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D Blankenship (#46612697)
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Bio Photo There are members of my family buried in this veteran's cemetery. I wanted to make sure that these men and women are not forgotten so I have taken it upon myself to document as much information here as possible.

This will be an ongoing project so not all the headstone information is available yet. Time permitting, if you find a name only and no other details, I'll be glad to go to the cemetery and check out the headstone for you. I will gladly transfer ownership also, if you are related and want to maintain the memorial. (Errors? Please let me know and I'll gladly correct them.)

I have been working on my family genealogy for many years and found that cemetery and headstone information sometimes has just the little clue that is needed to solve a puzzle in the family tree so I hope that this may help others in finding family members.

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Maureen and Ed Weatherly
Please edit your files I have sent many corrections and additions Thank you Maureen
Added by Maureen and Ed Weatherly on Jun 26, 2014 7:51 PM
Transfer of Memorial
Please transfer the memorial 9495751 to me, as this in my first husband, and father of my daughter. We, as his family, are working on his bio and etc to add and want to be able to maintain it. Thank you
Added by Angel on Nov 22, 2013 8:58 PM
Ronnie & Marjeana
Transfer Memorial
Please transfer to me memorial # 9678377 Ermal Bill Rains. He is my Father's brother. Thank you, Marjeana Rains Taylor 48248758
Added by Ronnie & Marjeana on Oct 14, 2013 9:46 PM
Dot E
Memorial #9678675
I was wondering if you would transfer the above memorial to my care? Thank you. (#46928325)
Added by Dot E on Aug 16, 2013 9:55 PM
Richard Smith Passey
You are doing a great work. Thank you so much.

Would you please link Richard Smith Passey to his father, Roy Passey (Memorial number: 37280720)?

Thank you.
Added by Galen on Apr 28, 2013 5:54 PM
Vickie Mae Bills,Supera
Harry D Rudge
I would be very grateful to take ownership of my grandfathers grave etc mamorial.Harry D. R udge is my Mothers father.Rosemarie Rudge,Kunchick. Thank you Vickie Mae Supera
Added by Vickie Mae Bills,Supera on Apr 24, 2013 3:39 PM
Dennis Kautz
Memorial 9619692
Hi, I was wondering if you would transfer this memorial to my care? Robert (Bill)is my cousin.
Thank you,
Dennis Kautz
Added by Dennis Kautz on Jan 30, 2013 5:24 PM
Dee Van Horne
Lawrence E LaVoie
Thank you for the memorial for Lawrence or "Larry" La Voie. He is my uncle, brother of Bruce Wayne La Voie who is buried at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA. Bruce was also a service member, a Sgt in the US Army - Artillery division.

I'm looking for any La Voie family members who might still be alive who knew Larry and or his father, Raymond La Voie. Bruce stayed in Southern California after he returned from Vietnam.

If you have any resources, I would be so grateful for your help to pass them on. Thank you! Dee Van Horne
Added by Dee Van Horne on Dec 31, 2012 2:57 PM
Mikko Koivisto
Lizzie Leppala

I am Mikko from Finland and I am looking for my relatives in America. My greatgrandfather`s sister left to America about 1900. Her name was Sanna Liisa Koivisto. But 1965 her name has been Leppala. Lisa or Lizzie Leppala I think. She has lived in Montana. Do anybody know about him. If you know more, send me email:

Best regards Mikko
Added by Mikko Koivisto on Dec 29, 2012 11:27 AM
C. Berger
Helen Marie Wetzel-White
Hi D. Blankenship,
Here is an obituary for Helen Marie "Penny" Wetzel, Married to Dr. Manual White. She is a cousin of mine.
Sincerely, C Berger
Helen Marie White HELENA - A dear sister, mother, and grandmother, Helen Marie White, 57, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at St. Peter's Hospital in Helena. Helen was born Jan. 25, 1943, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Walter "B1ackie" Wetzel and Doris Laverne Wetzel. Helen known to close friends and family as "Penny," was raised on a farm located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. She cherished her Native American ancestry and her life was greatly influenced by her culture. In the early 1950s, Helen attended grade school in Browning and rural Little Badger School. When the family moved to Seville Flats, she continued her education at St. Margaret's Catholic School, Cut Bank High School, and the Ursuline Academy in Great Falls. Helen and her children moved to Washington, D.C., in 1966, where she received training and worked as a nurse for various hospitals and nursing homes. She moved to Denver in 1973. This trip was typical of Helen as an injured robin she had nurtured to good health in D.C., rode to Denver with the family. Helen eventually returned home to Montana in 1976. While working at the Fort Harrison Veterans Hospital, she met Dr. Manuel C. White. After courtship, Helen and Manuel were married on Oct. 15, 1978, in Lethbridge, Alberta. As a youth. Helen had a special place in her heart for pets and Farm animals. She raised sheep, chickens, and ducks as a hobby She took-in homeless little animals and turned them, into blue ribbon champions. Helen also loved the outdoors especially hiking, swimming, and horseback riding. She was very kind, soft-hearted and possessed the attributes, which prompted recognition from the clergy. Along with righteous qualities, Helen was a gifted musician and played piano at recitals. As an athlete, Helen was ahead of her time when it came to sports as she competed with the boys in track, and usually crossed the finish line in first place. Helen's nursing career was indicative of her care and concern for those in need. Later in life, Helen pursued the interests and hobbies of her late husband, Manuel. They included archery, hunting, fishing, and camping. Attending track and field events to watch her husband compete took Helen to many local, state and national meets. in 1998, the family was in Billings for Montana's Big Sky State Games. Dr. White, a world class seniors athlete, was quoted in the paper as saying, "Helen is really the key person," giving credit to his wife for his success. "She's the dietitian. nurse and chauffeur. She's the one that keeps us going. She's an integral booster and I couldn't do it without her." Her family and friends couldn't agree more with the descriptive account of Helen's nature. Dr. White now has his number one booster with him, and we must go on without her. No doubt we'll have the "integral booster" forever watching over us. Preceding Helen in death were her mother, Doris; and husband, Manuel. Survivors include father, Walter S. Wetzel, Sr.; children, John White, Charmaine White, Ray Luchi, all of Helena. daughter, Christine Wetzel of Great Falls; sisters, Marlene Wetzel and Sher Wetzel, all of Helena, brothers, Mike Wetzel and Lance Wetzel of Helena, Don Wetzel and Walt Wetzel, Jr., both of Billings; Bill Wetzel of Cut Bank; granddaughter, Destiny of Helena, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Retz Funeral Home. A rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Retz Funeral Home with a vigil to follow at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Cathedral of St. Helena. Interment will follow at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery. Memorials to be sent to the charity of donor's choice. "O Lord, this is a very special Penny as you can plainly see, and the reason she's so special she's from us to you; whenever we are lonely or even feeling blue, we'll know she's in good hands; you are lucky to have our Penny, so keep our Penny with you as a reminder of the joys we've shared, and remember she is a symbol of a loving heart that cared."
Added by C. Berger on Dec 06, 2012 7:11 PM
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