William Curtis Stitzel
Marjorie Haines
Elaine Louise Stitzel


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1. David Lory Beecher Sr.

Elaine Louise Stitzel 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 11 Oct 1935, York, York, PA 3 4
  • Marriage (1): David Lory Beecher Sr. on 30 Jun 1956 in York: St. Paul's (Wolf's) Church, York, PA 1 2

   FamilySearch ID: LF2L-TP3.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Residence: 78 Cool Creek Manor Dr, Wrightsville, PA, 17368-9685 in Wrightsville, York, PA.

2. Residence: 135 Irving Rd., York, PA on 30 Jun 1956 in York, York, PA. 1

3. Newspaper: Gazette and Daily: marriage of Elaine Louise Stitzel and David Lory Beecher, 2 Jul 1956, York, York, PA. 1 Elaine Stitzel Wed to David Beecher
Double ring ceremony is performed at St. Paul's Lutheran church.
(photo of the bride)

Elaine Louise Stitzel, daughter of Mrs. William Curtis Stitzel, 135 Irving road, and the late Mr. Stitzel, was married Saturday at 4 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran church to David Lory Beecher, Wyndham hills, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ward Beecher of Manchester.
Rev. Dr. Chester Simonton, pastor, assisted by Rev. Dr. Harry Saul, pastor of Christ Lutheran church, Manchester, performed the double ring ceremony in which the bridge was given in marriage by her maternal grandfather, William Haines.
The bride wore a gown of white Italian silk fashioned with a fitted bodice, short sleeves and long mitts. Aleneon lace was appliqued at the neckline and hipline, and the bouffant skirt fell into a cathedral train. Her fingertip veil of silk illusion fell from a Juliette cap of matching silk and lace embroidered with seed pearls.
She carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley, stephanotis and orchids with ivy foilage.
Patricia I. Kennedy, of Pittsburgh was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Henry J. Beecher, the bridegroom's sister in law; Christine Thomas, Judith Sidley, of Pottstown, and Alice Frost, Philadelphia. They wore gowns of white organdy embroidered in pink and accented with pink sashes, and white picture hats, also trimmed in pink.
The bridegroom's brother, Henry J. Beecher, served as best man, and his nephew, Stephen Beecher, acted as ring bearer. Ushers were John F. Funk, Albert G. Blakey, III, James Walsh, Edwin Galley, John Loucks and Harry Wisotskey, III.
The church was decorated with pink and white flowers and palms. Frank Renault, organist, played at the ceremony, after which a reception was held at Country Club of York.
The bride, a 1963 graduate of William Penn Senior High school, attended Bucknell University for three years. The bridegroom, a graduate of Staunton Military academy, Staunton, Va., and University of North Carolina, presently is employed as a partner at the Katharine Beecher Candy company, Manchester. The couple will reside at 835 Woodbury road, Grandview terrace, following a trip to Canada.

4. Residence: 119 E Franklin St, Ephrata, PA, 17522-2448 in 1995 in Ephrata, Lancaster, PA. 6

Elaine married David Lory Beecher Sr., son of Henry Ward Beecher and Katharine Beck Jacoby, on 30 Jun 1956 in York: St. Paul's (Wolf's) Church, York, PA.1 2 (David Lory Beecher Sr. was born on 26 Mar 1928 in Greensboro, Guilford, NC,7 8 9 died on 21 Oct 2017 in York, York, PA 5 9 and was buried on 25 Oct 2017 in Manchester: Manchester Union Cemetery, York, PA 5 9.)


1 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 2 Jul 1956, page 10. Marriage of Elaine Louise Stitzel and David Lory Beecher.

2 York County Courthouse, Pennsylvania, https://countyfusion2.kofiletech.us marriage license 1956-71609 Beecher David Lory and Stitzel Elaine Louise.

3 Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index (Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.), Volume 1.

4 1940 United States Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: York, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3646; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 67-163.

5 York Daily Record (York, PA), 23 October 2017, obituary of David Lory Beecher.

6 Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index (Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.), Vol. 1. Elaine S. Beecher, Ephrata, Pa.

7 1930 United States Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina; Roll: 1694; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 26; Image: 1137.0; FHL microfilm: 2341428.

8 FamilySearch.org, North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VHT3-7RW David L Beecher, 1928.

9 Find A Grave, https://new.findagrave.com/memorial/184517330.

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