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Wayne Rasmussen (#47373091)
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Bio Photo "I walk through a damp graveyard hoping that there will be a headstone for the stranger I am looking for. I am on a mission to photograph the marker at the request of a stranger in search for his or her kindred dead. Why? Perhaps this stranger is the one who in paying forward what I have done will touch the stranger who will fill my request for help in finding my kindred dead. And I do it because I know it is important to someone else who may never have a chance to travel here to see for his or herself." (Borrowed)

I grew up in Waterloo, IA and graduated from East High in 1956. My Sorensen, Jensen and Rasmussen Danish ancestors settled in the area in the 1890's. Currently I'm trying to complete some family genealogy for as many ancestors as possible.

There are also Wetzsteins, Strandemos, Halvorsons, Marlings and Melicks in our family trees from Iowa, Minnesota & Illinois mostly.(Danes, Norwegians and Germans )The Marlings and Melicks can be traced back to the 1700's in the eastern U.S.

Any help with these family branches will be greatly appreciated. Also , please send corrections for any errors noted or requests for removal/transfers. To add a bio please request a transfer. To transfer an entry to yourself please click the 'suggest a correction' item above the memorial when viewing the person you would like to have transferred.

The flowers I add are mostly photos of Marilyn's blooms from our yard.

Evergreen Memorial project is complete(5,277) on Aug 18,2013. As of Nov 2012 I no longer edge the stones, just remove enough of the growth and leaves to read the names and dates. Bios are added for deaths after 2002.

New addition of St Mary's in N St Paul has been completed during our mild Dec weather of 2011.
(640 entries)

Lakeview (adjacent to Evergreen in Mahtomedi)(2100+)99% completed June 3, 2012.

I will no longer randomly search cemeteries that refuse to provide locations to Findagrave members. Locations must be provided by the requestor. This now includes Forest Lawn in Maplewood and likely St Johns in Little Canada. Please call or visit the cemetery office to get a location.

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RE: Transfer requests
Thanks so much!
Added by familyquest on Feb 20, 2014 7:58 PM
Transfer requests
Thank you so much for photographing St Mary's. Would you be willing to transfer 79815522 and 79815497, Lucille and Francis Franta? All the best to you, Wayne. Many thanks!

Added by familyquest on Feb 20, 2014 6:51 PM
Beatrice McCarl Wong
Thanks for making the updates so quickly!
Added by PhotographicMemory on Feb 19, 2014 2:26 PM
Gary W. Jensen
RIchard WIlkinson
Thank you for transferring Richard to me. Would you mind transferring his wife as well. Her memorial number is #88773147 have a great day and thanks for everything
Added by Gary W. Jensen on Feb 11, 2014 12:53 PM
Shirley Bradley
RE: Davidsons
Thank you, Wayne. Again, I apologize for all the trouble I caused with this. Keep up the great work that you are doing - it makes this such a great site.
Shirley Bradley
Added by Shirley Bradley on Feb 02, 2014 2:38 PM
Robin P.
RE: Irwin Grunke # 88976491
Thanks, Wayne. I uploaded the photo. Just in case...the edits I submitted were the following: Name - Irwin Peter Henry Grunke. Birth - 1 Feb 1909 in Kossuth County, Iowa. Death - 18 Aug 1943 in Ramsey County, MN.
Added by Robin P. on Jan 22, 2014 2:59 PM
Robin P.
Irwin Grunke # 88976491
Hi Wayne,

I submitted a couple of edits for Irwin Grunke. He is my father-in-law's uncle. If you don't mind, I can also upload a clearer picture of his grave marker, too. Thank you for all of the time and effort you have put in to creating and maintaining the memorial pages.
Added by Robin P. on Jan 22, 2014 8:51 AM
Carol Zastera Michels
Eulalia Bennett
Thank you very much for Daisy's transfer. She's reunited with her family. :)
Added by Carol Zastera Michels on Dec 29, 2013 5:15 PM
RE: Lars (Louie) Jensen
That is why I do this, so I might be able to help someone else the way other have helped me.
Added by Khopper on Nov 21, 2013 6:11 PM
V.B. Barnum's wife
The monument you added to V.B. memorial is his wife, isn't it?
Added by Joanne on Nov 20, 2013 5:18 PM
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