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jan collins (#47811333)
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Thank You

You have been a tremendous help. We knew that he was buried in Nogales, but nobody who is living has ever been there - yet. My Grandmother and Father used to talk about my Grandfather traveling down there in 1946 or 1947 to visit the grave. He would have been 66 or 67, and traveled from San Francisco by bus. Busses weren't air-conditioned in those days, and he fell ill on the return trip and wound up in a hospital somewhere east of Los Angeles. My Dad had returned from WWII in Japan and had to borrow a car from my Grandmother's brother to go retrieve him. Poor Grandpa - it was a 7th Day Adventist hospital and he didn't care for the vegetarian food. Plus, the carillon played "Nearer my God to Thee" every hour on the hour. Given the nature of the trip, he didn't care for that at all.

Is a lot of work to get the cemetery records straightened out being done by volunteers? That says a lot about the residents of Nogales.

One of my sisters has been tracing that part of our geneology. She and her husband will visit the island off the coast of Croatia where my Grandfather was born, prior to them immigrating and coming ashore in San Francisco in 1890. Having your listing come up at this time adds another piece to the puzzle.

Thank you.

Added by Steve77018 on Aug 25, 2014 8:58 AM
Peter Catanich

You created an entry for my Great-Grandfather, Peter Catanich. Did you obtain his name from cemetery records, or did you pull the information off of a headstone? If the headstone is still there, would it be possible for you to photograph it?

We know it was still there a year or so after WWII ended because my Grandfather made a trip from San Francisco to check on it.

Thank you in advance.
Added by Steve77018 on Aug 25, 2014 1:21 AM
Bill Norman
RE: hey = jan back
Hi Jan,
Thanks for the info and suggestions for Richard Wooten. Also nice to know that your brother was a jarhead, although I am sorry to hear about his passing. I do not recall ever meeting a Robert Collins, but it sure is possible that our paths crossed sometime during the late '60s. The only Collins I remember knowing was William Michael Collins who was a member of my recruit platoon from Arizona. He was born in Indiana and grew up in (and died in) Arizona. As far as I know he didn't have a Utah connection. The next time you visit your brother's grave please give him a hearty "Semper Fi" from me. Be well,
Added by Bill Norman on Aug 18, 2014 12:56 PM
Bill Norman
Richard Hickman Wootan
Hi jan,
I am writing to ask about Richard Hickman Wootan who is the father of Catherine Wootan "Nana" Kuhn, Find A Grave Memorial #91882086 (your creation and photo). According to his death certificate, Richard died in Nogales on 18 May 1950 and was buried in the Patagonia Cemetery, however there doesn't seem to be a memorial created for him on Find A Grave. (Catherine provided info on his death certificate.) I am wondering if perhaps you noticed his grave when you were in the Patagonia Cemetery. Thanks for any help or advice.
Bill Norman
Added by Bill Norman on Aug 18, 2014 5:36 AM
G E Donnadieu Murphy
RE: astiazaran
Thank you for your information! Where does the City of Nogales have the information on the grave sites? I live in Tucson and will be there in a couple of weeks. I have checked with the local mortuary but not much there. Thanks Grace
Added by G E Donnadieu Murphy on Jul 26, 2014 9:33 AM
G E Donnadieu Murphy
RE: astiazaran
Thank you for the information! I will have this translated. The last name is not common and is probably related some way to Conception Astiazaran( My cousin's grandmother).Thanks again. Grace donnadieu
Added by G E Donnadieu Murphy on Jul 08, 2014 3:38 PM
G E Donnadieu Murphy
Jan, I just ran across your entry in Nogales, Az. I have many family there. This is my home town. #115139125 Astiazaran is my cousin's family. Do you have a picture or first name of the person? Thanks, Grace Donnadieu
Added by G E Donnadieu Murphy on Jul 08, 2014 11:21 AM
RE: viola and frank caffall
You are very welcome
Added by A R on Jun 02, 2014 10:54 PM
Patrick Casey
Modie Burials
Hello Jan,

I'm certain that my GG Grandfather, Robert L. Modie, who fell dead at the gate to his house in Nogales in 1902, must have certainly been interred in the Nogales City Cemetery. An obituary for Richard L. Modie states that he would be put to rest in City Cemetery. Gertrude Olsen Florin Modie would have also been interred at City Cemetery. I would imagine that the cemetery records were poorly kept, and also the cemetery most likely has suffered vandalism over the years, as it seems that all traces of their resting place has vanished. I have visited the cemetery myself, and found it to be in a rough and rugged condition.


Patrick Casey

Added by Patrick Casey on Oct 31, 2013 11:00 PM
Ginny B
+I will have to ask my son about the Modie family they are on his fathers side of the family.
Added by Ginny B on Oct 24, 2013 11:47 AM
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