|Saint Mary Cemetery: Assumption, Ohio|
We have taken a number of pictures of graves and posted them on Find A Grave for their loved ones to see. Usually, the photos are for people doing family genealogy and live too far to travel to get a picture. We have not been able to take pictures of graves for some time...but recently Ray got a message on his Flickr page from someone living in France. This person had seen Ray's pictures of some cemeteries and noticed that he lived in Ohio. She asked if Ray could take a picture of one of her ancestors. We decided that would be a fun adventure...the little town, Assumption, was not too far.
The names were: Victor L. DeLafontaine, born Jan.1, 1889- died October 18, 1945 and Julia DeLafontaine born 1898-died 1936 They were buried in row 26 section B.
Last week, on a sunny day, when the snow was melting fast we drove the country roads to Assumption and found the Saint Mary Cemetery. We knew where it was because our friends Megan and Jason Brunner were married at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish a couple of years ago. The cemetery was across the street. It was small. That was good, because most of the snow had not melted there. We could not find any markers of where Section B might be...so we guessed. We counted down 26 rows and began to search. It reminds me of Easter Egg hunting. Sometimes we can not find the gravesites, which is disappointing. We were determined to find Victor and Julia....but realized we must have figured wrong on where Section B was.
It's a small cemetery...so we split up and began our own searches.
"I found it!" I shouted...but Ray was too far away to hear...so I called him on his cell. Of course, he had to ask what name was etched on the stone. "Clarence and Thelma Lafontaine" was my reply. Of course, I realized that it was not the right name...close, but not the right one. So...the search continued. The snow was mushy...the grass was slick and swampy...but we were determined. We walked from the front to the back and there... about four fifths of the way...right about in the middle...I saw them...two stones...one with Victor L. DeLafontaine and the one next to it was Julia DeLafontaine.
Ray took some pictures (I had left my camera on the kitchen table.) I was directing. "Get the statue and windmill in this shot to show what a beautiful setting this is." I said. Ray stooped low and took a few shots...the snow was icy there...Ray slipped...Ray's back slipped as he caught himself. He slowly stood up to see what damage had been done (this has happened before).
|This is the shot with the statue and windmill...the one Ray was taking when he slipped.|
"It's okay," he said, "Not too bad, but I am going to the van." He handed me the camera and I spent the next half hour taking a number of shots. Here are some. I know the person will be happy to get pictures of her ancestor's graves. Now...Ray's back needs to mend a bit and we will be on another adventure to a cemetery.
NEWS FLASH!!!! We just got an email from the woman who asked if Ray could take the picture. Here it is....so glad we were able to do this...and we learned part of the story of Victor and Julia.
Thank you SO MUCH !!!
I asked the school just next St Mary cemetery to put some flowers for my aunt and uncle, so they did last October :)
I'm glad they have visitors !! Frustrated being in France, can't visit them.
Julia was born in East France, and came to USA at 15's. Victor and her moved to France, early 20s so as to marry, and came back to Ohio. They were naturalized and became American.
My grandma used to talk to me about her American auntie, and we never believed her ! :-D
Some genealogy searches permitted me find their graves.
Don't know why I wanted to find them, but it was very strange...and I finally found their graves on October, month of Victor's death anniversary...very. very strange !!!
I don't know how it works in USA, concerning the graves. Do you think someone is taking care of Julia and Victor's graves ? I've never found if they had children...
Thank you again, you made us very happy !!