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WingNut (#47515874)
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I am a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native who would love to help you out with any family history endeavors that you may have. I myself am a doctoral candidate in American Studies so family histories are a topic near and dear to my heart.

I am currently working on adding photographs and entries for all persons in the Churchville Cemetery, Oberlin, PA.

I will be glad to transfer any memorial(s) that belong to your family. I gladly accept correction suggestions so that memorials are as accurate as possible.
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Melanie Gearhart
John Stinson
Thank you so much for the photo of John's headstone. He was my 4th great uncle. I appreciate those in the findagrave community that are so willing to help. Thanks again...
Added by Melanie Gearhart on Sep 20, 2016 2:38 PM
Ben Cooper
RE: Headstone Photo
Hi! :)

Thank you for your response! Yes, I was just wondering if maybe her name had been put on the back of the headstone, thank you so much for checking! No, that's ok, but I don't need a copy of the pot or the interment card, but thank you so much for the offer though! I really appreciate it! :) Now I know for sure that she is buried there. I was able to find a copy of her death certificate on Also, as I mentioned before I made a memorial for Alice's parents as well as her two sisters who are also buried with them. I added the picture to their memorials as well. Did you see the message that I wrote to you yesterday. with some names of others who are buried in the Harrisburg area? Thank you again for all of your help!
Added by Ben Cooper on Sep 20, 2016 12:01 PM
Ben Cooper
Headstone Photos
Hi! :)

Thank you so much for adding the headstone photo to Alice's memorial. It looks like she is buried with her parents Henry and Elizabeth Stormfeltz. I was just wondering, did you happen to check the back of the headstone to see if maybe Alice's name is there? I created memorials for for Henry and Elizabeth, as well as their two daughters that are buried with them. I hope that's ok with you? I also saved the photo of the headstone, may I use it in my genealogy?

Thanks again!! :)
Added by Ben Cooper on Sep 20, 2016 9:49 AM
Dennis Brandt
Joseph Dean photo
Thank you!
Added by Dennis Brandt on Sep 20, 2016 6:37 AM
Ben Cooper
RE: Alice Pontius death notice
Hi! :)

Thank you for getting back to me and thank you for your offer to help me out, I really do appreciate it very much! There are a few of my grandfather's cousins that are buried in or near the Harrisburg area. His cousin Evelyn May Speelman born December 22nd 1916 died April 1st 1990. Her husband was Harry J Speelman born March 6th 1911 died May 5th 1977. They are both buried at Baldwin Cemetery in Steelton Dauphin County. And I believe their 3 children are buried there as well. Their daughter was Edith Mae Speelman Born March 12th 1938 Died March 10th 2006. (As far as I can tell she was never married) Their older son was Harry Jr. Sadly he was still born, so I'm not sure if he has a marker or not? He was sill born on May 6th 1942. After losing the baby they went on to have another son the next year. They also named him Harry. He was born July 21st 1943 and died November 28th 2005. His nickname was Tucker.
My grandfather's other cousin is buried at Resurrection Cemetery in Harrisburg. His name was Richard M Mohn born April 26th 1922 died December 10th 2004. He is buried with his wife Helen.
At the moment I only manage memorials for Evelyn and Harry Speelman. All of the other ones have memorials, but they are manged by other people.
I hope these few request are OK and not to much trouble for you. I don't want you to have to go to far out of your way.
Thank you so much for your time and help! I am also disabled and do not drive. I rally enjoy working on my family genealogy. I hope you were able to find the cord for your camera :) I know how it is when those things get misplaced! It's so frustrating! :)
Added by Ben Cooper on Sep 19, 2016 3:50 PM
Ben Cooper
RE: Alice Pontius death notice
Thank you for taking the photo of Alice's headstone and for uploading it for me (when you get a chance) I am actually not directly related to Alice, but she was the second wife of my 2x great grandmother's half brother John Pontius. I found her death certificate a while back and decided to create a memorial for her. I was wondering, do you live in the Harrisburg, PA area? Have you heard of Baldwin Cemetery in Steelton, Dauphin County? My grandfather's cousin, her husband and their three children are buried there. Do you live near that cemetery?
Added by Ben Cooper on Sep 19, 2016 10:27 AM
Ben Cooper
Alice Pontius death notice

I want to thank you for adding Alice's death notice to her memorial for me. I am also hoping that someone will be able to go to the cemetery sometime, and take a picture of her headstone for me. I live about 3 hours from the cemetery and I don't drive.

Thanks again! :)
Added by Ben Cooper on Sep 17, 2016 7:44 PM
L Hackman
RE: Doris Wingeard
I think your photo looks like Deb when she was look like a "Wingnut!"
Added by L Hackman on Sep 05, 2016 8:47 PM
L Hackman
RE: Doris Wingeard
When I started to use find-a-grave I just kept thinking how nice it would be if all the information was linked. So now my current hobby has become adding family photos and linking parents with children, etc. Even though it is not supposed to be used as a genealogy tool, so to speak, it sure would be nice if you could look up a person and find their parents, etc.

I'll tell you what I am having trouble with--reading old gravestones. Even with adjusting the photo I sometimes still have difficulty. Of course, all of the really old ones are in German. I have wrapped some in tin foil and that has helped, but I still cannot read the old script more often than not. It seems like you are a pretty busy woman, but if you would be willing to help, I'd love to get your thoughts or opinions on some of the photos I have.

I didn't know your father too well. We knew who each other was, of course, but he was pretty much out of the house by the time I was old enough to pay attention. He was always nice coming and going though; he always said hello when I saw him as a kid. When I got older we never crossed paths. I believe your and my father coached together at some point, or at the very least were involved with the West Hanover ball program at the same time. I don't think my Dad ever coached your father though, but I could be wrong.
Added by L Hackman on Sep 05, 2016 8:45 PM
L Hackman
RE: Doris Wingeard
Mom's health isn't real great because of her Rheumatoid arthritis--she can't get around very well and has limited use of her hands. Dad is doing fine--a few issues here and there, but he's still ornery as ever. He still bowls one day a week (Sharon told me he almost got into a fight with a bowler in the next lane this week...ugh!), so there you go. He has troubles walking far because of athrosclerosis, but you can't tell him anything and he still smokes. He is going hunting in a few weeks to Florida..he found a way to hunt where he can just sit in the back of a truck and shoot from there. So he's still kickin'.

How did you get involved in this find-a-grave thing? I just started because I am picking up where dad left off doing our family genealogy. He did all he could do with letter writing and such. He doesn't do computers and I've been able to find quite a bit on ancestry and other sites.

How is Deb doing?
Added by L Hackman on Sep 04, 2016 12:52 PM
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