I keep getting booted off AOL as I try and get this note to you, so am trying again (and typing real fast).
As promised, I picked my sister's brain. Here's what she said, and I also want to make a correction.
I told you earlier we believed Harry Vitemb's wife was named Minnie. That was wrong. Minnie Vitemb was Harry's mother. She was Minnie Melnick Vitemb. Harry Vitemb was my dad's cousin, and his aunt was Minnie. My sister made the connection, as she recalled hearing my dad talk about his Aunt Minnie. Sorry for the confusion. Sounds like the Bessie you referred to is also my dad's aunt.
Re Sally... Back in the late 80's, my sister wanted to learn more about my dad's side of the family. Someone she was talking to about genealogy suggested that, in order to meet her relatives, she attend the services held at the cemetery on a Jewish holiday. My sister couldn't recall the name of the day being celebrated, but said it falls sometime in August or September and is a form of a Jewish memorial day. Anyway, while she was there, she was introduced to a woman referred to as Aunt Sally. Family members pointed out to my sister that Sally was the one to talk to when it comes to learning who is related to who. My sister -- her name is Marilyn Miller by the way -- was shown around the cemetery some by Sally. Sally is supposedly my dad's aunt (a half sister to his father).
Unfortunately, Sally died in 1989 and my dad and my sister attended her service on Christmas day, 1989. (That little outing angered my mom because it interfered with our planned Christmas dinner.) My sister also mentioned to me that during her two visits to the cemetery back in the late 80's, she met a Bessie. (Bessie Melnick xxxxxx). Bessie offered to help Marilyn with any questions re her ancestry. Marilyn can't recall what Bessie's last name is, but thinks she is the Bessie who died earlier this year. A last name of Wugmann or something. My sister regrets that she never got back in touch with her.
Do you know if that is the same Bessie Melnick as Minnie's sister?
My sister asked me to ask you if you ever met Mrs. Burg. Mrs. Burg was the lady who lived in the little house on the cemetery property and looked after things. She said Mrs. Burg has since passed away, and the little house has been torn down, but Mrs. Burg was a wealth of information while she was alive.
Hope all this makes sense and that you can help me fill in the blanks.
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