Jonathan Luther Shalter
Emma E. Kerner
Mary Jane Shalter


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1. Kenneth George Beecher

2. Claude Alfred Drey Jr.

Mary Jane Shalter 1 2

  • Born: 2 Apr 1920, Laureldale, Berks, PA 2 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Kenneth George Beecher
  • Marriage (2): Claude Alfred Drey Jr.
  • Died: 25 Nov 2000, Fleetwood, Berks, PA at age 80 1 2 4
  • Buried: 28 Nov 2000, Reiffton: Forest Hills Memorial Park, Berks, PA 1

   FamilySearch ID: GV3S-CCH.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Residence: 3215 Marion St., Laureldale, Pa. On 1 Dec 1942 in Laureldale, Berks, PA. 3

2. Census in 1950 in Laureldale, Berks, PA. 5 The 1950 census recorded Kenneth G. beecher, dinky operator at steel manufacturing company, 31, living with wife Mary Jane M., 30; and daughter Patricia Ann, 4. They are living in the home of Mary Jane's father, Jonathan L. Shalters, cinder block baker at cinder block company, 64, and his wife Emma E., counter in hosiery mill, 56. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania except Kenneth in England.

3. Residence: 706 E. Locust St., Fleetwood, PA on 25 Nov 2000 in Fleetwood, Berks, PA. 1

4. Obituary: Reading Eagle: obituary of Mary J. Drey on 26 Nov 2000 in Reading, Berks, PA. 1 Mary Jane Drey, 80, died Saturday morning in her residence at 706 E. Locust St., Fleetwood. Her husband, Claude A. Drey, died in 1996. Born in Laureldale, she was a daughter of the late Jonathan L. and Emma E. (Kerner) Shalter. Drey has been employed for 10 years as a custodian by the Wilson School District. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Kutztown. Surviving are a daughter Patricia A. (Beecher) Rismiller, Muhlenberg Township; a stepdaughter, Susan (Drey) Grillo, Douglassville; and two stepsons, John, in Maryland, and Richard, Bethlehem. Other survivors include two brothers, Jonathan Shalter, Alsace Township, and Franklin Shalter, Reading. There are also two grandchildren, six step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Richard K. Beecher, in 1942. Services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Edward J. Hildenbrand Funeral Home, Kutztown. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

Mary married Kenneth George Beecher, son of Luther Martin Beecher and Ada Mary Henson. (Kenneth George Beecher was born on 23 Sep 1918 in Easton on the Hill, East Northamptonshire, NTH, ENG,6 7 8 9 died on 28 Oct 1985 in Laureldale, Berks, PA 8 9 10 and was buried in Maidencreek Twp.: Berks County Memorial Gardens, Berks, PA 8 9.)

Mary next married Claude Alfred Drey Jr. (Claude Alfred Drey Jr. was born on 29 Jan 1920 in Reading, Berks, PA,11 12 died on 6 Mar 1996 in Reading, Berks, PA 1 11 12 and was buried on 8 Mar 1996 in Spangsville: Oley Cemetery, Berks, PA 11.)


1 Reading Eagle (Reading, PA) (Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.), 26 Nov 2000, page B-12 Obituary of Mary J. Drey.

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3, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 108776. Baby Richard Kenneth Beecher. Father Kenneth Beecher. Mother Mary Jane Shalter.

4, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), SSN 161149079 Maryjane May Drey, father Jonathan L Shalters, mother Emma E. Kerner.

5 "1950 United States Census," Kenneth G Beecher Laureldale PA.

6 1930 United States Census, Luther M Beecher, 1930.

7, U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C; Applications of Wives of Members of the AEF in Europe; Collection Number: ARC Identifier 1244184/MLR Number A1 545; Box #: 4787; Volume #: 1. Record for Ada H. Beecher.

8, Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012 (Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives and History. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1929-1990; Archive Collection Number: Series 3; Folder Number: 728.

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10 Reading Eagle (Reading, PA) (Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.), 25 Feb 2013. Obituary of Mary E. Beecher Fisher.

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12 Reading Eagle (Reading, PA) (Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.), 7 Mar 1996, Page C-13, obituary of Claude A. Drey Jr.

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