William M. Beacher
(1838-1900)
Priscilla Brigitta Weary
(1853-1903)
George Sverha
(1855-1921)
Dorothy Seval
(1863-1941)
John Jacob Beacher
(1889-1919)
Anna B. Sverha
(1894-1970)
George Michael Beacher Sr.
(1915-1969)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Victoria Josephine Twardzik

George Michael Beacher Sr. 3 4 5 6 7 8

  • Born: 24 May 1915, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 3 4 5 8
  • Marriage (1): Victoria Josephine Twardzik on 26 Dec 1944 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 1 2
  • Died: 31 Oct 1969, Wilkes-Barre: Veterans Hospital, Luzerne, PA at age 54 1 3 5 7
  • Buried: 5 Nov 1969, Shenandoah: Annuciation Cemetery, Schuylkill, PA 5

   Another name for George was Buddy Beacher.1 7 9

  Noted events in his life were:

1. He appeared on the census in 1920 in Mahanoy Twp., Schuylkill, PA. 4 The head of the household is Anna Beacher (age 25). She is a widow living with her daughter Mae (6); son George (4 years 7 months); and Anna (1 year 4 months.) Anna has no occupation.

However, we can assume who her father and mother are. Also in the same rental housing where Anna lives is a household headed by George Sverha (65, coal miner) and Dora (54). Both are listed as being born in Austria, Solvak. George immigrated in 1886. Dora and son John immigrated in 1887. All were naturalized in 1893. Their children living with them are John (34); George (20); Susan (23); Joseph (19): and Michael (17). The census was recorded on January 9, 1920.

2. He appeared on the census in 1940 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 10 In the 1940 Census at 524 E. Centre St. in Shenandoah was living George Beacher (indexed in census as Beacker}, coal miner, age 23, son, along with his mother, Anna Neumeister, seamstress in a factory, 45, and her 2nd husband Fred Neumeister, carpenter in the coal industry, 64. George was born in Shenandoah, Anna in Yatesville, and Fred in Lavelle.

3. Occupation: P. & R. C. & I. Company, Knickerbacher Colliery, Yatesville, PA on 16 Oct 1940 in Yatesville, Schuylkill County, PA. 11

4. He was described as 5' 11" 195 lbs., blue eyes, blonde hair, ruddy complexion on 16 Oct 1940 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 11

5. He resided at 524 E. Centre St., Shenandoah, PA on 16 Oct 1940 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 8

6. He served in the military in 1942-1945 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 5 12 He was a veteran of Guadalcanal in World War II, serving in the Marine Corps with a rank of Corporal. He enlisted 11 May 1942 in Philadelphia and was discharged 27 Feb 1945 in Philadelphia. His number was 389302.

7. Occupation: miner on 26 Dec 1944 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 2

8. He had a residence in 1969 in Shenandoah Heights, Schuylkill County, PA. 5 124 Schuylkill Avenue, Shenandoah Heights, Pa.

9. He resided at 124 Schuylkill Ave., Shenandoah Heights, PA on 7 Jun 1969 in Shenandoah Heights, Schuylkill County, PA. 6

10. Obituary: Evening Herald: obituary of George M. Beacher on 31 Oct 1969 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 13 George (Buddy) Beacher of 124 Schuylkill Avenue, Shenandoah Heights, a veteran of World War II with the U.S. Marines, died shortly before noon today, in the VA Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, where he had been a patient since May.
Born in Shenandoah and educated in the local schools, he was the son of Anna (Numeister) and the late John Beacher. He was a member of the Annuciation BVM Church.
Surviving are his wife, the former Tusha Twardzik; three sons, Michael, serviing with the U.S. Navy in Key West, Fla; John and Joseph, at home; two daughters, Barbara, wife of Edward Eiche; and Elaine, wife of John Harkins, of Shenandoah Heights; two sisters, May, wife of George Zitkus and Anna, wife of Peter Zagorsky both of Shenandoah. Also one grandchild.
J. A. Oravitz and Sons have charge.

11. Obituary: Pottsville Republican: obituary of George M. Beacher on 31 Oct 1969 in Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA. 14

12. Newspaper: Evening Herald Beacher Rites, 1 Nov 1969, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 15 Beacher Rites
Funeral services for George (Buddy) Beacher, of 124 Schuylkill avenue, Shenandoah Heights, will be Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Oravitz Home for Funerals, 38-40 North Jardin street.
Requiem High Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. in the Annuciation BVM Church. Burial will be in Annuciation Cemetery. Viewing is Monday and Tuesday 6 until 10 p.m. with Scriptural Service Tuesday evening.
J. A. Oravitz and Sons in charge.

13. Newspaper: Evening Herald: Funeral of George Beacher, 5 Nov 1969, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 16 George Beacher
Funeral services were held for George (Buddy) Beacher, 124 Schuylkill avenue, Shenandoah Heights, from the Oravitz Home for Funerals.
High Requiem Mass was celebrated in Annunciation BVM Church by Rev. Thomas Kerestus. Rev. John A. Auchter, of St. Mauritius Church, Ashland, was present in the sanctuary. Anna Jones, organist, was accompanist for the choir.
REv. Kerestus presided at interment in the parish cemetery.
The Shenandoah Valley High School football team, led by Coach Geno Poli, and the Cardinal Brennan HIgh School team paid last respects Monday evening. Scripture services were conducted Tuesday evening by Rev. John Nugent and the Liturgical Society. Sisters of St. Joseph's and St. Mauritius Churches, Ashland; Cardinal Brennan High School, Annunciation and St. George's Churches, Shenandoah, also paid last respects.
The senior class of Cardinal Brennan High School attended the Mass.
Pallbearers were Joseph Brennan, Joseph Smyjunas, Albert Zitkus, Peter Kacelowicz, John Yancofsky an dClement Kubilus.
J. A. Oravitz and Sons had charge.


George married Victoria Josephine Twardzik, daughter of Jacob J. Twardzik and Victoria R. Baranik, on 26 Dec 1944 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA.1 2 (Victoria Josephine Twardzik was born on 19 Feb 1922 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA,2 17 18 19 died on 1 Sep 2002 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 17 18 19 and was buried in Shenandoah: Annuciation Cemetery, Schuylkill, PA 19.)


Sources


1 Beacher, Bruce Franklin, Beau-Chere, The Beacher Family Newsletter, Issue 1 Jun 1978.

2 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KMZH-1ZJ George M Beacher and Victoria J Twardzik, 26 Dec 1944; citing , Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States, ; FHL microfilm 2134037.

3 U.S. Social Security Death Index.

4 1920 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Mahanoy Township, Enumeration District 49 Sheet 7 Visit 33.

5 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012 (Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives and History. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Number: Series 1-1; Folder Number: 27. Burial card for George M. Beacher.

6 Shenandoah Evening Herald (Shenandoah, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania.), 23 Jun 1969, page 8. Wedding of Lorna May Steadman and G. Michael Beacher.

7 Shenandoah Evening Herald (Shenandoah, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania.), 15 Apr 1970, page 19. Obituary of Mrs. Anna Neumeister.

8 Ancestry.com, U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.), George Michael Beacher, b. 24 May 1915.

9 Beacher, Bruce Franklin, Beau-Chere, The Beacher Family Newsletter, Issue 1 Sep 1978.

10 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQNN-DZ4 Fred Neumeister, Ward 1, Shenandoah, Shenandoah Borough, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 54-148, sheet 1B, family 14.

11 Ancestry.com, U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.), B. Donald Beacher, b 9 Dec 1913.

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

13 Shenandoah Evening Herald (Shenandoah, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania.), 31 Oct 1969, page 17. Obituary of George (Buddy) Beacher.

14 Pottsville Republican (Pottsville, Schuylkill County, PA), 31 Oct 1969, page 24. Obituary of George M. Beacher.

15 Shenandoah Evening Herald (Shenandoah, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania.), 1 Nov 1969, page 9. Funeral of George (Buddy) Beacher.

16 Shenandoah Evening Herald (Shenandoah, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania.), 5 Nov 1969, page 13. Funeral of George (Buddy) Beacher.

17 Social Security Death Index.

18 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), Victoria Josephine Beacher, SSN 192222342.

19 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=150907345.



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