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donald kosterman (#48201466)
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Bio Photo I have been working on the family history for over 45 years primarily the Kinds, Kostermans, Gutzdorfs, I am open to any input and suggestions. I check in almost every day so edits should be handled fast. Do not hesitate to add to any memorial.
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K. Bitto
Robert James Kosterman
Donald, I found your listing for Robert James Kosterman. He is in my family tree, as he was first married to my relative Charlotte Orth (later divorced). I have conflicting information as to his date of birth. While some records indicate it was 8/24/1881, his military registration lists a birth date of 8/24/1879. Can you confirm that it was 1881? Also, please let me know if you would like information pertaining to Robert's first marriage and dirorce. Kim
Added by K. Bitto on Jul 20, 2014 12:19 PM
Updated with the new pics without the logo. -Jack
Added by Jack on Jul 13, 2014 6:00 PM
I'll send you the originals otherwise will retake them for you
Added by Jack on Jul 13, 2014 1:36 PM
John B Kosterman
My Grandmother (Elta James) was married to John Kosterman (1888 - 1968) and lived in Racine, WI

Are there any relationship ties to you?

Added by Quin on Jul 04, 2014 1:30 PM
Janet G.
RE: edits
Hi Donald,
I have not received the edits you resent. I can't imagine what the problem is, I've never not received them before.
Added by Janet G. on Jul 04, 2014 2:35 AM
Janet G.
RE: edit's
Hi Donald,
I've taken care of everything I have received to date. Would you like to send them again?
Added by Janet G. on Jul 02, 2014 9:34 AM
Jennifer Janzer
Photo Requests - West Lawn - Racine, WI
Hi Don,

I can take photos for you at West Lawn Memorial Park, Mound Cemetery, and Graceland Cemetery in Racine too. But please get the plot numbers. I'm not quite as familiar with these cemeteries as I am with the Catholic ones in the area.

Here's contact info for the cemeteries:

West Lawn Memorial Park

Mound Cemetery & Graceland Cemetery
(Owned by City of Racine)
*I think the office is only open in the AM

Give me a heads up once you get them.

Added by Jennifer Janzer on May 23, 2014 7:02 AM
Robin Rainford
RE: Photo
I'm glad to share these photos. I went to a reunion for LaChance family and they gave me a box of the Barnier photos.
I'm trying to make them available to all the cousins.
Added by Robin Rainford on May 22, 2014 9:55 PM
Jennifer Janzer
RE: headstone
I have some information for you on the headstone. I talked to Celeste's helper in the cemetery office.

The plaque is called a "military bronze". When I described the headstone to him, he said he's 99.9% sure that there would be nothing inscribed underneath the bronze. He said that often people will purchase an uninscribed headstone knowing that the front will be covered with the plaque - to save money. If a stone already had an inscription, the plaque would be mounted on the back or on a separate flat slab of stone in front of the existing monument.

There would have been no way to put the plaque on the back of that particular stone because it's textured (looking at the picture). They would have had to get the stone taken back to the monument works and had the back polished flat for $$$ in order to mount it there.

He has never heard of a case where an existing inscription has been covered up by a plaque - it would be a big waste of money to have had the original monument made only to cover it up (his words).

Also, I asked how the plaques are fixed onto the stone. He said that they usually use both adhesive and bolts to ensure that it doesn't come off - so there would be no way of temporarily removing it to double check.

I hope this information helps.

Added by Jennifer Janzer on May 19, 2014 8:50 AM
Jennifer Janzer
RE: headstone
I see what you mean. What I do know about those metal plaques - the military issues them for deceased war veterans I believe upon request. I have seen them on the back of a headstone and on a second stone (what looks like the flat base for a headstone) in front of the actual stone.

But this one does look like it's covering the original stone. The back of the stone looks textured. I can ask Celeste about it the next time I stop in the office. There might be a note on his cemetery record from when the plaque was issued. When did he die? You might actually be able to contact the monument company that made the headstone to find out what the original stone said??

I'll let you know if I find out anything from Celeste. Genealogy research is so much more fun with mysteries like this!

Added by Jennifer Janzer on May 19, 2014 5:55 AM
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