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Pearl Leadbetter (#47749178)
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Bio Photo Native of the Iron Range of Minnesota, but have lived the past 40+ years in North Dakota. Currently living in lakes country of western Minnesota.

Family names of interest: Maki, Leppinen, Hanhila, Forstrom, Torvi, Leadbetter, Bragg, Weaver, Martin, Erkkila
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Hi Pearl, We went to Des Moines a couple weeks ago and took a picture of the house where Viola lived at 1120 E. 8th Street -- still standing -- unless they rebuilt it. Should be getting her death cert in a few weeks and I'll send it to you. All the best, Lynne
Added by K&LB on Dec 04, 2016 3:18 PM
Lynda Piilo
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Sorry there is no Marker for Susana Leppinen. This section of the cemetery was very poorly recorded at the time she passed Lynda
Added by Lynda Piilo on Jul 27, 2016 8:17 AM
Rebekah Schlaepfer Tweten
RE: Grace and Helmi Maki
I'm glad that I could help! I very much enjoy helping memorialize those who came before us.
Added by Rebekah Schlaepfer Tweten on Jun 12, 2016 1:58 PM
High Plains
Marie Wokasch
Her father John Kinnen (1915-2001) is buried in same cemetery as her mother and his obituary on the memorial says that Marie is his daughter. Don't know who the other John Kinnen was.

Added by High Plains on Aug 25, 2015 11:04 AM
High Plains
Marie Wokasch
Just checking. Are you sure that her parents are John Kinnen (1870 -1960) and Laura Kinnen (1916-1984)? There is a 46 year age difference between John and Laura and they are buried in different cemeteries.
Added by High Plains on Aug 25, 2015 10:57 AM
Ann Z
RE: photos of Bragg gravesites
Pearl, After searching unsuccessfully on a previous trip there we did get very specific direction (which two headstones they're between) but we did not use a probe to detect if there are footstones that are just buried very deep under the sod. Walking the area we couldn't feel anything. That is still a possibility- we found my husband's great grandmother's stone buried under several inches of dirt and grass. So if you are able to return to Virginia maybe could get to Greenwood during a week day and have the nice man check for you if the stones are actually there. Sorry we didn't succeed for you- I always feel badly when we can't find someone.
Added by Ann Z on Jul 30, 2015 7:18 AM
Steve Curry
RE: Ora Virginia Merritt gravestone photo
Hi Pearl...

I photographed both Ora and her husband Bert's Grave markers. The staff at Greenwood had to help me find them, because they were so overgrown. You may be able to see from the photos how deep the foot stones were. There was no headstone.

As far as where they are located - along with Eino Maki's location - there's an easy way to do that. I added the GPS locations to the memorials when I took the photos with the new Find A Grave app for the iPhone. Just go to their memorials and click on the GPS numbers in the burial section. That will bring up a map of the area with their burial location pinpointed. If you look at the aerial view (also called the satellite or Earth) version of the map, it shows exactly where in the cemetery they are located. Print out the map and take it with you to the cemetery. It is supposed to be accurate to within 16 ft.

If you still have a question, send an email to me at, and I will give you my phone number, so I can help.

Also - Barnabus, Archie and Mary Bragg had no grave markers. The staff at Greenwood Cmty helped me to find the exact spot where they were buried, but there were no markers. I have entered edits in each of their memorials with the GPS location, so after the edits are accepted, you can use their GPS locations to see for yourself when you're in Virginia next time.

The sun was shining and it was 75 degrees when I was there - with no mosquitoes!

Steve Curry
Added by Steve Curry on Aug 08, 2014 6:25 PM
Barb Jones
RE: Florence Alice Reynolds Leadbetter
I sent you the write up as an attachment to your e-mail on the 24th. Check your junk mail if you don't see it.
Added by Barb Jones on Dec 27, 2013 10:16 PM
Don Bedwell
RE: Makis in Ely
Pearl, thank you so much for the information.
Added by Don Bedwell on Oct 28, 2013 1:55 PM
Don Bedwell
Makis in Ely
Pearl do you know of any of Makis in Ely? I'm tring to get as much information for a family member on the parents and the resting place (cemetery) of George J. Maki born c.1903 died aft 1977 married to Viola Maria TANTTARI Maki. She is on Findagrave # 82699393. We belive her husband is buried next to her so I made a memorial 119247819 without actually knowing his dates. would like to know who his parents are, the internet isn't helping. Any information you might give me is appreciated.
Thanks Don
Added by Don Bedwell on Oct 27, 2013 6:42 PM
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