Sharing my photos of myself and Joan D. (Szczepankiewicz) Stevens of Lorain taken at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio on April 9, 2017.
While at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, I decided its time to visit the gravesite of some of my Szczepankiewicz family members from my maternal grandmother’s family. Specifically, Stanley Szczepankiewicz and his wife Sophie’s gravesites.
While walking toward the gravestone, I immediately saw a lady finishing up decorating it with Easter flowers. I decided to walk up and ask her if she is Joan Stevens, the daughter of Stanley and Sophie, whom I had written to over the years but not received recent replies from, unfortunately. She said she was indeed Joan Stevens, so we struck up a conversation and I told her about my maternal great-grandmother’s gravesite in another section that she said she had never visited before. I mentioned that if she had time to follow us there, I would show it to her. My maternal great-grandmother is Antonina Szczepankiewicz. So we stopped at my ancestor’s gravesite where my husband took our photo standing by it. Afterward, we drove up to another section of the cemetery to visit the gravesites of Joan’s grandparents Antoni and Victoria (Krokos) Szczepankiewicz. Antoni and Antonina were siblings.
Meeting Joan so unexpectedly certainly was the highlight of my day. She is such a remarkable person that at age 85 and after overcoming major health issues, still drives out to decorate her parents’ gravesites. I pray she is able to continue with her visits for many years to come.
A colorized version of a 1940s era photograph of my mother enjoying a fishing vacation with my father, Harry Limes, at Thunder Bay, Michigan.
Both of my parents enjoyed fresh water fishing; mostly on Lake Erie, but also on vacations at other Great Lakes spots like Thunder Bay, Alpena, Michigan.
My mother was always up for an adventure, and she became not only a wife, but my father’s best fishing buddy!
Thanking Scott Andersen of the Greenfield Historical Society for sharing this photograph that he took and added to the Peter Johnson Barkley Find A Grave Memorial.
This gravestone was uncovered during the hands-on cemetery preservation workshop that was held June 25, 2016. It had been buried at the cemetery for many decades.
Sharing photographs of Century Park in Lorain, Ohio taken June 1, 2016.
What many visitors to the North Market area (and beyond) may not know is that they’re walking and driving over parts of a cemetery from the 1800s.