Thursday, July 14, 2016

Rest in Peace ~ Nanci Jenay McCormick

b. 9/4/1977   d. 6/4/2016

As you may, or may not remember, I very recently posted regarding the loss of a long time family friend, Francis "Lynn" Block. This post is dated June 5, 2016 and can be found here.

Nanci is Lynn's daughter. We have now lost Nanci at a very young 38 years old. She has passed away from cancer, as did her mother. This family lost their mother/wife/grandmother, and one month later lost their mother/daughter/sister, each due to two very different types of cancer. 

Nanci was married with three beautiful children. She went to school and played sports with my daughters. Nanci was very athletic and took great care of her body...

She was a very hard worker and was truly loved by everyone at the company she worked for. The support of this company has been absolutely appreciated and amazing. 

She had a great outlook on life and supported her children in all of their endeavors, 110%. She served on the Little League Board, was a volunteer coach for soccer and never missed any of her children's sporting events.

Nanci was sweet, kind and caring. She was heartwarming, grateful, strong, supportive and amazing...loved by so many. The turnout at her service was a true sign of this love. A most beautiful woman inside and out.

My deepest sympathies to her family, hugs and love. Nancy will be greatly missed. 

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Rest In Peace ~ Donald William Baxter

b. September 23,1929    d. February 29, 2016

On June 17th 2016 we attended a "Reception, honoring Don." This was our second event on this day as we also attended the "Celebration of Life" for Vada Carnes, who I blogged about in my post prior to this one. 

We received in the mail a beautiful accordian card inviting us to this reception at St Michael's Parish Hall. There were several photos through out the card, and I was truly grateful to receive this. 

Don served in the United States Army Signal Corps in Korea. He was an electrician  by trade. During his free time he enjoyed inventing things and being challenged. 

Don married Sharon Hicks (my husband's cousin), who passed 15 months prior to him. They were married 60 years, had four children, and six grandchildren.

Don was known as an inventor and loved to tinker with things. He loved being home and enjoyed time with his family. He also loved See's Peanut Brittle, and the family had this on every table at the reception. 

Don, you will be missed by so many! Family, friends and co-workers! You are again with Sharon, may you fly free with her and the angels! 

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2015 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rest In Peace ~ Letty Arvada "Vada" Carnes

b. July 7, 1946   d. June 10, 2016

On June 17, 2016 we attended two celebrations of life. One was for Vada. I have known Vada and her husband almost as long as I have been married to my husband. Vada's husband worked with my husband.

Vada was always happy, she had a smile which made you smile too, even if you weren't in the mood. She was always truly happy to see you, you could see her eyes light up!

After I first met her, I tended to see her mostly at the cleaners where she worked. Later on we would see each other at our husband's functions with work. Occasionally we would run into them around town, mostly at a restaurant. The last time we saw her, several months ago, was indeed in a restaurant! We caught up with each others family and also quickly learned she had some health issues.

Vada and her husband had two children, a son, a daughter, and 5 grandchildren. They were dedicated to their family. Along with raising their own children, they helped raise a couple of their grandchildren. I loved catching up with her and her family and seeing what was happening in their lives whenever we saw them. 

Back in the day, my husband and I had Christmas parties in our home. Several times there were over 100 people that showed up! Vada and her husband were always there. I know they loved socializing with everyone and catching up in their lives as much as I enjoyed catching up with hers.

We were aware Vada had cancer and was treated for it, but we are not sure what her passing was actually attributed to. It doesn't really matter, the main thing is she is out of pain and not suffering any longer, bless her heart. 

We have Vada's family on our minds and in our hearts! May their wife/mother/grandmother bring  smiles to their faces from all of the loving memories they have of her. I think of that smile, and it still makes me smile. A very beautiful, fun, caring and loving lady has left this world, but she is now flying, pain free, with the angels!

You will be truly missed Vada!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rest in Peace ~ Benedito "Ben" John Chianfichi

b. Jan 15, 1929
d. May 18, 2016

Ben was married to my aunt, Julianne Lundberg for 52 years. She passed away in April 2008. They had three children, my cousins.

Ben was in the National Guard, he was a cook. He enjoyed good meals and after graduating college with a degree in business, he became the owner and operator of Radder Dallas Food Brokerage Company.

He loved to golf and belonged to the Buchannan Fields Golf Club. My father, Duane Lundberg also belonged to this club. I can only image the fun they had together out on the course!

Ben and I met for breakfast one morning after after my aunt passed away. It was a great visit, and I am so glad we were able to do that, it leaves me with good memories. Before he moved to live with his daughter and granddaughter, I used to call him once in a while to see how he was doing.

Ben's services were June 10, 2016 in a catholic church in the town where he had lived. The highlight for me was when his granddaughter sang a song she wrote, "Best Friend." She also sang "Because you Loved Me" as a prelude to the service and "You Raise Me Up" towards the end of the service. I was so impressed. Great job Allie!

Ben had 5 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. I looked forward to seeing this side of my family, except for the reason for the gathering. 

I was one of the first people in attendence at the services, hoping to visit a bit with family, because I wasn't able to attend the reception.*** Family members came in to close, or at the start of the services, so I didn't get to talk with anyone. As soon as the service was over I needed to leave. (I did see most all of the family the evening after services as there was a reception for one of my cousins who recently married.)

Thank you Ben for giving aunt Julie, your children and our family a wonderful life, you are now once again with her, may you rest in peace. 

Hugs and love to all family members!

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***(I didn't attend the reception because a very close friend just lost his wife and daughter to cancer, within a month of each other, and I was going to play cards with his mother, who is 92. Trying to help the family... In fact, I posted about his wife's passing the post prior to this one.)

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Rest In Peace ~ Francis "Lynn" Block

Francis "Lynn" Block
Jan 25, 1949 ~ May 1, 2016

Lynn, as she was commonly called, has been a family friend from day one. Our daughter's grew up together, went to the same High School and played softball together. As time went on, most of our daughters were married, and proceeded to have their own families. 

My husband and Lynn's husband went to High School together (which happens to be the same High School our daughter's attended years later). They played sports together and attended major sporting events. In fact, they bowl together now!

Lynn worked as a dental hygenist for several years but eventually started a home day care, and was always busy! My grandchildren were blessed to have been a part of this day care. She was so great with the kids and truly cared about them. As the kids have grown, our grandsons now play baseball in the same league. 

Lynn loved to quilt. She had a great group of family and friends she quilted with on a regular basis. I silently wished I was a part of her group, but they were so much more advanced than I was. I felt though that I could have learned a lot from them.  

She also liked to read and be with her family. It was rare to see her and or her husband without another family member with them.

My husband and I have many wonderful memories of Lynn, especially back in the days when we sat watching our girls play softball.

Unfortunately, cancer attacked Lynn. She battled with it for about 11 months before it got the best of her. 

There was a beautiful Celebration of Life held for Lynn on May 14th. This day happened to be our wedding anniversary. Lynn will forever more be a part of our anniversary. I know she will be celebrating with us each year up there with the angels.

My condolences to every member of the family with Lynn's passing. Lynn was a great woman and will live forever in all of our hearts. Hugs and love to you all.

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Rest In Peace ~ Ronald Lester Knott

b. April 11, 1946
d. April 15, 2016

Lifelong Livermore resident Ron Knott passed away, at the age of 70, after a hard-fought battle with esophageal cancer. Ron will be remembered as a kind, gentle man, a beloved father and a loving husband- the kind of person you come across once in a lifetime. 

Ron graduated from Livermore High School, earned his Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University and served his country as a pilot in the United States Naval Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge in 1969. Ron approached his roles as husband, father, and grandfather with a steady love and tenderness that, while unassuming, knew no bounds.

Ron will forever be loved by his wife Pam, his children Adam and Jessica, step-daughters Dana and Jill, his grandchildren Olivia, Michael, Adrian, Elijah, Emmy, and Zoey, siblings Don and Kay, as well as countless friends and family members.

Ron graduated from Livermore High School, earned his Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University and served his country as a pilot in the United States Naval Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge in 1969. Ron approached his roles as a husband, father, and grandfather with a steady love and tenderness that, while unassuming, knew no bounds. 

Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Ron was inspired by his committed trust and hope in the Lord. The strength Ron displayed throughout his life and struggle with cancer is surpassed only by his unwavering faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His was a life that demonstrates the true meaning of walking by faith.

Please join us for Ron’s Celebration of Life at Valley Bible Church 7106 Johnson Drive in Pleasanton on Saturday, April 23rd at 3:00 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations to Hope Hospice or The American Cancer Society can be made “In Memory of Ron Knott.”

Celebration of Life
Saturday, April 23, 2016
3:00 PM
Valley Bible Church 
7106 Johnson Dr. 
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery  
32053 W. McCabe Road 
Santa Nella, CA. 95322 

I met Ron at a BBQ last summer. He was ill, but pushed on for the rest of his life. He bowled with my husband in the same league. I am honored to have met him. What a strong man! You will be greatly missed Ron, rest in peace.

Peace and Love to your family.

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Celebration of Life Program Card ~ Held by Cheryl Palmer 
Obituary ~

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Are the Söderlunds Related To The Lundberg's?

Some time ago I learned Erik August Söderlund was buried not far from where I live. If you remember this is the man who raised my grandfather when he came to the United States as a boy. I do not remember exactly when or how I found out about where Erik was buried, but I believe it was from my cousin Jan in Sweden. It has taken me a lot longer than planned to head over to the Cemetery to see his grave site.

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I decided to take a nice, relaxing ride in the Corvette to Modesto, Caifornia. Our intentions were to stop at a sporting goods store (for him) and go to the cemetery, Acacia Memorial Park (for me). I must say, out of all the corvettes I have owned (5) this one has the nicest ride, ever!

We made our stop at the sporting goods store and purchased what my husband was looking for. Then we headed to the cemetery. We found it on the left side of the road, it was hugh! So many entries and exits throughout the property. When we reached the end, we drove in to check it out, as we never saw a sign advertising the name of the cemetery. We quickly realized that we were in a catholic cemetery. My husband drove back through the property towards the other end, trying to find an office where I could speak with someone. We found a small builing with a truck parked there, but the door of the building was locked. We drove further and saw a sign that said we were now in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Still trying to find someone to speak to we continued on. Alas, there was another small building! The building stated we were in Acacia Memorial Park. There were actually three cemeteries all connected as one. I was thrilled we found the correct cemetery!

One problem laid ahead for me however. It was Sunday and the office wasn't open to find out where Erik was buried. I told my husband I had to start walking it, we had come to far and I have waited to long. I told him he could nap in the car if he wanted. I think he knew I wasn't going to give up until I found the correct gravesite. I started walking the rows and at one point looked up to see where he was. He, on the otherside of the road, was also walking the cemetery, looking for the Söderlund gravesite.

I was getting close to the end of the first two rows when the name "Söderlund" popped up at me! My heart jumped a minute, and then I realized it was not the Söderlund I was looking for. The names did not mean anything to me off the top of my head, but I took photos to research later. The name Söderlund is not common, so the odds of there being a relationship seemed pretty good to me. The first one I found was for Andrew Söderlund...

...and the one right next to it was of course his wife, Emma.

It was fun finding other Söderlund  I look forward to researching them soon!

I started down rows 3 and 4. Maybe 20 steps into these rows, my husband asked if it was Erik I was looking for. He found it, Erik August Söderlund's grave! I crossed the road with great anticipation of anything I may learn from the headstone, while thinking to myself how close, yet how far these Söderlunds were from each other.

Sure enough it was the correct gravesite. I looked on each side of the gravesite, not a name connected with me. I looked further out and around the site, still no one rang a bell to me. 

One thing was interesting though, maybe you noticed also. I have been spelling his name "Erik", but on his headstone it says "Eric." His birth record from Sweden states his name with a "k." I wonder who reported his death and where the "c" came from.

In my family tree I show Erik August Söderlund has a brother, Anders Olaf Söderlund, b.1867~ d.1942. What are the odds that Andrew could be Anders? More work to do!


Erik's parents are Per Söderlund and Märta Brita Andersdotter.  Märta Brita Andersdotter and Erik Anderson Lundberg (my great great grandfather) were brother and sister. My great grandmother, Märta Brita Lundberg was the daughter of Märta Brita Andersdotter which means Märta Brita Lundberg and Erik August Söderlund were first cousins!  There is a family relation as to why my grandfather grew up living with Erik August Söderlund! Erik is my first cousin three times removed!

I now have the photo of the grave, which also agrees with the information I have on Erik's birth and death dates.

I just wish I could find who my grandfather's father was...

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2015 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sweet Reba

May 2nd sweet, sweet Reba crossed over Rainbow Bridge. She was blessed to have the most wonderful vet, Dr. Nick at Blackhawk Veterinary Hospital. Reba was also blessed to have my daughter, Jenn, a vet tech and manager at Blackhawk Veterinary Hospital. Because of them she had a comfortable life even though she had health issues.
My husband and I were blessed to have her and give her a comfortable and loving home for the last couple years of her life. She first came to our home for a doggie vacation (I was the doggie sitter) for for a week. 
About a year later, she needed a home. She was 12 when she came back to our house as a Foster dog. She never left. She became our sweet dog "furever" more! 
She required a lot of meds and I quickly found that feeding her 4 times a day was best because food wouldn't stick with her. She couldn't get up off the floor on her own, so for three months I stayed downstairs with her, and lifted her hind end when she needed it. One day I went upstairs, and all of a sudden, she was by my side, she came up the stairs! From then on she followed every step I took. She came alive when I was home and was a very different dog when I wasn't. 
The last time someone shared what they noticed about her personality was when the guys (who installed our new air conditioner a couple of weeks ago) commented to me what a different dog she was when I was gone from the house. Typically, she would just lay by the door until I came back home when she would once again come alive and follow me everywhere.
Eventually she became deaf, and later her eyesight started to go. After a couple of years her hind end started giving out again. 
She was one lucky girl to have so many care for and love her! It was as if she lived with us always...she will be forever be with me in my heart. Thank you Reba for coming to us and letting me care for you, you made my heart grow!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2015 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Birth Places Of My Ancestors

Thank you to J Paul Hawthorne, a fellow family historian, for the idea to list the birth places of our ancestors in a chart! It is fun to see in this format! 

Notice that I have three "Sweden" boxes with a question mark. My great grandfather's name was not on my grandfather's birth certificate and his father seems to be a mystery. I am however working on uncovering this with the help of DNA! 

There are a couple of possibilities at this point which would place each in Sweden, but no concrete proof, yet. But I do have Scandinavian roots, don't I?

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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Friday, March 18, 2016

A Birthday Gift To You Dad

Richard "Larry" Fleming
March 18, 1936 ~ August 26, 2015

June 21, 1966

The days are tough since you have gone. 

Last night I was at a birthday dinner and one gentleman who sat across from me reminded of you. Of course, knowing today is your birthday, I listened to him and watched him even more. Memories came flooding through me. Wonderful, loving, and funny memories. 

The family misses you more than you could ever know. You were, and still are, superman to me. You never "told" me what to do, you would say a few simple words, let me make my own decisions and watch me grow. I'm forever grateful for the life and trust you have always given me.

During one of our last conversations, I mentioned I wasn't happy with my weight (I hadn't been for many years). In your own typical way, you simply said, "Then why don't you do something about it?"  Period, the end, off to another subject.

Of course, coming from you dad, that was a profound statement which grew even more after you passed. Always making things sound so simple...I am so grateful you are no longer suffering. 

I once again took your words and ran with them. So, in honor of you, for your birthday, I want you to know, I listened to you once again. I couldn't do it before, no matter how hard I tried, but now, dad, you gave me the power to do it. 

To show how important you have been to me my whole life, and by you making it "simple," I have a birthday gift for you! 

Because I have always listened to you, I have now lost 60 pounds! Thank YOU!


Forever more I will always think, "What would dad say or do?"

Through my tears and heartache, I am hoping you know how important you were to me. I love and miss you so much!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Family Tree DNA ~ Lundberg & Westby

Unless you live on the East Coast, how many have heard of a little town in Maine named Bath?

If it weren't for my sister and her family moving there (my brother in law became a professor at the college there), I probably wouldn't have ever been aware of Bath. This past year I have been speaking with my husband about visiting the family and seeing this little town on a vacation. The photos I see are absolutely gorgeous!

Last month, I received notice that the DNA testing showed a new cousin. I went in to explore, finally, but not a name rang a bell to me.  The cousin supposedly was a 3rd generation cousin, but I do not see family meshing, yet.

This is ok, as I have another cousin who was found through the same DNA testing who lives in Finland. He has sent me his tree but I have not find a connection. The problem with that is, my grandfather's father is unknown, so I can't go very far in my tree to find the connection. I did read cousins may have been involved with cousins, which is not a surprise to me anymore. I originally explained to this "cousin" that I didn't see how we had a connection. Several years have passed and I have seen, heard and evaluated many things about this line, of course no real proof to anything really.

Thankfully my Finnish "Lundberg" cousin has stuck with me! He recently got in touch with me on some "probable" circumstances with all make sense to me. Still no proof, but things that bring up past memories, which prompt me to want to dig further again. But, let's put this on hold for a minute.

My birth father's DNA testing has now shared a cousin with me who was born in, are you Bath, Maine! Of course, I do not see where we would connect yet, but won't give up hope! This cousin would be a Westby cousin, my grandmother's line. Both lines of cousins have shown third or fourth generations of connection. 

I have not made contact with anyone in this line, the Westby's, yet. I did notice on the shared family tree an address where a couple of "would be" cousins were born, which prompted me to share the info with my sister, the one who lives there. She immediately replied that she knew the house and walks by it on occasion. The street is behind hers! She googled the house, shared some personal thoughts, and forwarded the link to me ~

My sister knows someone who lives on the street this house is located. She plans to speak to her to see what she can find out about who lives in this house now!

Do you think this gives me another reason to go to Bath, Maine?

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Wonderful Surprise!

My mother was not one to save much of anything. If it was not used anymore, off it went to the trash and further to the dumps. There are many items I wish I still had today, and have felt this was before I became involved in genealogy.

Recently I was removing photos from those ugly sticky photo albums of the 70's that belonged to my mother and father. I thought I had scanned and seen most all of their albums when my mother passed away in 2001. Upon my father's passing last year, several photo albums of theirs came to the surface.

When I picked them up, I realized I needed to get the photos out of these albums ASAP. I have my own albums I still need to remove photos from also. I enjoyed pulling them from my parents albums as I had not seen some of the photos before. I spent three and a half hours removing photos from four albums while listening and taking notes from a webinar. (Get in everything I can, make every minute count!) 

When I reached the end of the third album, an eight by ten photo of my sister was stuck in the page, I removed it and to my surprise, under this photo was a few pieces of paperwork. Interesting. I wonder what my mom put in here, the woman who saves nothing!

Well, I can't share my sister's photo, but I can share what was under it! I have never seen these documents! SOOO jazzed to have them!

Yes, he got his pilot's license! I will explain why this is so exciting for me to have in another post soon! It is amazing he ever received a pilots license! That was B-I-G congratualtions to my dad! 

So very thankful to have these! Way to go mom!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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