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Beverly P. Heurich

Beverly P. Heurich, former wife of Washington, DC, brewer, Christian Heurich, Jr., died of pneumonia at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, MD, on Valentines Day, February 14, 2008, after a brief illness, she was 88. She was a resident of Washington, DC, until last year when she moved to Boonsboro, MD. Mrs. Heurich was born in Caledonia, MN, on November 27, 1919 and was raised in Rock Rapids, IA, where her father ran a hardware store. She briefly attended the University of Southern California before moving to New York City. She moved to Washington, DC, in 1951 when she married Mr. Heurich, and resided in Washington and the metro area for 56 years, and was a longtime summer resident of Essex, NY, on Lake Champlain. Mrs. Heurich met her future husband, Christian Heurich, Jr., while she was an executive assistant at the U. S. Brewers Foundation in New York, where Mr. Heurich was a board member. He ran the brewery that his father had founded in Washington in 1873, and was brewer of Heurichs, Senate, and Old Georgetown beers at a landmark brewery that was located on what is now the site of the Kennedy Center. Their marriage ended in divorce. Mr. Heurich died in 1979. Though Mrs. Heurich never actually liked beer, she was a loyal supporter and always managed to drink the family brew in public! She enjoyed golf and deep sea fishing, was a member of Ki-Wives of the Washington, DC, chapter of Kiwanis, a life member of The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and volunteered at Sibley Hospital. And she is remembered by her family for her love of the Christmas holiday, and for the pride she took in her family. Her favorite color was pink, and yes, one year she decorated one of the Christmas trees with all pink ornaments! Mrs. Heurich is survived by her sons, Christian Heurich III and his wife Simone G. Heurich of Smithsburg, MD, and Gary F. Heurich of Essex, NY, a younger sister, Marjorie Kirby, of Beloit, WI, two grandsons, Shiloh C. S. Heurich of Washington, DC, and Colter I. Heurich of Santa Cruz, CA, and two nieces and two nephews. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Charas H. Heurich. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be sent to St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church, 13205 Greensburg Road, Smithsburg, MD 21783, and designated In Memory of Beverly P. Heurich in the memo of the contribution. Mrs. Heurich will be interred in Lake Placid, NY. Services and burial will be private.

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