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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
 member for 11 years, 4 months, 8 days
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Bio Photo When I was young, my mother had a shoe box and a shirt size gift box full of photos that she kept in the linen closet. Every so often, I would ask if we could get them out and go through them. We would sit at the kitchen table with the photos in a heap. My sisters and I would ask who the people were, and Mom would tell us about them. That was probably what first sparked my interest in genealogy.

I began actively digging for information to put my family tree together in 1981. My Aunt Frances Herbold had been at it for decades by that time. A lot of time and legwork was involved when she was doing her work. There was no Internet. She wrote scores of letters to people, asking for information. She must have spent hours and hours looking through old rolls of microfilm, which could easily cause a person to go blind or insane, or both. Aunt Frances, God bless her, furnished me with a bare bones genealogy to start with. When she passed away, my Uncle sent all of her genealogy materials to me.

Many years passed, and little by little my family tree grew. Then one day I was watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on CNN. I was horrified to see the devastation, but what struck me most was that so many people had lost every picture, every slip and scrap of paper they ever had. I thought of all the family photos, letters and documents I had accumulated over the years. It was hard for me to imagine I could experience such a loss, but it got me started looking for a way to preserve and share these things with others who might be interested.

A short time later, I discovered findagrave. While I haven't posted everything, a large part of my family tree is here. Findagrave is a wonderful place to preserve and share information and photos and to honor those who came before us. That is the reason I do what I do here. I have also met a lot of new cousins here.

My husband and I live just north of Seattle, Washington. I have adopted Holyrood Catholic Cemetery as the one I work on almost exclusively now. I finished entering the names, burial dates and grave locations (from the Catholic Cemetery website) for all of the burials there in late February, 2012. Now I'm working on taking and posting grave photos. As of

May 21, 2013, 29%
August 29, 2013, 37%
September 14, 2013, 38%
October 2, 2013, 39%
October 18, 2013, 40%
November 9, 2013, 41%
December 1, 2013, 42%
January 8, 2013, 43%
January 25, 2014, 44%
February 10, 2014, 45%
February 28, 2014, 46%
March 10, 2014, 47%
March 21, 2014, 48%
March 31, 2014, 49%
April 10, 2014, 50%
April 20, 2014, 51%
April 28, 2014, 52%
May 8, 2014, 53%
May 16, 2014, 54%
May 26, 2014, 55%
June 6, 2014, 56%
June 22, 2014, 57%
July 7, 2014, 59%
July 23, 2014, 61%
July 27, 2014, 62%
August 4, 2014, 63%
August 11, 2014, 64%
August 21, 2014, 65%
August 30, 2014, 66%
September 5, 2014, 67%
September 14, 2014, 68%
September 25, 2014, 69%
October 3, 2014, 70%
October 12, 2014, 71%
October 19, 2014, 72%
October 27, 2014, 73%
November 4, 2014, 74%
November 13, 2014, 75%
November 21, 2014, 76%
November 29, 2014, 77%
December 7, 2014, 78%
December 24, 2014, 79%
January 3, 2015, 80%
January 15, 2015, 81%
January 30, 2015, 82%
February 11, 2015, 83%
February 19, 2015, 84%
February 28, 2015, 85% *
March 18, 2015, 86%
April 19, 2015, 87%
May 10, 2015, 88%
May 18, 2015, 89%
May 25, 2015, 90%
May 31, 2015, 91%
June 9, 2015, 92%
June 17, 2015, 93%
June 25, 2015, 94%
July 2, 2015, 95%
July 7, 2015, 96%
July 14, 2015, 97%
July 29, 2015, 99%

of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos or, when there is no visible marker, an area photo.

If you have suggestions or requests for transfers, please contact me using the "Edit" tab toward the top right hand corner of the person's memorial page. Making your request this way gives me all the information I need to fulfill your request. Please keep in mind that I will add any information or corrections you send me, but I will also credit you as the contributor of that information. I do this because I don't have time to confirm all the information people send to me, and the question, "Where did you get your information?" is answered right there on the page. If you don't have a findagrave ID, I will use your email address when crediting you as contributor of information.

I love taking grave photos at Holyrood. You can contact me directly if you would like for me to get a grave photo, or you can make your photo request from a person's memorial page. If you see an inferior grave photo that I have taken, feel free to ask me to try to get a better one, and I will.

For me, this is not about collecting a huge number of memorials. It is about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think anyone is forgotten. It is, as I said before, about memorializing and honoring those who have gone before us. I would like nothing more than to see all memorial pages in the loving care of family or friends.

If I'm being honest though, I have to say my least favorite transfer request is: "Please transfer my relative." I have transferred to people based on this kind of request, and the result is less than satisfying. No information or photos are added; no family connections made; they do not respond to edit requests, and I wonder why the person thought they wanted to maintain the memorial page in the first place.

My favorite transfer request goes something like this: "So-and-so was a family friend. We lived next door to her for many years. She was like a second mother to me. I remember when... Birth Date: xxx; Birth Place: xxx; Maiden Name: xxx, etc. I have also added a photo of her." Transfer requests like this will be made in a heartbeat. I love learning something about every person in Holyrood (my adopted cemetery). I smile every time I think about the feisty little lady in Holyrood who stabbed her abusive husband in the neck, and the photo on her memorial page is a mug shot (although you can't tell at first glance). And there are others... so many others.

Names I am working on:

~ Every Herbold group I can find ~
Berardi ~ Nigro ~ Zeek ~ Ellis ~ Edgerton ~
Lytle ~ Olmer ~ Vassar/Vasser ~ Dowell ~
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Mr. Jean Coston
Martha McPhillips et all
Dear Bonita
You don't have to give me credit for what I do
for you because it do for all.
Thanks any it anyway.
Your friend,
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Nov 20, 2016 6:41 PM
Thank you! Graves of Mr. and Mrs. Elmars Zemgalis
Dear Bonita,

Thank you so much for posting the memorials for Mr. and Mrs. Elmars Zemgalis. Cacilia was German Catholic so her Latvian Lutheran husband got buried with her. I have photographed many of the graves in the Latvian Lutheran Church section of Evergreen Washelli in Seattle. Most of the Latvian families besides Elmars Zemgalis were buried within 10 yards of their section so it's easy to link each of the family members. Now that you have posted a memorial of Elmars with his wonderful obituary outlining his history as a grand chess master I can see how to link him with his family members buried in Lutheran cemeteries. Cemeteries are VERY important to Latvians. Because I know that I am trying to upload photos of folks in my dad's church and connect them because I have a little familiarity with who they are and the history of how these refugees came to settle in Seattle.

Thank you so much for your tremendous work on your cemetery. Probably because of that I've found some other family friends there besides Mr. and Mrs. Zemgalis.

Your work is important. We appreciate you!


Janine in Seattle
Added by JM on Nov 12, 2016 1:58 AM
Jeff Holm
William Bonner - Lake View Cemetary
Hiya - I see you are documenting the Bonner family and I thought I'd let you know you have two different entries for William Bonner and different birth and death dates for him.

Added by Jeff Holm on Nov 04, 2016 11:59 PM
Thank you!
Today I found the photo you took & memorial for Cordelie Sessions, and thought-WOW! Her name has been found spelled at least 10 (if not more) different ways and it's been very hard to research! Your photo cleared it all up! I will submit edits to her memorial adding family and other info soon. Thanks again for all you do :) RC
Added by RC on Oct 27, 2016 4:25 PM
Tina Giovannoni duplicate .....
Gone.... Thanks, Darlene
Added by Darlene on Oct 09, 2016 9:08 PM
RFB Jenkins
George Davies

Thank you for the very nice headstone photo and for going the extra mile .. providing additional information.

Thank you
Added by RFB Jenkins on Sep 15, 2016 9:38 AM
Mr. Jean Coston
Arnold R. and Winifred Flink
It's past time for a new photo of their head stone.
Winifred died back in 1996.
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Sep 13, 2016 1:11 AM
Mary Reedy grave photo - Holyrood Cemetery
Thank you for posting the photo. Greatly appreciated.
Added by Darlene on Sep 12, 2016 8:43 PM
E Kord
Thank U for the Marker Pic! Helps to make the Mem Complete! U'll have to Visit San Diego someday this time of the year as We are just now begining our so-called Summer! Anyway Hope all is well Y'r Way! John
Added by JKSXFB on Sep 09, 2016 3:17 AM
Cathi Maziarz Wallis
Barbara Lee (Maziarz) Ward
Thank you so much for adding the picture of my sister's headstone. Living so far away, I haven't yet been able to visit her grave, and so am very grateful to you. I have lost both my father and sister this year,and Find A Grave and contributors such as yourself, allow me to virtually visit both of them, despite living in different states. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Catharine Maziarz Wallis
Added by Cathi Maziarz Wallis on Sep 02, 2016 8:46 AM
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