Restoring family history at a final resting placeBy Goldie RappJan. 7, 2019 TISKILWA – Cecille Gerber of Tiskilwa, along with her relatives, embarked on a family project this past summer to help honor their ancestors’ resting place. [Illinois Valley Living photo/Goldie Rapp]Cecille Gerber of Tiskilwa points to the hand-carved sign her cousin, Cynthia Steimle of California, made to have erected in the old cemetery. [Illinois Valley Living photo/Goldie Rapp]Cecille Gerber of Tiskilwa shows the grave of her great-great-grandmother, Akada Nook Steimle. [Illinois Valley Living photo/Goldie Rapp]One the restoration projects at the Old St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery completed this summer was the staining of the stairs that lead up to the plot of land. [Photo contributed]On a sunny day in early November, Cecille Gerber’s nephew David Gerber (left) and his son Collin (right) of Edwardsville joined her to plant bulbs to bloom next spring in Old St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, located two miles west of Tiskilwa. [Illinois Valley Living photo/Goldie Rapp]Cecille Gerber snaps a quick photo of one of the old monuments of a veteran buried at the Old St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. [Illinois Valley Living photo/Goldie Rapp]The grave of Akada Nook Steimle, who died in 1879. Akada's name is spelled "Ackda" on the monument and today can be pronounced, "Agatha." [Illinois Valley Living photo/Goldie Rapp]When Cecille Gerber of Tiskilwa decided to give a 19th century cemetery some much-needed attention, she turned to her family for help, including a distant cousin, Cynthia Steimle of Davis, California, who made a new sign for the cemetery where members of the Gerber family are buried.