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Sylvia Hertel (#48279521)
 member for 3 years, 23 days
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Bio Photo Writing memorials, especially of family members, is a great joy of mine, but pulling families together through family links is an even greater joy, even after they have been gone for hundreds of years.

Right now, that's about all I can do as a Find A Grave volunteer, but I hope to be able to get back to taking photos of headstones again.

Other special interests of mine are old cemeteries, the many men who were killed in action, and children, especially infants. They are all too easily forgotten, which should never happen, no matter how long they lived, or have been gone.

The picture above was a little spot I found tucked away, well out of sight, in the middle of a small town. It is filled with bright yellow miniature ranunculus, the bushes around this area bloom throughout the spring and summer season. Back in the brush, tiger lilies grow every year also. I learned there was once a small house sitting back in there, owned by a lady who loved to grow flowers and anything that would bloom. She has been gone for about 100 years. Her house has been gone almost as long, but the flowers and flowering bushes she planted and cared for during her lifetime are all still there. I call this spot "My Own Little Garden of Eden".

I think that's a good description of what Find A Grave is all about. Like all the flowers and blooming bushes keep that lady's memory alive, so Find A Grave keeps the memories of so many individuals alive.
At what point in time do we quit missing those loved ones who have left such a void in our hearts? They are never REALLY gone, simply because they always have a place within us.
Kind words are like honey - sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. (Proverbs 16:24 NLT)
Always remember, those who bad mouth other people to you, are bad mouthing you to other people.
Those who judge, will be judged, especially those who judge unjustly.
Life is too short to waste it on doing harm to others. Kindness will always win the day for the person who recieves it - and for the person who gives it.
Dad died June 5, 2015. I am now an orphan. Dad was the most thoughtful man I have ever known. He showed his love for me (and others) in his sensitivity to what was most important in my life through the things he did for me. Such heart felt desire to make someone feel so loved is almost beyond comprehension in today's world. In my lifetime, I have found that quality in no other human being, except my brother, but he didn't have enough years to hone it the way Dad did. I have lost the most precious person in my life, and didn't have nearly enough time to truly drink in all of his wisdom and love.

Leonard Jacob Hertel's memorial can be found at
Please visit this very special man. You will find it to be time well spent.
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Messages left for Sylvia Hertel (73)[Leave Message]
Todd Whitesides
RE: Deusser
If I find anything additional to add your line I'll be sure to pass it along, but at this time I don't.
Added by Todd Whitesides on Nov 27, 2016 9:07 AM
RE: Samuel Hoffman, 61427927
Always good to get positive comments. Thank You Sylvia!
Added by SGirton on Sep 20, 2016 7:58 AM
Beth.Bailey ⛄
RE: Christine (Bensinger) Fuerst
Not a problem my friend as I'm glad I could help ya w/it... :=)

Talk soon ?

~ Beth ~

Added by Beth.Bailey ⛄ on Aug 31, 2016 8:51 AM
Valenciaღ Asiaღ Angel of Mine 🎄
Hello Sylvia,

Thank you kindly for your sweet message on my daughter's memorial. Have a wonderful weekend

Take care, Valencia's mom

Added by Valenciaღ Asiaư... on Jul 03, 2016 12:18 PM
In memory of Scott
Bertha (Schlaht) Schulz
I didn't write the memorial, had to check where it was from, turned out it was the newspaper which probably used exactly what the funeral home wrote.

Added by In memory of Scott on Jun 29, 2016 5:28 PM
In memory of Scott
Bertha Irene Schlaht Schulz
Sorry, hit the wrong button.

I didn't know Bertha, she must have been a wonderful woman. (Makes me miss my mom and grandmothers even more.)

I am transferring her to you along with any needed corrections.

By the way, I'd be honored if we were cousins but don't think we are.

Happy belated birthday.

Added by In memory of Scott on Jun 29, 2016 12:41 AM
In memory of Scott
Bertha Irene Schlaht Schulz
Added by In memory of Scott on Jun 29, 2016 12:35 AM
Jim Schira
Memorial 144932381
Thank you for your answers by private mail, and thank you for the memorial transfer. I did not ask for the transfer but will always revere it
Added by Jim Schira on Jun 10, 2016 12:44 AM
billy parker
RE: Susan Civility Jackson 86830770
Just as soon as I can I will go back to the cemetery and look at the headstone again. I will let you know exactly what is written on it. I have tried to rotate that picture and it will not let me. I still have the original I took on my computer and it is in the upright position. I tried copying it to the website again and it still comes out turned. When I go back I will take another picture and try it again. I did not realize it was turned when I originally put it on there.
Added by billy parker on Jun 09, 2016 5:02 PM
Connor Baneck
You put flow on Esther Hinzes memorial are you related.
Added by Connor Baneck on Jun 07, 2016 3:30 PM
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