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George M. Prentice of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania


George M. Prentice of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2006 and Revised 4 Jun 2009

Update of 4 Jun 2009: George M. Prentice is #31.1 in our eBook about the Prentices of Beaver Co., PA. That eBook information now replaces this article.

1. George M. Prentice was b. c. 1893 in PA with both parents b. in PA (per 1930 census).

He m. Mary Vicente , b. c. 1894, PA. Children per 1930 census:

  1. Margaret M. Prentice, b. c. 1917, PA.
  2. George M. Prentice, b. c. 1919, PA. He is likely the George M. Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 20 Apr 1918, obtained his SS# in PA and d. 5 Dec 1999 in Aliquippa, Beaver Co., PA.
  3. Vernon D. Prentice, b. c. 1921, PA. He may be the Vernon Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 5 Apr 1920, obtained his SS# in PA, and d. Feb 1984 at an unspecified location.
  4. Elmer A. Prentice, b. 19 Jun 1923, Coraopolis, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  5. Lucy M. Prentice, b. c. 1926-7, PA.
  6. John Prentice, b. c. 1928, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

2. Elmer A. Prentice, b. 19 Jun 1923, Coraopolis, PA, and d. 8 May 2006, age 82, at Heartland Health Care Center in Ft. Myers, FL, after a lengthy illness. His obituary reads, in part, as follows:

    He was born June 19, 1923 in Coraopolis, PA, the son of George M. and Mary Vincente Prentice.

    Elmer was a member of the class of 1943 of Findlay Vocational High School in Imperial, PA. He enlisted the US Marine Corps in December 1942, serving the duration of WWII in the Pacific. During his service with the Special Weapons Battalion of the 2nd Marine Division, he participated in the invasions of Tarawa, Guam, and Okinawa. Honorably discharged in 1945, Elmer returned to his previous employment with Pittsburgh Screw and Bolt Corporation on Neville Island. He stayed with this company through numerous mergers and acquisitions, retiring in 1984 from RBS Corporation in Mt. Pleasant, PA. In 1989, he and his wife, Beverly, relocated to Ft. Myers, FL.

    Elmer was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Beverly G. Prentice. Surviving family members include two sons: Jerry (and wife, Cynthia), a retired Army officer residing in Fort Myers, FL; and Mark (wife, Laurie, and two daughters, Kristen and Lindsay), a retired pilot with Delta Airlines residing in the Atlanta, GA area. Elmer was the fourth of six children. He is survived by his brother, Jack, of Crescent, PA.

    Arrangements by the National Cremation Society. A memorial service will be held for Elmer and Beverly when they are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Elmer m. Beverly G.. Children per obituary:

  1. Jerry Prentice. He m. Cynthia is a retired Army officer residing in Fort Myers, FL.
  2. Mark Prentice. Mark is a retired pilot with Delta Airlines residing in the Atlanta, GA area. He m. Laurie and had:
    1. Kristen Prentice.
    2. Lindsay Prentice.

3. John Prentice (son of George and Mary), b. c. 1928, PA.

He may be the "Jack" Prentice ("Jack" is often used as a nickname for "John") of Crescent, PA mentioned in Elmer Prentice's obituary, above, as a surviving brother.

He may also be the "Jack" Prentice who m. Velma Kerr and who is mentioned in Wilmer Allen Kerr's obituary, below. In that obituary, Jack's wife is Velma Kerr, called a sister to Wilmer Allan Kerr, below, who was b. 3 Oct 1921, We do not know how much older, or younger, Velma was than her brother, Wilmer. Therefore, Jack Prentice may have been b. c. 1910-1930. We also do not know their place of residence in 2007. but it might have been Beaver Co., PA.

In Wilmer Kerr's obituary, Jack Prentice m. Velma Kerr. Jack and Velma are mention is a brother-in-law and sister of Wilmer Allen Kerr, b. 3 Oct 1921, whose obituary of 19 May 2007 in the Beaver County [Pa] Times reads as follows:

    Wilmer Allan Kerr, 05/18/2007

    Wilmer Allan Kerr, 85, of Coraopolis, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007. Born in Coraopolis on October 3, 1921, to Allan Ethan Kerr and Ethel Snyder Kerr, he was a life long resident of Coraopolis and a Professional Mechanical Engineer. Mr. Kerr retired from Westinghouse Bechtel Bettis after 39 years of service in 1990. An alumnus of Carnegie Institute of Technology, he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1948 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1953. While at Westinghouse, he participated in the design of the Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine, commissioned on January 21, 1954. He loved model trains, photography, classical music, astronomy and geography. A historian, he was always ready with information to help his family and friends on their way.

    Mr. Kerr is survived by a brother, Oliver Kerr; a sister, Velma Prentice; brother-in-law, William Hughes and brother-in-law Jack Prentice, and sister-in-law, Joyce Kerr; nephews, Jack A. Prentice Sr., Michael Hughes, Patrick Hughes and Daniel Kerr; nieces, Janet Kristobak, Jane Miller and Kara Browder; their spouses; 15 great nieces and nephews and one great-great niece.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Martin Kerr; sister, Dolores Hughes; sister-in-law, Barbara Kerr, and beloved friend, Marion Kurtz. His kind, gentle and generous presence will be missed.

    Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the COPELAND CORAOPOLIS FUNERAL HOME, 867 Fifth Ave., www.copelandfuneralhomes. com, where a service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. William Winzeler officiating. Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park.

    ©Beaver County Times Allegheny Times 2007

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