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Patrizia (#47524848)
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Bio Photo Researching the following families in Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Canada, Germany and France.

and many more...

I LOVE Find-a-grave as it has led me to discover even more about my family. Many thanks to all who have contributed and taken photos.


Many of the names of many of those interred at Holy Family Cemetery come from a booklet sent to me many years ago by a relative who lived in Oldenburg. The title is "Deaths/Burials at Holy Family Cemetery" but there is no author or publication information written on it. This booklet lists dates only until about the 1970's. Unfortunately, some dates are incomplete. I copied what was available.

Sorry, but I have no further information on any of the persons listed in that booklet other than my own ancestors whose surnames are listed above.

Additional information regarding burials at Holy Family has been obtained through the research efforts of G. Meyer, who has kindly shared his work with me. Thanks! He has sent me a copy of the parish burial records from 1845 to 1988 that he extracted from the originals at Holy Family Church. These records include not only the burial and/or death dates but also provide additional information such as age, origins, birth dates, parents, etc. of those buried at the Church Cemetery.

While not 100% accurate, these records are still a valuable source. If you see any errors or have any additions please feel free to leave changes via the edit function at the top of the page. I'll be happy to update the memorial. Thanks!


The booklet I have contains SOME plot numbers. All I have are entered on each memorial. Please feel free to send additions through to me using the edit function.



I have been unable to locate an interment map for Holy Family Cemetery, so photo volunteers have been unsuccessful in locating specific headstones. As a result, Mike, a fellow Find A Grave member, has kindly volunteered to photograph the entire cemetery. Thanks Mike!!

UPDATE: 5 May 2014: Mike has started taking photos of headstones at Holy Family. This project will take some time since Mike needs to fit it in around his other commitments. He has found that some of the headstones in the old section of the cemetery are badly damaged and therefore are unreadable. This is disappointing but can't be helped. Thanks Mike for all of your efforts. They're much appreciated.

UPDATE 22 Sept 2014: Mike has been hard at work adding photos and additional memorials needed so each and every person buried at Holy Family is represented. Thanks to him and others who have contributed, the cemetery is now 42% photographed. This project is a HUGE undertaking (no pun intended), especially since Mike also has many other home and work commitments. I know all of you who have family buried at Holy Family join me in extending many many thanks to Mike for all his efforts. THANKS MIKE!!


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Sue Listermann
RE: Maria Schwegel
thank you
Added by Sue Listermann on May 01, 2015 6:40 PM
Linda Buchwald
Joseph Weber
Hi Patriza,
I'm a gg granddaughter of Joseph Weber. Are there photos of any of the Weber family in Holy Family?

Linda Buchwald York
Added by Linda Buchwald on Mar 30, 2015 10:51 AM
Patti Moy
RE: Rita Riedeman
Thank you very much!
Added by Patti Moy on Mar 24, 2015 5:31 PM
Patti Moy
RE: Bernard Riedeman
How sweet of you! I understand completely about giving back after being helped in genealogy searches. As far as you leaving flowers, I think it is wonderful that you do that :) And I was kind of hoping you were related so that we could compare notes, etc. Are you in Oldenburg or the area? Again, thanks for your help and contributions on Find A Grave!!
Added by Patti Moy on Mar 24, 2015 5:30 PM
Patti Moy
Bernard Riedeman
Hello Patrizia,

I see that you left a message on the memorial for my great-grandfather. may I ask how you are related to him? We have a lot of family in Holy Family cemetery and i do not recall your name. thank you.

Added by Patti Moy on Mar 24, 2015 3:26 PM
Dale Schott
Spiegel in Germany
Patricia: We are finding that the real roots of the Spiegel family in Germany are in Buechenberg, Fulda, Hessen. The obit. of Nothburga is incorrect--Wiechenberg should be Buechenberg, which is near Eichenzell. This confirms what the 1880 Census says: Hessen. The other village is in northern Germany. My German contact just proved that the Father of Joseph Florentine and also Anton Spiegel were from Buechenberg. We are continuing to search because we are trying to prove that Maria Spiegel, wife of Valentine Saling (Seling)was part of this family also. Many immigrants from this area started Fulda, Ohio. The Woelf part is just where your Joseph was born. The family didn't have roots there. Let me know if you wish to be copied in on our additional findings. Dale Schott (Schaadt)
Added by Dale Schott on Jan 06, 2015 8:01 AM
RE: Catherine Macke
Thank you...
Added by Bob on Dec 11, 2014 8:13 PM
Wanda Scott Crist
RE: Bessler family
Patrizia, Sorry to bother you again. My Besslers are also from Germany, OH and IN. Harry was the son of Henry Bessler and Mary Friendegor both buried in Franklin Co IN. Wanda
Added by Wanda Scott Crist on Dec 05, 2014 10:23 PM
Wanda Scott Crist
Bessler family
Hi I noticed Bessler as being one of your surname you are researching. I am looking for information on Henry Bessler, b 1839 d 1917. I believe him to be my gr-grandfather by his son Harry Charles Bessler. Would like to correspond if this sound familiar. Thanks
Wanda Scott Crist
Added by Wanda Scott Crist on Dec 05, 2014 3:29 PM
Mary Hennessey
RE: Bernard Dirkmann
Thanks Patrizia. It is catherine. I have a new tablet that I am not used to. I appreciate all the work you have done at Holy Family cemetery. Do you know if Holy Family church has burial records there? My great great grandmother is buried there, but the last time I was there, I couldn't find her grave. The old gravestones are so deteriorated one cannot read them.

Added by Mary Hennessey on Nov 04, 2014 8:00 PM
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