Memorial Day Fishhawk Cemetery - A Pictorial of Passed Lives

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Fishhawk Cemetery Memorial Day- A Pictorial of Passed Lives




Fishhawk Cemetery is teeming with history from our local small community in Birkenfeld Oregon. There are names that go back generations of families that I currently know. This story of pictures serves as a testament to those who have passed and yet still remain to touch all of us.



It was an honor to walk through Fishhawk Cemetery on a gloriously warm day in mid May 2011. The treasures from the simplest to the most ornate were abundant to my photographic eye. From the drive up,



to the rustic and yet majestic sign gracing the entrance to the cemetery,





to the trees that gracefully hug the boundaries in and around the stones, I found this to be a magical place filled with solitude and solace. Fishhawk Cemetery Trees

There were symbols of what

each Johnston stone with daffodilperson

was like in life. Some happened to be living flowers, and some were even humorous.





Fishhawk Cemetery Healthy Choice Humor


There were two generations of veterans, side-by-side a father and son who'd both given their lives for our country in two very different wars.



The sun and skies brought shadows that played on the stones.

  Reaching Across the Grave

As I continued to spend time with each row of memorials, it brought about other opportunities for

Fishhawk Cemetery Stone L.and E.


Trees on Headstone

Bird Watches Over Grave


Each one had such a different feeling to it! The "art" in this lovely quiet place really spoke to me.

MAST Stone

I found myself loving all of these people and thanking them for the chance to share their lives.


Erickson 1826-1910

(It causes me to stop and ponder about the history of these people whom I shall never know).

Hoberg Plot

In memoriam


Tree Guarding Fishhawk Cemetery Entrance

 Gayle Rich-Boxman
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Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Gayle - I feel like I just walked through the Fishhawke Cemerty with you - who would of though a cemetery could be so beautiful and diverse - everythingfrom wind-chimes to a can of heart healthy Campbell's soup. You had quite the adventure GF - you're always filled with surprises! Look for an email tomorrow!

May 26, 2011 05:31 PM #20
Mimi Foster
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Oh, Gayle, I got goose-bumps when I saw what you said about your horse.  Aside from the fact that she is remarkable, what could you possibly make of such an action? Fascinating! I really love visiting your world.

May 26, 2011 05:34 PM #21
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I love going to old pioneer cemeteries to take pictures. The really old tombstones are really works of arts in some cases.

May 26, 2011 06:09 PM #22
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

KG/GF--It was so nice to finally have a perfect sunny day that I thought--I've gotta get OUT and take advantage of this, and honestly, this was the place I wanted to go! I even took the dogs.


Fishhawk Cemetery-Jenna Relaxes

The hard part was that I'd get down to take a shot and one of them would come over to get a hug...I would get an occasional tail in the picture, so those didn't make the "cut".

I look forward to your e-mail!

Mimi--Summer must have "horse-sense"! She was only interested in that one monument, no others. It was tall, too. She walked right up to it. I don't know if there was something in the stone that tasted good...that would be the sensible answer, but I like to think it was something more ethereal.

Todd--totally agree. I haven't been to Jacksonville, OR, but I'll bet there's some terrific tombstones there. Have you been there? If I recall, from my reading that was a big Oregon Trail destination, or more of a historical town in Oregon in the 1800's.



May 26, 2011 11:07 PM #23
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

I hope you Have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend Gayle!



May 27, 2011 03:52 AM #24
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

I'm doin' some business, hopefully--maybe it'll result in a sale, one can hope! Enjoy, everyone.

May 27, 2011 07:23 AM #25
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Gayle, I"m glad that I didn't read this post while my Dad was in the hospital with heart problems.  But, now that he is home with some nice medication, I can appreciate the beauty of your pictures. 

It is very interesting about Sommer liking that one stone.  I wonder if the owner might have been a horse person. 

I would love to know the story behind the Campbell's soup.  It's one of those things that will make everyone else wonder but it is a great sign of love by whomever left it.  

Wonderful post sharing another special spot in Fishhawk Lake.


May 28, 2011 12:19 PM #26
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gayle-I saw this on Facebook and it was wonderful seeing the pics again and reading all the comments. They are all such wonderful pics of not only the surroundings but the history and lives of all those who are laid to rest there and I didn't remember about you and your ashes being scattered there and also 1000 Islands. That is so fitting way for you because of your love of both places. I think it is pretty cool. Also didn't remember the tomato soup tribute, Would love to know the story behind that. I think my fav pic is the path. It is so peaceful looking. Like the road to heaven.

May 27, 2013 11:54 AM #27
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

we must remember our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, friends and acquaintances for their service to our country.  I thank my son for giving the ultimate sacrifice to this country.

May 27, 2013 12:51 PM #28
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Gayle, I enjoyed re-reading all the comments and appreciate seeing the photos again. The cemetery setting is just beautiful and I can imagine the family members of those interred there truly feel the peace and serenity.
May 27, 2013 01:24 PM #29
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Gayle, I loved this touching post and your beautiful photos and captions.  I cannot imagine a better way to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country of ours.

May 27, 2013 03:53 PM #30
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Gayle. This is so good. We can learn a lot at the cemetery. While I don't go often, I do find peace and information that surprises me when I do. Beautifully done.

May 27, 2013 09:32 PM #31
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Gayle, I am soooo happy I didn't miss this post and frankly, it sure deserves a feature....I hope you have a great week

May 28, 2013 12:16 AM #32
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sharon, I hadn't read all of the comments from last time recently, so you brought up points for me that I had forgotten, too. The tomato soup--oh, YES, I would love to know the story behind that one, too!! And it's always fun to see which photo is someone's favorite.

Mark, wow. Really hits home, doesn't it?  I can't imagine having a son or daughter go to war. Too emotional. That's why that particular father and son memorials was important for me to share as well as the others.

William, it feels INCREDIBLY peaceful there. I have to go back with my new camera and capture more.

Sharon, how sweet, thank you! We sometimes forget what Memorial Day is all about.

Sheila, you are SO right. That's my reaction going to a beautiful cemetery, too.

Kristin, just having you say that is blessing enough for me--and having you stop by!




May 28, 2013 12:27 AM #33
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Gayle, I enjoyed your walk through the cemetery. You captured the peace and tranquility that is often found on strolls like this. Have a good week.

May 28, 2013 12:43 AM #34
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Hi Gayle, hope you have a good memorial weekend. Great pictures you have here by the way. All the best and keep up the good work.
May 28, 2013 03:45 PM #35
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Gayle - This is a very nice post. It was touching that both the father and son died in two separate wars and were laid to rest together. Some of the artwork is beautiful. I know what you mean about trying to take a picture and getting doggie hugs instead - happened to me about twenty times yesterday with a lot of 'tail shots'. Have a good day!

May 29, 2013 01:27 AM #36
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Debbie, it was a lovely stroll for us, too!

Katerina, thanks for all of your recent comments on my posts--very nice of you!

Lisa, wasn't that? And I had forgotten that I included a picture of our dear Jenna, our Golden who is smiling...we lost her last year, a year almost to the day that I took this.

May 29, 2013 04:27 AM #37
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
Nice post Gayle. Thank you for sharing!
Jul 19, 2013 01:29 AM #38
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
Hello Gayle, I loved this touching post I really appreciate seeing  your beautiful pictorial of passed lives at Fishhawk Cemetery. Thank you for sharing Have a great week ahead!
Jul 24, 2013 07:11 AM #39
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