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Kathy in NW Indiana (#45695505)
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Bio Photo I started researching my family history after my mother died from a hereditary disease but got hooked and have been climbing the family tree for over 30 years. I hope I have contributed to the family history for generations to come.

I am a volunteer with the Portage Community Historical Society and they have allowed me to have a genealogy and historical research area in the Goin Museum. If you have an early Portage Township family, consider donating a copy of your family history to our museum.


Visit my new Portage Township Cemetery site:

For years I resisted doing Calvary because it is huge. I didn't want to do it just to up my numbers. The 3 other cemeteries I've worked on I was very diligent in doing everything as best I could, making multiply trips back to each cemetery every time a new phase was added to Find A Grave.
For a few reasons I was contacted by Judith Norman because a problem she was having at Calvary and we decided to "read" the whole cemetery for Find A Grave. After doing several areas at Calvary she passed away. I've had other volunteers helping but they have either passed away, moved away or just tired of working in Calvary.
You can imagine how excited I am when I realized that all I have to do is take the gravestone pictures and many of you will help me. I am so grateful for the help. Calvary is difficult, so many of the gravestones have sunk into the ground or are difficult to read. The best I can do is take the pictures as I see them. I take about 200 pictures a week and am only halfway done with section E. I do have other volunteers working in Section A and G.

Thanks you so much to all the transcribing volunteers. I've been notified of some duplicates, errors or questionable pictures and will deal with them as best I can. Thank you again for the help. Kathy

My Favorite Poem

A Daisy Beside the Rose
by Diana Sue Lindley Horton

Among the many flowers, God,
Within Your garden fair,
May I, a simple daisy be
So proudly standing there.

I need not be the most admired,
Great beauty to disclose;
It's certain in Your garden,God,
Not all can be a rose.

'Twould be to me an honor,
If where Your garden grows,
I could but be a daisy -
That stands beside the rose.
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Laurie Bickel Machen
sorry about last message
Betty was adopted George Smith. She was born in Illinois 6/4/1925 and was adopted by a private adoption.

I have her having four children with Anthony J Meltzer Jr. Birth 1928, Death 2003
John, Mary, Beradette and George. I don't know of a Charles or Rita.

Betty was had a partner name Dennis Bynum McGinley, Birth SEPT 26 1925 Memphis, Tennessee, Death APRIL 10 2005 Silver City, Grant, New Mexico. They had one child. Betty gave her up for adoption. She is still living.

Who do to have for her mother? I'm related to her biological mother.

Added by Laurie Bickel Machen on Sep 25, 2017 2:33 PM
Laurie Bickel Machen
Who are you talking about?
Hi Kathy, Can you please give me the Find A Grave# of the mother your talking about. I added a lot of changes in the last week. I don't remember.
Added by Laurie Bickel Machen on Sep 25, 2017 2:14 PM
RE: Joseph Strinchak
Hi Kathy
Thanks for transferring my Uncle Joe and Aunt Louise. I do have a question as to why you are adding your own photos to a site that already has a photo posted.
Record added: Feb 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84753666?
Find A Grave Memorial# 84753688

Just curious
Added by jonelsr. on Sep 25, 2017 11:51 AM
Erin Woodside
Find a Grave # 50695047
I was hoping that you would transfer my grandfather's grave to me. His name was Francis James O'Connor, his Find a Grave number is 50695047. I am the daughter of his son Laurence O'Connor.

Thank you!
Erin Woodside

My Find a Grave id number is #48878967
Added by Erin Woodside on Sep 14, 2017 7:11 PM
Angelo D Angeles
RE: Calvary Cemetery section A
Trying to do section A when I have some free time to spare. I will try at least once a week to be there till completed.
Added by Angelo D Angeles on Sep 03, 2017 12:56 PM
Cheri Clarke
Memorial #182493210 McCue
What a wonderful contribution you are making as a volunteer. I appreciate all of your time and effort. I was wondering if you're willing to transfer memorials under your name? My grandmother, Margaret McCue #182493210, is one that was just added last week. I would like to take over her memorial.

Thank you,
Cheri Clarke
Added by Cheri Clarke on Aug 25, 2017 10:00 PM
Melissa Mihal
Hey Kathy, just wanted to drop a line and say hello! Hopefully you found some help up there logging. I still havent made it up since you last posted. Hope all is well. Much love~ Misi
Added by Melissa Mihal on Aug 23, 2017 9:44 AM
Linda John
Jessie Armstrong
Thank you for making the edit so quickly!
Added by Linda John on Aug 13, 2017 11:24 AM
Peggy English
Michael Vito Gilardi
Hi Kathy.
This is rather crazy. You have Michael Gilardi in Calvary Cemetery in Portage, Indiana. I have him in the right cemetery which is Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden, MA. I removed his picture from your Memorial, because my name was on it and I never put it on yours. I did put his picture on my Memorial of him, but when I removed hIm from yours he came off mine also. Are you going to deleate yours since you have him in the wrong cemetery? Our Memorial numbers are only one apart, never saw that before. Sincerely, PE
Added by Peggy English on Aug 02, 2017 2:38 PM
RE: Michael Vito Gilardi
Hi, and you're welcome! Aside from a glitch I can't imagine how that got there. I know at that time I ran into quite a lot of things that looked like the result of buggy coding but not that particular memorial, and without it having a tombstone I'm thinking it happened when the memorial was created by the original person (maybe the one who uploaded the image of the guy?). I've seen comments on a few members' profiles indicating they've had the same types of problems.
Added by Regina on Aug 02, 2017 8:47 AM
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