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Larry (#47255152)
 member for 7 years, 1 month, 15 days
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Bio Photo It was a long winter in the Tundra Land called Minnesotah. Cemeteries were frozen over, snow-blocked, and crusty with ice. When you die in the North Country, your body might wait until spring before the ceremony begins! (Ever see them Swedes dig a grave using an ice auger?)

Over seven years ago I came upon Find A Grave. What a life saver Find A Grave was. I had just retired and discovered the golden years were challenging. Three things are required for a happy and satisfying walk into the sunset. They are: 1. Friends & Family 2. Outside interest, aka hobbies, sports, etc. 3. Plenty of moola, aka money. The combination of all three add up to good prospects for your senior years. Of course good health is most important of all.

I ended up with 1 out of 4 of the above. You can guess which one. That is where Find A Grave saved my life! I established over 50,000 memorials in two years. Since then I have slowed down as I ran out of listings. So many cremations have outdated traditional burials. In my area they figure well over half of all deaths result in cremation, thus no burial and headstone. Some how I feel future generations are being cheated. After all, cemeteries and tombstones are for survivors.

In seven plus years of membership in this unique club, I have noticed the following:

1. The words Please & Thank You are becoming rarer. Often there is no gratitude shown for my volunteering to travel to distant places to record and photograph where the loved one lay. When I volunteer and someone says "good job" I feel warm & happy. When I volunteer and do my good deeds and feel not appreciated, I feel cold, clammy, and unappreciated.

2. As a volunteer, I am unrelated to almost everyone. Since they have added the "Edit Button", I have been thrust into the position of trusting others that wish to add to the edit section. I assume they know more than I do about the memorials. Thus, I approve them. Later I find out the material is incorrect and in need of further editing. Thus, who do I believe?

3. Duplicates are a menace to society as illustrated in Find A Grave. They are like pesky mosquitoes that won't leave a person alone. One person duplicated over 3,000 of my memorials on purpose. Now, how fair is that to be credited for being buried twice? Once should do it!


General observations from me, yes I, the Great One of FAG are below.

Be generous with praise and short on criticism. Remember this is a volunteer outfit.

Duplicators will be defeated like good vs evil.

When taking photo's, take more than one picture. One closeup that can be easily read, and, another of the general location so another can use a landmark for guidance. (Like beside this flag pole.)

All editing should require a truth test for accuracy. Like sworn oaths, pledges, and swearing in ceremonies.

Show humility in all you do because some day a volunteer will be adding your memorial. Treat them as you would like to be treated. (Don't act like Darth Vader.)

Buried an unloved one means never having to say you are sorry! (Thanks Al Gore.)

Thus, I go to cemeteries because they won't come to me. This hobby is great as it requires no parking fees, very little expenses, no uniforms or special dress, and few people to offend and/or insult along the way. We are happy solitary souls doing good!

Now, may the Good Lord Bless & Keep You, now and forever more.........

AMEN!


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Bru Paul
Theodothia L
Created by: Larry
Record added: Oct 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78250546

Hi Larry!
Gee, was I ever pleased when I found this headstone.
She was my auntie and had disappeared. I've done a lot of work putting her life together. Her hubby and his kids turned out to be greatly involved in the family through the years following Theodothia's passing (her nick name was Dora, well I should hope so!).
I thought if you would like to update her memorial I could give you some info?
How do you respond to me? I have no idea. I've never left a pub message before
Added by Bru Paul on Apr 26, 2017 5:36 PM
Lauren Crumb
RE: William Levi Zenner
Thank you for that information. I'll see if it is accurate to this person. I am not sure how to transfer the memorial or what to do with it after that is done. Thank you for all your time again.Have a good one.

Lauren Crumb
Added by Lauren Crumb on Apr 25, 2017 3:05 PM
Lauren Crumb
William Levi Zenner
First of all I wanted to say thank you so much for putting all this info on here of him. He is a direct ancestor 5 generations back. I unfortunately don't have the means or time to travel so the work you do like this means so much. I saw that you left a note on the site saying " This soldier his country." I was wondering how you knew that and if you by any chance had any info on him? Thank you for your time not only in reading this but again for your hard work. Have a blessed day.

Lauren Crumb
Added by Lauren Crumb on Apr 25, 2017 6:30 AM
Tee Sue
Loved your Bio!! Req: Stella Myers
Thanks for all you do for others! I really do appreciate all the wonderful volunteers and generally helpful people I have 'met' through this unique interest.

I am wondering if you might be able to photograph (or upload) a photo of the headstone of Art and Stella Myers at Hague Lutheran Cemetery?

Stella was my children's great grandmother.

Thank you, once again, for caring enough to help out!

Sincerely,

Teri
Added by Tee Sue on Apr 24, 2017 8:20 PM
Ruth Pickle
RE: Mary E. Rutt, Mem. #96705227
Thanks Larry! I'm a little SLOW! Dah! Again, thanks. Ruth
Added by Ruth Pickle on Apr 24, 2017 6:04 PM
Ruth Pickle
Mary E. Rutt, Mem. #96705227
Larry, another situation! This memorial is posted by a person who does not allow contact. This Mary, as above, is a duplicate, for Mary E. Butt Ballantyne. The author for the above memorial, has some good info, and I also have some info for her. My question to you, is how do I contact her? Thanks, and please help! Ruth
Added by Ruth Pickle on Apr 22, 2017 8:04 AM
Stacy Nguyen
Thanks and transfer?
Hello Larry, thank you so much for putting up the original memorial for my great-great-grandmother Christine Farchmin. I greatly appreciate it.

I know you have a ton of memorials to manage, many of whom you are otherwise unfamiliar with. If you are willing, I would be willing to take over management of Christine's page as well as any other Farchmin memorials you set up.
Added by Stacy Nguyen on Apr 19, 2017 11:49 PM
Beth
Hi brat...
just wanted to let ya know I was thinking 'bout you and wondering how your doing etc...

~ Beth ~
Added by Beth on Apr 19, 2017 7:43 PM
RC
Frank Family
Hi Larry, I'm going to send you a few edits for Sophronia Frank #82550574. I think if you zoom into the photo you'll see the spelling of her name ends with an "ia". Thank you very much for creating this memorial and I hope to find and link her husband and children! :) RC
Added by RC on Apr 17, 2017 3:42 PM
S.Y.H./M/GM
Henry A. and Eunice Tilton updates
Larry,
Thank you so much for making the additions to their memorials. Nice to know children and spouses are listed together.
Again, thank you.
Sherry S.Y.H./M/GM
Added by S.Y.H./M/GM on Apr 15, 2017 7:46 PM
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