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Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
 member for 12 years, 5 months, 3 days
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Please do NOT hesitate to contact me if you wish that a family member's memorial be removed. I understand that the resting places of loved ones are very special and personal. My intention to create these memorials is to share and hopefully help those who are seeking out burials for either family research or for viewing family markers. Personally, I have a memorial set up for my father and I don't have it in me to add a picture of his gravestone. Just too final I guess. I have special pictures of him up for family to see. If someone else were to add a picture of his tombstone I would prob. ask that they take it down. This is very personal to me. So I understand how someone might feel about this...I totally respect your request and understand completely.


This is a picture of my son who had accompanied me on one of many trips to old cemeteries in the area. He's leaning against a tombstone of a fellow who died almost 200 years ago! I had taken a rubbing of this stone when I was my son's age....Still have the rubbing!!! Stored away for safe keeping. Someday maybe someone will contact me asking about the tombstone...I can't even get a good picture of it anymore, it's leaned over so far!

This is a big reason why I like going around these old cemeteries....taking pictures of the old preserve a bit of the past...or should I say...monuments to the memory of the people of the past...before they slip away....crumble into so many already have...


I ask that the images which i have worked VERY HARD to capture NOT be copied and published to another websight without my permission. Images are not allowed to be copied for publication and resale. Personal use for family genealogy is fine but it's always nice to be asked and credited. This is a simple thing to do and goes along way to make me feel that i'm doing something good for others.

Nothing bothers me more than to come across a photo that i have taken and find someone else's name underneith and/or no credit given at all for my work.

I also ask that any picture attached by others to my memorial pages be of a respectful nature to the person being memorialized as well as being respectful to family and friends. It's not an ARTSHOW either. No over the top "creativity".

This site is not meant to be for a competition to see who creates the most memorials. Not a race to see who gets to the cemetery first to get that shot. Not meant to be for those who strive for quantity and NOT quality.

This site is for those of us who enjoy taking that stroll through a cemetery and seeing beyond the gravestones to the people being remembered. More important for those who would like to "FINDAGRAVE" and be so thrilled and thankful for doing so.

An Epitath taken from a Civil War Soldier's gravestone......

In the night a bright wing fluttered oer the tent in which he lay. In his ear a soft voice uttered...Soldier rise and come away"

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Ed Riccardi
RE: WWII friend
It is certainly possible but I think the Forker family lived in Queens in 1944. The story I heard is George went to Canada to enlist due to age and medical issues he somehow bypassed there. Let me know how your research goes. I've always wanted a clearer history of George's WWII life. For instance I know he shot down 4 enemy aircraft but I know no other details.
Added by Ed Riccardi on Sep 18, 2017 12:21 PM
Ray and Paula
Ray Louis Durkee #42422603
Hi Donna

I am requesting permission to use your photo of Ray Louis Durkee #42422603 in our family tree.

Thank you

Ray and Paula
Added by Ray and Paula on Sep 12, 2017 7:04 AM
Kristen Keicher (nee Ehrhardt)
George Erhardt

I see a post for George Erhardt in Cheektowaga, NY and I believe this is my great-great grandfather, based on the year of death (1898) and the location. The reason I am unsure is because the date of birth does not match up (1824 is indicated, however, he would have been born about 1857). From the picture, it looks like the birth year on the gravestone may have been altered at some point. Do you have any insight on this?

This is really neat. Thank you so much for posting!!

- Kristen
Added by Kristen Keicher (nee Ehrh... on Sep 06, 2017 6:21 PM
Gale Olsson McHale
Batavia Cemetery
Hi, Donna-I'm in the process of "enhancing" the memorials I've created and have been working on the ones for BC for the past couple of days. Since many of those for whom I've created memorials are linked to ones for whom you've created memorials, I've been accumulating obituaries/death notices for your people along with mine and want to know if you'd like me to type them out and send them your way via suggest an edit. These are only for people whose relatives are also deceased. Let me know. - Gale
Added by Gale Olsson McHale on Aug 19, 2017 12:28 PM
photos of Everitt graves
Thank you so much for moving your photos over for me. I really appreciate it. Jean
Added by jeangriff on Aug 14, 2017 8:21 AM
Pat Levy
Hi Donna,

I've been able to prove that the John Sutter in Hillside is not my ancestor. Did some searching in the Genesee Gazette. FYI: his age at time of the death was listed as 55.

Thanks much for your kind help.

Added by Pat Levy on Aug 10, 2017 10:38 AM
Pat Levy
Hi Donna

Thanks to a fellow Find A Grave member and for your kind attitude and understanding. I am trying to determine if the John Sutter who is buried at Hillside is the family I'm researching. I am interested in the cemetery records as would like to know if a wife is listed, date and place of birth. Do you know who I would contact?
Thanks again.

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Added by Pat Levy on Aug 08, 2017 11:31 AM
RE: Margaret Shelp & John Gibson
Thank you so much. Appreciate what you do!
Added by Nancy on Aug 02, 2017 11:05 PM
Margaret Shelp & John Gibson
Thank you so much for the pictures of Margaret Shelp &
John Gibson's headstones buried in the Caledonia Rural Cemetery
New York. I was able to get the names, death dates but the
writing below I couldn't read on either one of them. Do you have
a contact I could get a hold of at the cemetery to possibly get the
information on these two headstones?
Added by Nancy on Aug 01, 2017 9:09 PM
Jo Ann Brohl
RE: The two William Gibsons.
Sorry, I admit I just learned something here. I know there are people who take pictures of these tombstones, which I can appreciate. So I am looking for someone else that attached this information to this tombstone. I didn't realize that there name wouldn't appear. So very sorry. Keep up the good work.

Jo Ann
Added by Jo Ann Brohl on Jun 22, 2017 7:47 AM
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