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Jim Dernar (#47011053)
 member for 8 years, 10 months, 1 day
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Besides posting memorials for my family and extended family, my major focus is to honor Slovak and Rusyn immigrants to America.

I continue to be amazed at the bravery of those individuals in leaving family and friends in their home village to make a long journey to a far off land for a dangerous job among strangers.

Normally, I add amplifying information to the memorial so that future researchers from the within the U.S. or overseas will be able to identify their relative or fellow villager.

I apologize for any mistakes and will gladly make corrections or transfer a memorial - JUST SEND AN E-MAIL identifying yourself, the memorial, and your request (note: PLEASE DO NOT USE the Find-a-Grave "edit" tab - I do not monitor it). Also, please feel free to use any of my photographs.

The noble aim of a memorial should be to honor the deceased with information about a life. A memorial with just the date of birth and death and a tombstone photograph does not do justice to one's life. Would you want to be remembered for all time with such little information? I encourage you to take extra time to document the deceased or be very willing to transfer a memorial or accept input that will lead to a more fitting memorial. Thank you.

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Liz P.
George Zaleckzy
Thanks for listing the information on my great grandfather George Zaleckzy and his wife Mary. I previously had names and some dates, but I was able to get much more information from the page you created.

What is interesting is that we always thought they were from Hungary (or Austria-Hungary), but your site lists them both as being born in what is now Slovakia. Shifting boundaries or emigration, no doubt, but they were definitely ethnic Hungarians.
Added by Liz P. on Mar 12, 2017 1:06 PM
Chris LaBoda
Rose Vasil Loboda
Thank You for posting this information on my grandmother. Without it I wouldn't have been able research any father on her history.

Thanks Again!
Chris J LaBoda
Fairview Park, Ohio
Added by Chris LaBoda on Mar 02, 2017 2:59 PM
Thank you for photographing the headstones of my SKOLODA family! It was nice to see the memorials of Jacob Skoloda and Anna (Skoloda) Simcak. Are you related to either the Skoloda or Simcak family or was this just a project to create memorials?
Added by Shelly on Feb 21, 2017 11:15 AM
Mary K. Ward
Re:Jjoseph Maruna # 133088947
Many thanks Jim, for posting his death certificate. I appreciate it!
Added by Mary K. Ward on Jan 30, 2017 10:10 AM
Mary K. Ward
Re:Jjoseph Maruna # 133088947
Many thanks Jim, for posting his death certificate. I appreciate it!
Added by Mary K. Ward on Jan 30, 2017 10:10 AM
Jozsef Bobko
Hi Jim. I came across this posting. You have a comment about Turcheck and Saluk. This is NOT that person. Marya Saluk married John Turcheck after her first husband, Johann Bobko, passed. This is my wife's family and I am 100% sure of this. Take care.

Added by bossong on Jan 15, 2017 12:19 PM
Heather Bergman
Michal & Mary Gondek
Would you be willing to transfer the memorials for Michal (172266803) & Mary (156598961) Gondek to my care? They are my great-great grandparents. Thank you!
Added by Heather Bergman on Jan 05, 2017 12:48 PM
Victoria McCoy
Otto Brown
Well done. Thank you.
Added by Victoria McCoy on Nov 16, 2016 7:39 AM
grave digger
Mary Stefan
I added a photo to Find A Grave memorial 143548069.
She is the only Mary Stefan buried in 1948 at this cemetery, according to

Address1 UNKNOWN
PostalCode 44105
DateOfDeath 10/24/1948
DateOfBurial 10/27/1948
Age (in Years) 71
Gender Female
CemeteryName Calvary Cleveland
SectionNumber 50
Lot 136
GraveNo 2
I think it is the right one.
Added by grave digger on Oct 28, 2016 6:06 AM
Brian J. Ensley
John Dernyar #87106184

It took me 3 years, but I FINALLY found John's headstone. The main reason as you'll see is that his headstone is extremely worn and very hard to read. I tried to take several photographs to try and capture what is left of the inscription the best I could.

The trick to this cemetery is to go in the late afternoon when the sun hits the stones at the best angle to bring out the inscriptions. I had to use chalk to help unfortunately or you wouldn't be able to read anything at all. Plus it didn't help that the inscription was in his native language.

But if you look close at the photo that is the most close-up, you'll see that the fist two words are his name, and the last at the very bottom is the date of 1913. It was the only name of Dernar in the cemetery so this John plus the 1913 has to be it. I just wish the inscription was in better shape. But even though it's been a few years, I wasn't going to give up!

Added by Brian J. Ensley on Sep 03, 2016 6:29 AM
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