I have always taken very seriously the teaching that honoring and respect for the dead is the highest most important mitzvah one can do, for there is no ulterior motive and no way it can ever be repaid. Every life deserves to be remembered, honored, and celebrated. Those who were deprived of the dignity, honor, and respect of having graves to show that they too once walked the earth especially need to be remembered, honored, and celebrated.
My interest in graving stems from my interest in genealogy and my love of history and all things old. My particular interests are the graves of children and young adults, soldiers (particularly from the Civil War), and old graves. It's very important that old graves in particular be recorded while they still can; quite a few of the 19th century ones I've photographed have taken a real beating from time, the elements, and unobservant caretakers. I originally became a member of the site to leave notes and virtual flowers on the graves of my favorite famous people (the first one I ever left was for Stan Laurel on his 40th Jahrzeit, or death anniversary), but over time I've moved more towards the non-famous side of the site. I still do enjoy visiting the virtual graves of famous people and leaving them flowers and notes, particularly my favorite comedians and actors. I also enjoy writing bios for famous folks who deserve longer and more detailed bios instead of just basic bios that are only a sentence or two in length. It's a small way to honor them and repay them for all of the good they did on earth, all of the joy they brought to their fans or admirers. Most of my famous bios are for people from the Golden Age of Hollywood (actors, comedians, and people behind the camera) and Russian royalty, though I've also done some for people whose fame came from other sources.
Among the surnames I am researching are Sviatko, Wickline, Vargovich, Wellek, Spirnak, Coukart, Coombs, Mormak, Neiman, and Seigfred (or Seifred). I'd also love any additions to my list of famous limpers.
I always appreciate any flowers and notes left for my relatives and other special people, particularly for my paternal grandfather, my great-grandmother Alice, her little sister Annie (who died in childhood) and her baby brother George, their father Hugo, who was sadly killed in a horrible accident at the age of only forty-three, and my old school friend Fiona, who also sadly died in the prime of life.
William F. Claxton (Find A Grave Memorial# 12960575) was the grandson of my 3rd great grandparents Forbes Claxton and Mary Mullin Claxton. His parents were Terrence Claxton (Find A Grave Memorial# 155175330) and Ellen C. Pearl Claxton (Find A Grave Memorial# 155193035). I know that William's wife's name was Laura, but I do not know her maiden name. My guess is that she is buried next to William at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. I created memorial pages for his parents and submitted a request to link them to William.
Philip Shafer is my great-grandfather on my mother's side. Would you consider transferring this memorial to me so that I can keep it updated with family information and connections that I have. I would appreciate it very much. Thank you.
I read a newspaper article on Lon Chaney which stated in his estate he left a $550,000 estate.
All but $1 went to his then wife and his ex wife got the dollar.
His son Creighton Tull Chaney (Lon Chaney, Jr.) was provided for.
Interestingly the article says there were provisions for a brother, John Chaney, and a sister, Carrie Keys. I'll try to leave the article link below, don't know if findagrave will let me, or Google will honor it for long enough for you to get it.
The newspaper was the "Reading Eagle" Sept 5, 1930 Page 6, article title is "Bulk of Lon Chaney's Estate left to widow"
I've not done any research about his family other than looking up the grave (and seeing you own the entry) and googling for "lon chaney estate"
heroes of Shoah While going on a random walk I came across your memorial to Ala Gertner. I looked at some of the others from her story. I am a teacher and we as a group are doing a unit on genocides and the Holocaust. While watching an Anne Frank documentary I recognized the name of the museum Yad Verhem. So I went back to the memorial of Ala. I would like your permission to use your memorials from the Heroes of Shoah as a resource for our students. It makes the history more real if the kids connect. Thanking you for all your efforts. Alice Stanek