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PJ Krostag (#47835480)
 member for 4 years, 9 months, 27 days
April Kyttle
RE: Froman Photos
Glad to be of assistance! I know searching goes to hard to reach places! I had to figure out where this cemetery was due to the listing. I'll be going back! Have a great day


Added by April Kyttle on Mar 03, 2017 6:02 AM

April Kyttle
RE: Froman Photos
Glad to help. Took care of your request before I left. I'll be going back to try and fill more of them as soon as I can.

Added by April Kyttle on Mar 02, 2017 1:17 PM

RE: Thanks
I did see the other name, and looked along the mausoleum but could only find hers. J

Added by Jmal on Jan 09, 2017 6:01 PM

mel truman
RE: Frank Kane photo request
Unfortunately I don't keep my photos long after I take them, too much to keep track of. However I do recall the Frank Kane request and talking with the cemetery employee about where his marker should be. Next time the weather permits I'll get out and get you one.
Good Hunting

Added by mel truman on Dec 12, 2016 2:07 PM

RE: Esser Grave Photo
I'm happy to help out. I may have already photographed the graves. I do whole sections of a cemetery at a time and upload them in chunks as my time permits.

I know I was in section 23 and got about half of it done, but am not sure If I've uploaded those yet. If not, it is not a problem for me to go back out. It will also depend on the amount of snow. If it gets too snowy, I may just wait until spring - unless it doesn't matter to you. The green ( or even the lovely yellows of fall) make such a lush background for the stones.

Kind Regards,

Added by Dawn on Dec 08, 2016 12:37 PM

mel truman
Frank Kane photo request
Hello PJ

I attempted to fill your request for Frank Kane at Christ Our Redeemer but was unable to find him. My guess that he doesn't have a marker was confirmed by a cemetery employee.
I did take a photo of the plot that can be posted should you desire it. I have done this for folks before. It's totally up to you. Just let me know.


Added by mel truman on Nov 07, 2016 12:49 PM

RE: Ream at St Mary's Johnstown
Thanks so much for letting me know. I added William back, as the spouse to Catherine (no worries!). If there's anything else I can do, just let me know. Have a great day!!! - Lori :)

Added by Lori on Sep 29, 2016 3:15 PM

Brian J. Ensley
RE: McGuirk at St Columba's
First, if there are any memorials that are your family members, please don't hesitate to ask for transfers. In my previous message I told you about my project regarding St. Columba's. I have 5 family members there that is a daughter of my 3rd Great Grandfather and her family and that's it. My wife has distant family there but they're in unmarked graves.

I tried to talk to the Priest at St. Columba's about 25 years ago and he slammed the door in my face. 6 Catholic churches in the Cambria City section of Johnstown closed due to the drop in population and are merged with the Resurrection Parish. I'm sure they may be of help, but I'm not sure if they have the lot maps. St. John Gualbert in Johnstown is the Co-Cathedral and is in charge of the up-keep of all the cemeteries in Johnstown, so they may have them. I wish I was there when you were in town. There is an old lady who's house faces the alley next to the cemetery that I've talked to just recently and she remembers the headstones that were in that area.

My aunt lived one block down from the cemetery and I remember being at her house the day after the '77 Flood and the streets were still like rivers even then. St. Columba's was hit hard by the flood, especially with Elk Run bordering the whole one side of the cemetery and running down hill as well. If you look at the cemetery you can see large areas where stones are missing, and when walking, you can see indentations where there are unmarked graves where the old pine boxes rotted away and the ground sunk.

Those small stones may well still be there, but it's a gamble. One word of advice- if you do end up putting in a new headstone for them, think about getting a used one. I know that sounds weird, but I've done it for ancestors.

Every monument place has them and you can get them dirt cheap compared to a new one. When they sand-blast the old inscriptions off and re-inscribe them, depending on the type of stone, you'd never know it was used.

Look at this memorial for Wilbert Blough #58431935. This was my ex-wife's grandfather. His widow couldn't afford a stone. Now this is just a small one, but it's a used one and you can't tell. I bought it and had it installed for a little over $100 at the time.

My great grandmother out-lived her husband by 50 years so they traded in his single stone and used the money towards a double stone. People do it all the time so then the monument place ends up sitting on a bunch of used stones, so they'd be more than happy to make a deal on one. Just something to think about.

Added by Brian J. Ensley on Sep 26, 2016 2:57 PM

Brian J. Ensley
RE: Palusko
You're very welcome. I'm fortunate enough to still live in the same area where both sides of my family have lived since the Rev. War, so I've done pretty much all I can on my family and my wife's.

So, I do what I can for others that live out of town whose ancestors are here in the Johnstown area. I've been researching local families for over 30 years and published over a dozen books relating to local cemeteries. There were several names that connected into the Palusko name by marriage, so I tried looking for as many headstones with those names as well.

As you saw, St. Stephen's is not only designed for billy goats to navigate, but it's known for toppled stones, illegible stones and many, many missing stones- especially infants. And, since these families were recent immigrants, many couldn't afford stones. So this cemetery is known for unmarked graves. So now that PA has made our death certificates public record up until the past 50 years, it has allowed me to find many more people buried there that would have been previously unknown.

I've been slowly adding memorials and headstone photos to St. Stephen's over the past couple of years but I treat every single memorial with the same respect and care as if they were my own family, so I take my time trying to make each one as complete and accurate as possible. Rather than just make memorials and add the minimum data and load a photo, I try to research each and every person and post a good quality photo. My photo includes the entire stone, and if that makes it too hard to read, then I include a close-up of the inscription itself.

I'm doing the same with St. Columba's. I transcribed that Cemetery about 10 years ago and came up with about 800 (+/-) names that had headstones. I researched each person, going to the library and digging up obits, using death certificates, etc., which led me to more family buried there (i.e. children) in unmarked graves.

Not including people that were later re-interred in other cemeteries, I'm up to 1300 people buried there. That's a lot without markers.

Anyhow, enough rambling. Thanks for the kind words and don't hesitate to ask if you need anything back here. I'm always happy to help when I have the time.


Added by Brian J. Ensley on Sep 26, 2016 2:40 PM

Brian J. Ensley
RE: Grandview Photos
You're very welcome- Glad I could help!

Added by Brian J. Ensley on Sep 22, 2016 2:06 PM

Barry L. Seitz
RE: Mozdzer
You're welcome.

I try to get a picture of the area. If someone is visiting, it's easier to find the plot.

Glad I could help.


Added by Barry L. Seitz on Jul 28, 2016 5:42 PM

Dennis Willing
RE: Oliver Skurdahl Grave
I added the photo to Geraldine's memorial and I apologize for spelling you name incorrect in the last message I sent didn't realize it until I sent the message auto correct changed it on me!!

Dennis Willing

Added by Dennis Willing on Jul 08, 2016 7:53 PM

Dennis Willing
RE: Oliver Skurdahl Grave
PJ Krista,

You're very welcome glad I could help! Buried next to Oliver is Geraldine A. Skurdahl 1917-2009 if you create a memorial for her I'll add her photo to her memorial!

Dennis Willing

Added by Dennis Willing on Jul 08, 2016 7:36 PM

Robin Knowles Miner
RE: Loretta May transfer
I am so glad you found it. Having lost my parents and one in-law, I find that honoring these graves and having them online gives me a sense of wonder and the vast number of kind folks that work at this site. If you ever see any other grave I have listed that is in your family, just ask, and unless they are directly related to me. Thanks for your kind words and best wishes in your ventures.

Added by Robin Knowles Miner on Jul 08, 2016 12:25 PM

Robin Knowles Miner
grave transfer
I received your edit for Loretta Krostag May and have added her maiden name. It is quite obvious that she is a relative of yours, so I have transferred that grave to you. Family should have family. Have a nice day, Robin (in Alabama)

Added by Robin Knowles Miner on Jul 08, 2016 2:40 AM

Keith McAllister
RE: Fertitta
PJ - Good luck with taking over management of the memorial. I have made the case in the past to Find A Grave that any relative should be able to manage a fallen graver's memorial rather than make it a burden to their staff. That has worked for me previously, though some times I have been 'read the rules.' If you send me a mailing address by email (my scanner is acting up), I can mail you copies of the obituaries and burial-transit permit I obtained for Joseph Fertitta. I am not related, but was just trying to fulfill a photo request for Alice's headstone as I live locally to St. Rose of Lima. r/ Keith (

Added by Keith McAllister on Apr 10, 2016 2:27 PM

RE: Krostag graves
You are very welcome. I always feel honored to fulfill requests at SFNC, as that is where my father is buried.


Added by Sidney on Nov 16, 2015 12:36 PM

Gracie Ann Matisyn
RE: Uncle Al and Aunt Helen Bovino
You're very welcome! Glad to have helped. Also, I would like to thank you for the compliments.

Added by Gracie Ann Matisyn on Aug 09, 2015 8:49 AM

John G. Luzetsky
RE: My Great Grand Parents
Yes please do. I will take a picture of the news clipping that my grandma Susie saved for me when they did the four generations picture in my dads Uncle Tony back yard in 1961

Added by John G. Luzetsky on Jun 26, 2015 10:44 AM

John G. Luzetsky
My Great Grand Parents
I still remember sitting as a young child in uncle Tony back yard in Pa. to have a four Generation Picture of the Luzetsky,s

Added by John G. Luzetsky on Jun 26, 2015 5:58 AM

JP Rayder
RE: Eleanor Desico grave photo
You are most welcome, I'm just glad I could help....JP

Added by JP Rayder on Mar 18, 2015 8:55 AM

OGreen (#47151193)
I think this contributor is inactive. He hasn't done any editing for months. I use to do any editing.

I thought I let you know.

Added by N.E. on Oct 20, 2014 4:22 PM

RE: Engman at GOH
Okay, I went back and this is what I found. Under different lighting, the name is still hard to read, but it is raised up just enough. The stone says this:

(Some sort of symbol)
Geb. 28 Jan. 1827
Gest. 12 Feb. 1894

So 2 n's in the last name. I took a couple new photos of that. I'm not giving up on getting a readable photo of the first name yet!!

Added by myWIgenealogy on Sep 09, 2014 4:20 PM

RE: Engman at GOH
I actually live less than a block from this cemetery so it is not out if my way. In fact, I walk through here on my lunch breaks because I work across the street!

It certainly does look like there is one N in the last name. I will see if I can get better photos, if anything, I'll see if I can spray water over the name to make it show up more, or do the old touch and feel method :) I'll let you know what I find!

I love to dig in to family history mysteries.

Added by myWIgenealogy on Sep 08, 2014 5:56 PM

RE: Engman at GOH
You're welcome. I'm wondering if under different lighting or with my camera (I had used my phone) we could get a better photo of his name? I saw what you had written re: the spelling. I think I'm going to go back and test it out. But you're right, given how old it is, it's in good shape!

Added by myWIgenealogy on Sep 08, 2014 12:01 AM


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