John Ellsworth Purcell
Louisa May Alcott Kelly
Berneda Elaine Purcell


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1. Harold Lloyd Beacher

Berneda Elaine Purcell 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 5 Sep 1919, Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA 5 6
  • Marriage (1): Harold Lloyd Beacher on 15 May 1940 in Saint Clair, Schuylkill, PA 1 2
  • Died: 8 May 2011, Danville, Montour, PA at age 91 6
  • Buried: Saint Clair: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Schuylkill, PA 6 7

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: Republican and Herald: Photo of Mr. And Mrs. Harold Beacher, 60th Wedding Anniversary, 16 May 2000, Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA. 2 (photo)
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Beacher, 60th
Mr. and Mrs. Harold L. Beacher, Pottsville, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 15. They were married May 15, 1940 in Saint Clair Bethlehem Baptist Church Parsonage by the Rev. T.D. Morris. The couple have three children: Ruthann Faust, Coal Township; Bemeda Dougherty, Pottsville; and Patricia Cole, Enterprise, Ala. They also have six grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Mr. Beacher is the son of the late Harry and Anna Martin Beacher, formerly of Saint Clair. Mrs. Beacher is the former Berneda Purcell.

2. Residence: in 2008 in Saint Clair, Schuylkill, PA. 1

3. Obituary: Republican Herald: obituary of Berneda E. Beacher on 10 May 2011 in Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA. 8 Berneda E. Beacher, 91, of Diener's Hill, Pottsville, died Sunday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Diener's Hill, Sept. 5, 1919, she was a daughter of the late John E. and Louisa May Kelly Purcell. She attended Saint Clair High School.

She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Saint Clair, where she was a member of the Antican't Sunday School class.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold L. Beacher, in 2000; two sisters, Thelma Gorman and Mary Purcell; a brother, John Purcell.

She was the last of her immediate family.

Surviving are three daughters, Ruthann, wife of Edward Faust, Coal Township, Berneda Dougherty, Pottsville, and Patricia, wife of Robert Cole, Enterprise, Ala.; six grandchildren, Cheri, Jeff, Mark, Harold, Douglas and Lee; 11 great-grandchildren; her great-grand dog, Martha Rose; nieces and nephews.

Religious services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at James H. Evans Funeral Home Inc., Saint Clair, with the Rev. Dr. Robert Santucci officiating. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Saint Clair. Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family would prefer contributions to Pottsville Free Public Library, 215 W. Market St., Pottsville, PA 17901; or Hillside SPCA Inc., P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901.

Berneda married Harold Lloyd Beacher, son of Harry Elmer Beacher and Annie Martin, on 15 May 1940 in Saint Clair, Schuylkill, PA.1 2 (Harold Lloyd Beacher was born on 6 Jan 1912 in Saint Clair, Schuylkill, PA,5 9 10 11 died on 18 Oct 2000 in Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA 5 9 11 and was buried in Saint Clair: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Schuylkill, PA 9 12.)


1 <i>Records of Robert Cole, son-in-law of Berneda Beacher.</i> (Enterprise, AL.), 10 Aug 2008 email.

2 <i>Republican and Herald (Pottsville, PA)</i> (, 16 May 2000, page 21. 60th Wedding Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Harold Beacher.

3 Beacher, Bruce Franklin, <i>Beau-Chere, The Beacher Family Newsletter</i>, 15 Dec 1986.

4 Beacher, Bruce Franklin, <i>Beau-Chere, The Beacher Family Newsletter</i>, 1 Jun 1981.

5 <i>Records of Robert Cole, son-in-law of Berneda Beacher.</i> (Enterprise, AL.), Email 23 Aug 2008.

6 <i>Find A Grave</i>,

7 <i>Billion Graves Index</i>,

8 <i>Republican and Herald (Pottsville, PA)</i> (, 10 May 2011, obituary of Berneda E. Beacher.

9 <i>Find A Grave</i>,

10, <i>U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942</i> (National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.), Harold Lloyd Beacher, b. 6 Jan 1912.

11, <i>U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007</i> (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), SSN 174-01-2435 Harold Lloyd Beacher b 6 Jan 1912, father Harry E Beacher, mother Anna Martin.

12 <i>Billion Graves Index</i>,

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