Samuel Meryl Beecher Jr.
Gertrude E. Hoover
Woodrow Wilson Stough
Helen A. Walters
Gary Lee Beecher
Joann Louise Stough
Holly Ann Beecher


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1. Blaine William Feeser II

Holly Ann Beecher 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 22 Dec 1970, , York, PA 4
  • Marriage (1): Blaine William Feeser II on 11 Oct 1997 in , York, PA 1 2

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: York Daily Record: Holly A. Beecher, 1997, York, York, PA. 2 Holly A. Beecher
(photo of Holly A. Beecher and Blaine W. Feeser II)

Joann and Gary Beecher, 2340 Blackberry Road, Dover, announce the engagement of their daughter, Holly Ann Beecher, to Blaine William Feeser II, son of Phyllis and Blaine Feeser, 107 Delwood Ave., Dover.
The bride-to-be, a 1989 graduate of Dover Area High School, was awarded a bachelor's degree in business administration and human administration and human resources in 1994 from Drexel University. A master's in business administration candidate at Temple University, whe is a vice president of Beecher & Myers Co. Inc.
Her fiance, also a 1989 graduate of Dover Area High School, received a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994, and is plant manager for Beecher & Myers Co. inc.
An Oct. 11 wedding is being planned.

2. Newspaper: York Daily Record: Improving a dog's life Holly Feeser rescues and finds homes for schnauzers, 28 Oct 2002, York, York, PA. 7 A doorbell buzzes and several small wiggling dogs at Holly Feeser's Dover Township home begin to bark.
Their toenails scrabble on the wooden floor as they race to sound the visitor alarm at the front door.
One dog - a new arrival named Rhoady - woofs from a cage.
Feeser, 31, disregards the canine noise, smiles and opens the door wide. She's ready to talk about the dogs who have occupied so much of her life for the last four years. In 1998, Feeser joined the New Jersey Schnauzer Rescue Network and has helped rescue, foster and find homes for about 250 schnauzers and schnauzer mixes.
She speaks soothingly to Rhoady, a salt-and-pepper miniature schnauzer who settles down in his cage.
Rhoady was found about a week and a half before, running through the streets of West Chester, northwest of Philadelphia. He was brought into the rescue network, where he received medical care and was placed temporarily with Feeser until a permanent home could be found.
The cage separates him from Feeser's own schnauzers - Ally, 8, Connor, 6, and Raisin, 14 - while he adjusts to his new surroundings.
"There's times when it's a little difficult," Feeser says. "It's stressful. It's potluck when you take them in the house."
The first few days are the worst. New arrivals bark all night, and during the day, Feeser has to monitor their behavior closely. Some, especially those who have been abused or neglected, are snappy.
Many are sickly, and Feeser cares for wounds and gives medications prescribed by a veterinarian.
Older dogs with health concerns have a special place in Feeser's heart, she says. "There's nights when you stay on the floor with a hand on them, making sure they're still breathing."
But Rhoady would not stay with Feeser long. Within a few weeks, he would be placed in a home near Philadelphia.
The network spans but is not limited to Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. It relies on its volunteers, an Internet posting board and a thorough application process for adoptive families.
Although the network is not a shelter, the rescue works closely with area shelters, picking up, caring for and placing the dogs in network foster homes. This way, shelter space is freed for other dogs.
The busiest times for the rescue are right before holidays and summer - when people are making plans for vacations without pets - and about a month after Christmas, when the puppy glamour is gone and the reality and responsibility of owning the canine gift sinks in.
The dog rescue work is like a second full-time job for Feeser, who also works with her husband, Blaine, managing the family wood products manufac turing company, Beecher & Myers Co. of Dover Township.
Feeser's phone rings at least once a week - day or evening - summoning her to pick up a stray or unwanted schnauzer in the network area. She has driven as far as Winchester, W.Va.
When she was 3, Feeser had her first schnauzer and fell in love with the breed. She adopted her first rescued schnauzer from the York County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals when she was in college in 1989.
"They are so loyal and very intelligent," she says. "They really demand to be a part of your life."
Feeser, along with rescue member Kelly Radcliffe of Susquehanna Township, also evaluates dogs who have bitten or have shown other aggressive behaviors. Their evaluations are valued by shelters and dog owners, and they have saved the lives of many dogs who were slated to be put down.
They look for triggers of bad behavior, touching the dogs, picking them up and rolling them over.
If Feeser and Radcliffe see a dog's ears flatten and a stripe of hair rising on its back, they know they are dealing with aggression, commonly aggression directed at strangers.
"Chances are, they haven't been exposed to strangers," Radcliffe says. "That's why they're not good around them."
Most dogs they evaluate are normal, but, without proper training and discipline, have developed problem behaviors. Feeser and Radcliffe recommend obedience school for all schnauzers and their owners, and for owners to pet and handle the dogs often to get them used to being touched from the time they are pups. For a more docile pet, they strongly recommend spay and neutering.
Feeser says her love for the dogs drives her rescue work. Before she married Blaine, she had two schnauzers and told him the dogs would be part of the package deal.
Blaine, who had always owned cats, learned to adjust. Then the dogs won his heart, too.
The couple adopted Ally together, who spends most evenings in Blaine's lap.
Feeser is also motivated by the people who adopt the dogs. "It is rewarding to see people get as much enjoyment out of them as I do."
Lois Lamond of New Freedom contacted the rescue and adopted Jazz, a 5-year-old salt-and-pepper male, about a year and a half ago.
Jazz enjoys car rides with Lamond and sleeps at the foot of her bed every night.
"He's got me trained," Lamond says. "He's my house buddy."
Before Jazz, Lamond's schnauzer had died. Rather than contacting a breeder for another pet, she searched for a schnauz er rescue. She filled out an ap plication with the New Jersey rescue, and Feeser contacted her.
"There are so many dogs that need homes," Lamond says.
Feeser opens a photo album with picture after picture of the foster dogs who have lived with her. There's a story with every dog, including Felix, who was owned by a Russian immigrant.
Felix couldn't understand English commands. When Feeser figured out why Felix wouldn't respond, she asked a friend who knew Russian to write out the Russian commands phonetically for the adopter.
"We have enough stories to write a book," she says, "and we probably should."
She remembers her first rescue - Spanky - in spring 1998. Her dog Snicker had died that January of cancer, and Feeser decided to foster a dog with the rescue.
She drove four hours to Atlantic City and back to pick up Spanky, a small salt-and-pepper male. The dog hadn't gotten along with a newborn baby.
Spanky lived with her several weeks until he moved to his new home.
"That was how I got hooked," Feeser says, "and I've been there ever since."
She flips pages and beams as she lists the schnauzer's positive attributes. They're good watch dogs, they don't shed and they have a series of different barks that identify friend or foe.
"And they're extremely loyal," she adds.
Her goodwill toward schnauzers is catching. Feeser is the reason Radcliffe adopted the salt-and-pepper Max, 4, and became an active member of the rescue.
Feeser was Max's "foster parent." He had been removed from a home with domestic abuse when the woman had moved into a safe house.
One weekend, Feeser asked Radcliffe to watch the dog while she took a vacation.
"I think it was a setup," Radcliffe says, scratching behind Max's ears.
(C) 2002 York Daily Record.

3. Residence: on 23 Aug 2003 in Dover, York, PA. 6

4. Residence: on 4 Jan 2005 in Dover, York, PA. 8

5. Residence: on 22 Nov 2008 in East Berlin, Adams, PA. 5

Holly married Blaine William Feeser II, son of Blaine William Feeser and Phyllis M. Rogers, on 11 Oct 1997 in , York, PA.1 2 (Blaine William Feeser II was born on 7 May 1971 in York, York, PA 4 9.)


1 York County Courthouse, Pennsylvania,

2 York County History Center (250 E Market St, York, PA 17403, Newspaper egnagement notice clipping in library's Beecher surname file, no exact date or newspaper citied.

3, United States Public Records Index, Gertrude E Beecher, 01 Jan 1996-01 Jan 2004.

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

5 The York Dispatch (York, PA), 25 Nov 2008, section People.

6 The York Dispatch (York, PA), 27 Aug 2003, Births.

7 York Daily Record (York, PA), 28 Oct 2002, page 1B.

8 York Daily Record (York, PA), 4 Jan 2005, obituary of Phyllis M. Feeser.

9 York Daily Record (York, PA), 11 May 1971, page 12.

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