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Cindy (Nekvasil) Hester (#46889883)
 member for 16 years, 4 months, 7 days
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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.

(unknown author)

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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Margaret C Cowles
swan lake memorial gardens in IN
May I suggest that before requesting a photo in a rather large cemetery, you call them and get plot information. Your request will get noticed and photos taken quicker if one can get there faster.
Added by Margaret C Cowles on Apr 26, 2017 3:30 PM
Bryan Anderson
Sherif H Mohamed
Dear Cindy,

I am researching my paternal grandfather's WWI army unit, Company B, 355th Infantry, 89th Division. According to the History and Roster of the 355th Infantry, Sherif Mohamed was a member of this unit, at least at one time.

I'm not sure where I'm headed with my project, but I do want to eventually publish something. With your permission, I would like to use your photographs of the portrain of Sherif Mohamed and his military gravestone (Find A Grave Memorial# 90079130).

Please let me know if this is permissible.

Thank you!

With warm regards,

Bryan Anderson
Added by Bryan Anderson on Apr 20, 2017 10:00 AM
Dale Vickman
Gustave Fritz
Hi Cindy

I see you have the grave site for Gustave Fritz 84011910. I do not however find his wife Carrie Ethel(Shaw) Fritz. Born 18 Jul 1888 in Massachusetts and died 5 Jan 1962 in Michigan City. Her death certificate shows she was buried in Greenwood Cemetery on 8 Jan 1962. Maybe you could look into it and enter it on Find A Grave.

Thanks for your good work.

Added by Dale Vickman on Apr 02, 2017 3:12 PM
Memorial# 148955071
Hi Cindy,

I have some information on a William Pillis that you have kindly posted. He was one of my grandfather, Elmer Pillis' s brothers. I will look up his correct birth and death dates if you can update his profile. In the meantime...he was the oldest of 11 kids. Siblings: Elmer, John, Woodrow, Ben, Luke, George, Cecilia, Edward, Andrew and Mark. Parents: John H. Pillis and Katherine (Kunes) Pillis
Added by Mike on Mar 31, 2017 1:52 AM
John L. Poling
RE: Cyril Jarka
Hi, On Thanks, John
Added by John L. Poling on Mar 19, 2017 3:52 PM
Alex P. Reed
Ray Deece Wert
Not sure if you received my message, but he is buried in Pinhook Cemetery in La Porte, Indiana with his late wife Barbara. They have a headstone there. Can you change his disposition on his memorial to this? Please and thank you.
Added by Alex P. Reed on Feb 06, 2017 6:22 AM
Maria Biddle
could you transfer Delcie Lamb to me she is my aunt
Added by Maria Biddle on Jan 31, 2017 12:07 PM
Anita Rodgers
Hello Cindy!! I am revisiting this family of mine - so much new info has been added since my first time around!! Indiana Death Certificates are a Gold Mine!! Now if they had just STAYED MARRIED to one person!! One advantage of this nasty weather - Nothing else to do but Research!!! Anita Frucci/Eckler Rodgers
Added by Anita Rodgers on Dec 17, 2016 9:17 AM
Joe Kolodziej
Photo grab
Cindy, thanks to you and your husband for all the great work you have done. Because of your generosity, I will be adding a photo of Andrew Lundmark Sr. to my ever-growing tree(Memorial #141050014). Although it is a relationship only via marriage to Marilyn Eckert, I want to acknowledge him and his life in my tree for generations to come. There are many Eckerts in my tree, but they too are marriage relations, via my sister, who was married to Douglas Eckert. Hope someday to determine where exactly Marilyn was buried so that I can add her to FindAGrave and link up with her husband. Thanks again and have wonderful holidays.
Added by Joe Kolodziej on Nov 30, 2016 12:09 PM
Ronald Hyer
RE: Transfer
Thank you very much !!!!!!
Added by Ronald Hyer on Nov 13, 2016 1:27 PM
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