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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
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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%
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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% (39,434)

of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos. When people contact me with additional information, requests for transfers or photo requests, that's when I look for more information on a person or surname, including obituaries.

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. Select the first option you see; then tell me what you would like for me to do. Making your request this way ensures that I have 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. If you don't have a findagrave ID, then I will use your email address when giving you credit as the contributor.

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.

It's not about the numbers with me. It's about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think that 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 members.

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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L Beacon
Re 51671770 Colasurdo
Bonita,
Thank you for taking the time to photograph the memorial, would like to ask your permission to use your photo (with proper credit) for a WWII project I am working on, I hope you do not mind. Thanks again for all your efforts, CHeers!
Added by L Beacon on Jan 28, 2015 10:34 PM
Jeanne Marbourg-Splain
RE: Roy Marbourg, Jr.
Bonita, Again I thank You. My Mother was born 07-19-48 died 05-09-2007. She was cremated and her ashes spread in a park in Centralia Washington. She has left behind 2 sons and 1 daughter. Stephen A Hartwell, Loren P Marbourg and Jeanne E Marbourg-Splain. And 5 grandchildren. I think she was born in New York. She died in Wichita Kansas. I don't have much more information as we were not in touch with extended family. I admire you for your dedication to helping people that you don't even know. Keep up the good work. You are making a BIG DIFFERENCE in peoples lives. Especially mine. You will have a special place in my heart ALWAYS. Sincerely and with great affection. Jeanne Splain.
Added by Jeanne Marbourg-Splain on Jan 26, 2015 5:10 PM
Jeanne Marbourg-Splain
RE: Roy Marbourg, Jr.
Hi Bonita. Thank you for your help and getting back to me. My father, Roy Levenous Marbourg Jr is not on find a grave. He passed Feb 09 1981 and was cremated. As requested, his were thrown over Deception Pass Bridge on Whidbey Island. His father is buried in Seattle. Roy Lenevous Marbourg on his grave stone. I never met my grandfather or my little brother. My mother is also deceased and cremated. She said that little Roy lived only a couple of days or she said a couple of hours. She didn't talk about it and I can't remember. Thank you SOOOOO much for giving me SOMTHING that links me to my little brother. I don't even have a picture except the grave stone. It's a great thing. You are a wonderful and caring person to do this for people like me who feel alone in the world. You made a difference in my life. Thank You. Sincerely, Jeanne Splain. My birthday is in a couple of weeks and you have given me a wonderful present. Sending thankfullness and caring thoughts your way.
Added by Jeanne Marbourg-Splain on Jan 25, 2015 11:25 PM
KristiA
Pipe
Thank you for the headstone photo. I appreciate the time you took to go do this.
Added by KristiA on Jan 17, 2015 4:54 PM
KristiA
Elsie Pipe
Thank you for your kindness and transfer.
Added by KristiA on Jan 14, 2015 9:46 PM
Don Winfrey
Ole Edward "Red" Starkey
Bonita, thanks for the transfer of my Uncle "Red" Starkey. I have updated the memorial and connected him to his families. Thanks again!
Added by Don Winfrey on Jan 11, 2015 3:33 PM
Pat
RE: Harold Jacoby Grave Photo
Bonita, The two photos have been removed. Thank you for the new updated photos.
Pat
Added by Pat on Dec 30, 2014 9:38 AM
Pam Witherow
RE: Florence Ainslie
No problem, you're welcome. I left the middle sized photo along with the original photo I placed, you may wish to move smaller one to the top--up to you. No, I am not related to Florence.

Happy New Year!
Pam
Added by Pam Witherow on Dec 27, 2014 4:37 PM
Pam Witherow
RE: Florence Ainslie
Bonita, I have increased size, middle is 300, top is 600. I don't know enough on how to make them a little more clear, perhaps I could not even if I knew how. Take a look and see how you feel about them and which one you would like me to keep AND should I leave original anyway, even tiny it is a little clearer? But if you only wish for one that is good, just let me know which one. Pam
Added by Pam Witherow on Dec 26, 2014 1:52 PM
A Marine's Daughter
Edward Leskovar
Thanks!
Added by A Marine's Daughter on Dec 25, 2014 9:22 PM
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