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Shari Hanson Frey (#47119699)
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Bio Photo If I manage someone you are related to, send me a note using the "EDIT tab." I will transfer the memorial to you when not specifically associated with my core ancestors.

However, if I've already completed extensive research on the deceased, by adding links and a biography, there is no need for a transfer. I myself use the great Find A Grave feature "Virtual Cemeteries." This is a wonderful way to keep track of family memorials managed by others.

I'm happy to add additional "sourced" information to memorials I manage, and grateful for any corrections to errors I may have made.

Please use the EDIT tab if you find an error in my research, or if you wish to add information. If your edit can be verified with records, I will add it to the memorial.

I'm Grateful to Volunteer my time 😀 And hope my efforts will help other researchers.

Best regards,


Here is a nice website for calculating the birth date from stones that list only death date and age at death. Before you use the calculator, please read the fine print at the bottom of the page, which begins with; While doing some testing on this with 30+ death certificates already containing a birth date, death date, and age, I have found it to be only 39% accurate. It was 1-3 days off 38.5% of the time and more than 3 days the remaining 22.5%

Lives are commemorated, deaths are recorded, families are reunited, memories are made tangible and love is undisguised. This is a cemetery.

Communities accord respect, families bestow reverence, historians seek information and our heritage is thereby enriched.

Testimonies of devotion, pride and remembrance are carved in stone to pay warm tribute to accomplishments and to the life; not death, of a loved one. The cemetery is homeland for family memorials that are a sustaining source of comfort to the living.

A cemetery is a history of people, a perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering, always.
~Author Unknown~
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Mary Lisson Gordon Mem# 40579295
Hi, Shari,

Mary was my 6th great grandmother, and I am trying to get as accurate information as I can about her. Can you please tell me your source(s)for her exact wedding and death dates? These are the most exact dates I've seen, so I am hoping to be able to document them.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Added by Melinda on Jan 08, 2017 4:28 AM
Karen Williams Thorne from Orem Utah
Royal Ancestors
Came to your sight after linking to John Lathrop who is also my ancestor. So amazed to see your virtual cemetery of Royal Ancestors. Many are mine too! I had no idea they were on findagrave. I am excited to create my own list. Thanks so much! Karen
Added by Karen Williams Thorne fro... on Oct 22, 2016 6:07 PM
Kent Gebhard
Sarepta Fly
Find A Grave Memorial# 7130555Hi,

You added a photo with a transcription; the first word in the last line is "peaceful" if you'd care to add it.

Actually, Googling it one finds its inspiration-

LO! where the silent marble weeps,
A friend, a wife, a mother sleeps:
A heart within whose sacred cell
The peaceful virtues loved to dwell.
(There are more lines.)

SOURCE- Epitaph on Mrs. Clarke,
By Thomas Gray (17161771)

Kent Gebhard
Added by Kent Gebhard on Jul 18, 2016 6:55 PM
Mormon Pioneer Cemetery
Thank you for adding the Armstrong grave photo from Mormon Pioneer Cemetery. I really appreciate your doing so!
Added by Lanie on Jun 16, 2016 10:44 PM
Brittani Olinger
Englebert D Olinger
Hi Shari,

I see that you added the photo of Englebert to his memorial page. I am just wondering if we are distantly related and if you had any other information on the Olinger's or where you found the photo. Thank you!
Added by Brittani Olinger on May 06, 2016 10:43 AM
Richard Marsham
Hi Shari

I am not related to this person, but have just spent days disconnecting his profile from incorrectly assigned parents on the genealogical site I use - which has unfortunately been replicated on many others' family trees on other sites that I don't belong to.

I am just curious to know the source of your info about his father's name though, as I came across this entry on Wikitree (not the site I've been busy on) which says his parentage is unknown:

Added by Mel on Apr 21, 2016 1:48 AM
gloria j stevens
ransom photos
Hi Shari whenever I find a photo of an ancestor it makes me breathless & brings me to tears. I would like to know where you got the photos of Samuel Ransom III and George Palmer Ransom I. Samuel is my 3 great grandfather, boy do I see the family resemblance!Thank you on behalf of all living family members for your dedication. Gloria Stevens
Added by gloria j stevens on Apr 06, 2016 8:05 PM
Karl Georg Mueller
RE: Gottlieb Bender: 24184548
Hello Shari,

I just logged in here after a long time and found your message of 2013 ! I am from Oberstedten - home village of Gottlieb Bender. I also have Bender ancestors. I traced the Benders back to Lorenz Bender who was born abt 1580. I won't let my e-mail adress on this public page. May be you can contact me via ?


Added by Karl Georg Mueller on Mar 14, 2016 10:42 AM
jane austin
I really like this little gem that you posted one your profile page. Thank you for sharing it here! :)
Added by jane austin on Mar 03, 2016 11:15 PM
jane austin
RE: Carl Dobbertin: 49556539
Hi, Shari,

No, I don't have a death certificate or any other "official" record to substantiate my claim. What I do have is his living history account by means of the obituary shared with you when I found it while searching for same for my own memorials.

I believe his obituary from church records and family records in newspaper accounts of the day (May 21) clearly put the date at the 15th. In addition, if one calculates the presumably correct date of birth, it lands smack dab on Friday, May 15, 1942, which is exactly in line with the newspaper obituary. While any one of these factors to be incorrect is certainly a possibility, I would rely far more strongly on the fact that the facts as I presented them are much more plausible.

FYI: Repeating that which seems to have been discarded? Please note newspaper date and date of funeral and stated date of death, and term of life on earth. Thanks for your interest in my research of your memorial. ;)


Carl Dobbertin Sr. Is Called by Death

Reached the age of 91 Years; Funeral Service Held Tuesday

A hardy pioneer of Caledonia township, a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church, a true Christian father was laid to rest on Tuesday, May 19, 1942 when the last rites were held over the mortal remains of Mr. Carl Dobbertin, Sr. The services were conducted by the Rev. W.H. Jurgens, the pastor of the deceased, first at the home, then at the church, and finally on the cemetery.

The church service included the singing by the large audience of such sturdy soul-stirring chorales as "A Stranger and a Pilgrim I Journey Here Below," by Paul Gerhardt, and "Jerusalem Thou City Fair and High" by John Meyfort and also the simple moving prayer, "Jesus Savior Pilot Me." by Edwaerd Hopper. The Pastor delivered the funeral sermon in English and German on the basis of the words of the Holy Seer St. John, "Hold that fast which thou hast that no many take thy crown," recorded Revalation 3, 11.

The departed Father in Christ was born in Pommern, Germany, on October 30th, 1850, the son of Carl Dobbertin and his wife, Sophia, nee Halin These Christian parents brought their infant son to Jesus in holy baptism and later saw to it that he was given thorough instruction in the chief parts of Christian doctrine. At his confirmation he renewed his vow of allegiance to the Triune God. whom he promised to love and serve all his days.

In the year 1868 the deceased journeyed to America making his home for a time at Coopers Grove, Cook County, Ill. It was here that on April 2, 1972, he became espoused to Miss. Caroline Kruse, with whom he in the year 1881 came to Iowa and settled here in Caledonia township. In that year he became a voting member of St. John Church and took an active part in the upbuilding and maintenance of the Kingdom of God in this community.

In 1914, the deceased moved to Paullina, where he joined our Zion Church, and lived in retirement at Paullina until the death of his faithful helpmate in 1933, with whom he shared life's weal and woe for 61 years. In the following year the lonely widower moved back to Caledonia township, making his home with the family of his devoted son, Edward, until the Lord called him to the eternal Home above at ten minutes to one last Friday noon, May 15th. The deceased was granted a blessed, peaceful end, spared all pain and anguish -- a noteworthy toke of the heavenly Father's love and care. He attained to an age of 91 years, 6 months and 15 days.

Of the ten children born to the deceased, three preceded their father in death. Mrs. Emma Lange, Mrs. Marie Strampe and Mrs Anna Wehberg. Left to mourn the departure of this sainted father are his children Edward and Chas. J., both living here; Mrs. Minnie Gerringer, of Bruce, S.D., Lena, Mrs. Wm. Herbet of Lincoln, Nebr; Bertha, Mrs Alfred Warnke of Pipestone, Minn; Ida, Mrs. Clemens Beermann, residing here. Clara, Mrs. Ernst Bethmann, of Chicago, Ill. and Mrs Louis Kruse of Sanborn, Minn. also 45 grandchildren, 68 great grandchildren, besides a host of other near and distant relatives.

To the glory of God and in loving memory of Mr. Carl Dobbertin, Sr., a gift of $29.50 was given for "The Lutheran Hour" by numerous relatives and friends.

Among the relatives and friends attending the rites from a distance are Mrs. C J Gerringer. Bruce, S.D.; Mr and Mrs. Alfred Warnke I Pipestone. Minn.. Mrs. Ernst Beth-, mann, Chicago. Ill . Mr and Mrs. W E. Herbst, Lincoln. Nebr , Miss Emma Kruse. Chicago, Il. Mr and Mrs. Herman Appeldorn. Pipestone. Minn.; Mr. Edw C. Dobbertin. Omaha. Nebr; Mr George Gerringer. Omaha. Nebr, Mr and Mrs. Leonard Lange, Yankton, S. D.; Mrs. Geo. Serie. Pipestone. Minn.; Mr and Mrs. John Runge. Calumet, Iowa. Mr and Mrs Carl Kruse, Sanborn, Minn . Mr and Mrs. Edward Kruse, Sanborn, Minn., Mr and Mrs. John Runge, Calumet [et al]

The lifeless bordy was borne to the grave on the cemetery of St. John Church by six grandsons, Mr. Ernest Strampe, Mr. Fred Strampe, Mr. Albert Strampe, Mr. Elmer Lange, Mr. George Lange and Mr. Raymond Richter. There he rests against the day of the resurrection of all the dead, when God will by grace give to him all believers in Christ eternal life.

Paullina Times, Paullina, Iowa, May 21, 1942, p5
Frankly, in this community, I'm surpised that they did not hold the funeral on Monday? Very unusual for this congregation to do so. I'm sure there are unstated reasons for holding it until the 19th. But this community was very rigid about the 3 day rule that I remember so well from my childhood, that I do start getting picky when we have a four day funeral lapse.

Where did your date of the 5th come in, if I may ask? Do you have more compelling evidence?

I did not run this family through Ancestry or any other online forum, as I simply happened on the obit when I was researching someone else, so I thought I'd share as the newspapers are not wonderful to work with.

Now also published at

Take what you need and leave the rest, but I do believe the data I gathered is valid. Hope this helps!


Added by jane austin on Mar 03, 2016 11:12 PM
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