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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
 member for 11 years, 8 months, 28 days
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Bio Photo When I was young, my mother had a shoe box and a shirt size gift box full of photos that she kept in the linen closet. Every so often, I would ask if we could get them out and go through them. We would sit at the kitchen table with the photos in a heap. My sisters and I would ask who the people were, and Mom would tell us about them. That was probably what first sparked my interest in genealogy.

I began actively digging for information to put my family tree together in 1981. My Aunt Frances Herbold had been at it for decades by that time. A lot of time and legwork was involved when she was doing her work. There was no Internet. She wrote scores of letters to people, asking for information. She must have spent hours and hours looking through old rolls of microfilm, which could easily cause a person to go blind or insane, or both. Aunt Frances, God bless her, furnished me with a bare bones genealogy to start with. When she passed away, my Uncle sent all of her genealogy materials to me.

Many years passed, and little by little my family tree grew. Then one day I was watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on CNN. I was horrified to see the devastation, but what struck me most was that so many people had lost every picture, every slip and scrap of paper they ever had. I thought of all the family photos, letters and documents I had accumulated over the years. It was hard for me to imagine I could experience such a loss, but it got me started looking for a way to preserve and share these things with others who might be interested.

A short time later, I discovered findagrave. While I haven't posted everything, a large part of my family tree is here. Findagrave is a wonderful place to preserve and share information and photos and to honor those who came before us. That is the reason I do what I do here. I have also met a lot of new cousins here.

My husband and I live just north of Seattle, Washington. I have adopted Holyrood Catholic Cemetery as the one I work on almost exclusively now. I finished entering the names, burial dates and grave locations (from the Catholic Cemetery website) for all of the burials there in late February, 2012. Now I'm working on taking and posting grave photos. As of

May 21, 2013, 29%
August 29, 2013, 37%
September 14, 2013, 38%
October 2, 2013, 39%
October 18, 2013, 40%
November 9, 2013, 41%
December 1, 2013, 42%
January 8, 2013, 43%
January 25, 2014, 44%
February 10, 2014, 45%
February 28, 2014, 46%
March 10, 2014, 47%
March 21, 2014, 48%
March 31, 2014, 49%
April 10, 2014, 50%
April 20, 2014, 51%
April 28, 2014, 52%
May 8, 2014, 53%
May 16, 2014, 54%
May 26, 2014, 55%
June 6, 2014, 56%
June 22, 2014, 57%
July 7, 2014, 59%
July 23, 2014, 61%
July 27, 2014, 62%
August 4, 2014, 63%
August 11, 2014, 64%
August 21, 2014, 65%
August 30, 2014, 66%
September 5, 2014, 67%
September 14, 2014, 68%
September 25, 2014, 69%
October 3, 2014, 70%
October 12, 2014, 71%
October 19, 2014, 72%
October 27, 2014, 73%
November 4, 2014, 74%
November 13, 2014, 75%
November 21, 2014, 76%
November 29, 2014, 77%
December 7, 2014, 78%
December 24, 2014, 79%
January 3, 2015, 80%
January 15, 2015, 81%
January 30, 2015, 82%
February 11, 2015, 83%
February 19, 2015, 84%
February 28, 2015, 85% *
March 18, 2015, 86%
April 19, 2015, 87%
May 10, 2015, 88%
May 18, 2015, 89%
May 25, 2015, 90%
May 31, 2015, 91%
June 9, 2015, 92%
June 17, 2015, 93%
June 25, 2015, 94%
July 2, 2015, 95%
July 7, 2015, 96%
July 14, 2015, 97%
July 29, 2015, 99%

of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos or, when there is no visible marker, an area photo.

If you have suggestions or requests for transfers, please contact me using the "Edit" tab toward the top right hand corner of the person's memorial page. Making your request this way gives me all the information I need to fulfill your request. Please keep in mind that I will add any information or corrections you send me, but I will also credit you as the contributor of that information. I do this because I don't have time to confirm all the information people send to me, and the question, "Where did you get your information?" is answered right there on the page. If you don't have a findagrave ID, I will use your email address when crediting you as contributor of information.

I love taking grave photos at Holyrood. You can contact me directly if you would like for me to get a grave photo, or you can make your photo request from a person's memorial page. If you see an inferior grave photo that I have taken, feel free to ask me to try to get a better one, and I will.

For me, this is not about collecting a huge number of memorials. It is about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think anyone is forgotten. It is, as I said before, about memorializing and honoring those who have gone before us. I would like nothing more than to see all memorial pages in the loving care of family or friends.

If I'm being honest though, I have to say my least favorite transfer request is: "Please transfer my relative." I have transferred to people based on this kind of request, and the result is less than satisfying. No information or photos are added; no family connections made; they do not respond to edit requests, and I wonder why the person thought they wanted to maintain the memorial page in the first place.

My favorite transfer request goes something like this: "So-and-so was a family friend. We lived next door to her for many years. She was like a second mother to me. I remember when... Birth Date: xxx; Birth Place: xxx; Maiden Name: xxx, etc. I have also added a photo of her." Transfer requests like this will be made in a heartbeat. I love learning something about every person in Holyrood (my adopted cemetery). I smile every time I think about the feisty little lady in Holyrood who stabbed her abusive husband in the neck, and the photo on her memorial page is a mug shot (although you can't tell at first glance). And there are others... so many others.

Names I am working on:

~ Every Herbold group I can find ~
Berardi ~ Nigro ~ Zeek ~ Ellis ~ Edgerton ~
Lytle ~ Olmer ~ Vassar/Vasser ~ Dowell ~
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Messages left for Bonita Olmer (1314)[Leave Message]
Scott Morton
Vermeire Transfers
Bonita,

Thank you so much for the four family transfers this morning!! I have already made the DOB and DOD updates and corrections, and added bio details on all four. Thank you for all your dedication to Holyrood.
Added by Scott Morton on Apr 18, 2017 9:31 AM
Michael Hague
Matthew Joseph "Matt" Benoit 162258500
Bonita, thanks for the photo & the additional information.
Added by Michael Hague on Apr 09, 2017 6:58 PM
Mary D
Thorson
Hi, you sent some edits, which I've processed. One of the things I like to do when I get edits is to read the profile of the submitter. I wanted to let you know that I especially enjoyed your story about your mother and the boxes of photos. I have so many unlabeled photos and no one left to ask. We had started to go through and got some done, but not nearly enough.

Have a good evening.
Added by Mary D on Apr 04, 2017 9:05 PM
Jo Shineman
RE: Juanita Alma Dean
I will. I want to make sure of a few facts first. Then I will get back to you. Thanks again.
Added by Jo Shineman on Mar 27, 2017 7:22 PM
Jo Shineman
RE: Juanita Alma Dean
Thank you that is her. I have her death certificate and it is a match. Thank goodness she listed her father and mother on certificate. She left Missouri and no one ever heard from her again. So thankful to find her, plus a husband and daughter too. Thank you!
Added by Jo Shineman on Mar 27, 2017 3:23 PM
Jo Shineman
Juanita Alma Dean
Yes Holyrood Cemetery. She is (I believe)my great Aunt Alma "Jackson" born in Missouri and death was unknown.
Added by Jo Shineman on Mar 27, 2017 2:18 PM
Jo Shineman
Juanita Elma Dean
I am very interested in Juanita Elma Dean. Could tell me if there is any one buried near her?
Added by Jo Shineman on Mar 27, 2017 12:35 PM
LouiseD
Schaap/Carl
Thanks for the Update of the father for schaap.
Added by LouiseD on Mar 27, 2017 8:05 AM
Mr. Jean Coston
Arthur J. & Phillis A. Decker
Bonita
In a few weeks, a new photo of Arthur's heard stone will have Phillip's name on it and a photo
of half will be needed.
Thank you,
Jean
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Mar 22, 2017 2:45 AM
kathrynwitte
Norling transfers
Dear Bonita,
I just wanted to write a short note of thanks as a very small token of my sincere appreciation for your transfers of Mayme and Robert. It is so nice to see links for siblings list growing and where they can one last time be listed with their family.

Thank you for all you do and ESPECIALLY when you don't get the thanks you deserve, kathrynwitte
Added by kathrynwitte on Mar 12, 2017 1:53 AM
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