In your reply to my genealogy.com post, you suggested that I might have some mixed up information. That's possible, but let me share what I know with some level of confidence.
I'm quite sure that my great-grandfather's name was John Frederick Falter and that he was born on 30 August 1885 in Baltimore and died on 18 December 1940. I have copies of his birth certificate, death certificate and application for Social Security number. I also know that he had a son named John Frederick Falter, Jr., who had a son named John Frederick Falter, III, who had a son named John Frederick Falter, IV. It's been a while, but I've been in touch with JFF IV.
I have no information on any John FRANCIS Falter, but I found your reference to Cecilia Mae (Christopher) Becker intriguing. I have a Celia Mae Christopher as a wife of John Frederick Falter, Jr. Here's the quote from her Death Notice from the Baltimore Sun:
“Suddenly, on October 24, 1961, CELIA MAE (nee Christopher), of 2305 East Oliver street, beloved wife of John F. Falter, Jr., and devoted mother of Mrs. Phyllis Chernault, John F. Falter 3d, and Christopher B. Falter. Funeral from the Hoffmann Funeral Home, 3216 [or 3218] Hudson street (entrance on Boulding street), on Friday at 11 A.M. interment in Moreland Memorial Park. Friends may call from 2 to 10 P.M.”
A couple of things I note from this death notice. First, her husband is not identified as "the late" JFF Jr., suggesting that he was alive at the time. The John Frederick Falter, Jr. in my line was born in 1910, but he died much later in 1983. Moreover, I have information that he enlisted on September 24, 1942 in the Air Corps and was a private. Second, Celia Christopher is said to be the mother of both John F. Falter, III and Christopher, in addition to a daughter named Phyllis.
Do you have any more information on John Francis Falter (b. 1873 in PA)? Specifically, do you know the names of his parents and/or siblings?
(FYI - I'll post this message in both forums.)
George H. Falter, III