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Cindy (Nekvasil) Hester (#46889883)
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Bio Photo Hello,I have been researching my families: NEKVASIL, JANUCHOWSKI, JARKA, JORGENSEN AND HESTER for over 30 years and am ecstatic to add my information to Find A Grave. My husband, Mike is pictured in the Find a Grave Scrapbook under Free Stickers (6th picture down) since HIS job is "finding graves". He works for the local burial vault company: CALUMET WILBERT VAULT CO. of Gary, Indiana.

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that some how they know and approve.

Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we some how find ourselves. How many graves have I
stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us." How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up,their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.

It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth,without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do.

With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family story tellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before.

(unknown author)

Feel free to use any pictures or information I have added to any memorial. And HEY! send me a note that you did. Love hearing from fellow "gravers" And PLEASE remember this is not a game of numbers.,its a LABOR OF LOVE FOR OTHERS. If you have any questions, inquiries or concerns, JUST ASK!! I will try to help as many living AND non-living as I can.
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131506132 Sr. Ackfeld
Could you please remove the photo you posted to this memorial as it is not of Sr. Ackfeld, but of Sr. Aloysia. I was contacted by another contributor that this was a mix up. Thank you! ;)
Added by MissT on May 24, 2017 3:38 PM
Out of the area - Jon Slaton
Thanks for making the changes on # 128188362, Louise Wible. Sometimes you can look and look for relatives, only to find their name is spelled incorrectly in your own database.
Added by Out of the area - Jon Sla... on May 21, 2017 9:19 PM
Ronald Hyer
Eleanor (Smith) Sharp
Eleanor (Smith) Sharp # 89283781 daughter of Eli Smith Sr. and Malinda Brown.
Could you transfer her memorial to me please ?
My # 47301749
She is a relative of mine.
Added by Ronald Hyer on May 13, 2017 1:29 AM
Diane Burke
Imogene Jaynes
quick question are you related? It was a shock to see your name as a contributor of her high school picture only because this lady is from my grandson's family. Here's the shocking part...the Hester family is on my husband"s! We are friends on facebook, so if you want to answer there, that is okay by me! By the way, the grandson, Jordan, is NOT blood to my husband (well maybe he is now!)
Added by Diane Burke on May 06, 2017 12:09 PM
Ronald Hyer
Ellen Sharp
Ellen Sharp #89283781 was the mother and not the wife of George W. Sharp #89241883. His wife was
Ellen was Eleanor(Smith)Sharp, she was the daughter of Eli Smith Sr. and Malinda Brown.
George's father was Samuel Sharp.
Added by Ronald Hyer on Apr 30, 2017 4:43 PM
Margaret C Cowles
swan lake memorial gardens in IN
May I suggest that before requesting a photo in a rather large cemetery, you call them and get plot information. Your request will get noticed and photos taken quicker if one can get there faster.
Added by Margaret C Cowles on Apr 26, 2017 3:30 PM
Bryan Anderson
Sherif H Mohamed
Dear Cindy,

I am researching my paternal grandfather's WWI army unit, Company B, 355th Infantry, 89th Division. According to the History and Roster of the 355th Infantry, Sherif Mohamed was a member of this unit, at least at one time.

I'm not sure where I'm headed with my project, but I do want to eventually publish something. With your permission, I would like to use your photographs of the portrain of Sherif Mohamed and his military gravestone (Find A Grave Memorial# 90079130).

Please let me know if this is permissible.

Thank you!

With warm regards,

Bryan Anderson
Added by Bryan Anderson on Apr 20, 2017 10:00 AM
Dale Vickman
Gustave Fritz
Hi Cindy

I see you have the grave site for Gustave Fritz 84011910. I do not however find his wife Carrie Ethel(Shaw) Fritz. Born 18 Jul 1888 in Massachusetts and died 5 Jan 1962 in Michigan City. Her death certificate shows she was buried in Greenwood Cemetery on 8 Jan 1962. Maybe you could look into it and enter it on Find A Grave.

Thanks for your good work.

Added by Dale Vickman on Apr 02, 2017 3:12 PM
Memorial# 148955071
Hi Cindy,

I have some information on a William Pillis that you have kindly posted. He was one of my grandfather, Elmer Pillis' s brothers. I will look up his correct birth and death dates if you can update his profile. In the meantime...he was the oldest of 11 kids. Siblings: Elmer, John, Woodrow, Ben, Luke, George, Cecilia, Edward, Andrew and Mark. Parents: John H. Pillis and Katherine (Kunes) Pillis
Added by Mike on Mar 31, 2017 1:52 AM
John L. Poling
RE: Cyril Jarka
Hi, On Thanks, John
Added by John L. Poling on Mar 19, 2017 3:52 PM
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