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scotdeerie (#48158402)
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Bio Photo I volunteer at Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls and I enjoy putting up memorials for our residents. I will gladly accept transfers for Oakwood folks, too. I will take good care of them.

I have some limited access to St. Mary's and Sacred Hearts Cemeteries, which are adjacent to Oakwood, although most of their records have been destroyed and the cemeteries are in ill repair.

St. Joseph's, Holy Trinity and Gate of Heaven (Lewiston) are not far away and within my travel range for photo requests. I will only take photo requests that already have grave section/area info because these are HUGE cemeteries. Call the cemetery office, tell them you are from far away and ask they provide you with the info so you can send someone else to get the photo. Most places will do one or two requests for FREE. After more than a couple, however, be prepared to pay some sort of fee.

Riverdale and Accacia Park will NOT process requests for Find A Grave photographers and are particularly unfriendly about it. Call them and get the grave location and put it in your photo request. These cemeteries want to charge photographers if they go in and ask for help. For one or two requests, they MIGHT do it over the phone for YOU. Remember: your family BOUGHT plots there. They work for YOU.

Visit my Virtual Cemetery "Oakwood's River Folks" for folks who have died stunting at The Falls or in The Niagara River and then stop by and say hi to my recently departed best friend, Eilean "Ellie" Lyonhil Donan in the Virtual Cemetery, "Beloved Friends".
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Mary Evelyn "Eva" Fenwick Stahle (125167725)
Nice to hear from you, Giselle -- been a long time!
I did some additional research and added her military service to the biographical section of Mary Evelyn "Eva" Fenwick Stahle's memorial (125167725), and also my website. Thanks for suggesting it! ~ Elsa

REFERENCE: Could you mention she was a nurse in the US NY Army Corp in her bio? We are trying to log all our vets at Oakwood and it's unusual when a woman's name pops up. I want to make sure that when someone looks at her bio they know she served her country! Thx. Giselle (scotdeerie on Find A Grave)
Added by elsavorwerk on Jul 18, 2017 9:11 PM
Scott Cook
Find a Grave photo request for Joseph Giroux (2)
Hi, This is the email you sent me using Windows 10 Outlook, but my email reply did not get through & was rejected as apparently I cannot respond using regular email. Scott

I work with Oakwood Cemetery to try and fulfill photo requests in Find a Grave. I have been looking for Joseph Giroux and do not see his name in the old cemetery records. This isn’t unusual but may I ask if you are sure he is buried at Oakwood?
I’ve found Elizabeth (King) Van Wagnen who was buried on 6/12/1897. For your records, she was 82 years old and is located in Blk 1.
I’ve found Henry Van Wagnen who was buried on 2/14/19
890 and is in Lot 139.
In that same Lot 139 these other Van Wagnen’s are also listed:
Allen, 1 year old, buried 12/20/1889
Ella, 3 years old, buried 2/3/1890
There are two more Van Wagnen’s in Oakwood:
Henry Van Wagnen, 98 years old, buried 11/28/1951, location: Blk 1, E End, L1969
Alice H Van Wagnen, 76 years old, buried 11/15/1957, Lot968
Can you please confirm if Giroux is known to be in Oakwood?  Without records, it may be a long and fruitless search but I will continue. The other info is for your records in case they are also family members. If you want photos of these graves please put in a photo request on Find A Grave and let me know by email, please.
I hope there is some info here you can use.
scotdeerie on Find A Grave
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Hi Lisa? Giselle,

According to Niagara Falls NY Gazette newspaper articles: Joseph drowned in the Niagara River in January 1874; May 1874 his body was recovered floating in the river & was interred at Queenston; June 1874 his remains disinterred at Queenston, identified by his widow & his remains brought to Niagara Falls & interred at Oakwood Cemetery.  Other than what appears to be an after the fact newspaper article.  Whether his remains were actually brought to & interred at Oakwood is unknown, hence why I inquired about a possible headstone.  These details are shown upon the second newspaper clipping on Joseph's Find A Grave memorial. 

Maybe since this was an extraordinary situation it somehow escaped being entered into the Oakwoods Cemetery records?

If Joseph was interred at Oakwood I do not think it was likely that he was interred at or near his mother or brothers grave & his remains possibly buried where others were buried in 1874?  His widows name appears to have been Nancy, but that is all I can find about her.  Joseph's mother was Elizabeth King/VanWagnen 1816-1897.  Elizabeth appears to be buried by her son (Joseph's half brother) Henry Addison VanWagnen 1853-1951 (as they're on the same marker).  It appears that Henry likely purchased the plots for his mother & himself when she passed away, as his wife Ella Allen/VanWagnen & his two sons Henry & Allen were previously interred with Ella's Allen family.

Thank you for the additional cemetery data!  It is appreciated. 

Added by Scott Cook on Jul 18, 2017 3:14 PM
Barbara Hogan
RE: Kay Newman transfer
Hi. The memorial was # 154116567 and it was transferred over to me. Thank you for checking and transferring it.
Added by Barbara Hogan on Jul 12, 2017 2:59 PM
Donald R Phillips

In regards to your suggestion:

"He was married three times. This memorial gives all the wives names and has a photo of the first wife's tombstone which all shhis name. Maybe these memorials can be blended together? See memorial 16759007"

Per memorial 16759007 his actual burial site is at Tooele City cemetery. This memorial was created as a Cenotaph memorial and is not the actual burial place for Mr. Phillips so blending the memorial together would potentially remove accurate information.

If the contributor who maintains the memorial 16759007 would like I can transfer my memorial to them as I am no relation.

Added by Anne on Jul 02, 2017 2:48 PM
Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, NY?

On 11 Aug 2013 you posted the following photos:
Anna Ferucci Walton
Find A Grave Memorial# 94464555
Horace Frederick Walton
Find A Grave Memorial# 94451554
Frederick James Walton
Find A Grave Memorial# 94462347
**Horace Day Walton
Created by: scotdeerie
Record added: Aug 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 115276970
**Mary Ann Walton
Created by: scotdeerie
Record added: Aug 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 115276921
**Selma Graff Walton
Created by: scotdeerie
Record added: Aug 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 115277001

My question, please, is this: do you remember if the last three with *** were close by Anna, Horace F, & Frederick J. Walton?? Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks for taking the photos as I feel they are all part of mu family.

Connie Sweetman

Added by shedevil66 on May 10, 2017 2:31 PM
LCpl Walter Ptasnick
Hi scotdeerie,
Thank you very much for going out and taking the photo of his gravestone.
I'm hoping that you didn't post one on the duplicate memorial.
Tony #47235247
Added by Tony on Apr 01, 2017 6:37 PM
Debbie Gibbons
RE: Billy Boy #118310340
My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mother.

I added all the information in a caption, just click on the headstone photo.


Added by Debbie Gibbons on Apr 01, 2017 6:27 PM
RE: Corp Walter James Ptasnick
I'm sorry to hear the news. I know how you feel. I lost both of mine too. I visit them at St Joseph's regularly. :(
Added by LS on Apr 01, 2017 6:00 PM
Barbara Hogan
Kay Newman transfer
Hi, Scott. I sent a message to you on August 9, 2016 requesting that this memorial be transferred to me, but I did not hear back from you. Kathleen Newman is my mom. She has just passed away and I want to add her obituary and be able to be the one responsible for her memorial on findagrave. I am very upset that I am not able to do this. So again, I request the transfer of her memorial to me. Thank you in advance.
Added by Barbara Hogan on Mar 25, 2017 6:57 PM
Corp Walter James Ptasnick
Hi Scott

Your memorial for Walter James Ptasnick:

Created by: scotdeerie
Record added: Jul 15, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 113852215

is a duplicate of:

Maintained by: Tony
Originally Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
Record added: Dec 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62963763

LS :)
Added by LS on Feb 20, 2017 4:36 PM
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