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Squeak (#47437442)
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Bio Photo UPDATE 2.11.15:

Please be patient as I will try to get to my emails as soon as I can. My father passed away on New Year's Eve and I was gone for a month, so I am a bit behind on things. Thanks for your patience. If you would like to leave flowers on my dad's memorial page, click on my dad's name, David Hernes.


Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow;
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight;
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die

~Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)
Her memorial page is #40647533


Strangers in the Box
by Pamela A. Harazim

Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I've often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, serene.
I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories
Are lost among my socks.
I wonder what their lives were like.
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I'll never know their ways.
If only someone had taken time
To tell who, what, where, when,
These faces of my heritage
Would come to life again.
Could this become the fate
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be tossed away?
Make time to save your pictures,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours could be
The strangers in the box.


Behold and see as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so must you be
Prepare for death and follow me

(Taken from the headstone of my great-great-great-great-great-great uncle, Josephus Benoni Bellamy, whom died in 1777 at age 16)


The Recording of a Cemetery
by Thelma Greene Reagan

Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where others cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.
Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.
Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.
Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hallowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.
Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.
Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.
Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.


The Ancestor

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marble stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder how you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

~ Walter Butler Palmer (1906)
His memorial page is #87759950


The Final Gift

Scatter me not to the restless winds
nor toss my ashes to the sea.
Remember now those years gone by
when loving gifts I gave to thee.
Remember now the happy times
the family ties we shared.
Don't leave my resting place unmarked
as though you never cared.
Deny me not one final gift
for all who come to see.
A single lasting proof that says I lived,
I loved and you loved me.

~ Rev. D.H. Cramer
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Diana Bringel Petersen
Stephen Bunner
Thank you so much for all the additional information you provided. I may be able to put in the connections of some of the family members from genealogy records.
Added by Diana Bringel Petersen on Apr 06, 2017 5:32 PM
Linda E Asaro
Marie Lacoste - at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery - Plot: Section J, Row #18, Area #32, Grave #7

Thank you so much for making a memorial to Grt. Aunt Marie.

I'm sorry for the lost of your father. I lost both of my parents in 8mons time; it is hard, for sure.

You said that you have a copy of Marie's death certificate. I would greatly like a copy as I am doing research for our family tree.

I know her birthdate & where she was from in France, never knew her death date. Would love any other info about her.

My personal e-mail is:

If you could send the death certificate there, it would mean so much. Thank you again for honoring Aunt Marie.

Take care, Linda E. Asaro of New Jersey

Added by Linda E Asaro on Apr 06, 2017 6:37 AM
John Joseph Kelly Sr.
Thank you for finding the cemetery that my ancestors are buried in (Memorial #165122718 Holy Cross, Colma)
I have been doing some research and found that my great grandfather was Theodore Louis Kelly, the son of John Joseph Kelly Sr.

If you have time, let me know if you have any info on John J Kelly Sr. and Margaret B. Kelly, and their family. I've looked at the census records and they start to show up in San Francisco around 1900.

I am compiling as much genealogical information as I can for all the Kelly's that have descended from John J. and Margaret Kelly.

Thanks again for your effort in finding their headstones.

- David J Kelly
Added by piperdavekelly on Apr 05, 2017 12:48 AM
Lynn Landry
Mary Filburn Kelleghan
Thank you Squeak for the photo. I really appreciate your time.
Added by Lynn Landry on Apr 04, 2017 9:09 PM
Diana Bringel Petersen
Stephen Bunner
Thank you so much for all the additional information you provided. I may be able to put in the connections of some of the family members from genealogy records.
Added by Diana Bringel Petersen on Apr 02, 2017 9:13 AM
Mary Jones
Thank you so much for your efforts in trying to establish the identity of this child. As you probably know many were re interned here from the Calvary Cemetery in San Francisco so a lot of data has been lost. But again, I do appreciate your time. - Mary Sellars JOnes
Added by Mary Jones on Apr 01, 2017 6:46 PM
thank you Squeak for the photo and details!
Added by brick on Mar 30, 2017 10:43 PM
Paul Robinson
Robinson grave at Holy Cross
Thank you very much for all of your help. It is very much appreciated. With very best wishes from Osaka, Japan...Paul
Added by Paul Robinson on Mar 28, 2017 3:33 AM
Seth Hord
Murphy/Muller Photo Request
Thank you for the detailed information about each person!
Added by Seth Hord on Mar 27, 2017 10:28 PM
Anne Kiernan And Bernanrd Kiernan
Thank you so much for taking and uploading the photograph of the Kiernan headstone.
Added by Debbie on Mar 25, 2017 5:26 PM
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