Hubert Bury
(1857-1912)
Martha Alwine Sophie Papenkuhl
(1866-1904)
Elias Henry Knerr
(1849-1909)
Sarah Isabella Diehl
(1854-1941)
Frank Henry Bury
(1886-1959)
Katie Isabelle Knerr
(1884-1972)
Isabel Martha Bury
(1919-2014)

 

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Spouses/Children:
John Henry Beacher

Isabel Martha Bury 2 3 4

  • Born: 29 Sep 1919, Allentown, Lehigh, PA 5
  • Marriage: John Henry Beacher on 29 Nov 1942 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 1
  • Died: 16 May 2014, Snellville, Gwinnett, GA at age 94
  • Buried: Allentown: Grandview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA

  General Notes:

Isabel Martha was named after her two grandmothers.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. She appeared on the census in 1920 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 6 The census recorded renting at the rear of 1114 Oak Street: Frank H. Bury, credit clerk at wholesale coal company, 34, living with wife Katy I. Bury, 35; Myra E., 8; Hubert H., 7; Betty M., 4 years 11 months; Adell J., 2 years 6 months; and Isabel M., 3 months. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania except Frank's parents were born in Germany.

2. She resided at a home in Bethlehem, PA in 1925.

3. She appeared on the census in 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 7 The 1930 census recorded owning a $12,000 home at 1240 Turner Street: Frank H. Bury, assistant credit manager at cement company, 44, living with wife Katie I., 45; and children Myra E., 18; Hubert H., 17; Betty M., 15; Adell J., 12; and Isabel M., 10. Also in the home was mother-in-law Isabel Knerr, 76. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania except Frank's parents were born in Germany. The household had a radio.

4. She resided at 1611 1/2 Turner Street, Allentown, PA in 1935.

5. She graduated from Allentown High School in 1937.

6. She resided at 26 N West Street in 1940 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.

7. She appeared on the census in 1940 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 8 The 1940 Census recorded Frank Bury, assistant credit manager in a cement company, 53, living with wife Katie, 55; Adelle, clerk in bank, 22; Isabel, 20; and mother-in-law Isabelle Knerr, 86. They were living at 26 North West Street in Allentown.

8. She graduated from Cedar Crest College in 1941 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.

9. She graduated from Lehigh University where she did her post graduate work. Master of Science. From 1941 to 1944 in Bethlehem, Lehigh, PA.

10. She worked as a teacher of Home Economics at Liberty High School in Bethlehem From 1941 to 1944 in Bethlehem, Lehigh, PA.

11. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: engagement of Isabel Martha Bury and John Henry Beacher, 29 Sep 1942, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 3 ISABEL M. BURY
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bury of 26 N. West St., announce the engagement of their daughter. Isabel Martha, to John Henry Beacher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Beacher of 224 S. 16th St. Miss Bury was graduated from Allentown High school with the class of 1937. While a student at high school she was active in dramatics and was a member of the national honorary society and the Lambda Sigma Tau sorority. She was emanated with honors from Cedar Crest in 1941 where she studied home economics, At present she is home economics instructor at Liberty High school, Bethlehem. She is a member of St. James Evangelical and Reformed church. Mr. Beacher was graduated from Allentown High school with the class of 1934 and Penn State in 1939. He received his master's degree in entomology from Ohio State university in inn and has been employed as economic entomologist by the State of Delaware. While at Penn State he was a member of Alpha Zeta honorary agriculture fraternity. He is a member of Grace Evangelical Congregational church.

12. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Isabel M. Bury Weds Sergeant J. H. Beacher, 29 Nov 1942, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 9 Isabel M. Bury Weds Sergeant J. H. Beacher

Isabel M. Bury, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bury. 26 N. West St., will become the bride of Sergeant John Henry Beacher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Beacher, 224 S. 16th St., at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Dr. Frederick Seitz, guest pastor of St. James Evangelical and Reformed church of which the bride is a member, will officiate at the ceremony in the presence of only the immediate families. The couple will be unattended. Miss Bury was graduated from Allentown High school with the Class of 1937 and from the home economics department of Cedar Crest college in 1941. She is home economics instructor at Liberty High school, Bethlehem. Sergeant Beacher was graduated from Allentown High school in 1934 and from Penn State in 1939. He received his master's degree in entomology from Ohio State university in 1941 and was economic entomologist for the State of Delaware prior to his induction in the U. S. Army. At Penn State he was a member of Alpha Zeta honorary agriculture fraternity and is a member of Grace Evangelical Congregational church of Allentown. The bridegroom is home on a 15-day furlough from Camp Cooke, California, where he is in the Medical Battalion. Following a reception at the Bury home for the immediate families, the couple will leave for Split Rock in the Poconos.

13. Newspaper: Morning Call: Marriage Applications: John H. Beacher and Isabel M. Bury, on 29 Nov 1942, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 10 10 John H. Beacher, 224 S. I6th St., sergeant, U. S. Army, son of Benjamin and Bertha Beacher, and Isabel M. Bury, 26 N. West St., teacher, daughter of Frank H. and Katie I. Bury.

14. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Mrs. John Beacher, Personality Plus Club, 1 Apr 1943, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 11 Personality-Plus Club Presents Two Skits at High School Assembly
The Personality-Plus club of Bethlehem High school, under the direction of Mrs. John Beacher, presented two skits at the weekly assembly Wednesday afternoon, in the school auditorium. The first skit was on the type of clothes to wear in the class room. Those taking part were Betty Behrine, teacher; Hean Knauss, Doris Hensinger, Jean Holland, Richard Griffiths, Robert Beiber and Randall Johnson, Joyce Ritz, Margaret Johnson, Joyce Ludwig. Robert Standing, Pete Lukehart and Richard Emrey, pupils. The second skit concerns clothes and behavior on "a date." In the cast were Dorothy Relman, Elva Dollar, Jean Clause, Bob Bieber and Dick Emrey, Ann Neimeister, Rita Clayton, Doris Savastio, Robert Standing and Randall Johnson. Ann Neimeister led the devotional exercises, and Jean Clause the singing of "America." Mary Casciano, president of the club, was the narrator for the skit. Rita Clayton gave a short address stressing the importance of not buying unnecessary clothes, and that the students should take care of clothing they have now.

15. She worked as a kitchen manager From 1944 to 1945 in Lake Harmony: Split Rock Lodge, Carbon, PA.

16. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call, 19 Aug 1945, Page 3. 12 Lieutenant and Mrs. R. L. Beacher of Panama City, Fla., are visiting Lieutenant Beacher's parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Beacher, of 224 S. 16th St. Lieutenant and Mrs. John Beacher will leave today for Tampa, Fla., where Lieutenant John is stationed at the Malaria Control Center.

17. She had a residence in 1946 in Newark, New Castle, DE.

18. Newspaper: Morning Call: David Beacher born, on 30 Jan 1946, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 13 13 Mr. and Mrs. John Beacher of 54 E. Main St., Newark. Del., became the parents of their first child, a son, born at 11 p. m. Sunday in the Woman's General hospital, Wilmington, Del. Grandparents of the boy, who weighs five pounds, seven ounces, and will be named David, are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bury of 26 N. West St., and Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Beacher of 224 S. 16th St.

19. She resided at 28 Lerome Place, Teaneck, NJ in 1950 in Teaneck, Bergen, NJ.

20. Member of First Methodist Church of Englewood, NJ. In 1950 in Englewood, Bergen, NJ.

21. She resided at 80 Prior Court, Oradell, NJ 07649 From 1957 to 1985 in Oradell, Bergen, NJ.

22. She was elected as Served on Board of Education in Oradell, NJ From 1959 to 1962 in Oradell, Bergen, NJ.

23. First Congregational Church, River Edge, NJ From 1960 to 1985 in River Edge, Bergen, NJ.

24. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call:, on 18 Nov 1962, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 14 14 Mrs. Frank Bury will be spending Thanksgiving in Connecticut at the New Canaan home of her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Matt Alderman and family. They'll be joined by Mrs. Bury's daughter Isabel and her family, the John Beachers of Oradell, N. J., for the occasion.

25. She resided at 106 McEwen, Niceville, FL From 1985 to 1999 in Niceville, Okaloosa, FL.

26. Niceville Methodist Church, Niceville, FL From 1985 to 1999 in Niceville, Okaloosa, FL.

27. She had a residence From 1999 to 2005 in Atlanta, Fulton, GA. Isabel moved to Atlanta to live with her son, Jonathan, who was her caretaker. She had Alzheimer's disease and gradually lost her memory. Her macular degeneration caused her to gradually lose her sight by the time she was 92. She suffered 3 mini-strokes and 3 seizures. She had Type A lymphoma plus numerous treatments for skin cancer. At age 93 she developed breast cancer.

28. Her obituary was published in the Isabel Martha Bury Beacher on 16 May 2014 in Atlanta, Fulton, GA. Isabel Martha Beacher (1919-2014)
Isabel Martha Beacher, 94, passed peacefully at the Embracing Hospice in Snellville, Georgia, from complications arising from lymphoma, breast cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. Born September 29, 1919 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, she was the youngest child of Frank Henry Bury and Katie Isabelle Knerr. Isabel loved to tell everyone she was named "for her two old grandmothers, Isabella Sarah Diehl, and Martha Papenkuhl."
She was graduated from Allentown High School in 1937, and Cedar Crest College in 1941, in which year she became a home economics teacher at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Isabel met her husband, John Henry Beacher, as teens while serving as Boy and Girl Scout camp counselors in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania. Isabel was the only Girl Scout willing to help care for John's collection of pet snakes. On 29 Nov 1942 they were married in Allentown.

Isabel devoted most of her life to helping people in need as a volunteer at the First Methodist Church of Englewood, N.J.; the First Congregational Church of River Edge, N.J.; and the First Methodist Church of Niceville, Florida, where she moved in 1985. In 1999 she came to Atlanta, Georgia to live with her son until her death.

She is predeceased by her husband who died February 11, 1985; her parents; brother Hubert Bury; and sisters Myra Behringer, Elizabeth Alderman and Adell Stiles. She is survived by son David Beacher, of Mount Dora, Florida; son Jonathan Beacher of Atlanta, Georgia; and daughter Martha Isabel Fisher of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland; grandsons J Scott Beacher of Los Angeles, California; Brandon Beacher of Atlanta, Georgia; Paul Fisher of Prince Frederick, Maryland; and granddaughter Hannah Fisher Cadigan of Mount Airy, Maryland.

The family will hold private services and interment at Grandview Cemetery in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Isabel's name to Alzheimer's Association at https://www.alz.org


Isabel married John Henry Beacher, son of Benjamin Franklin Beacher Jr. and Bertha Priscilla Snyder, on 29 Nov 1942 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.1 (John Henry Beacher was born on 13 Oct 1916 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA,5 15 16 17 died on 11 Feb 1985 in Niceville: Twin Cities Hospital, Okaloosa, FL 18 and was buried in Feb 1985 in Allentown: Grandview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 16.)


Sources


1 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFWQ-QBF John Henry Beacher and Isabel M. Bury, 1942.

2 Beacher, Isabel Bury, Records of Isabel Bury Beacher (Her family calendar).

3 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 29 Sep 1942, page 23. Engagement Martha Isabel Bury and John Henry Beecher.

4 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 18 Jun 1959, page 55. Obituary of Frank H. Bury.

5 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, Pennsylvania Birth Certificate (http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=168&Q=229939
Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records
101 South Mercer Street
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16101
(724) 656-3100).

6 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Allentown Ward 7, Lehigh, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1588; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 169; Image: 512.

7 1930 United States Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2063; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0031; Image: 357.0; FHL microfilm: 2341797.

8 1940 United States Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3544; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 39-48.

9 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 29 Nov 1942, page 17. Marriage of Isabel M. Bury and John Henry Beacher.

10 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 29 Nov 1942, page 16.

11 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 1 Apr 1943, page 3.

12 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 19 Aug 1945, page 3.

13 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 30 Jan 1946, page 6.

14 Allentown Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 18 Nov 1962, page 32.

15 U.S. Social Security Death Index.

16 Genealogy Research conducted by Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. (1919-2004).

17 Ancestry.com, U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.), John Henry Beacher, b. 13 Oct 1916.

18 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 179-18-6980.



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