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Mike (#47386052)
 member for 5 years, 8 months, 12 days
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Bio Photo In my youth, I lived in a small town in northern Indiana. One of the places we played was in the local cemetery. I become fascinated with the headstones and wondered what the people under the stone were like.
As a retired phone man, I put that fascination and my love of photography to work.
I'm not into the numbers game. I take time and try to find some facts on the person I'm writing about. Feel free to use my photos and my writings if it helps you find your past, as long as its not for profit. If I can help you in any way, drop me a line. Additions and corrections are welcome.
I'm sorry, I don't work well with rude or pushy people. If you don't receive an answer to your request right away, think about it, and try again.

Dear Ancestor
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
on polished, marbled stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I'd exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
one hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you.
-Author Unknown

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Kevin Tonkin
Mike's passing
Mike has greatly contributed to this site and will be missed. He has left a mark in our past.
Added by Kevin Tonkin on Jul 25, 2016 10:03 AM
Daniel Gabehart
my condolences...RIP
Added by Daniel Gabehart on Jul 22, 2016 1:57 AM
Mike has died.
Mike died Jul. 17, 2016.

Here is his obituary:

Here is his findagrave page:
Added by AMB on Jul 20, 2016 8:16 PM
Sandi Litzenberg
Juanita Smith #92957226
Hi Mike.. I'm writing concerning the cemetery listing for Juanita. You have her listed in the wrong cemetery.. It is actually Columbia Cemetery in Columbia Township, Edon, Williams County, Ohio.. where both of her husbands are buried.

Here is a link to the correct cemetery- if you would be so kind to change her place of burial.. I'm going to link your memorial to both of her husband's memorials just incase the link I provided doesn't get you to the correct cemetery.

I was getting ready to add a memorial for her to Columbia when I came across yours and began reading the bio you had posted for her and realized the mix up in cemeteries.

Thank you for your time..

Sandi L.
Added by Sandi Litzenberg on Jun 26, 2016 9:16 AM
Justin Ellis
Hi, Mike...thank you for posting the memorial for Justin Ellis and providing an obituary with it.

My paternal uncle, Ted Carringer, is Justin's maternal grandfather and I was wondering if you might have any information about Ted. The last any of his immediate family heard of him, he was living in Warsaw, Indiana with his daughter Sandra, and that was when his sister Jean passed away in 2011. I don't think anyone in the family was successful in finding him at that time. I would like to let Ted know that there are folks in Graham County, NC who remember him from his boyhood days and have been asking me if I know how to get in touch with him. I told them I would try to find out.

Thanks for any info you might have about my paternal uncle, Ted Carringer.
Added by Brenda on Jun 15, 2016 2:05 PM
North Webster to Mock corrections
Hi Mike.

I have a couple of correction requests for you regarding North Webster Indiana memorials. Harry Heche #83625683 and Erika Esenwein #83624512 are shown in North Webster Cemetery, but they are actually both located in the Mock Cemetery in N. Webster. Mock is the North Webster addition. I've added grave photos for each.

Thank you for your help and all your work on the Find A Grave site.

Regards, Mike
Added by MJG on May 30, 2016 8:42 AM
Barbara Hunter-Holmes
Theola I. Bryce Atkins # 80712285
Hi Mike,

The Bryce families are distant relatives. While researching the family I noticed you still have Theola's burial place as Unknown.

I contacted someone familiar with the family and they've provided me with Theola & Robert's daughter Lynette's email address...

Lynette will be able to provide you their burial information.

Thanks so much,

Added by Barbara Hunter-Holmes on Apr 25, 2016 10:14 AM
Charles Swathwood
Hi, I see you have posted a grave of Charles Swathwood from Elkhart, Indiana. Do you know him? He is my Grandfather. Wanted to see if you had some sort of connection to the family. I do a lot of genealogy on our family. Thanks
Added by Anndria on Feb 16, 2016 2:26 PM
Carol & Mel Hochstetler
Geo Stanton - 141419110
FYI - Carol
Added by Carol & Mel Hochstetler on Feb 14, 2016 9:49 PM
Added by DORRIS SICKELS SMITH on Feb 01, 2016 4:24 PM
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