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Nancy W (#47746624)
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Bio Photo I joined Find-A-Grave in March of 2012 I like taking walks and I like taking pictures. Since I am within walking distance of Oak Hill Cemetery, St. Margaret Cemetery, Menasha Cemetery, Rest Haven Cemetery and St. Patrick Cemetery, they were wonderful places to go for walks. I would read the head stones and see the history and often the heart ache of families. When I discovered Find-A-Grave, it only made sense to take my camera along to combine activities I was already doing, to help others. I do have family buried in Oak Hill and St. Margaret cemetery but now I feel I have even more family there. I have been taking pictures and adding records randomly but am pleased to help others find their families too.
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Robert Schmitt
RE: 184263439 Nellie Wrase
Thanks so much for your diligence on the photos and their quality. Whenever I have the section, lot and grave information, I try to include it. There used to be a groundskeeper for St. Patrick's and St. Margaret's Cemeteries back in the 1980's, who was so helpful. He would write the information down, make a diagram, and include a map, mailing it all to me each time with a nice handwritten note. The man was truly amazing, and I think he really enjoyed helping relatives of the deceased.

Now all the records are with the St. Patrick's Parish office, and to be honest, the staff there could use a Dale Carnegie course on how to win friends and influence people. They insisted recently that my great grandparents weren't even buried at either cemetery, and even argued with me about it, yet my mother, her cousin Connie Poellinger and I used to visit their graves at St. Patrick's Cemetery. I think they just didn't want to be bothered to go look up the section, lot and grave numbers.

Such discouraging encounters make me appreciate all the more the many hours of dedicated work that volunteers, such as yourself, do to help other Find-a-Grave members document the final resting places for their relatives. I just want to conclude by saying, I greatly appreciate everything you do as a contributing member on this site. Such selfless efforts are what makes Find-a-Grave such a valuable resource.
Added by Robert Schmitt on Oct 16, 2017 3:06 PM
Robert Schmitt
RE: 184263439 Nellie Wrase
That would be so much appreciated. Nellie Wrase (maiden name Mader) was my great aunty. Jim and Jerry were my mom's first cousins. They were all charming people. Jim and his wife, Ruth, came out to visit me in San Francisco back in the 1980's.

I have many other relatives in St. Patrick's and St. Margaret's Cemeteries who don't have pages yet on Find-a-Grave. It's a monumental task to create a page for each, link them together, and enter the correct dates and places, but like your corresponding efforts in documenting through photography, it's a very fulfilling way to volunteer.
Added by Robert Schmitt on Oct 16, 2017 11:37 AM
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Charles Smith
You found him first. I am not family. No need to transfer, but thanks for your photos.
Added by public name on Oct 02, 2017 9:22 PM
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Smith & Fritz at Oakhill
Thank you for getting the nice pictures of solid old stones. I am not family, just transcribing 1967 obits from the newspaper microfilm on ancestry. With the common name, Mary Smith, I felt the urge to work a little harder. There was a sketchy tree an ancestry that appeared wrong. Maybe we can help the family unite their early roots. Looks like they have impressive stones and were a solid family that needs recognition. Thanks for being a helpful volunteer.
Added by public name on Oct 02, 2017 12:22 PM
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Oakhill, Charles Smith 143171933
Just linked Mary Smith as his spouse. Would you claim the photo request and see if this is correct? Obit says spouse Charles, died in 1930. That's all the info I was going on.

Also check for her parents Conrad and Frederika Fritz in the area. They would have died after 1900 as they are in the 1900 census born 1832 and 1838 and living in Menasha.

Added by public name on Oct 02, 2017 12:49 AM
Larry Gaylord
RE: Charles Shoemaker
Well I went with what is on his marker. It is spelled Shumaker, so that is how I spelled it. I put the memorials up for Kezia and Jennie. I also checked to make sure there were no duplicates. Thank you!
Added by Larry Gaylord on Sep 28, 2017 11:50 AM
Larry Gaylord
Charles Shoemaker
Thank you for getting the photo of Charles. That was quick. Did you notice if he had a wife nearby? Her name was Kezia. I will add her name here if she has a marker.
Added by Larry Gaylord on Sep 27, 2017 9:17 PM
cheryl pingel
Hi Nancy, Thank you for taking the time to get the picture of Celia. I am guessing the other Luebben people are all around Celia, did not know if she was with family. I was looking for Gerhardt Luebben family, so then you have time can you go back to the cemetery and take pictures of all the Luebben family? Thanks,Cheryl
Added by cheryl pingel on Sep 22, 2017 2:40 PM
J Williams
RE: RE Louisa Vogt Williams Sommerhalder
No, I don't think I've ever seen Grandpa's obit. Actually, I looked for it just the other day, through the Appleton Public Library's online search system, with no luck finding it. I settled for obits of a couple of uncle's, instead. I surely Would like to see grandpa's obit, as I don't have it in his file. I've always been told that he came home from work, laid down to take a nap before dinner, and sometime while he was napping, apparently, an aneurism in his brain burst, killing him instantly. That's how dad always told the story, that's all I know. Heart disease is rampant in the family, apparently, but instead the aneurism got him. Three or four years later, grandma married Henry Sommerhalder. She died in '45, Henry (who apparently everyone liked alot, died in '48. I was born in '46, so I didn't know any of them.
I'd love to have the obit! If you can scan it and email as a PDF, it would be great.
I got grandma's 1945 obit some years ago through a woman with the local genealogy society (Fox Valley GS, was it? think so, something like that......) Thankyou-thankyou-Thank you. My email address is Overall, easier than these messaging systems.
On another matter; my wife and I are taking probably the last trip of the year, going over to Green Bay to investigate a couple of mysterious burials there. Interesting but confusing story. We'll probably leave here about Saturday and wander our way across the U.P. and spend a couple of days in G.B.
Thanks for your help and patience.Wow!great news about the obit!
Added by J Williams on Sep 12, 2017 2:19 PM
J Williams
RE: RE Louisa Vogt Williams Sommerhalder
I'm pretty new at using FAG as contributor, so I'll beg you for patience as I learn the ropes about using FAG. I've used FAG as a terrific and fun resource to do research for quite a few years, but never mustered up the whatever to actually join in the fun. Thanks in advance for bearing with me.
When I go walk through the Spalding Cemetery it's kind of like going to a family gathering. Not only Tanguays, but we also are hopelessly interwoven with Paquets/Poquettes/Paquettes and Filiatrault/St-Louis clans. Grandma lived in Spalding for years and years. It was our main destination for Summer vacations every year------a trip to visit grandma for a few weeks. She shared a house with one of her sisters and the brother-in-law of that sister. The sister, "Auntie Elmire Passenault" was a midwife for the town. Cousins lived next door and across the street down the block. Dad used to joke that we were related to about every other person you'd see on the streets.
Thanks again for the transfer!.
Added by J Williams on Sep 12, 2017 4:08 AM
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