Beulah Rosa Bush

Beulah Rosa Bush

Female 1916 - 1991  (75 years)

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  • Name Beulah Rosa Bush  [1
    Born 26 Jul 1916  Williamstown, Oswego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 24 Oct 1991  Adams, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Age 75 years 
    Person ID I55311  Tree2020
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2020 

    Father Harry Norman Bush,   b. 21 Oct 1889, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1945  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ancestors Ethel Mary Roser Married: 2x2x ,   b. 10 May 1896,   d. 23 May 1978  (Age 82 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F19102  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Roy Clark Dodge,   b. 12 Oct 1915, Lorraine, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1990, Adams, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 17 Apr 1938  Dexter, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F21617  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      Watertown Daily Times (NY) - October 27, 1991Browse Issues
      The funeral for homicide victim Beulah B. Dodge, 75, Lorraine Road, will be Monday at the Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville.

      Belleville-Adora No. 136, Order of the Eastern Star, will conduct a service at 1 p.m. Monday, with the funeral immediately following. The Rev. David S. Rudd, pastor of the Union Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Adams Rural Cemetery.

      Calling hours will be noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Belleville-Adora No. 136, Order of the Eastern Star.

      Surviving are two nieces, Diann Dodge, Rome, and Carol Gilligan, Fairfax, Va., and three nephews, David Dodge, Lee Center, Ronald Bush, Orwell, and Terry Bush, Richland. A brother, Norman Bush, died July 21.

      Born July 25, 1916 in Williamstown, a daughter of Harry Norman and Ethel Roser Bush, she graduated from Pulaski High School. She married Roy C. Dodge on April 17, 1938 at the Methodist-Episcopal Church, Dexter, with Rev. Paul A. Roy officiating. Mr. Dodge died last December.

      The couple had lived in Rome after their marriage. Mrs. Dodge worked at Varflex Manufacturing Co. until 1940, when they moved to their Lorraine Road home. They operated a dairy farm until the early 1970s, when they retired from farming.

      She was a member of the Union Church in Pierrepont Manor and the Belleville-Adora No. 136 Order of the Eastern Star.

      Watertown Daily Times (NY) - December 6, 1991Browse Issues
      Diann Louise Dodge was charged Thursday with beating her aunt to death at the victim's Pierrepont Manor home in southern Jefferson County.

      Beulah B. Dodge, a 75-year-old widow, was found slain by a friend, Jeannette Cobb, Oct. 24.

      The niece, a 49-year-old Rome resident, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in a sealed indictment unveiled in Jefferson County Court. One count accuses Miss Dodge of intentional murder. The other charges reckless murder, with depraved indifference to life.

      Police arrested Diann Dodge at her home Wednesday night after a sealed indictment returned earlier in the day by a Jefferson County grand jury.

      Judge Lee Clary ordered her held without bail pending discussions with District Attorney Gary W. Miles and her attorney, Louis T. Brindisi of Utica, who was not in court Thursday.

      The indictment charges that on Oct. 23 she "did strike (Beulah Dodge) repeatedly about the face and head with a blunt object, resulting in her death from blunt cranial trauma."

      Mr. Miles would not identify the weapon Thursday. The prosecutor conceded that the case against Miss Dodge, who has no known criminal history, is circumstantial.

      But the district attorney cited how "extensive" statements the suspect made to police had led investigators to follow further leads. He said he could place her at the time and the place of the aunt's death.

      In fact, Mr. Miles said, police had interviewed her three times, apparently immediately after the murder.

      Jefferson County Sheriff's Lt. Edward V. Simser declined to comment on unconfirmed reports that a flatiron was the weapon and the suspect's car was seen at the victim's house the day of the murder.

      Neither Mr. Miles nor Lt. Simser would comment directly about the motive.

      "Since Biblical times, family members have been doing harm to other family members," Lt. Simser said.

      However, a source confided the motive apparently is tied to the victim's will. Mrs. Dodge had signed a will on Oct. 18, six days before her death. Police have declined to comment on the contents of any prior will.

      In the Oct. 18 will, Mrs. Dodge left the bulk of her estate, valued at $250,000 a year before, to Diann Dodge and four other nieces or nephews. Another 12 grandnephews and grandnieces were each slated $2,000, and another $3,000 was listed for three charities.

      The final value put on Mrs. Dodge's estate was still unknown as of Thursday. However, her late husband, Roy C. Dodge, who died Dec. 20, had $249,841 in assets listed in his estate left for his wife.

      The suspect is a graduate of Rome Free Academy, Morrisville College of Technology and the Cortland Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was employed at the Cortland hospital following her graduation there.

      Her supervisor at the 485th Engineers Installation Group, Griffiss Air Force Base, a Mr. Wilson, declined comment about Miss Dodge.

      Although divorced from Joseph W. Toczek, she used the Toczek name when her father, Perl Dodge, died in April 1979, according to the Sentinel, but assumed her maiden name sometime before her mother's death in May 1990.

      Her arrest was made by sheriff's detectives Mark D. DeVito and Gregory R. Bush, state police Investigator Wayne W. Corsa, Watertown Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and two uniform troopers.

      Class of 1934 PACS

  • Sources 
    1. [S752] Ancestry Family Trees, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.;), Database online.
      Record for Roy Clark Dodge