Sylvia Hertel

Member for
8 years · 15 days
Find a Grave ID


Pulling families together through family links is a great joy, even after they have been gone for hundreds of years. Right now, that's about all I can do as a Find A Grave volunteer.

Other special interests of mine are old cemeteries, the many men who were killed in action, and children, especially infants. They are all too easily forgotten, which should never happen, no matter how long they lived, or have been gone.

The picture above was a little spot I found tucked away, well out of sight, in the middle of a small town. It is filled with bright yellow miniature ranunculus, the bushes around this area bloom throughout the spring and summer season. Back in the brush, tiger lilies grow every year also. I learned there was once a small house sitting back in there, owned by a lady, who loved to grow flowers and anything that would bloom. She has been gone for about 100 years. Her house has been gone almost as long, but the flowers and flowering bushes she planted and cared for during her lifetime are all still there. I call this spot "My Own Little Garden of Eden".

I think that's a good description of what Find A Grave is all about. Like all the flowers and blooming bushes keep that lady's memory alive, so Find A Grave keeps the memories of so many individuals alive.
At what point in time do we quit missing those loved ones who have left such a void in our hearts? They are never REALLY gone, simply because they always have a place within us.
Kind words are like honey - sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. (Proverbs 16:24 NLT)
Always remember, those who bad mouth other people to you, are bad mouthing you to other people.
Those who judge unjustly, will be judged.
Life is too short to waste it on doing harm to others. Kindness will always win the day for the person who receives it - and for the person who gives it.
Dad died June 5, 2015. I am now an orphan. Dad was the most thoughtful man I have ever known. He showed his love for me (and others) in his sensitivity to what was most important in my life through the things he did for me. Such heartfelt desire to make someone feel so loved is almost beyond comprehension in today's world. In my lifetime, I have found that quality in no other human being, except my brother, but he didn't have enough years to hone it the way Dad did. I have lost the most precious person in my life, and didn't have nearly enough time to truly drink in all of his wisdom and love.

Leonard Jacob Hertel's memorial can be found at
Please visit this very special man. You will find it to be time well spent.

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