Stephen A. Bitner
(Abt 1882-1952)
Matilda M. Steinberg
(Abt 1885-1964)
Geraldine Marie Bitner
(1925-2017)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Lynn Keith Beecher

Geraldine Marie Bitner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 25 Jan 1925, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA 1 6 8 9
  • Marriage (1): Lynn Keith Beecher on 27 Sep 1945 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA 1 2
  • Died: 15 Feb 2017, Carlisle, Cumberland, PA at age 92 6 8 9
  • Buried: 18 Feb 2017, North Middleton Twp.: Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Cumberland, PA 6 8

   FamilySearch ID: LF2L-1MY.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: photo of Miss Geraldine Bitner, engagement announcement to Lynn K. Beecher, 18 Dec 1943, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 10 Miss Geraldine Bitner (photo)
Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Bitner, of 931 Rose street, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Geraldine Bitner, to Sgt. Lynn K. Beecher, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Beecher, Dickinson.
Miss Bitner is a graduate of William Penn High School and is now employed at Middletown Air Service Command. Sgt. Beecher, a graduate of Carlisle High School, is stationed at Barksdale Field, La. He received his wings at Buckingham Army Air Field and recently spent a 15-day furlough with his parents.

2. Residence: 931 Rose in Harrisburg on 18 Sep 1945 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 1

3. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: photo of Miss Geraldine Bitner, 27 Sep 1945, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 11 The 41st wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Bitner, 931 Rose street, will be marked this evening by the marriage of their daughter, Miss Geraldine Bitner, to Lynn K. Beecher, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Beecher, Dickinson. Mrs. Bitner is the former Miss Matilda Steinberg. The ceremony will take place at 6 o'clock in the Pine Street Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. C. Ralston Smith officiating.
The bride will wear a two-piece dress of blue jersey with matching hat, and a corsage of good-time roses. Her maid of honor, Miss Eloise Cuddy, will wear a melon-colored dress, and a corsage of yellow roses. Paul Smith will be best man.
Following the ceremony, a dinner will be given at the bride's home, and Mr. and Mrs. Beecher will leave for a wedding trip to Virginia.
Miss Bitner is a graduate of William Penn High School, and is employed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Beecher, a graduate of Carlisle High School, was a technical sergeant in the U. S. Army Air Corps on duty in the European theatre, until his recent discharge.

4. Newspaper: Evening News: Births: Polyclinic Hospital: Oct 31: Mr. And Mrs. Lynn Beecher, 931 Rose street, a daughter, Patricia Ann. Mrs. Beecher was Miss Gerladine Bitner., 4 Nov 1946, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 12

5. Census in 1950 in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 13 The 1950 census recorded Lynn K. Beecher, auto mechanic in garage, 25, living with wife Geraldine M., 25, and daughter Patricia Ann, 3. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

6. Residence: 547 W. Penn St., Carlisle, PA on 18 Jan 1950 in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 4

7. Newspaper: The Sentinel: Births: Carlisle Hospital: Mr. And Mrs. Lynn K. Beecher, 547 West Penn Street, a daughter on August 15., 16 Aug 1950, Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 14

8. Residence: 1953 Carlisle City Directory: Beecher, Lynn K (Geraldine M) mechanic Ray L. Eyester h 547 W. Penn in 1953 in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 15

9. Newspaper: The Sentinel: Births: Carlisle Hospital: Mr. And Mrs. Lynn (Geraldine Bitner) Beecher, 547 West Penn Street, a son Nov. 12, 13 Nov 1953, Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 16

10. Residence: on 18 Jul 1981 in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 17

11. Newspaper: The Sentinel: Beecher Hit 40 Years, 22 Oct 1985, Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 2 (photo of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Beecher)
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Beecher, 1 Chestnut Drive, Carlisle, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They were honored at a surprise party hosted by their children, Patricia McCoy, Illinois, Janice Sheaffer and Dennis Beecher, both of Carlisle. The couple were married Sept. 27, 1945. Mrs. Beecher is the former Geraldine Bitner.

12. Obituary: Ewing Brothers Funeral Home: obituary of Geraldine Beecher on 16 Feb 2017 in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 8 Geraldine was born on January 25, 1925 and passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Geraldine was a resident of Carlisle, Pennsylvania at the time of her passing. She was married to Lynn. A viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday February 18 2017 followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home 630 S. Hanover St. Carlisle with Rev. Jan Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens Carlisle.

13. Obituary: The Sentinel: obituary of Geraldine M. "Gerry" Beecher on 16 Feb 2017 in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 9 Geraldine M. "Gerry" Beecher, 92, of Carlisle, passed away on Wednesday, February, 15, 2017 in the Thornwald Home, Carlisle. She was born on January 25, 1925 in Harrisburg, and was a daughter of the late Stephen A. and Matilda M. (Steinberg) Bitner and was the widow of Lynn K. Beecher, who passed away on January 24, 1991. Gerry was a 1942 graduate of the William Penn High School in Harrisburg. She was a homemaker and had worked from 1964 to 1978 as a cashier with the former Rea & Derrick Drug Store in Carlisle. Prior to entering Thornwald Home, Gerry was a faithful member of the Hickorytown United Methodist Church, Carlisle, where she was a member of the choir. She is survived by two daughters; Patricia A. McCoy and her husband, Richard of Eatonton, GA, Janice L. Sheaffer and her husband, Kirby of Boiling Springs, one son, Dennis K. Beecher and his wife, Lorraine of Gardners, one brother, Edward C. Bitner of New Jersey, five grandsons, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one brother, Herman Bitner and three sisters; Pauline Weaver, Elizabeth Shoemaker and Anna Lampkin. A viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017 followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Rev. Jan Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. The family would like to thank the staff at Thornwald Home for the care and love that was expressed to Gerry during her eight-year stay.


Geraldine married Lynn Keith Beecher, son of John Raymond Beecher and Verna Eldema Moore, on 27 Sep 1945 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA.1 2 (Lynn Keith Beecher was born on 17 Nov 1924 in Shippensburg, Cumberland, PA,1 4 18 19 20 21 died on 24 Jan 1991 in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA 3 9 19 20 21 22 and was buried in North Middleton Twp.: Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Cumberland, PA 21.)


Sources


1 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFSJ-JMR Lynn Keith Beecher and Geraldine Marie Bitner, 1945.

2 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (www.cumberlink.com), 22 Oct 1985, page 8.

3 The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 26 Jan 1991, obituary of Lynn K. Beecher.

4 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Veteran Compensation Applications, WWII, 1950, Lynn K. Beecher. Serial # 33 502 847.

5 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013, Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 270. PA > Cumterland > Carlisle > Grace United Methodist Church. Online image 13.

6 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/178485742.

7 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 14 Dec 1964, page 13. Obituary of Matilda Bitner.

8 Ewing Brothers Funeral Home (Carlisle, PA) (http://www.since1853.com), https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/geraldine-beecher-obituary?pid=184156744 Obituary of Geraldine Beecher.

9 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (www.cumberlink.com), 16 Feb 2017, page A2. Obituary of Geraldine M. Beecher.

10 Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA), 18 Dec 1943, page 10. Engagement of Geraldine Bitner and Lynn K. Beecher.

11 Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA), 27 Sep 1945, page 19.

12 The Evening News (Harrisburg, PA), 4 Nov 1946, page 6.

13 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6X13-RYX1 Lynn K Beecher Carlisle, PA.

14 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (www.cumberlink.com), 16 Aug 1950, page 2.

15 Ancestry.com, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1953 Carlisle City Directory, page 40, online image 32.

16 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (www.cumberlink.com), 13 Nov 1953, page 4.

17 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (www.cumberlink.com), 21 Jul 1981, page 8. Beecher-Sheaffer Wedding.

18 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQFH-M4R Donald Beecher in entry for John Beecher, 1940.

19 U.S. Social Security Death Index, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JRC3-J3Y Lynn K Beecher, 24 January 1991.

20 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=105837762.

21 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.), Lynn K. Beecher. 1924-1991.

22 Carlisle Daily Sentinel (Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania), 23 Aug 2003, Obituary of Harold R. Beecher.



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