James B. Beecher
Anna Garis
John Henry Beecher
Ella M. Godfrey
James Beecher
Grace Rebecca Beecher
Rhea Angela Beecher


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1. Edward Bernard Maff Sr.

Rhea Angela Beecher 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 15 Apr 1919, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA 2 3
  • Marriage (1): Edward Bernard Maff Sr. on 15 Apr 1939 in Frederick: St. John's Catholic Church, Frederick, MD, USA 1
  • Died: 2 Dec 2011, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA at age 92 3
  • Buried: 6 Dec 2011, Paxtang: Paxtang Cemetery, Dauphin, PA 3

   FamilySearch ID: LRPW-86P.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1920 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 2 The 1920 census recorded at 932 Penn Street in Harrisburg: James M. Bucher [indexed wrong, handwriting looks like Beecher], laborer railroad, 35, living with wife Grace R., 27; Gladys C., 7; Elizabeth D., 6; Madeline V., 2 years 5 months, and Rhea A., 8 months when the census was recorded on 5 Jan 1920. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania, except James and his parents in Maryland.

2. Newspaper: Harrisburg Evening News: "Birthday Club: Today is the birthday of Rhea Beecher, 932 Penn street.", 15 Apr 1926, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 6

3. Census in 1930 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 7 The 1930 census recorded at 1210 Susquehanna Street: Grace R. Beecher, widowed, 39, living with single daughters Gladys C., child's nurse for private family, 18; Elizabeth D., 16; Madeline V., 12; and Rhea A., 10.

4. Newspaper: Evening News: marriage of Rhea A. Beecher and Edward B. Maff, 6 Dec 1939, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 1 Announce Marriage
The wedding of Miss Rhea A. Beecher, daughter of Mrs. Grace Beecher, 1210 Susquehanna street, to Edward B. Maff, of Mahanoy City, has been announced by Mrs. Beecher. The ceremony took place on April 15, in the rectory of St. John's Catholic Church, Frederick, Md.

5. Census in 1940 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 8 The 1940 census recorded at 1210 Susquehanna Street: Grace R. Beecher, widowed, 39, living with 3 daughters Elizabeth D., single, 25; Madeline V., single, saleslady retail clothing, 22; and Rhea A. Maff, married, 20. Also in the home was lodger Robert W. McMollen, iceman, 59. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania and lived in the same house in 1935.

6. Newspaper: Evening News: Entertain at Surprise Shower for Recent Bride, 24 Feb 1940, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 9 Mrs. Edward Maff, the former Miss Rhea Beecher, was enteretained last night at a surprise shower given by Miss Norma L. Hoffman at her home, 437 Harris street.
Those present were : Mrs. James B. Beecher, Miss Jean Keys, Mrs. Robert Lang, Mrs. C. Fred Hoffman, Mrs. Jessie Cree Gourley, Mrs. George B. Long, Miss Ruth Backastow, Mrs. Kreider, Miss Betty Beecher, Mrs. Frank Bankler and Miss Madeline Beecher.

7. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: Births: "Mr. And Mrs. Edward R. Maff, 1109 Penn street, a daughter, August 15. Mrs. Maff was Miss Rhea A. Beecher.", 19 Aug 1947, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 10

8. Census in 1950 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 11 The 1950 census recorded at 1109 Penn Street: Edward Maff, office work at air depot, 36, living with wife Rhea, 30; Madeline, 9; Julia Ruth, 5; and Angela Rhea, 2. Also in the home is mother-in-law Grace Beecher, salad woman at air depot, widowed, 58, and her daughter Elizabeth Beecher, saleswoman at drug store, 35. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

9. Residence: on 28 Jun 2000 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 5

10. Residence: on 28 Aug 2004 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 12

11. Obituary: Patriot News on 4 Dec 2011 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 13 Rhea Angela Beecher Maff, 92, of Harrisburg, passed away peacefully Friday, December 2nd, at home with her loving family by her side. She was the widow of Edward B. Maff, Sr. Rhea was born in Harrisburg, PA on April 15, 1919 daughter of the late James and Grace Beecher. She was the youngest of four siblings and was preceded in death by her three sisters, Gladys Lang, Betty Beecher and Madeline Smith. She was a member of the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick. Rhea was a vibrant woman who loved and lived life to the fullest. As a young woman, she worked for the Works Project Administra-tion (WPA) in Philadelphia. Rhea had many great loves in her life, foremost Eddie, her husband of 69 years, spending time with her family, cross-country train trips, camping and politics. She was a life-long Democrat and thrived on spirited political discussions. She was a wonderful story teller and her greatest gift was the ability to make everyone she met feel like family. Finally, Rhea influenced many lives with her positive energy. Surviving are her son, Edward B. and wife Deborah Maff, Jr. of Mechanicsburg, three daughters, Madeline A. Burridge and Sydney Summerhill of Camp Hill, Julia R. and husband Dennis Vinson of Hatboro and Angela R. Lawson of Harrisburg, 11 grand-children, Michael and wife Carol Burridge, David Burridge and fiancée Joanne Richards, Adam Burridge, Dennis and wife Elizabeth Vinson, Jr., Angela Vinson Puerzer and husband Thomas, James Vinson and Cailin Heilig, Brent and wife Ann Marie Lawson, Edward Lawson and Joslyn Defibaugh, and Justin, Jennifer and Patrick Maff, ten great grandchildren, Anthony Burridge, Jordan Lawson, Gregory and Marisa Burridge, James, Grant and Cole Vinson, Addison and Alexis Lawson and Thomas Puerzer and numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 6th, in the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick, 212 State Street, Harrisburg. Viewing will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 5th and from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 6th in the Neumyer Funeral Home, Inc., 1334 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, Pa. 17102. Christian burial will be in the Paxtang Cemetery, Harrisburg, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to "Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick Meal Program", 212 State Street, Harrisburg, Pa. 17101.

Rhea married Edward Bernard Maff Sr., son of Anthony Maff and Marian Richardelli, on 15 Apr 1939 in Frederick: St. John's Catholic Church, Frederick, MD, USA.1 (Edward Bernard Maff Sr. was born on 15 Jan 1914 in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill, PA,14 15 died on 30 Apr 2008 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA 14 and was buried on 3 May 2008 in Paxtang: Paxtang Cemetery, Dauphin, PA 14.)


1 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 6 Dec 1939, page 2. Wedding of Rhea A. Beecher and Edward B. Maff.

2 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Harrisburg Ward 5, Dauphin, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1558; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 72; Image: 733.

3 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=81504171.

4 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 18 Sep 1924, page 15. Funeral of James E. Beecher.

5 The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 3 Jul 2000, obituary of Glady Caroline Lang.

6 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 15 Apr 1926, page 5.

7 1930 United States Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2026; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0023; Image: 665.0; FHL microfilm: 2341760.

8 1940 United States Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3481; Page: 61A; Enumeration District: 22-29A.

9 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 24 Feb 1940, page 5. Surprise Shower for Recent Bride.

10 Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA), 19 Aug 1947, page 17.

11 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6X1Q-NYB5 Edward Maff Harrisburg PA.

12 The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 30 Aug 2004, obituary of Madeline Beecher Smith.

13 The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 4 Dec 2011, obituary of Rhea Angela Beecher Maff.

14 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26540928.

15 The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 2 May 2008, Obituary of Edward B. Maff Sr.

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