written in the lines next to the standard burial info. This is the type of material that needs to be scanned/transcribed before it is lost. If you should ever by chance get any cooperation from the rectory, let me know and I can volunteer some time for transcription.
Added by clevelandpole on Nov 02, 2011 3:33 PM
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