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Marlene S. (#47704048)
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Bio Photo I live in south central Wisconsin. I've always loved history. My great uncle traced our Raithel family lineage back to the 1400's in Germany, some of which I have posted at It would just follow that I would end up here at Find A Grave! I make vacations out of photographing graves so I apologize for invading anyone's territory. It's the only thing I make time to get away for.
I prefer to allow family members control if they wish it.
I strive for quality over quantity, I wish everyone did. NOTE TO VOLUNTEERS: PLEASE take photos of the entire stone and not just the engraving! Some people are visiting loved ones on Find A Grave!
I really dislike the fact that we can't edit the memorials that power listers make with no dates or links.
Any of my photos may be used for whatever purpose you wish, I am in no way a stickler for copyrights so feel free to use them and there is no need to credit me for any edits. :)

On my mother's side, my lineage includes Raithel, Bienfang, Weiss, Ruckdeschel, Hockett, Stephens, and Repper (Ripper).
The present Raithel name can be traced into the 1400s. In 1987, Max Raithel, a descendant of many generations who lived at Schwingen, Stobersreuth, West Germany, told my great uncle George Raithel when he visited there that our ancestors received a plaque from Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Behemia and Hungary, who sought to end the great schism which split the Roman Catholic Church.
According to German archives, the Raithel name developed gradually through the middle ages. It is found as Raitell in 1567, Reitel in 1610, Reitl and Radell in 1618, Raidell in 1631, Rathel in 1639, Reytel in 1642, and Raithel in 1714. These names are picked from Church records showing the contributions or taxes of the Raithels and their "subjects" in florenes, guilders and thalers.
The marital records show Raithels (bride or groom) married into families named Greim, Ritter, Fischer, Trampler, Rauber, Neupert, Seiler, Kiessling, Bugrucker and Sack, from 1580 to 1783.
In 1854 our ancestors left their farm near Selb in the Stobersreuth area, journeying to Hof where they stayed overnight, and onward to Bremen where they boarded the sailing ship Hermine, leaving July 12, 1854. After 56 days on board they arrived in New York Port, from whence they proceeded to a relative in Jefferson WI. Another son, Johann Wolfgang had come to the U.S. earlier. He was reported murdered in Hebron WI and robbed of his pay as a wagon maker which he planned to deposit in the bank in Helenville WI. Such history!

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Susan Genta
Request for transfers of memorials
Hi Marlene
Thank you for your work for Find a Grave and in particular for the memorials of my families.
I am very grateful to you.

I would like to request a transfer of memorials of my great grandfather and his family to me
Susan Genta #48105433

Patrick Lee #112739247
Elizabeth Lee #113818257
James Lee #113814872
Hugh Lee #113817965

Thank you, Susan
Added by Susan Genta on Jul 13, 2017 2:46 PM
Paul Demarais
Albert Robison
Thx Marlene for the great photo 😊

Paul D.
Added by Paul Demarais on Jul 11, 2017 12:23 PM
RE: Patience Kent
Thank you for trying.
Added by J.B. on Jul 09, 2017 6:23 AM
Betty Evans
Vivian Marie Erbentraut Chafer
Thank you again for taking and posting the picture of my ancestors grave marker it is greatly appreciated.
Added by Betty Evans on Jul 08, 2017 5:07 AM
Betty Evans
Joseph H Chafer
Thank you for taking and posting the picture of Joseph's grave marker. I didn't know he was married to Vivian also. I put in a request for a picture of her grave marker as well. Hope I can find out her maiden name and some more information about her also.
Added by Betty Evans on Jul 07, 2017 4:30 AM
Anita M. (Fontaine) Keller
Mary Ann Dalley Hart
I did some research on her while we were in Janesville last month. She is the widow of John Dalley, The probate mentions no children for them. I believe she was John Hedditch's step mother. But am unable to positively prove it at this time. In John Dalley's probate John Hedditch verified her mark as that of Mary Ann Dalley. Nothing else for John Hedditch in the probate, just the verification of Mary Ann as Mary Ann Dalley. Still researching her to prove my belief of the relationship with her and John Hedditch. Anita
Added by Anita M. (Fontaine) Kelle... on Jun 15, 2017 9:23 AM
Jacki Bierma
Melissa Reylia Saxton in Darien
I changed her first name but her maiden name is spelled as below, thus my "decline" of your edit:


Name: John I Saxton
Gender: Male
Birth Place: NY
Birth Year: 1822
Spouse Name: Melissa Relyea
Spouse Birth Year: 1825
Year: 1843
Marriage State: NY
Number Pages: 1
Added by Jacki Bierma on Jun 14, 2017 11:30 AM
Laura Aanenson
Robert L Dodge 70031953
Hi Marlene,

I received your suggested edits (dates of birth and death) for the memorial above. Would you please provide the source(s) of your information?

Thank you for keeping Find A Grave an accurate and valuable genealogical tool!


PS: If you are related to Robert, please let me know how. I would be happy to transfer XX memorial to a family member.
Added by Laura Aanenson on Jun 04, 2017 5:36 AM
Richard L. Smallwood-Roberts
Photo for Find A Grave Memorial# 68002383
Marlene. One more photo to remove please, as I installed the headstone last week and it's not necessary. Thank you in advance.
Added by Richard L. Smallwood-Rob... on Jun 02, 2017 7:21 AM
Richard L. Smallwood-Roberts
Flagler Headstone Photos

Please remove your photos of the uninstalled headstones I ordered from memorials 68442414 and 130656632. I installed them last week, finally, so no need for photos of headstones laying on the ground. Thx!
Added by Richard L. Smallwood-Rob... on May 30, 2017 12:47 PM
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