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Looking for a 'permanent residence'

Posted: Monday, March 02, 2009

As an avid genealogist of some 30 years, I can attest to the importance of cemeteries and their records. In 1982, my family spent hours in a small, quiet, well-kept graveyard in Alma, Neb., carefully checking headstones for information on deceased family members.

Several years later, my eldest son and I spent a full day in the beautiful 478-acre Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y. Map in hand, we recorded family information from headstones dating back to the mid-1800s. The peace and beauty of that cemetery, set right in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, was delightful.

I appreciate so much the voices still being raised in support of the lovely acreage between Redoubt and Marydale Avenues in Soldotna. Although I live outside the city proper, it is still my city, and I would expect a cemetery in Soldotna to become the "permanent residence" for my remains when that time comes.

As Peggy Mullins said, none of us are getting any younger. I find it sad that some of my acquaintances are purchasing burial plots in Anchorage rather than take a chance at an airport burial. Let's hear from some of the rest of you outside the city limits.

Sally Oelrich


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