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suef (#47116378)
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A few words about Dunning cemetery: According to my understanding, some 35,000+ people are believed to have been buried there, including the indigent, orphans, homeless and mentally ill of Cook County. These folks were marginalized in life and in death, and their final resting place has been defiled and destroyed by construction. All that remains is a small "memorial park." There are some websites with information about this place and even lists of those buried there. I have created my own virtual cemetery based on information I've found in Cook County death certificates. My criterion for inclusion is anyone that is listed as being buried at Dunning cemetery, Cook Co. cemetery, orphans that died at the Foundlings' Home with no burial place indicated on their death records, and people listed as being buried at Chicago State Hospital (the last incarnation of Dunning.) My source of information is the Cook Co. death index available on Ancestry and Familysearch websites. I am happy and willing to transfer listings to family members, and will add or correct information to these listings if you contact me.

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RE: re: Ruth Feltz
Thank you so much for the info. I have transferred Ruth and her husband to you as she should be with you. Many blessings to you!
Added by PhotoLepidoptera on Oct 15, 2017 1:16 PM
Steve J
RE: re: Kate Grindrod
Thank you for your info on Katie. I have seen a couple of newspaper sketches of her in the past. I do have actual photos of her from her time at Carlisle but their archives don't allow publication, so i can't put her photo on her memorial. Thanks again! Steve
Added by Steve J on Jun 23, 2017 4:03 PM
Jan Franco
RE: re: East Haven cemetery
old cemetery

and the newer adjacent section is East Lawn

Added by Jan Franco on Apr 20, 2016 2:48 PM
Paula D.
Robert James O'Connor
Hi Sue,
Thank you for taking the time to post these memorials for Dunning cemetery. Your information has helped in my search for my mother's ancestors. My mother never met her grandparents and I have been trying to find the answers to her questions about her family. It is sad that the Dunning cemetery seems to be a dumping ground for the unknown or poor. So sad. From what information I have gathered my great grandparents were just that. Poor Irish immigrants. Again, I thank you for your time and work to memorialize those who were forgotten.

Added by Paula D. on Apr 05, 2016 8:30 PM
Larry Parker
Read Dunning Cemetery
Sue, I see you added a huge amount of Read Dunning memorials, including details of those people's lives. You also added information on the cemetery into your own bio. So you might add this link to your information about the cemetery, because the website has a huge amount of information on the cemetery, the burials, and much, much more:
Added by Larry Parker on Mar 16, 2016 5:40 PM
Honoring the deceased
Hello Sue F.
I just want to thank you for your commitment to honor the deceased. I would like to stay in communication with you. I have had many challenges with burial sites in Mississippi. I had no idea that those same challenges are here in Chicagoland.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
Sherry Williams
Bronzeville Historical Society
312 428-8033
Added by Bronzeville on Apr 06, 2014 8:21 AM

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