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Harold O. Beyer

Harold O. Beyer

September 23, 1926 – January 17, 2018

Harold O. Beyer

Harold O. Beyer

Chester, NY

Harold O. Beyer, a long-time resident of Chester, NY passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. The only son of the late Adolf and Erna Beyer, Harold was born on September 23, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY.

Harold grew up in Hannover, Germany and returned to the States as a young adult, enlisting and serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He continued his education at New York University and went on to receive his Master’s degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He retired from Mahwah High School where he served as an educator for 25 years. In his free time, Harold enjoyed playing chess, solving crossword puzzles, and being our household handyman. He was always up for a rousing political debate, and in his later years became quite skilled with his computer graphics hobby.

Survivors include his son Garett Beyer and wife Susan of Colorado Springs, CO; daughter, Teresa Beyer, at home; one sister, Ruth Kiessler of Erlangen, Germany; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces and a nephew, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Harold was predeceased by his wife Eva; sister Gisela Porges, and three half-sisters; Sybil Maroth , Eileen Rende, and Dieta Beyer.

He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

A graveside ceremony with Military Honors will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 11:00am at the Orange County Veteran’s Cemetery, 111 Craigville Road, Goshen, NY 10924.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to UNICEF, (800)367-5437, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038 or visit www.unicef.org.

Funeral arrangements are honorably entrusted to Zygmunt-Murtie Funeral and Cremation Service- Proudly serving Warwick and the surrounding communities. For directions or to leave a condolence please call 845-977-6127 or visit www.zmmemorials.com.


  • Garett Beyer Posted April 2, 2018 7:02 pm

    I am sorry for the loss of my father. I am sorry that I was not allowed to grieve, to see my childhood home and so forth.My sister refused to pick me up at the train station (locally) so I could attend after traveling with my family to NY from Colorado. We had a few mishaps with the itinerary but my sister was too busy making a collage to go out of her way 15 minutes . My father cared for her financially, it was not the other way around. Terri has isolated herself from all of her family. I am sorry for her loss and hope she can take care of herself now alone after all of these years. She fought for control over everything and there she sits, alone with her control….

  • Jeff Tolan Posted May 16, 2018 1:06 pm

    Herr Beyer was my German teacher for three years at Mahwah High School. He was one of the best and most demanding teachers I had. I don’t remember much German, but the lessons he taught regarding organization of written work, grammar, and punctuality are skills I use every day as an engineer. My thoughts are with the Beyer family on the passing of this inspirational gentleman.
    Jeff Tolan

    • Mark Seal Posted September 18, 2018 3:50 pm

      I also studied German under Herr Beyer for 3 years at Mahwah High, 1979-1981. I learned more about English grammar and syntax from him than I did from my English classes. He was tough; no nonsense, highly discliplined, and by-the-book. But he had a light side too. I still remember quite a bit of German, even lines from what I suspect (now) were German drinking songs! I just looked him up on line because I heard one of those songs today and it really took me back. One of the best teachers I had at MHS. God bless him and his family.

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