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James Burke (#17941237)
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Bio Photo Hi all. I've had an interest in family history since I was very young. Following my grandfather's death in 1994, my aunt gave me some of his old records, including a baptismal certificate that was written in Polish. It was then that I began doing some serious research into my Borowski, Schorer, De Lille, and Day family lines. I feel very strongly about remembering and paying tribute to those who have gone before.

Please take a moment to visit my unforgettable mother:

Marie Constance De Lille Burke

My beloved brother:

Richard Michael "Rick" Burke

My grandparents:

Henry De Lille
Elise "Elsie" Day De Lille
John Anthony Borowski
Mildred Mary Schorer Borowski Bowen,

A sincere thank you goes out to all the kind souls who leave flowers and messages on the memorials I've posted here, and also to the many wonderful people who are so willing to voluntarily post photos of my loved ones' headstones. It truly means more than I could ever say.

"We are defined by whom we have lost..."
- Anna Quindlen

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Chad Sidesinger
Fairy Linn Sidesinger

What wonderful work you have done on your Findagrave Memorials. Your memorial for my 1st Cousin 1X removed, Bryce Linn Sidesinger who died in WW2 was really nice. Thank you.

For his mother, Fairy Linn Sidesinger, (Find A Grave Memorial# 69065653) you also show the name Thomas. "Fairy Linn Thomas Sidesinger." Do you happen to know where the Thomas came from? Her name is Fairy Davidson Linn and she married my great uncle, Earl Sidesinger 19 May 1917, in Abilene, Kansas at age 23.

I have not seen the Thomas name in my records and her grand daughter didn't know why it was on the Findagrave memorial either. Thank you for your help.

Chad Sidesinger
Added by Chad Sidesinger on Sep 13, 2017 10:06 PM
Erwin de Mooij
Stuart Wheeler Jakku
Dear mister Burke,

my name is Erwin DeMooy and I am the webmaster and historian for the 457th Bomb Group Association.

I am looking for new information and photos every day and today I came across the photo of Stuart Wheeler Jakku. I would love to add his photo to our 'Officers and Enlisted Men' page giving his name a face.

Please contact me and thank you for honoring Stuart Wheeler Jakku!

Best regards,

Erwin DeMooy
Webmaster and historian 457th Bomb Group Association
Added by Erwin de Mooij on Sep 12, 2017 6:21 AM
Nathan Haines
RE: Banks and Dawson
That would be pretty neat. It is pretty sad they have no marker, even a temporary one. I am on poverty level income from Soc Sec so that is something I would not be able to help with myself. At least they got buried in a pretty good place and it is understandable they had no markers since the families probably lost everything in the flood and it may have been a burden on them just to buy them a grave. The cemetery may have given them a deal on that too though since it was under such tragic circumstances.
Added by Nathan Haines on May 22, 2017 12:25 PM
Chuck Black
Long FindAGrave text
I did read your mom's bio. Well done, sir! Thought I'd drop a hint I've used. Add a line of ~~~~~~~~ to the end of the text. You can force the display area to widen so all the text isn't a very long column. See my dad's Memorial at 60189638.
Your colleague, Chuck Black
Added by Chuck Black on May 21, 2017 8:37 AM
Trisha Bloxom-Olson
William Lewis Drumheller, Jr
I sent you an edit request for the memorial you created for William Lewis Drumheller, Jr. #45580559. The photo attached to this is actually for his father #24537133. Since you did not create both memorials I felt it easier to just edit the names and link the correct wives. Per the cemetery records, that are online @ ... you can verify the information there. I have submitted edit requests to the other contributor as well. I only found this information as I was creating a memorial for Kirk Drumheller, your William's brother.
Added by Trisha Bloxom-Olson on May 12, 2017 4:00 PM
Karen Fern
Jack Tier
Where did you locate the information and photo for Jack Tier in Shawnee Center Cemetery.

Do you have a family connection? He was my mother's first husband. I knew date of death because we found his foot locker and flight book (the take off for his last flight had been recorded in it) when I cleaned out my parent's house.
Added by Karen Fern on May 03, 2017 6:44 PM
Amy Dampt
Walter Raymond Denton
Hi there,
I am Walter (Buddy's) grand daughter. Just wondering if you have any more information on him or his siblings, Helen and Ethel.
It was great to see the picture of him. I had seen the one with his squadron, but never the one of him in high school.
My father is Walter Raymond Denton, Jr.
Thank you for this contribution. I'm curious to know how/if you are related.
Thank you,
Amy Dampt
Added by Amy Dampt on Apr 13, 2017 3:58 PM
Jean Quentmeyer
RE: George L Strasser
Thank you every so much! I does help tremendously. I requested an edit to link him to his parents :-)
Added by Jean Quentmeyer on Apr 05, 2017 7:54 PM
Jean Quentmeyer
George L Strasser
I noticed that you posted a picture of a George L Strasser who was killed in WWII. I am wondering where you got that picture and if you have a family connection. I am looking for a George L Strasser, son of George E Strasser and Ruby Meriam Kimball Strasser. Might this be the person I am looking for?

Thank you for any information you can provide to me.
Added by Jean Quentmeyer on Apr 05, 2017 6:42 AM
Linda J. Morris
Katheryn Vandervort
Hello Mr. Burke. I think something got tangled up here.
Katheryn was the third wife of Loren John Dittemore Dec 1862 - 17 June 1946.

Their son was John Halstead Dittemore b. 1916.

His fathers marriages were to
1-Hattie Waldrip 1 January 1884
2--Edith Fay 13 November 1898
3-Kathryn Vandervort 1909

I have seen all three marriage cert.
Hattie, mother of Lulu Dittemore 14 Oct 1884
Eva mother of Eva Ropche 22 February 1901
Kathryn mother of John Halstead 8 Aug 1914

Thank you


Added by Linda J. Morris on Mar 11, 2017 5:49 PM
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