Mary (Minerd) Eicher was born on Aug. 30, 1895 in Dunbar, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of James and Emma (Meyers) Minerd Jr. She appears to have been named after a half-sister who had died some 10 years earlier.
Even though her father was still alive, Mary at age eight was sent to the Uniontown Soldiers’ Orphans’ School. Later, she was transferred to the Soldiers’ Orphans’ Industrial School at Scotland, Franklin County, PA.
When Mary was age 14, it was clear to her that her father was dying. One day, as she was washing clothes, he drew her near and kissed her. She was so blinded by her tears that she could hardly continue her work. He finally passed away on Memorial Day 1909, then known as Decoration Day. For many years afterward, on Memorial Day, Mary would weep thinking about him.
On Valentine's Day 1917, at the age of 21, Mary was united in holy matrimony with 21-year-old Earl Stanley Eicher (1895-1980). He was a native of Westmoreland County, PA, and their wedding license was obtained in the county.
The couple produced a family of six children – Dorothy Tascher, Donald E. Eicher Sr., Marion A. Srogi Andeits, William James Eicher Sr., Eugene Eicher and Rose Menke.
The Eichers first lived in Connellsville, Fayette County, where Earl worked as an electrician in a glass factory and also for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. After he suffered through some serious railroad accidents, Mary insisted that he quit.
Circa 1919, the Eichers moved to Pittsburgh, where they resided for decades at 1952 Greenleaf Street. Earl found employment as a machinist and welder at Jones & Laughlin Steel Company on the city's South Side. The Eichers stayed in Pittsburgh for the rest of their lives.
Earl held a membership in the Penn Justice Lodge of the Masons, while Mary enjoyed playing bingo.
The couple was thrust into the limelight in December 1940. Mary returned home one evening from from a bingo party and found Earl in the embrace of their 20-year-old maid. Both Earl and the girl faced morals charges in court, and Mary filed for divorce, all as reported in the Pittsburgh Press.
Evidence suggests that the couple reconciled and remained together for the balance of their lives.
Mary passed away in Pittsburgh on Aug. 20, 1979.
Earl lived less than a year afterward, and passed away in Pittsburgh on Sept. 17, 1980. His obituary was printed in the Press.
~ Daughter Dorothy (Eicher) Tascher ~
Daughter Dorothy Eicher (1917-1991) was born on July 22, 1917 in Connellsville, Fayette County.
She is believed to have been married to or in a relationship with Joseph "Joe" Donaghue. In 1948, they produced a daughter, Sharon (Eicher) Nagle Gillespie Chronister.
Dorothy also was in a relationship at some point with (?) Cooley.
At the age of 32, on June 10, 1950, she was united in wedlock with 55-year-old widower August G. Tascher (July 8, 1894- ? ), a painter who had been born in Germany. He was the son of Joseph and Gertrude (Enger) Tascher. Pittsburgh alderman Frank R. Bruno performed the nuptials. August's first wife, Susan Woods Tascher, had died on April 14, 1950.
In all, Dorothy was the mother of three children -- Sharon Nagle Gillespie, Kenneth Cooley and Robert Tascher.
Dorothy found any discussion of family history unpleasant.
August passed into eternity in Pittsburgh June 1976 as he was nearing his 81st birthday.
Dorothy lived for another 15 years. She died on Sept. 30, 1991. A death notice was published in the Pittsburgh Press which noted that she was survived by two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Son Kenneth Cooley ( ? - ? ) never married.
Son Robert Tascher ( ? - ? ) never married.
Daughter Sharon Lee Eicher (1948-2009) was born on Aug. 1, 1948 in Pittsburgh. Her first husband was (?) Nagel ( ? - ? ). He is said to have been a Vietnam War veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange. Sharon also was in a relationship with Dennis Waters ( ? - ? ), and together they produced a daughter, Kathy Lynn, but raised under the name "Nagel" and married under the name "Barry." Sharon was married circa 1991 to (?) Gillespie ( ? - ? ). With Matthew Cavanaugh ( ? - ? ), she bore a son, Shane Cavanaugh. Circa 1999, she wed again to Francis L. Chronister (Oct. 17, 1942-2007), a native of Johnstown, Cambria County, PA and the son of Ralph and Alberta (Box) Chronister. Francis brought two offspring into the marriage, Frank Chronister and Christine Furman. The Chronisters raised two of their granddaughters and adopted them as their own, with the birth parents' rights terminated in Juvenile Court of Allegheny County in 1999/2000 -- Megan Lee Chronister and Ashley Marie Lee Chronister. Sharon earned a living for many years as a custodian with the Deer Lakes School District. Francis, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, earned a living as a truck driver for the Teamsters Union, and held a membership in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In about 2004, the couple relocated to Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County, PA. Francis belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Lower Burrell and the Owls Nest of Russellton, PA. He also liked to collect trains, wood with wood, listen to oldies music, shoot pool and sing karaoke. Francis passed away at home on Sept. 1, 2007. Intement was in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, with Rev. Kenneth Foust preaching the funeral sermon. Sadly, as a patient in Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot, Sharon died on her 61st birthday on Aug. 1, 2009. The Valley News Dispatch published an obituary. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in the National Alleghenies cemetery.
~ Son Donald E. Eicher Sr. ~
Son Donald E. Eicher Sr. (1922-2000) was born on Oct. 22, 1922.
In young manhood he worked in Pittsburgh as a machine operator.
At the age of 19, on April 8, 1942, he married 21-year-old Marcella E. Fairbanks (Aug. 15, 1921- ? ). She was the daughter of William and Gertrude (Delphy) Fairbanks and at the time lived at 209 Charne Street in Pittsburgh. The nuptials were performed by alderman William Timmons. Because both groom and bride were underage, their parents had to sign their consents.
The Eichers' three children were Donna Rae Graham, Donald Eicher and Marsha Carol Grzeszczak.
Marcella held a membership in St. James Catholic Church.
The couple separated, with Donald suing for divorce in December 1945. They appear to have reconciled, as at least two children were born later. But their marriage continued to be troubled. Donald moved to Michigan, while Marcella dwelled in Arlington Heights Housing Project in Pittsburgh.
Marcella was arrested in March 1953 when she left her three young children in the care of a teenage babysitter "while she attended an all-night party," reported the Pittsburgh Press.She and her divorced sister Marie Rankin spent the night at the home of their brother James Fairbanks, with related coverage and Marcella's photograph published in the Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph. The youngsters were sent to the Juvenile Court's Detention Home.
The couple eventually divorced. Donald wedded again to Esther M. Lindquist (1923-1985), daughter of Elizabeth Tooker. She brought at least one daughter to the union, Eileen Marie "Pinky" Skaggs. Several other children were of this family, among them Joann Sandstrom, Linda Moss and Elaine Brisson.
Donald and Esther resided in Livonia, Wayne County, a suburb of Detroit.
Sadly, Esther passed away at the age of 61 on Jan. 19, 1985. The Pittsburgh Press carried an obituary.
Donald lived on as a widower for five-and-a-half years and made a home ni Marshall, Calhoun County. Death swept him away n Aug. 30, 2000.
Former wife Marcella made her residence in Stoneboro and Harrisville, PA. She died at the age of 73 on Dec. 17, 1994. An obituary was printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A funeral mass was held in St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Forestville, PA, followed by interment in St. Anthony's Cemetery.
Daughter Donna Rae Eicher ( ? -living) married Tony Graham ( ? - ? ). Together they bore three children -- John Graham, Donna Rae Farris and Kimberly Lynn Graham. Circa 1994, Donna was in Harrisville, PA.
Daughter Marsha Carol Eicher ( ? - ? ) was united in wedlock. She wedded (?) Grzeszczak ( ? - ? ). Marsha Carol relocated to California and was the mother of Frank. By 1994, she was in Farmington Hills, MI.
Son Donald E. Eicher Jr. ( ? - ? ) dwelled in Grove City, PA. He is said to have had no family.
Stepdaughter Eileen Marie "Pinky" Lindquist ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She was united in matrimony with (?) Skaggs ( ? - ? ). She was the mother of Christina.
~ Daughter Marion A. (Eicher) Srogi Andeits ~
Daughter Marion A. Eicher (1919-2010) was born on Sept. 4, 1919 in Connellsville, Fayette County.
She was twice married. Her first spouse was Bernard E. Srogi (Sept. 26, 1908- ? ), the son of Polish immigrants Martin and Frances (Driwinga) Srogi of Pittsburgh. Officiating the wedding, held on Sept. 16, 1939, was Rev. S. Znijewski of Guardian Angels Church in the West End. Bernard was employed as a cleaner at the time of marriage.
One son was born to the first marriage, Bernard M. Srogi.
Marion sued for divorce in October 1943. She later wedded James Andeits ( ? - ? ).
They were the parents of James Andeits Jr.
The Andeitses dwelled in the West End of Pittsburgh.
Marion at one time worked for a chewing gum factory and once said that she was fascinated by watching machinery in operation. Bearing the nickname "Mom," she was best known as owner and operator for three decades of the West End Cafe on South Main Street. She sold the business in 1989 but continued working there until about 1999. She was quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in September 2000 about one of the cafe's regular customers who was mentally troubled and homeless and allegedly killed a young boy.
At the age of 90, Marion passed away on June 17, 2010. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an obituary.
Son Bernard M. Srogi (1940- ? ) was born in March 1940. He earned a living performing appliance repairs. He appears to have been married thrice. His first wife was Georgann ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of Karen Barton, Bernard M. Srogi Jr. and Debra Srogi. The couple divorced in September 1973. On Oct. 19, 1973, he wedded his second bride, Paulette I. (Chesney) Mackewich (1946- ? ), daughter of Joseph and Mary (Webb) Chesney. The nuptials were performed by justice of the peace Mary Louise Boyd. Bernard's address in the early 1970s was 408 South Main Street. In time, Bernard was joined in wedlock with Sandra ( ? - ? ). She was employed at the Federal Building in Pittsburgh. In September 1996, the Srogis generously opened their home for a visit from the founder of this website.
Son James Andeits Jr. (1946- ? ) was born in Dec. 1946. He did not marry but was in a long-term relationship with Lonna Lee McCloskey ( ? -2007), daughter of John and Ethel McCloskey. James made a home in Imperial and Pittsburgh, PA, and Lonna Lee in Green Tree. The pair were the parents of Kathleen Andeits, Cherie Lynn Andeits and Jimmy John Andeits. In January 1976, during the height of the Pittsburgh Steelers' streak of four Super Bowl wins, he was quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, defending the team's kicker Roy Gerela in a fraudulent legal claim brought by a fan. James bought and sold a number of business properties over the years in Pittsburgh. During the early 1990s, he owned the Bottom's Up Club, an adult spot on Route 51. The bar was in the news in July 1994 when Pittsburgh City Councilman Joseph M. Cusick was arrested in the parking lot for public intoxication and assaulting a police officer, virtually ending Cusick's political career. James subsequently sold the business. Lonna Lee died at the age of 57 on July 29, 2007. Her obituary was printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
~ Son William James Eicher Sr. ~
Son William James Eicher Sr. ( ? -1997) was born in July (?).
He was joined together in the bonds of matrimony with Marie Frances Scharick ( ? -2013).
Their known brood of children were Mary Jane Hooper, Theresa Marie Eicher, William James Eicher Jr., Michael Eugene Eicher and Mark Allen Eicher.
William passed away on Oct. 16, 1997.
The widowed Marie outlived him by 15 years. She died on Jan. 16, 2013. She was pictured in an obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She was survived by 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Daughter Mary Jane Eicher ( ? - ? ) married (?) Hooper ( ? - ? ).
Daughter Theresa Marie Eicher ( ? - ? )
Son William James Eicher Jr. (1959-2020) was born on March 8, 1959 in Pittsburgh. He tied the knot with (?). They were the parents of Traci Eicher. The couple eventually divorced. William made his residence in Pittsburgh's West End. He succumbed to the angel of death at the age of 60 on Jan. 5, 2020. His obituary appeared in TribLive.com, the online edition of the Greensburg Tribune-Review.
Son Michael Eugene Eicher ( ? -living)
Son Mark Allen Eicher ( ? -living)
~ Son Eugene Eicher ~
Son Eugene Eicher ( ? - ? ) was born on June 15, (?).
As with his older brother Donald, Eugene relocated to Michigan and was there in the late 1990s.
He was united in holy wedlock with Ann ( ? - ? ).
The couple bore three offspring -- Eugene Eicher, Susanna Yager and Emily Shaw.
Son Eugene Eicher ( ? - ? ) was joined in marriage twice and had two children to both.
Daughter Susanna Eicher ( ? - ? ) married (?) Yager. Their offspring are Heather Yager, Pamela Yager, Suzette Yager and Michael Yager.
Daughter Emily Eicher ( ? - ? ) wedded (?) Shaw ( ? - ? ). The couple produced three children -- Courtney Shaw, Brittany Shaw and Andrew Shaw.
~ Daughter Roselma "Rose" (Eicher) Menke ~
Daughter Roselma L. "Rose" Eicher (1934?-2009) was born in about 1934.
She was joined in holy matrimony with (?) Miller ( ? - ? ) and Harvey H. Menke ( ? -2013).
She bore two offspring -- Donald Miller and Susan Menke.
Harvey supported the family through his work for Weinman Pump Supply Company. He was a member of the Hardhead Club in Emlenton, PA.
Rose resided for many years in Crafton Heights near Pittsburgh. She graciously spoke with the founder of this website in April 1996 and provided valuable information and stories.
Sadly, she succumbed to death at the age of 75 on June 1, 2009. A death notice was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Harvey endured as a widower for four years. He passed into eternity at the age of 83 on June 22, 2013. Interment of the remains was in Chartiers Cemetery.
Son Donald Miller ( ? - ? ) was married to Louellen ( ? - ? ). He was the father of Roxanne Schroyer, John Menke and Christy Franchek.
Daughter Susan A. Menke ( ? - ? ) worked as a registered nurse at Allegheny General Hospital in 1996.
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