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Cindy (Nekvasil) Hester (#46889883)
 member for 16 years, 10 months, 1 day
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Bio Photo Hello,I have been researching my families: NEKVASIL, JANUCHOWSKI, JARKA, JORGENSEN AND HESTER for over 30 years and am ecstatic to add my information to Find A Grave. My husband, Mike is pictured in the Find a Grave Scrapbook under Free Stickers (6th picture down) since HIS job is "finding graves". He works for the local burial vault company: CALUMET WILBERT VAULT CO. of Gary, Indiana.

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that some how they know and approve.

Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we some how find ourselves. How many graves have I
stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us." How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up,their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.

It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth,without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do.

With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family story tellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before.

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Feel free to use any pictures or information I have added to any memorial. And HEY! send me a note that you did. Love hearing from fellow "gravers" And PLEASE remember this is not a game of numbers.,its a LABOR OF LOVE FOR OTHERS. If you have any questions, inquiries or concerns, JUST ASK!! I will try to help as many living AND non-living as I can.
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Just saying "Hi"
Whenever I come across a record that you have created and that I need to link to or have additional information to add to, you always respond quickly. Thanks for making it work.

Added by JanFamily on Oct 01, 2017 12:50 PM
Brian Scott DONOVAN
Bridget CURTIN, FAGM# 87275612
Cindy (Nekvasil) Hester:

Would the following information match other information you might have concerning Bridget CURTAIN?

Curtin, Bridget, Nov. 1, 1892, aged 58 yrs., 8 mos., mother of John, William, Patrick, Henry, and Sarah A. Curtin, and Mrs. Ed Moley, native of Co. Clare. Funeral from Mrs. Moley's resid., 11540 Gano ave. to Michigan City, IN (1) The Chicago Daily News, 1878-1902, funeral notices in Tom Cook, Chicago’s Irish Families 1833-1910.

Added by Brian Scott DONOVAN on Sep 30, 2017 10:52 PM
William Condrell memorial
Cindy hello. thank you for the work you do for Find-a-grave. It is a labor or love.

I am contacting you regarding a memorial you first posted in 2014 for William Condrell, my husband. I was surprised when I first found it because Bill was still living. He did died a year ago, and shortly after someone else created a memorial for Bill on Find-a-grave with his full details and grave location.

It would be preferable for there to be a single accurate memorial for my Bill. Is it possible for you to delete your memorial ?

Hoping to avoid confusion for generations to come.

Please advise. Thank you.
Added by SOC on Aug 23, 2017 2:49 AM
Linnaea Everill-Arford
Ralph Everill memeorial #124259460

Would you kindly transfer this memorial to me as this was my dad.


Added by Linnaea Everill-Arford on Aug 18, 2017 9:14 AM
Carolyn May "Carrie" Farwell Fuller
I see you put up a picture of Carrie. Is the Farwell family part of your history? I am a descendant of an undocumented Farwell dght, Minerva. (I can't find any hard proof, but there's lots of circumstantial evidence). I'm looking for anyone that might have old photos of the family. I have over 100 unidentified pics that go back to the 1840s and I do have a picture of Minerva, so there are probably pics of other family members out there.
Added by DKMac on Aug 07, 2017 3:25 PM
Kara Gullickson Graper
Hi Cindy.... As a fellow NWI Graver, I want to say thank you for all that you do! I would like to kindly ask you for a transfer of Judi Huber Memorial number 122101806. I do not ask for Transfers very often as I am usually very happy to give mine away whenever I can help people find their loved ones. Judi was my Mother In Law's sister, my husband's beloved Aunt. It looks like you made the memorial from the Newspaper obit. If you read it you will find my last name matches next of kin in the obituary, Jean is my mother in law. If I can be of any help to you in South Lake County, please let me know! Thank you again, Kara Graper
Added by Kara Gullickson Graper on Jul 24, 2017 8:02 PM
Eva Hopkins
Kim Y Heisman ...
...dosnt any dates.
Added by Eva Hopkins on Jul 19, 2017 5:55 PM
Scott Bowmar
GG Haggard
Thank you for the transfer of this memorial. I've updated it.
Added by Scott Bowmar on Jun 27, 2017 7:22 PM
Petoskey History
RE: Betsy Johnson's Mother
In case you didn't know, Betsy's husband, John passed away a few years ago. Thanks again.
Added by Petoskey History on Jun 25, 2017 5:53 PM
Petoskey History
Betsy Johnson's Mother
Hello. Happened to come across your name on a flower left for the mother of Betsy Johnson, Nadine Doeppers. That led me to read your profile. I loved it and found it touching.
Added by Petoskey History on Jun 25, 2017 12:11 AM
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