The Free Union Homeschoolers' Cemetery Project Team (Rachel and Matthew
Danitz, Breighanna Gonzalez, Silas, Joseph and
Nathaniel Hernandez, Georgianna Natkie and Jack Wooldridge) and the
parents who assisted (Tammy and Rob Danitz, Lourdes Gonzalez, Michele
and Marco Hernandez,
Kathyann Natkie, Lorna and Phil Wooldridge) would like to thank:
- Chip Cochran for showing us around his funeral home and answering
many questions and also Judy McDonnell for arranging the visit.
- Eileen Greason for helping us make the most amazing grave
- Fred Otto for creating many wonderful DVDs for our group and
of our cemetery, our Civil War Museum, the meanings of markers and
other local cemeteries.
- The Wacky Worm Sisters, Carol Schminke and Lynette Courtney, for
explaining the decomposition process using red worms.
- Andy Drysdale, the curator at Shippen Manor, Oxford, for bringing
Civil War, WW1 and WW11 alive to us all. You did a wonderful job.
- Buddy Slifkin, from Keystone Memorial, who gave so generously of
time to explain to the children the memorial making process and to
Charles Ort for sharing information about rock types.
- Bill Vonder Haar for organizing our trip to see the King
- Casey (Catherine) Zahn, our geneologist and author, for inspiring
to dig deep to discover our family stories, history and treasures and
for helping us research our Cemetery families.
- Kathleen Tracy, author of two quilting books, one of which
mourning quilt the group created, for generously sharing further
information about such a quilt.
- Barbara Moscicki and her son Aquil for helping us create the
quilt. We couldn't have done it without you.
- Lisa Petronchak, Barbara Harrigan and Tamara Scully for sharing
and inspiring the children to think of themselves as journalists and
- The staff of NJHS, especially Maribel and Margaret, for all the
and assistance given.
- The Hopkins Family, especially Fay Jacob, for so generously
information about her Father Russell Clark Hopkins.
- Russell Petersen, our gravedigger, and his son Ron for allowing
see how a grave is dug and for sharing information about Otto Petersen.
- Richard Hartzell for sharing information about the Hopkins and
- John and Susan Parke for sharing so much of their family history
- Jill Butcher and Richard Moore from the Warren County Library
Headquarters in Belvidere, NJ, for their assistance with finding out
much more about many of our cemetery veterans.
- Sarah Mahmoud for contributing an article to our project.
- Pam Mahmoud, Rev. Jim Craig, Veena Nayak. Kathyann Natkie, Leslie
Kowalski, Elana Sarraf. Robin Herbison, Lourdes Gonzalez, Joan Tyminski
-Czapla and Susan Leuci for sharing their thoughts about the practices
and beliefs of their religion or culture.
- The homeschooling families who contributed to our Civil War and
This web site only covers a fraction of the work contained in the
cemetery project. To come and see the exhibit, please contact Lorna or Phil