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familylady (#46993755)
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Bio Photo For as long as I can remember I have had an intense curiosity to know where I came from- whom and where my family originated, how they lived, and how they died. I wanted to know them as best I could. Upon locating ancestors, I felt driven to leave a statement in their behalf. Small-town folks deserve to be remembered; a memorial forever validating their existence. Everyone had people who loved them and had a distinct impact on their world, their community, family, and children. They deserve to be remembered.
I have been able to trace and place memorials for many from my mother's side of the family, but as my mother's father was a Native American of the Blackfoot tribe, his history has been a monumental challenge; My grandfather was born not long after the Battle of Little Big-Horn and was five-years-old when U.S. troops, charged with the responsibility of arresting Chief Big Foot and disarming the Sioux, caused what is now infamously known as the Massacre at Wounded Knee. The once proud Sioux nation found their free-roaming life destroyed, the buffalo gone, themselves confined to reservations dependent on Indian Agents for their existence. Due to the extremely negative stigma of being a Native American, to gain work and acceptance he disguised his native-American heritage to survive by passing himself off as French or Italian, alternating over the years of his life. Neighborhoods, particularly in large cities, were much more ethnically concentrated in those days; nationalities clustered with one another. Therefore, I have been unable to trace his family.

Much is also lost of my father's family heritage- My father's family immigrated to America in the first decade of the 1900's from Eastern Europe. Continuous wars, the rising tide of Socialism and Communism, and the changing European map decimated family records- The country my father's Ukrainian mother was born in - Austria-Hungary- has not even existed in decades. Many who immigrated to America from Eastern Europe had a deep distrust of authority and their homeland's government in the ‘old country'. They didn't like being on records there for good reason. Unfortunately, often fear and distrust carried over to cause them to refrain from being on record in America as well; at least I have found such to be the case at times with my Eastern European family.

My grandmother, throughout her life, always seemed to be a deeply suspicious person, never revealing much of the 'old country'. She did keep traditions however, within the home. I remember how she was a strict disciplinarian concerning never wasting food. When I was little, I always thought that to be so odd. As I grew older, I read and learned a great deal about the history in the Ukraine. Over time, I began to recollect bits and pieces of conversations between family members. She knew very hard times. While in America,during the early 1930's so many in her family still in the Ukraine perished under Stalin's brutal reign. The 'Holodomor'is a relatively unknown genocide of the Ukrainian people implemented by Stalin. The fiercely proud and independent people of the Ukraine resisted the Communist policy of Collectivism; the taking of grain from their farms, their land and farm machinery to become the property of the 'state'. The punishment was brutal; all grain and food was taken, the country was sealed off, and millions died of starvation. Look up Holodomor on In any event, my understanding of how my grandmother came to be who she was became suddenly all too clear.

With many nationalities from many nations, so many of us Americans contain a wealth of ancestral beginnings. My personal heritage stems from England, Wales, France, Quebec, Poland, Ukraine, and Native American.

Please- treasure those you love, those who are no longer here to love in life, and the ancestors of your family! - They are truly of a fabric of which you are part. Their very existence has ushered you in and has bearing on who you are. Everyone has a story to tell.

* I welcome any information on anyone whom I have a family connection to- even if it is a small fact. Corrections are also welcome.
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Lisa Maturo Bauer
Photo requests
I live in West Haven, CT and will be going to Saint Lawrence Cemetery to look for someone else's request. I'd love to help you with your requests. Would you know the section that your ancestors are buried? I will try to find them for you.

Added by Lisa Maturo Bauer on Oct 19, 2017 9:12 AM
Clive Millman
Hi Gina,

A Happy New Year to you and many thanks for getting back in touch with me.

I cannot immediately answer your question but I know of a friend of Glyn's who wrote an obituary and probably attended the funeral.

I will see what I can find out and get back to you.

My email address is - please let me have yours for more direct contact.


Clive Millman
Added by Clive Millman on Jan 01, 2017 12:29 AM
Clive Millman
Hi there,

I just noticed your entry in respect of Glyn Dearman - actor, radio drama producer etc.

Glyn was my cousin.

I have always been interested in Glyn, his life and his work and am curious as to how you know of him. It occurs to me that you might possibly have other information about him that would interest me and, possibly, vice versa?

You can reach me on

I live in South Wales in the UK.
Added by Clive Millman on Oct 15, 2016 9:30 AM
Peterborough "K"
Viola Lydia Brown Wadleigh
Hi, Her death certificate says Lakeside Cemetery. It is most likely this one here-

Added by Peterborough "K" on Mar 06, 2016 10:13 PM
John Hileman
Miss Toni Fisher 33064045
Dear Gina,

Yes, I will gladly accept management of the memorial.

To transfer management, go to the memorial and at the top right, there is an item labeled "Transfer Management". Click that heading and then on the page that appears, enter my contributor number, 47171205.

I am happy to hear you persued having the memorial designated "Famous". Maybe I can try again.

Thank you very much,


Added by John Hileman on Dec 14, 2014 12:43 PM
John Hileman
Toni Fisher Monzello 33064045
Per your email to me.

Could you please update Toni's bio based on the obituary that I posted? You may wish to note the discrepancy in the date of her marriage to Henry.

Also, please note the grave stone photo that I requested.

I already corrected Toni's date and place of birth and date and place of her death.

The obituary indicates her maiden name was Nolan. The California birth index on FamilySearch appears to indicate Toni's birth name was Marion C. Nolan. The 1930 census for Royal C. and Violet Nolan shows a 5 year old girl named Dollie.

There is no record that Toni was ever married to Wayne Shanklin, however there are indications that Mr. Shanklin had a number of common law relationships.

I also request that an attempt be made with Find A Grave to have this memorial moved to the Famous category.

Thank you,

Added by John Hileman on Dec 05, 2014 7:38 AM
John Hileman
Edit sent on 8/16/2014

Could you please check your "Edits" tab for an edit I sent you last month?

Please feel free to email me.

Thank you,

Added by John Hileman on Sep 02, 2014 5:54 PM
Catharine Lorre
Date of Birth: September 21, 1953
Hamburg, Germany,811411&dq=peter-lorre+september+21&hl=en
Added by Dogshe on Sep 22, 2013 4:12 PM
RE: Hannah & Moses Greeley
Hello, Gina
I guess I do not know myself how to do transfers, but I am glad I found where the Greeley's are buried, and I appreciate all your research for them! I have been to this cemetery numerous times, and I did not know until recently that they moved the Stevens/Sawyer cemetery, and the Smith/Bean cemetery into the Maplewood cemetery combined area because of the Flood control project the government built in the 1940's that flooded the original Stevens/Sawyer and Smith/Bean cemeteries. Thanks Gina for being such a good person and significant contributor to Find A Grave! regards, Ken(Kparn)
Added by KParn on Jan 13, 2013 12:20 PM
Your dear Dad
I had visited your Mom's site before and I was surfing Find a Grave today when I came across your Dad's site. I give you on this wonderful day God gave us, my prayers and love as a Christian man with empathy and sincerity.
Added by KJV Guy on Apr 04, 2010 5:39 AM
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