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Read about "The Mighty Mahers" in the October/November 2008 Issue of Irish America Magazine sponsored by Irish Abroad social networking.
Maher Family Tree (Jim Adams' tree at ancestry.com) NOTE: you can get a 14 day "free" trial or purchase a membership to view the trees)
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Amalia Susanna Weber tree on ancestry.com (Not sure if this is "our" Amalia "Mollie" Weber who married Frank Joseph Weber) NOTE: you can get a 14 day "free" trial or purchase a membership to view the trees)
Maher search at Curious Fox
About the Maher Family
Frank Maher was possibly the son of Nicholas/James Maher (b. about 1825 in Ireland - d. 21 Sept 1907 in Kankakee, Kankakee, IL) and Catherine "Kate" Dole (b. 18 Aug 1837 in Ireland) . Nicholas/James was the son of Daniel Maher (b. 1804 in Ireland - d. 1860) & Bridget Russel (b. 1808 in Ireland). See: Maher Family Tree by petmybunny at ancestry.com
Frank Maher (b. 26 April 1873, d. 09 Dec 1944) married Amalia (a.k.a. Mollie) Weber (b. 29 Sep 1878, d. 28 Feb 1945). Frank lived at 815 Fry Street, Jackson, MI and was a finished carpenter by trade. He had a small furniture repair shop on Greenwood Avenue near Morrell Street. Frank died of a heart attack in his late 60s or early 70s.. He is buried in Section 134, Lot 5, St. John's Cemetery, 403 East South Street, Jackson, MI. They had two sons, Raymond Joseph Maher and Anthony "Tony" Maher.
1. Anthony 'Tony" Maher and his third wife, Frieda lived on Commonwealth Street in Jackson, MI. They had 3 children: Dennis, Terry, and Cindy. Tony had two children by a previous marriage: Ronald and Geraldine (both now deceased). Tony spent his later years as a bus driver for the City of Jackson, MI. He was a friendly guy and enjoyed meeting people.
2. Raymond Joseph Maher (b. 26 May 1902, d. 03 April 1955) was baptized (08 June 1902) at Saint Irenaeus Catholic Church in Clinton (Lyons Station), Clinton County, Iowa by Rev. J. Comerford in the presence of Joseph Weber and Mrs. Joseph Weber, sponsors. He married Mary Ann (Fabronia) Kershner (b. 07 Nov 1907, d. 07 July 1989) and lived in Jackson, Michigan, USA. Mary Ann Kershner was the daughter of Frank Kershner and Selma Manikowski. The marriage certificate states the marriage took place in the presence of Frank Kershner & Rosalie Weber. Ray was a carpenter by trade. While in Iowa, before moving to Michigan, he and his father built numerous homes. Arriving in Jackson, MI during the height of the Great Depression, he was fortunate to meet "Cap" Sparks who gave him work on building the Sparks Foundation Project now known as the "Cascades". He also worked on Jackson's then tallest building, the National Bank of Jackson, which is now the Jackson County Building. When Goodyear build a new plant in Jackson he found carpenter work there and stayed with the company until his health failed. He died at age 52. Ray took pride in his family and he attended all school sports events and dances. He loved music and loved to sing. He enjoyed reading and family picnics. As he got older and had more free time he and Mary took trips to Washington, DC, the East Coast and Eastern Canada. (Thanks to Monie Maher for this biographical information).
Gravestone photo of Raymond J. Maher
Gravestone photo of Mary Ann Maher Whedon, wife of Raymond J. Maher
Gravestone photo of Mary Ann Kershner Maher & Raymond J. Maher
Portrait of Mary & Ray Maher.
Portrait of Mary Maher.
Raymond Joseph Maher (1902 - 1955) and Mary Ann (Fabronia) Kershner (1907 - 1090) had 7 children:
1. Raymond Francis Maher (23 Dec 1927 - 26 Nov 1997) married Helen Margaret Surque. He was a WW2 veteran (TEC 5) and was a printer by trade. He made city directories at R.L. Polk & Co. on South St. in Jackson. When the shop went out of business, he joined his brother, Jack, in the house remodeling business. Eventually, Ray worked for the Jackson Water Department, retiring after 10 years. He began by working on the street crew and ended up as a dispatcher. He retired at age 62. Buried in St. John's Cemetery, 403 East South Street, Jackson, MI 49203. Section 5, Lot 271 & 272. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Helen Marie Barczak (b. 19 June 1960, d. 04 November 1987) who was killed in an automobile accident when a trucker crossed the center line of U.S. 127 near Loomis Road in Summit Township and hit Helen's car head-on.
2. John Joseph 'Jack' Maher (19 Sep 1929 - 08 Feb 1982) married Jean Ellen Gaston. Jack is buried in St. John's Cemetery, 403 East South Street, Jackson, MI, Section 19, Lot 301 next to his son, Mark Maher. Obituary (probably from Jackson Citizen Patriot): Maher, John Joseph Sr. (Jack) of 307 N. Pleasant St., passed away Monday February 8, 1982, age 52 years. Surviving are his former wife, Jean; five sons, John J. Jr. of Jackson, Edward of Texas, Scott of Jackson, Jeff and Mark both of Las Vegas, Nev.; four daughters Mrs. James (Linda) Adams of Wisconsin, Jill (Moore) Maher, Jeannie and Beverly, all of Jackson; two grandson; one granddaughter; his mother, Mrs. Mary Whedon of Jackson; four brothers, Ray, Jim, and Bill, all of Jackson, Mike of Hanover; two sisters Rita Peters of Detroit, Mary Ann Rainey of Hanover; his dear friend Regina Gauss of Jackson. He was a member of the German American Club and a former remodeling contractor in the Jackson area. Mr. Maher is at the Chas. J. Burden and Son Funeral Home, 1806 E. Michigan Ave. Services will be held at St. Johns Catholic Church, Friday 11:00 a.m. Interment St. Johns Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Rosary Thursday 7:00 p.m. Friends who wish may make contributions to the John J. Maher, Sr. Memorial Fund c/o Jill Maher, 758 W. Washington, Jackson, 49201.
3. James Robert Maher (20 June 1931 - 14 May 2007) Passed away on Monday, May 14, 2007, at home after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. He was born in Jackson, June 20, 1931 to Raymond J. and Mary Maher. A 1949 graduate of St. John's High School, Jim married Monica Rose Trapp in 1950. During his illness, Monica lovingly cared for him in their Michigan Center home. He will be remembered by his wife, Monica; their children, Christine (Rob) Rainey, James (Deb) Rainey, Rose (Greg) McKenzie, Erin (Mark) Bushinski, and Patrick Maher; 11 grandchildren, Meghan (Kyle) Cudworth, Erica, Dane, Jacob Bushinski, Katrina, Robert, Patrick, Courtney, Mackenzie Maher, James and Amanda McKenzie; and great-granddaughter, Jenna Cudworth; his sister, Mary Ann (Robert) Rainey. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Raymond, Jack, William, Michael, and his sister, Rita Peters. He owned and operated a home improvement company for 20 years. He became proficient in sales training which led him to design and direct a sales training course used throughout the southern counties in Michigan. Later they owned and operated Cash-n-Carry. He enjoyed hunting, skeet shooting, running, walking, reading, travel, art and collectibles. He will be remembered as a man who worked hard, enjoyed life and loved his wife and family. Donations may be made to Hospice of Jackson and Oaklawn. According to his wishes, he has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Nichols-Arthur Michigan Center
4. William Thomas Maher (07 July 1933 - 16 Sep 1985) married Rita Nastally. Bill is buried in St. John's Cemetery, Jackson, MI. Obituary (probably from Jackson Citizen Patriot): William T. Maher passed away Monday, September 16, 1985, aged 52 years. Survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Whedon of Jackson; three brothers, Raymond Maher of Jackson, James Maher of Michigan Center, Michael Maher of Horton; two sisters, Mary Ann Rainey of Horton, Rita Peters of Roseville; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father, Raymond J. Maher and brother, Jack Maher. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. According to his wishes Mr. Maher has been cremated. Memorial Mass will be held at St. John's Catholic Church, Saturday, September 21, 1985, at 9:30 a.m. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers contributions for masses would be appreciated. Desnoyer Funeral Home, 204 N. Blackstone, Jackson, MI
Gravestone photo. Inscription:
"William T. Maher
1st Lt US Army
Jul 7 1933 Sep 16 1985"
Near marker 192, near the 194S. Small wooden chapel, close to north line of cemetery. Buried next to Michael L. Maher
5. Rita Marie Maher (b. 08 Aug 1936, d. 14 April 2000) married (1) Roland "Bud" Ball, (2) Robert Lee "Pete" Peters. Obituary (probably from Jackson Citizen Patriot): Rita Marie Peters, 63, of Roseville, MI died Friday, April 14, 2000 at home after a long illness. She was born August 8, 1936 in Jackson. Mrs. Peters was a former secretary and purchasing agent for several companies in Jackson and Macomb Counties. She was a member of the National Rifle Association and a past president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the St. Andrews Scottish Society of Detroit. She is survived by her husband Robert Lee Peters; son, Gregory Stephen Ball of Lansing; brother, James R. Maher of Michigan Center; sister Mary Ann Rainey of Horton; and numerous nieces and nephews around the country.
6. Michael Laurence Maher (21 April 1946 - 07 April 1994) married Diana
L. Applegate. Mike is buried in St. John's Cemetery, Jackson, MI. South Street
off Francis Street. Gravestone photo. Inscription:
"Michael L. Maher
Apr 21 1946 Apr 7 1994"
Near 194 S near North property line west of small wooden chapel. Please contact Jim Adams (adamsmckain at gmail.com) if you have a photo of Mike or his obituary.
7. Mary Ann Maher
Cemetery stones with unknown connections (from St. Johns Cemetery, Jackson, MI)
Catherine (Dole) Maher (1837 in Ireland- 1906). Mother of Francis "Frank" Joseph Maher
Dennis Maher (1832 - 1912)
Ed H. Maher (1872 - 1907)
John E. Maher (1864 - 1924)
Richard D. Maher (1877 - 1951)
Maher Family Pictures -- Let me know what pictures you would like to add to this page. If you have pictures, letters, diaries or other artifacts of the Maher family please let me know so that we can make a more complete history of the Maher family.
Rootsweb's Guide to Family Trees & Irish Genealogy
Photographs from the 25th Jubilee of Sister Mary Frances Maher