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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 13 years, 7 months, 21 days
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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Rudy's Granddaughter
Shirley Fotheringham

Thank you for taking Shirley's tombstone photo. I am grateful for the time and effort. Your work with Find A Grave is noticed and appreciated.

Added by Rudy's Granddaughter on Oct 13, 2015 8:38 AM
RE: Colbert/Coble
No problems at all - for a second the names confused me and I'm not sick with the flu! Thanks for the updates and hope you feel better! - Chris
Added by Chris on Oct 12, 2015 8:06 PM
RE: Agudath Achim
Hi Zella,

I'm, not an expert, but I'm I'm willing to give it a shot. Whatever information you night have would be helpful.

Added by mattcpa on Oct 12, 2015 4:11 PM
Hi, I have been going through some obits for St. John's cemetery lately and I was wondering if I could send you some?

I would rather ask before hand then upset anyone by sending them. Sometimes I can find up to 10 at a time to try and link a family together. So, I wouldn't want to overwhelm anyone with obits though.

After Father Ledoux add his photos I have been trying to help him figure out the unknowns and fill in blanks for some of the stones. So, that has been my project lately is St. John's. But, like I said I already upset someone so I don't want to do that again. :(

But, would you mind maybe getting some obits to add to bios in St. John's? I promise I will keep it to no more than like 10 a week if that.

Let me know

Have a great day!
Added by cataholic4ever on Oct 10, 2015 10:56 AM
RE: Ronald Jay Fisher

Learned something today as I wasn't aware of centotaphs. I have added Ronald Jay Fisher - #153424949.

Added by wfaas on Oct 08, 2015 2:07 PM
Steve Knab
Michael Tremmel
Hi, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I have some family history on Michael Tremmel to send you. Can I get an email address? Thanks,
Added by Steve Knab on Oct 07, 2015 6:29 PM
Helen Halterman
Charles Crumpton
Thank you so much for all your efforts. I really appreciate all you have done!
Added by Helen Halterman on Oct 06, 2015 8:59 PM
Ronald Jay Fisher
After finding the profile you created for fellow Vietnam veteran Ronald Jay Fisher, I found the obituary for his father, who is buried at Hillside Memorial Park in Akron, OH.

I called the cemetery and was told that Ronald Jay Fisher is also buried there. My main concern was to find Ronald Jay Fisher's grave location so that it could be correctly noted on the Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties.

I just created a profile for Ronald Jay Fisher's father "Clive J. Fisher -
Added by wfaas on Oct 06, 2015 3:20 PM
Bob Puw
Robert Knox
Hello Zella
Thank you so much for your trouble in obtaining the photo of Robert Knox's grave marker.
Find a Grave is such a help to us in the UK. We are indebted to the army of volunteers in the USA.
In appreciation
Added by Bob Puw on Oct 05, 2015 6:11 AM
Eric Wolfe
RE: Thank you so much
The posting for was Max Bloomenstein

Added by Eric Wolfe on Oct 04, 2015 1:35 PM
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