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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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Jacki Bierma
RE: Peter Leonard in Calvary, Whitewater
Bob put the notation on this memorial. He will have to remove it

Thanks for removing the photos!

Added by Jacki Bierma on Oct 19, 2017 10:08 AM
Jacki Bierma
Peter Leonard in Calvary, Whitewater
The photo on Peter F. Leonard memorial is the wrong Peter Leonard with the wrong dates that does not match the memorial dates. This Peter does not belong to the family shown on the large tombstone either. Both photos need to be removed from this memorial.

Added by Jacki Bierma on Oct 19, 2017 7:47 AM
Joe Mckenzie
I seen you have had trouble with her, I believe she has removed Hundreds of photos from memorials I worked on. How can we stop her?
Added by Joe Mckenzie on Sep 03, 2017 3:10 AM
Darlene Hollerbach
Marlene S.
Thank you so much for taking the time to go photograph a picture of my Aunt and Uncle's headstone. I had a picture of my Uncle Gustave's headstone showing his birth and date of death but did not have it inscribed on the headstone for my Aunt Faythe.

Thanks again for taking the time to do this for me.

Darlene Brumm Hollerbach
Added by Darlene Hollerbach on Aug 27, 2017 2:09 PM
Harvey Kligora
DeAnna Barth
Thanks for the pic
Added by Harvey Kligora on Aug 26, 2017 5:26 PM
Bonnie Terry Photo Request
Thanks very much for the great photos. I especially the nice landscape shot!
Added by Sandra on Aug 26, 2017 2:44 PM
Jacki Bierma
Emma Mattes in Christburg Cemetery
Thanks for the photo! After you gave me the heads up on this memorial, I was able to search and find several other members of this family and sent edits to link them together.

Added by Jacki Bierma on Aug 20, 2017 9:57 AM
Susan Genta
RE: Request for transfers of memorials
Thank you so much, Marlene!
Added by Susan Genta on Jul 23, 2017 5:53 AM
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
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