Howard J. Strayer
Virginia E. Emig
Peter John Wolfe
Anna Mary Gross
Nevin Warner Strayer
Margaret Sarah Wolfe
Betty Marguerite Strayer


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1. Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D.

Betty Marguerite Strayer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 22 Aug 1918, York, York, PA 1
  • Marriage (1): Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. on 27 Sep 1941 in York, York, PA 1 2
  • Died: 7 Aug 2012, Monroe, Butler County, OH at age 93 4
  • Crem.: Allentown: Grandview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 4

   Another name for Betty was Cherie Strayer.

   FamilySearch ID: L8B8-G4P.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1940 in West York, York, PA. 8 The 1940 census recorded Nevin W. Strayer, 43, living with wife Margaret S., 42; and daughter Betty M., 21. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

2. Newspaper: Gazette and Daily: Beecher-Strayer Wedding, 27 Sep 1941, York, York, PA. 6 BEACHER STRAYER
Bruce Franklin Beacher, Billings, Mont., son of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Beacher, Allentown, and Miss Betty Marguerite Strayer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nevin Strayer, 1038 West Market street, will be united in marriage this morning at 11 o'clock. The ceremony will take place in St. Matthew's Lutheran church and the single ring ceremony will be performed by Rev. Dr. J. B. Baker. The bride will have Miss Evelyn Work, Uniontown, as her maid of honor, and the bridesmaids will be Mrs. Robert Wolfe and Dorcas Hoke. The groom will have as his best man, his brother, John H. Beacher, Allentown. The ushers will be another brother, Robert L. Beacher, and Alden K. Horn, both of Allentown. The bride will be attired in a gown of white slipper satin with a high neckline and long pointed sleeves. A row of buttons will run down the back to a V-waist line. She will carry a Bible and an orchid in a shower and her finger tip veil will be of a sweetheart shape. She will also wear a gold brooch which was her great grandmother's. The maid of honor will be attired in a floor-length gown of peacock blue of file material with velveteen jackets and hats to match. Her flowers will be yellow roses and mixed flowers. The bridesmaids will be attired in gowns of American Beauty rose color and will carry old fashioned bouquets of Better Times roses and white flowers. Preceding the ceremony, Mrs. Alden K. Horn, will give a short organ recital. Her numbers will be: 'Tales From Vienna Woods,( (Strauss) ; "Caprice Vennoise, (Fritz Crisler); "Song To An Evening Star," from "Tannhauser, and Pleyel's "Hymn." For the processional she will play Bridal Song," from "Lohengrin," ' and for the recessional, Mendelssohn's "Wedding March," from "Midsummer Night's Dream." .Following a short wedding trip the newly married couple will reside at Billings, Mont., where the groom is employed by the federal government in the Bureau of Reclamation. The bride graduated from the West York High school in 1936 and Penn State college in 1940. The groom graduated from Penn State in 1939.

3. Newspaper: Morning Call: marriage of Bruce Franklin Beecher and Betty Marguerite Strayer, 28 Sep 1941, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 2 Betty Marguerite Strayer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nevin Warner Strayer of York, and Bruce Franklin Beacher, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Beacher of 224 S. 16th St., this city, were united in marriage. The Rev. John Baker, D.D., read the ceremony. Mrs. Ruth Beacher Horn, the bridegroom's sister, was at the organ console. The bride had as her maid of honor and bridesmaids sorority sisters from the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Penn State chapter. John H. Beacher, entomologist of Newark, Del., was his brother's best man. Ushers were also brothers, B. D. Beacher of Salladasburg and Robert L. Beacher, a student at Penn State, and the third, Alden K. Horn, a brother-in-law. Mrs. Beacher was graduated from Pennsylvania State college in 1940. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega and has been teaching French in Allentown, Pa. Mr. Beacher, who graduated from Allentown High school with the class of 1935, played baritone in the Allentown High school band and was a member of the National Honor Society. He received his degree from the agronomy department of Penn State in 1939. While at college he played in the Blue Band and was a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Zeta fraternities. Mr. Beacher returned East on Sept. 17 from Billings, Montana, where he Is stationed as a soil technologist for the United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Reclamation. Following a reception in a York hotel, the couple left on an extended tour of the Western states. They are visiting in western Pennsylvania and then going to Colorado and New Mexico. After Oct. 13, the Beachers will be at home in Billings, Montana.

4. Residence: P. O. Box 1618, Billings, MT on 27 Apr 1942 in Billings, Yellowstone, MT, USA. 7

5. Residence: 182 Buttles St., Columbus, OH in 1949 in Columbus, Franklin, OH. 5

6. Census in 1950 in Columbus, Franklin, OH. 9 The 1950 census recorded Bruce F. Beacher, soils scientist at Ohio State University for the government, living with wife Betty M., 31, and son Brent F., 3. The parents were born in Pennsylvania and son in Colorado.

7. Residence: 1935 Greenleaf St., Allentown, PA on 6 May 1950 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 5

8. Obituary: Gettysburg Times: obituary of Betty M. Beacher on 11 Aug 2012 in Gettysburg, Adams, PA. 4 10 Betty M. Beacher, age 93, of 225 Britton Lane, Monroe, Ohio, died on Aug. 7, 2012, at Mount Pleasant Retirement Village. She was the wife of the late Bruce F. Beacher.

Betty, popularly known as "Cherie", was born in York, the daughter of Nevin W. and Margaret Wolfe Strayer.

She attended the West York public schools and majored in education at Penn State and the University of Maryland. She taught in the Maryland public schools in Montgomery County and continued tutoring after retirement in 1969.

She was an active member of Chi Omega, church choirs in Silver Spring, Md., St. Matthews Lutheran Church in York, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Biglerville, Gettysburg Woman's Club, Gettysburg College Auxiliary Sub League, Friends of the Library, American Red Cross, Biglerville Garden Club, Upper Adams Homemakers, Penn State and Maryland University alumnae associations, Lutheran Women's organizations, the Gettysburg and Biglerville Historical Societies, and the Pennsylvania German Society. She also served as a volunteer worker at the National Apple Museum in Biglerville.

Mrs. Beacher is survived by a son, Dr. Brent F. Beacher of Hamilton, Ohio; a daughter, Deborah B. Tipeni of Sterling, VA; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Following cremation, private graveside services will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Allentown.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Biglerville or Friends of the Library in Gettysburg.

Betty married Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D., son of Benjamin Franklin Beacher Jr. and Bertha Priscilla Snyder, on 27 Sep 1941 in York, York, PA.1 2 (Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. was born on 24 May 1919 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 1 5 11, christened on 20 Mar 1920 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA,1 died on 24 Jan 2004 in Biglerville, Adams, PA 11 and was buried in Allentown: Grandview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA.)


1 Genealogy Research conducted by Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. (1919-2004).

2 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 28 Sep 1941, page 21. Marriage Bruce Franklin Beecher and Betty Strayer.

3 Beacher, Bruce Franklin, Beau-Chere, The Beacher Family Newsletter, 1 Mar 1979.

4 Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, PA), 11 Aug 2012, obituary of Betty M. Beacher.

5, Pennsylvania, U.S., Veteran Compensation Applications, WWII, 1950, Box Title : Bayne, James J - Beane, John C (Box 43). Bruce Franklin Beacher Service No. 37346274 Serial O-2064205.

6 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 27 Sep 1941, page 4. Beacher-Strayer Wedding.

7, United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Nevin Warner Strayer b.16 Jun 1896.

8 1940 United States Census, Nevin W Strayer, West York Borough, York, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 67-101, sheet 14B, family 310.

9 "1950 United States Census," Bruce F. Beacher.

10 York Sunday News (York PA), 12 Aug 2012, obituary of Betty M. Beacher.

11, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), SSN 203016985 Bruce Franklin Beacher, father Benjamin F Beacher, mother Bertha P Snyder.

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