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Duane Heit (#46917250)
 member for 10 years, 11 months, 6 days
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Bio Photo With this site being named 'Find A Grave', almost all of my entries tell how to actually find the grave, along with a photo of the monument.

Oak Lawn Cemetery, Cresco
started recording on Feb 4, 2014. Listing the names and dates first, photos will come later.


I'm employed as a mortician with Lindstrom Funeral Homes in Creso.

Please contact me if you would like the persons obituary or any other biographical information listed or photos added. These are items that would be provided by yourself, submitted to me to post.

If you see any mistakes or errors in my postings, please let me know and I'll make corrections.

Feel free to contact me at if you have comments, questions or corrections.


I'm trying to list all the burials with biographies and photos that I can for my ancestors/relatives. This includes the sirnames of Heit, Boellerschen, Papenheim, Lange, Grimm and Zmoos. Most of my relatives are buried in the following three cemeteries; St. Johns Lutheran (Stapleton) a few miles west of Waucoma, St. Mary's Cemetery New Hampton and a few in St. Mary's Cemetery in North Washington.

The following is a listing of the cemeteries that I photographed each monument in it and the date I finished posting them to Find A Grave. Each cemetery did have at least a few monuments where I could not read the last name on it, and therefore did not post.

Alta Vista, Iowa - Calvary
Late April of 2011 - 500 entries

Boyd, Iowa
July 16, 2011 - 150 entries

Cresco, Iowa - Calvary
May 6, 2013 - 2100 entries

Cresco, Iowa - New Oregon
Feb 4, 2014 - 1700 entries

Churchtown, Iowa - Mays Prairie
Aug 30, 2007 - 200 entries

Fredericksburg, Iowa - Garden of Memories
July 16, 2011 - 50 entries

Ionia, Iowa - St. Boniface
April 7, 2011 - 400 entries

Jericho, Iowa - Lutheran
April 28, 2011 - 400 entries

Lansing Iowa - Gethsemane
August 23, 2007 - 1300 entries

Lawler Iowa - North
Spring 2011 - 70 entries

Little Turkey, Iowa - St. Mary's
July 2, 2011 - 250 entries

New Albin, Iowa - St. Joseph
Late April of 2011 - 500 entries

New Hampton, Iowa - Calvary (aka St. Joseph's)
In April 2010 - 1200 entries

New Hampton, Iowa - City (aka Graceland)
July 2011 - 3000 entries

New Hampton, Iowa - St. Mary's
In April 2010 - 1100 entries
(Most of my father's deceased relatives are buried here.)

Postville (rural), Iowa - Bethlehem Presbyterian
Spring 2011 - 200 entries

Protivin, Iowa - Holy Trinity
August 2011 - 1100 entries

Waucoma, Iowa - St. John's (Stapleton)
March 2010 - 150 entries
(Most of my mothers deceased relatives are buried here.)

Waukon, Iowa - Mt Olivet (aka St. Pat's)
March 27, 2011 - 1300 entries
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Thank you for links and edits
Added by Sharon on Oct 02, 2017 9:17 AM
Joanne Scobee Morgan
Parker girls
I've sent you a couple of edits on the Parker girls. You had Parker as their maiden names, but if they weren't married, they don't have a maiden name. they just have a last name.
Added by Joanne Scobee Morgan on Oct 01, 2017 6:05 PM
Leonard Piggott #61913597 & wife, Anna #61913564

FYI: I've submitted some edits from records for your review on the above family. I have also linked Anna to her parents. Hoping all is acceptable to you. Have a fabulous weekend.

Regards Sharon
Added by Sharon on Sep 22, 2017 4:56 PM
Have A Heart
Betsey Proctor Bond
Thank-you for your time and the photo. Have a GREAT day.

Added by Have A Heart on Sep 03, 2017 4:07 PM
Cindy Englan Wentz
William and Anna Wentz
Thank you for the transfers, Duane! You are a gem!

Added by Cindy Englan Wentz on Aug 10, 2017 7:55 AM
Graham Sherman
E P Sherman
Full name was Edward Porter Sherman (1850-98)buried at New Hampton Cemetery, Iowa. Along side his wide Florence Violette Sneden (1856-1913)

Also at that spot is buried Edward's brother Charles Freemont Sherman (1856-1911) and his wife Carrie Leone Bigelow(1859-1947).
Added by Graham Sherman on Jul 15, 2017 3:40 PM
J. Purcell
Holy Trinity Cemetery, Protivin
Hi! You posted the grave record for Mary Hospodarsky (1878-1967), wife of John Hospodarsky Jr. Their marriage record from 31 October 1899 shows that her maiden name was Vrba.
Added by J. Purcell on May 20, 2017 12:59 PM
Dixie Armstrong
RE: Mahala Copemnan
It would be my pleasure to manage Mahala's resting place. I am in touch with her great-granddaughter.
Again, thank you for what you do for Find-a-grave. You've documented many of my relatives from Cresco, Iowa.

Best Regards
Dixie Armstrong
Added by Dixie Armstrong on May 11, 2017 9:34 AM
Dixie Armstrong
Memorial #146571602
Dear Sir,

I am writing to you because of what is written in the bio section for Mahala Copeman. I have two sources that indicate that Mahala was the child of Urdix and Lydia (Eldridge) Colby. 1. She was the informant on her brother's death certificate and stated who 'their' parents were. 2. She is in numerous census records, connected to her parents (Urdix & Lydia), both Federal & Minnesota State census'. She was born in Minnesota (not Maine).
On an additional note, she was clearly the child of Lydia Ann Eldridge (Hughes) Colby, because her descendant connects to another of Lydia Eldridge Colby's daughter's descendants by DNA.

Mahala married Lee in Fillmore County, Minnesota next to the Houston County where she was born. (I have a source for this as well). It would be my pleasure to provide sources via email. I believe that Mahala as the informant on her brother's death certificate is the most telling.

I don't mean this in any way disrespectful, but there is always a trail of Find-a-grave requests. You would click on the Edit's tab under your contributor's tools. You would then click on the arrow keys and a drop down menu comes up. At that point you would choose the 'Edits sent to me that I approved.' Regardless whether or not you approve them, they should be in this menu. (If you don't respond to an edit request, it is automatically approved in 21 days.)
Then you are able to contact the contributor to ask for source information when there is a dispute or possible discrepancy.
There you will find my original requests for memorial changes.

Thank you for your time here, and for all that you do for FindaGrave.

Best Regards,
Added by Dixie Armstrong on May 06, 2017 10:19 AM
Cindy Englan Wentz
Leona Shortley 42427450
Hi Duane. Just a quick note to thank you for the wonderful photos you've taken for the Wentz and Shortley families. They're clear as a bell and they've really helped me trace the family genealogy! Three cheers for Duane's hard work!

Thanks again,

Added by Cindy Englan Wentz on Apr 28, 2017 12:27 PM
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