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Larry (#47255152)
 member for 7 years, 1 month, 11 days
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Bio Photo It was a long winter in the Tundra Land called Minnesotah. Cemeteries were frozen over, snow-blocked, and crusty with ice. When you die in the North Country, your body might wait until spring before the ceremony begins! (Ever see them Swedes dig a grave using an ice auger?)

Over seven years ago I came upon Find A Grave. What a life saver Find A Grave was. I had just retired and discovered the golden years were challenging. Three things are required for a happy and satisfying walk into the sunset. They are: 1. Friends & Family 2. Outside interest, aka hobbies, sports, etc. 3. Plenty of moola, aka money. The combination of all three add up to good prospects for your senior years. Of course good health is most important of all.

I ended up with 1 out of 4 of the above. You can guess which one. That is where Find A Grave saved my life! I established over 50,000 memorials in two years. Since then I have slowed down as I ran out of listings. So many cremations have outdated traditional burials. In my area they figure well over half of all deaths result in cremation, thus no burial and headstone. Some how I feel future generations are being cheated. After all, cemeteries and tombstones are for survivors.

In seven plus years of membership in this unique club, I have noticed the following:

1. The words Please & Thank You are becoming rarer. Often there is no gratitude shown for my volunteering to travel to distant places to record and photograph where the loved one lay. When I volunteer and someone says "good job" I feel warm & happy. When I volunteer and do my good deeds and feel not appreciated, I feel cold, clammy, and unappreciated.

2. As a volunteer, I am unrelated to almost everyone. Since they have added the "Edit Button", I have been thrust into the position of trusting others that wish to add to the edit section. I assume they know more than I do about the memorials. Thus, I approve them. Later I find out the material is incorrect and in need of further editing. Thus, who do I believe?

3. Duplicates are a menace to society as illustrated in Find A Grave. They are like pesky mosquitoes that won't leave a person alone. One person duplicated over 3,000 of my memorials on purpose. Now, how fair is that to be credited for being buried twice? Once should do it!

General observations from me, yes I, the Great One of FAG are below.

Be generous with praise and short on criticism. Remember this is a volunteer outfit.

Duplicators will be defeated like good vs evil.

When taking photo's, take more than one picture. One closeup that can be easily read, and, another of the general location so another can use a landmark for guidance. (Like beside this flag pole.)

All editing should require a truth test for accuracy. Like sworn oaths, pledges, and swearing in ceremonies.

Show humility in all you do because some day a volunteer will be adding your memorial. Treat them as you would like to be treated. (Don't act like Darth Vader.)

Buried an unloved one means never having to say you are sorry! (Thanks Al Gore.)

Thus, I go to cemeteries because they won't come to me. This hobby is great as it requires no parking fees, very little expenses, no uniforms or special dress, and few people to offend and/or insult along the way. We are happy solitary souls doing good!

Now, may the Good Lord Bless & Keep You, now and forever more.........


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Ruth Pickle
Mary E. Rutt, Mem. #96705227
Larry, another situation! This memorial is posted by a person who does not allow contact. This Mary, as above, is a duplicate, for Mary E. Butt Ballantyne. The author for the above memorial, has some good info, and I also have some info for her. My question to you, is how do I contact her? Thanks, and please help! Ruth
Added by Ruth Pickle on Apr 22, 2017 8:04 AM
Stacy Nguyen
Thanks and transfer?
Hello Larry, thank you so much for putting up the original memorial for my great-great-grandmother Christine Farchmin. I greatly appreciate it.

I know you have a ton of memorials to manage, many of whom you are otherwise unfamiliar with. If you are willing, I would be willing to take over management of Christine's page as well as any other Farchmin memorials you set up.
Added by Stacy Nguyen on Apr 19, 2017 11:49 PM
Hi brat...
just wanted to let ya know I was thinking 'bout you and wondering how your doing etc...

~ Beth ~
Added by Beth on Apr 19, 2017 7:43 PM
Frank Family
Hi Larry, I'm going to send you a few edits for Sophronia Frank #82550574. I think if you zoom into the photo you'll see the spelling of her name ends with an "ia". Thank you very much for creating this memorial and I hope to find and link her husband and children! :) RC
Added by RC on Apr 17, 2017 3:42 PM
Henry A. and Eunice Tilton updates
Thank you so much for making the additions to their memorials. Nice to know children and spouses are listed together.
Again, thank you.
Sherry S.Y.H./M/GM
Added by S.Y.H./M/GM on Apr 15, 2017 7:46 PM
FAG #117524036 additional information
Read your bio comments and had to laugh. Couldn't agree more. I am relatively new to this and have made a few early on mistakes regarding the "evil duplicates". I now check every possble spelling, etc., before adding anything. I do not use anything I cannot verify by some "paper trail". A challange I can assure you.
I do have some information re: Henry A. Tilton, Find A Grave#117524036. All verified by census records/direct name connections.
Henry A. Tilton was named after his baby brother who died the same year the "2nd" Henry was born. Common practice back in the day. He was brother to my direct line, William Furniss Tilton, Find A Grave#8166260,my ggg-grandfather. Their parents were Rev. Nathan Tilton, Find A Grave#57859529, and Mary Furniss Tilton, Find A Grave#57859811. I have tried to add this info by edit but sometimes it doesn't seem to work.
Any of this you feel is worth adding would be great.
Thank you so much for doing all this leg work, and in that cold, cold weather. (although I LOVE IT!)
Added by S.Y.H./M/GM on Apr 14, 2017 4:47 PM
Larry Krupicka
Question about a memorial for Unknown Krupicka in Saline Co, NE
Larry thank you so much for your work on the memorials for find a grave. Ive been working with my cousin Elaine on identifying the Unknown Krupicka (memorial No. 59133920) that is buried in the Bohemian National Cemetery near Wilber Nebraska in Saline County. She indicated that in her past visits she had not seen a second grave for a Krupicka, so we were wondering if there is any other information. Such as:

Is there a marker in the cemetery?
If the only information is in the cemetery registry, is it possible to estimate the timeframe that it was made?

Any bit of information is always appreciated, we have traced the Krupicka family from the village of Mlecice in Bohemia to their homesteads in Saline County and continue to build the story of their lives.
Thanks again for any help.

Larry Krupicka
Golden, Co
Added by Larry Krupicka on Apr 14, 2017 3:44 PM

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