Hubert Bury
Martha Alwine Sophie Papenkuhl
Elias Henry Knerr
Sarah Isabella Diehl
Frank Henry Bury
Katie Isabelle Knerr
Isabel Martha Bury


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1. John Henry Beacher

Isabel Martha Bury 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 29 Sep 1919, Allentown, Lehigh, PA 6
  • Marriage (1): John Henry Beacher on 29 Nov 1942 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 1
  • Died: 16 May 2014, Snellville, Gwinnett, GA at age 94
  • Buried: Allentown: Grandview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA

   FamilySearch ID: L8B6-CSK.

  General Notes:

Isabel Martha was named after her two grandmothers.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1920 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 7 The census recorded renting at the rear of 1114 Oak Street: Frank H. Bury, credit clerk at wholesale coal company, 34, living with wife Katy I. Bury, 35; Myra E., 8; Hubert H., 7; Betty M., 4 years 11 months; Adell J., 2 years 6 months; and Isabel M., 3 months. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania except Frank's parents were born in Germany.

2. Residence: a home in Bethlehem, PA in 1925.

3. Census in 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 8 The 1930 census recorded owning a $12,000 home at 1240 Turner Street: Frank H. Bury, assistant credit manager at cement company, 44, living with wife Katie I., 45; and children Myra E., 18; Hubert H., 17; Betty M., 15; Adell J., 12; and Isabel M., 10. Also in the home was mother-in-law Isabel Knerr, 76. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania except Frank's parents were born in Germany. The household had a radio.

4. Residence: 1611 1/2 Turner Street, Allentown, PA in 1935.

5. She graduated from Allentown High School in 1937.

6. Residence: 26 N West Street in 1940 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.

7. Census in 1940 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 9 The 1940 Census recorded Frank Bury, assistant credit manager in a cement company, 53, living with wife Katie, 55; Adelle, clerk in bank, 22; Isabel, 20; and mother-in-law Isabelle Knerr, 86. They were living at 26 North West Street in Allentown.

8. She graduated from Cedar Crest College in 1941 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.

9. She graduated from Lehigh University where she did her post graduate work. Master of Science. From 1941 to 1944 in Bethlehem, Lehigh, PA.

10. Occupation: teacher of Home Economics at Liberty High School in Bethlehem from 1941 to 1944 in Bethlehem, Lehigh, PA.

11. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: engagement of Isabel Martha Bury and John Henry Beacher, 29 Sep 1942, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 3 ISABEL M. BURY
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bury of 26 N. West St., announce the engagement of their daughter. Isabel Martha, to John Henry Beacher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Beacher of 224 S. 16th St. Miss Bury was graduated from Allentown High school with the class of 1937. While a student at high school she was active in dramatics and was a member of the national honorary society and the Lambda Sigma Tau sorority. She was emanated with honors from Cedar Crest in 1941 where she studied home economics, At present she is home economics instructor at Liberty High school, Bethlehem. She is a member of St. James Evangelical and Reformed church. Mr. Beacher was graduated from Allentown High school with the class of 1934 and Penn State in 1939. He received his master's degree in entomology from Ohio State university in inn and has been employed as economic entomologist by the State of Delaware. While at Penn State he was a member of Alpha Zeta honorary agriculture fraternity. He is a member of Grace Evangelical Congregational church.

12. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Isabel M. Bury Weds Sergeant J. H. Beacher, 29 Nov 1942, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 10 Isabel M. Bury Weds Sergeant J. H. Beacher

Isabel M. Bury, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bury. 26 N. West St., will become the bride of Sergeant John Henry Beacher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Beacher, 224 S. 16th St., at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Dr. Frederick Seitz, guest pastor of St. James Evangelical and Reformed church of which the bride is a member, will officiate at the ceremony in the presence of only the immediate families. The couple will be unattended. Miss Bury was graduated from Allentown High school with the Class of 1937 and from the home economics department of Cedar Crest college in 1941. She is home economics instructor at Liberty High school, Bethlehem. Sergeant Beacher was graduated from Allentown High school in 1934 and from Penn State in 1939. He received his master's degree in entomology from Ohio State university in 1941 and was economic entomologist for the State of Delaware prior to his induction in the U. S. Army. At Penn State he was a member of Alpha Zeta honorary agriculture fraternity and is a member of Grace Evangelical Congregational church of Allentown. The bridegroom is home on a 15-day furlough from Camp Cooke, California, where he is in the Medical Battalion. Following a reception at the Bury home for the immediate families, the couple will leave for Split Rock in the Poconos.

13. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Mrs. John Beacher, Personality Plus Club, 1 Apr 1943, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 11 Personality-Plus Club Presents Two Skits at High School Assembly
The Personality-Plus club of Bethlehem High school, under the direction of Mrs. John Beacher, presented two skits at the weekly assembly Wednesday afternoon, in the school auditorium. The first skit was on the type of clothes to wear in the class room. Those taking part were Betty Behrine, teacher; Hean Knauss, Doris Hensinger, Jean Holland, Richard Griffiths, Robert Beiber and Randall Johnson, Joyce Ritz, Margaret Johnson, Joyce Ludwig. Robert Standing, Pete Lukehart and Richard Emrey, pupils. The second skit concerns clothes and behavior on "a date." In the cast were Dorothy Relman, Elva Dollar, Jean Clause, Bob Bieber and Dick Emrey, Ann Neimeister, Rita Clayton, Doris Savastio, Robert Standing and Randall Johnson. Ann Neimeister led the devotional exercises, and Jean Clause the singing of "America." Mary Casciano, president of the club, was the narrator for the skit. Rita Clayton gave a short address stressing the importance of not buying unnecessary clothes, and that the students should take care of clothing they have now.

14. Occupation: kitchen manager from 1944 to 1945 in Lake Harmony: Split Rock Lodge, Carbon, PA.

15. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call, 19 Aug 1945, Page 3. 12 Lieutenant and Mrs. R. L. Beacher of Panama City, Fla., are visiting Lieutenant Beacher's parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Beacher, of 224 S. 16th St. Lieutenant and Mrs. John Beacher will leave today for Tampa, Fla., where Lieutenant John is stationed at the Malaria Control Center.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Beacher of Salladasburg are also visiting at 224 S. 16th St.

16. Residence: in 1946 in Newark, New Castle, DE.

17. Residence: 28 Lerome Place, Teaneck, NJ in 1950 in Teaneck, Bergen, NJ.

18. Member of First Methodist Church of Englewood, NJ. In 1950 in Englewood, Bergen, NJ.

19. Residence: 80 Prior Court, Oradell, NJ 07649 from 1957 to 1985 in Oradell, Bergen, NJ.

20. Newspaper: The Record, 17 Jan 1958, Hackensack, Bergen County, NJ. 13 -----
Mrs. Beacher Enters School Board Contest
Oradell -- Mrs. John H. Beacher of 80 Prior Court announced yesterday she will be a candidate for the 3-year seat on the Board of Education. Mrs. Beacher, a 3-year resident of the Borough, is a former school teacher. She has two children in the Public School and another child is to enter in the fall. Mrs. Beacher has worked for Cub Pack 136 and Boy Scout Troop 40 in Oradell.

21. She was elected as Served on Board of Education in Oradell, NJ from 1959 to 1962 in Oradell, Bergen, NJ.

22. Newspaper: The Record: Isabel Beacher Elected to School Board, 11 Feb 1959, Hackensack, Bergen County, NJ. 14 -----
Oradell Incumbents Lose Board Seats
Warner, Howell, Mrs. Beacher Win; All Budget Items Approved
Oradell -- Both incumbents were handily defeated, while Mrs. Isabel Beacher, Frederick Howell, and Donald Warner were elected to full 3-year terms in yesterday's Board of Education elections.
The losers, Trustee Kenneth Bartlett received 297 votes, and trustee Leslie Gerdts, 263, while other losing candidate, John Stropnicky Jr., polled 360 votes.
Warner received the most votes, 437; Howell, 423; and Mrs. Beacher, 384. The three winners ran in support of each other.
Probably the most surprising aspect of the election was the total of 790 votes cast as compared to 397 in 1958.
All budget items and the single proposition were carried. The current expense item of $283,227 received 404 yes votes to 351 no votes; the repairs and replacement item of $25,000, 428 yes to 311 no; and authorization to raise $1,100 for furniture and equipment, 412 yes to 311 no.
However, the voters in District 3 gave 107 votes in support of the current expense item, and the same number of votes to defeat it.
Gerdts, finance chairman, and Bartlett, building and grounds chairman, have served one full term. Trustee Freeland Hobart, who has served for 5 years, will retire at tonight's board meeting.
The defeat of the incumbents may be an indication of public feeling on the Board's proposal to build a new school. Both had strongly supported the proposal. Board Secretary Edward Zeller announced that the reorganizational meeting will take place Monday at 8 P. M. at the public school library.
After the election. Board President George Crawford said that he was gratified about the large turnout of voters and that the school budget was supported and passed.

23. First Congregational Church, River Edge, NJ from 1960 to 1985 in River Edge, Bergen, NJ.

24. Newspaper: The Record: Mrs. Beacher President of First Congregational Fellowship, 5 Jun 1963, Hackensack, Bergen County, NJ. 15 -----
Mrs. Beacher President Of First Congregational Fellowship
River Edge -- Mrs. John Beacher of Oradell was installed last night as president of the Woman's Fellowship of the First Congregational Church. Mrs. Beacher replaces Mrs. David Kuehne. Also installed by Mrs. Sumner Gill were Mrs. Lewis Winter, first vice-president, and Mrs. Dorothy Perry, second vice-president. Linda Schmonsees and Lowell Gill gave an organ recital. The installation was preceded by a pot luck supper. About 75 persons attended.

25. Newspaper: Morning Call, 12 Oct 1969, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 16 Society
There was a family reunion dinner at Bill and Myra Behringer's home Friday evening, with Myra's three sisters and husbands visiting. Gen. William A. Stiles (ret.) and Mrs. Stiles came from McLean, Va., Betty and Matt Aldreman from New Canaan, Conn., and Isabel and John Beacher from Oradell, N.J.

26. Residence: on 10 Aug 1972 in Oradell, Bergen, NJ. 5

27. Residence: 106 McEwen, Niceville, FL from 1985 to 1999 in Niceville, Okaloosa, FL.

28. Niceville Methodist Church, Niceville, FL from 1985 to 1999 in Niceville, Okaloosa, FL.

29. Residence: on 19 Jan 1986 in Niceville, Okaloosa, FL. 17

30. Residence: from 1999 to 2005 in Atlanta, Fulton, GA. Isabel moved to Atlanta to live with her son, Jonathan, who was her caretaker. She had Alzheimer's disease and gradually lost her memory. Her macular degeneration caused her to gradually lose her sight by the time she was 92. She suffered 3 mini-strokes and 3 seizures. She had Type A lymphoma plus numerous treatments for skin cancer. At age 93 she developed breast cancer.

31. Obituary: Isabel Martha Bury Beacher on 16 May 2014 in Atlanta, Fulton, GA. Isabel Martha Beacher (1919-2014)
Isabel Martha Beacher, 94, passed peacefully at the Embracing Hospice in Snellville, Georgia, from complications arising from lymphoma, breast cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. Born September 29, 1919 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, she was the youngest child of Frank Henry Bury and Katie Isabelle Knerr. Isabel loved to tell everyone she was named "for her two old grandmothers, Isabella Sarah Diehl, and Martha Papenkuhl."
She was graduated from Allentown High School in 1937, and Cedar Crest College in 1941, in which year she became a home economics teacher at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Isabel met her husband, John Henry Beacher, as teens while serving as Boy and Girl Scout camp counselors in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania. Isabel was the only Girl Scout willing to help care for John's collection of pet snakes. On 29 Nov 1942 they were married in Allentown.

Isabel devoted most of her life to helping people in need as a volunteer at the First Methodist Church of Englewood, N.J.; the First Congregational Church of River Edge, N.J.; and the First Methodist Church of Niceville, Florida, where she moved in 1985. In 1999 she came to Atlanta, Georgia to live with her son until her death.

She is predeceased by her husband who died February 11, 1985; her parents; brother Hubert Bury; and sisters Myra Behringer, Elizabeth Alderman and Adell Stiles. She is survived by son David Beacher, of Mount Dora, Florida; son Jonathan Beacher of Atlanta, Georgia; and daughter Martha Isabel Fisher of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland; grandsons J Scott Beacher of Los Angeles, California; Brandon Beacher of Atlanta, Georgia; Paul Fisher of Prince Frederick, Maryland; and granddaughter Hannah Fisher Cadigan of Mount Airy, Maryland.

The family will hold private services and interment at Grandview Cemetery in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Isabel's name to Alzheimer's Association at

Isabel married John Henry Beacher, son of Benjamin Franklin Beacher Jr. and Bertha Priscilla Snyder, on 29 Nov 1942 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.1 (John Henry Beacher was born on 13 Oct 1916 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA,6 18 19 20 21 died on 11 Feb 1985 in Niceville: Twin Cities Hospital, Okaloosa, FL 20 21 and was buried in Feb 1985 in Allentown: Grandview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 18.)


1, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, FamilySearch ( John Henry Beacher and Isabel M. Bury, 1942.

2 Beacher, Isabel Bury, Records of Isabel Bury Beacher (Her family calendar).

3 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 29 Sep 1942, page 23. Engagement Martha Isabel Bury and John Henry Beecher.

4 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 18 Jun 1959, page 55. Obituary of Frank H. Bury.

5 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 11 Aug 1972, page 15. Obituary of Mrs. Katie I. Bury.

6 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, Pennsylvania Birth Certificate (
Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records
101 South Mercer Street
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16101
(724) 656-3100).

7 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Allentown Ward 7, Lehigh, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1588; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 169; Image: 512.

8 1930 United States Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2063; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0031; Image: 357.0; FHL microfilm: 2341797.

9 1940 United States Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3544; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 39-48.

10 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 29 Nov 1942, page 17. Marriage of Isabel M. Bury and John Henry Beacher.

11 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 1 Apr 1943, page 3.

12 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 19 Aug 1945, page 3.

13 The Record (Hackensack, NJ), 17 Jan 1958, page 16.

14 The Record (Hackensack, NJ), 11 Feb 1959, page 70.

15 The Record (Hackensack, NJ), 5 Jun 1963, page 28.

16 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 12 Oct 1969, page 75.

17 The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC) (Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina), 21 Jan 1986, page 11. Obituary of Mrs. Elizabeth Bury Alderman.

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

19, U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.), John Henry Beacher, b. 13 Oct 1916.

20, Florida Death Index, 1877-1998, John Henry Beacher, 11 Feb 1985 citing certificate number 19066, Florida Department of Health.

21 U.S. Social Security Death Index, SSN 179-18-6980 John Beacher, Feb 1985.

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