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Dawna Westbrook (#47076696)
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Bio Photo <- Click on the photo to see my family tree. I am not related to 99.9% of my memorials.

I follow the guidelines set by Find A Grave dealing with Transfers. I will make an exception on a case by case basis. However, those who are rude, or feel they have some kind of right, need not request.

I hate perpetuating errors that eventually get accepted as facts. DO NOT send me a birth date that is only sourced from a census record or is a calculation based on age at time of death.


Thank you to those who have left flowers for my 3 great loves, Dennis, Daddy and Momma .
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Pointe & Pearlington Cemetery
As I'm coming across these Obituaries, there are quite a few that don't have memorials. I just hope the Obituaries are right. Thanks for all that you do!
Added by jonestamisha on May 16, 2017 2:01 AM
F Priam
Joseph Stewart
I added your information. I have heard about the rank info before...but my personal view is they served their country just the same and should be respected with their rank whether they died in service or not...and its my way of honoring them, but i will remove the rank only from Joseph Stewart if you feel strongly against it and he is your family member.
Added by F Priam on May 06, 2017 9:39 PM
Thomas E. Gelfuso
RE: Parents Memorials
Hi Dawna,

Thanks for everything over the last few days!

Would you also give me manager rights to my mother's page? Claire Baier Gelfuso?

Thanks much!

Tom Gelfuso
Added by Thomas E. Gelfuso on May 05, 2017 9:04 AM
Thomas E. Gelfuso
RE: Parents Memorials
Hi Dawna,

Thank you for your very kind words! Yes, I'd be happy to take over both my parents sites. I do plan to be more active here in the future is well.

Best Always,

Tom Gelfuso
Added by Thomas E. Gelfuso on May 04, 2017 12:07 PM
Zarp Family
Hi Dawna,
Thank you for the photos and information.
Added by SRGF on Apr 21, 2017 8:03 PM
leonard cifelli
Trotta Family
Thank you doesn't seem to be enough but Thank You VERY MUCH for the updates to the Trotta submissions I made. I was surprised to see the additional information that yo added. I have very found memories of my Grandfather and Uncle who lived next door to me when I was younger. You have left some info that perhaps only a family member might know or leave. Are we related? In any event thank you very much for your additions.

Leonard Cifelli (grandson of Costantino Trotta)
Added by leonard cifelli on Apr 10, 2017 10:35 AM
Don Guenther
RE: John Guenther
I'd sure appreciate John Guenther's obit.
My email is

I know John's father was Charles but connecting Charles to a family in Germany has proven impossible for me to do. Any help you can provide would be most welcome.
Thank you

Added by Don Guenther on Mar 28, 2017 3:01 PM
RE: Wm H Schellenger, 1st_h/o Theda C Cross
Hi Dawna,
Gee, I wish I had such a positive, helpful response from all the many Find A Grave members I have been forced to talk to over the years.
You have answered all the questions I had re
Wm H and his wives and children. The key data point I was mission was that Raymond Donald and Carol May were the children of Joe Carl and Levo May Keester Thompson
When I looked at Wm H's memorial some years back, and did a brief sweep of the net, I remember reading about the story of his death. Just like Pearl Harbor all over again and a lot of good men lost their lives as a result.
WRT the Land of Smiles (LoS) the place has changed much over the years and not for the better. I'm in my 18th year living in Udon Thani with wife and 18 year old dau.
I really appreciate all you do for the individuals memorialized on Find A Grave. Pls continue your good works.
br, Mike Skelenger

Added by skellysiam on Jan 07, 2017 7:02 AM
Wm H Schellenger, 1st_h/o Theda C Cross
Hello Dawna,
I'm a Schellenger family researcher and have recently become interested in William Harrison Schellenger, (1918-1950) Find A Grave memorial # 75925726, btb the first husband of Theda C Cross.
I have read your comments on the memorial of Theda C and am wondering about the source of these comments:

"Theda was the first wife of William H. Schellenger. The marriage ended in late 1947 or early 1948. There were 3 sons born to this union."

I'm particularly interested in the number and names of the "three sons" you cited. So far, I have found only one son, Raymond Donald Schellenger (1938-2015) and possibly one dau, Carol May Schellenger, (1940-1986).
Although the above cited children are probably the children of William H and Theda C Cross Schellenger, they are referred to (in obits) as children of William and Levo May Keester (1911-2007). I believe Levo M was their step-mother and raised these two children as her own.
I have data-points that show William H married Theda C in 1940 (two years after the birth of son Raymond Donald Schellenger) and also Levo May Keester Thompson in 1949.
I would appreciate any info you might have re the situation described above,
s, Mike Skelenger
Added by skellysiam on Jan 07, 2017 12:27 AM
Carolyn Boyle
RE: Caroline Redding
Dear Dawna,

Thank you for your service in maintaining these sites.

Do you want information on Caroline's other sibs? They are not all on

Also, you might want to know that she died of the "Spanish flu", the 1918 influenza pandemic, when my father was an infant.

In addition to James B. Redding, her other two children were:

Katherine Angel Redding (29 Aug 1914-1991)

Spouse 1:
Robert Earl Henry (23 Dec 1914-5 May 1990) buried in Pennsylvania

Spouse 2: Morris Miller (30 Nov 1899-15 May 1990)

Grace Margaret Redding (10 Aug 1915-11 Sep 2002) buried in Louisiana

Spouse: George Anthony Rizzo (18 Sep 1911-Apr 1990) buried in Louisiana
Added by Carolyn Boyle on Dec 27, 2016 6:58 PM
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