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Rich Vance (#47818065)
 member for 4 years, 8 days
Caring Graver
I appreciate all your help. It's nice to have someone help to point out things.

Thanks so much for that information. When I started I copied what other grave markers posted. Now I know better.
I'm currently in California. I'll have to make corrections when I return. I don't have wifi and using up data on 3G

I've taken photos of 2 cemeteries out here.. The one I am at now has 2 cemeteries side by side. I'm working the oldest section first. There's a lot to be done and not enough time! It is like Oakwood cemetery spread apart.

Again, thanks

Added by Caring Graver on May 23, 2016 9:37 PM

Jamie Baker
RE: Re: Richard Mitchell duplicate memorial
I have sent the email asking Find A Grave to merge the two memorial as you requested.


Added by Jamie Baker on May 21, 2016 12:46 PM

Mary Denzinger
Nathaniel Attig
Hi Rich. I have posted my photo to Nathaniel's original memorial page as per your request. I also deleted my page. I'm sorry for the duplication. Must have been my "low coffee light" kind of moment! If I can be of further assistance please let me know.
Mary Denzinger

Added by Mary Denzinger on May 18, 2016 7:00 PM

Marji Alexa
RE: Stanley Mraczek, St. Gregory, North East
Thanks for your reply, Rich. I have just added Stanley's WWII Air Corps graduation picture to the site. My heavens, but they were all so young! My eyes are tearing up, they really were the Greatest Generation.

Stanley and Helen lived on Dougan Road, north of Station Road, in a kind of ramshakle trailer, and had 3 kids, Dianne, Jerry and Tommy. He worked later in his life at GE, as a welder, I think, but not sure. He was older when he married, probably 40's. Believe me, if you had known him, you would know it, he was NOT an ordinary man. He was interested in absolutely everything, was fall down laughing funny, incredibly intelligent, and pretty much a bit crazy. We have a few of those in our family, including me, LOL. His kitchen table was always full of car parts and other things he was fixing. He smoked Camel unfiltered cigaretts, and I remember him showing me how to connect the dots on the camel to make an outline of a pinup girl, probably something he learned during the war. He was a pip, all right, and always enjoyable company. I wish I had other photos, but I lost a lot of things in a flood in my basement in 2000.

I really don't need to "manage" anything, you can see how long it's been since I turned the computer on. I see a nice lady has put a photo of the tombstone. I'm going to try to get there this summer. If you come to North East, I live in Wattsburg, perhaps you'd like to get together and look at all the old WWII photos I have. Thanks so much again for making this entry for Stash. Big hugs to you, Marji

Added by Marji Alexa on May 17, 2016 7:05 PM

RE: Your cousin Becky
Thanks Rich - It was made even more traumatic because the day before the night she died from S.I.D.S. we had been to their house so they could show off their beautiful baby daughter. GHS

Added by sagesteps on May 15, 2016 4:51 AM

David Mosier Miller
Re: Katherine Batzell Moser
Thanks for the tip on Katherine's last name.

David (in Akron, OH)

Added by David Mosier Miller on May 12, 2016 8:19 AM

RE: Flowers
It's totally my pleasure ~ no thanks required! Take care.

Added by kellybean on May 11, 2016 6:30 AM

Caring Graver
Thank you for that information. Not knowing what questions to look for gets frustrating in the moment. Always learning something new, and its nice to have someone help you along the way.

Baby steps here. Still have a lot to learn.

Added by Caring Graver on May 09, 2016 6:39 PM

Caring Graver
RE: Oakwood Cemetery
If you make requests I know who to look
For. It would be a great help.
Ive posted several already.

You mentioned that you work off
the military records.
I go by what I can read.

I'm working the following cemeteries:
Unity ...took pics of about 7/8ths of the cemetery
Mercer Citizens .. Recorded about 400 and not done

Just to give you an idea of the areas I'm focusing on
Hope this helps you

Added by Caring Graver on May 08, 2016 7:13 PM

Ginger & Steve Bollinger
RE: Elizabeth Gilborn photo
I did not see any indication of inscription, or specific headstone, for Henry. We do check each surface of a larger monument for additional inscriptions as we've seen how much may be put onto a larger stone. Unfortunately, inscriptions on certain faces of a stone are much more susceptible to weathering than on other faces due to prevailing winds, and a lot of other factors.

Added by Ginger & Steve Bollinger on May 08, 2016 1:47 PM

James Morrow
Thanks, Rich. I was elated to finally locate the stone, having searched for it a couple of times. We finally had a clear sky and the light helped. Please let me know if I can ever help you with your research from my northwestern Pennsylvania vantage point.

Added by JCPFinder on May 06, 2016 9:34 PM

B. Felix
RE: John E Mowery - misplaced photo
It's moved, Thanks for letting me know.

Added by B. Felix on May 06, 2016 6:06 PM

Caring Graver
Oakwood Cemetery
Hello Rich,

Well, I did decide to take on Oakwood! It is the biggest cemetery that i've come across. Im currently working 3 cemeteries.

About 2 weeks ago I went to the cemetery to ask permission to take pictures to document. They were very friendly and helpful. I asked how many people are buried there and they replied over 27,000 plus…. And when I started there was about 3,800 documented on Find a Grave.

Oakwood, I've added about 1100 plus within last 2 weeks. Ive come across several of your veterans. As soon as i finish processing these I will be uploading the photos. I believe my camera said i took 1400 pictures.

Ive notice name, dates, and variances on some of the gravestones. I try to ask because I don't want to upset anyone.


Added by Caring Graver on May 05, 2016 10:46 AM

glenda (contributor #47305349)
RE: Military Headstones
Thanks, Rich. I will send you link to my father-In-laws when it is engraved and a photo posted (LOL - may take awhile). He was in AFS - WWII and in US Army - Korea. We have had both listed on his stone. He is inturned at Quantico with upright stone.

Added by glenda (contributor #4730... on Apr 30, 2016 12:17 PM

RE: James Cunningham
That's terrific. Thank you so much - I truly appreciate it. Take care.

Added by kellybean on Apr 22, 2016 7:45 AM

PJ Willis
O'Brien in Maple Grove
That is such a nice way of saying I made a duplicate - "site hiccup." I deleted the one. Thank you.

Added by PJ Willis on Apr 16, 2016 4:19 AM

RE: Emmett Mohr
Well, that's a wonderful thing you're doing. Thanks for all your work!

Added by Sue on Apr 13, 2016 11:19 AM

Marji Alexa
Stanley Mraczek entry, St. Gregory, North East
Thank you so much for making this entry!! This was my Uncle, and I knew he served in WWII in the Army Air Corps, but had no idea he was a Sgt. or what years. I have his WWII photo, and some negatives from pix my Dad took during the war that look like his planes. Dad, A.J. Alexa, served in the Navy at Pearl Harbor, and I have his uniforms, all the photos he took there, etc. and no one to leave them to. Perhaps the WWII museum at Eldred, PA. Thanks again for finding Stash for me, perhaps I can post a photo of his stone, and the portrait. Marji

Added by Marji Alexa on Apr 10, 2016 3:58 PM

Million dupe
Thank you for the heads up! It has been deleted.
Take care,

Added by JNicholson-Turbide on Apr 02, 2016 1:52 AM

Pamela Hoffman Winkler
RE: West Side Cemetery
Good advice, Rich. Thanks! I feel much better about having created the duplicates now that I know about the name variation. I've seen quite a few Nickel/Nickle grave markers in our area. The weather has been up and down lately. Only a high of 40 expected for today, but 60+ on Wednesday. Hasn't been a bad winter this year though. I was even able to get out for photos on a balmy day in January...very rare.

Thanks, again!

Added by Pamela Hoffman Winkler on Mar 29, 2016 12:05 AM

Pamela Hoffman Winkler
RE: West Side Cemetery
Oops! Sorry about the duplicates. I'm usually more vigilant than that. My only is excuse is that I was still recovering from chemo. If anyone ever tells you they have "chemo fog", its a real thing. I've come across several things I did during that time and wonder what the heck I was I thinking. I'll delete the duplicates and post the photos on the original memorials. My apologies, again.


Added by Pamela Hoffman Winkler on Mar 28, 2016 4:31 PM

Dannetta Borland Getz
RE: Joseph Malone photo
Glad to help. I will mention that I think I saw a "Malanowski" not too far from the Malone's. I'm not positive but, I will check if you'd like next time I go by there.

Added by Dannetta Borland Getz on Mar 18, 2016 1:05 PM

glenda (contributor #47305349)
Edits and Transfers
Hi, Rich. Do you want the memorials (and families of) you send me edits for?

Added by glenda (contributor #4730... on Mar 10, 2016 9:45 AM

Terry Haun
Keven John Bonner (1962-2015)
Thank you every so much for adding the message on Kevin John Bonner (1962-2015), part of the "Taphophile Duo" father-son Find-A-Grave volunteers. Kevin was so helpful to anyone that needed help. Since his passing, I believe that the "Taphophile Duo" is retired, but I do hope not. There have been no updates or responses. Kevin left a great legacy!

Added by Terry Haun on Mar 04, 2016 9:27 AM

Rose Anna Pyle Earley
North East Cemetery
Thank you so very much for the education on the name change of the cemetery and for the transfer of memorial 131980377 for Martha A. Pyle Tabor.

I really appreciate your assistance.

Added by Rose Anna Pyle Earley on Feb 22, 2016 4:34 PM


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