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Carl Ballenas (#47068879)
 member for 8 years, 10 months, 17 days
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Bio Photo Greetings...I wrote the book Images of America: Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens NY with Nancy Cataldi.
At Maple Grove we are active in helping find grave sites of family and friends.
Visit the Friends of Maple Grove for our many events and activities honoring and remembering those we care for at Maple Grove.
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Carl Ballenas
Maple Grove Historian and Steward of the Archives
President of the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery
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 • 8 Memorials Added
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 • 262 Photos
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Messages left for Carl Ballenas (107)[Leave Message]
Schaefer Family
Photo Request
Dear Carl,

I recently discovered that some of my ancestors and relatives are buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. I was wondering if you would be kind enough to take pictures of their graves for me? I would greatly appreciate it.
Their names are:
Helen Keck
Katherine Paidoussis
Peter Paidoussis
Olga Paidoussis

I submitted photo requests for them on FindAGrave.

Added by Schaefer Family on May 15, 2017 12:51 PM
Frank Novak
Plot #'s and Pictures of Headstones
Carl -

Any chance you can get the plot numbers for my relatives that are interned here and pictures of their headstones?

Francis Xavier Novak
Virginia Novak
John Balcus
Mary Balcus
Betty Groppelli
Angelico Groppelli

Francis Xavier Novak was my grandfather and passed away Sept 11, 2016. Virgina my grandmother. John my great-grandfather, Mary my great-grandmother.

Betty was my grandmothers sister and she passed Sept. 16, 2016 they day of my grandfathers internment. She always said she would walk through the gates with my grandfather. So it is very special they passed within 5 days of each other.

If you could do this I would REALLY appreciate it.

Thank you so much!
Added by Frank Novak on Sep 22, 2016 12:36 PM
Maple Grove Cemetery
Thank you for the grave photos for the Moore family at Maple Grove. Even though it turned out the graves were not marked I still appreciate the photos, and the time and effort.
Added by Brian on Sep 09, 2015 10:12 PM
Nellie NY
RE: Hutzler Family
Thank you! I did visit your website and it is very nice. Alice was my 2nd cousin twice removed so I don't know a lot about her and her family.
Thank you,
Added by Nellie NY on Sep 09, 2015 8:11 AM
Nellie NY
Hutzler Family
Thank you so much for taking the time to go to the cemetery and for taking the nice photo. I'm sorry to see they don't have a headstone. Could I please use the photo on my ancestry public family tree?
Thank you,
Added by Nellie NY on Sep 07, 2015 6:08 PM
Diane Gravlee
RE: Youngs grave marker photos
I don't know much else on Frederick Tully Youngs Sr. other than what I wrote on his memorial. I am sure, however, that if you google him or the church, you might find some more details. The Youngs are part of my daughter-in-law's paternal line, so I haven't done a lot of research on them. I do know the family is quite proud of what he did.
Do you ever get to St. John Cemetery in Middle Village in Queens? I have one burial there that needs a grave photo and has a request.
Added by Diane Gravlee on Sep 07, 2015 8:41 AM
John Beckstein
Charlotte Bissell
Hi Carl,
All set. Thanks
btw, I'm related via George Edgar Bissell's uncle Edwin Barnes Bissell.

Added by John Beckstein on Sep 07, 2015 7:29 AM
John Beckstein
RE: George E Bissell
Hi Carl
I would be happy to add Charlottes memorial.
Is she buried in the same place as George?

thanks John
Added by John Beckstein on Sep 07, 2015 7:10 AM
Brucker Headstone
Thank you so very much for the photo of the Brucker Headstone. It is so very much appreciated
Added by GMolan on Sep 07, 2015 6:32 AM
John Beckstein
George E Bissell
Thanks for taking the photo. It is greatly appreciated!
Added by John Beckstein on Sep 07, 2015 3:43 AM
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