Elliot and Linda Sheftel of South Whitehall, parents of the late Parkland High School graduate Justin Sheftel, sponsor the Justin Sheftel Memorial Softball Tournament every year in his memory.
Justin was killed June 15, 2005, by a drunken driver while crossing a coastal highway in Ocean City, Md.
The 14th annual tournament took place June 16 at the Lehigh County Athletic fields, South Whitehall Township.
Twenty-eight students from Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, and 11 graduates were selected to help prepare and serve food in the high-end venues of Churchill Downs during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5.
The Derby, known as the most exciting two minutes in sports, is steeped in tradition with mint juleps, spectacular hats and the playing of “My Old Kentucky Home.”
A behind-the-scenes tradition for more than 25 years has been the involvement of Penn College students.
Nothing’s the same as it used to be;
Everything has changed, it seems to me.
No one seems to have time to play,
They hustle and bustle all through the day.
People used to be humble and kind;
Today I think people are losing their minds.
They shoot everyone they can, at will;
They walk into schools and churches to kill!
There are gangs, drive-by shootings, all over the place;
It seems there is no where that you can feel safe.
Morals, there are none; they’ve just disappeared.
Helen M. Kovacs, 90, formerly of Coplay, died June 29, 2018, in Renaissance Home, Northampton.
She was the wife of the late Rudolph A. “Rudy” Kovacs.
Born June 28, 1928, in Cementon, she was the daughter of the late Frederick J. and Esther I. (Butz) Masenheimer.
She was an Epi operator at the former Western Electric, AT&T, Allentown for 32 years before retiring in 1980.
A member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Laurys Station, she formerly served on the Evangelism and Growth Committee.
Holly Marie Laudenslager, 19, of Orefield, died June 29, 2018.
Born Jan. 24, 1999, in Allentown, she was the daughter of Jeffrey D. and Rosemarie (Baluck) Laudenslager with whom she resided.
Studying graphic arts and psychology, she completed her first year of college at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.
She was a 2017 graduate of Parkland High School.
While at Parkland, she was a member of both the Leo and Key clubs, where she volunteered her time.
The Marine Band of Allentown will perform a concert 7:30 p.m. July 8 in West Park, Allentown.
Ryan Zickafoose, a recent Parkland High School graduate, will be guest vocalist.
The free concert will feature songs of interest to all ages.
Anna Marie Bandel, 96, a former resident of Fullerton, Whitehall Township, died peacefully June 23, 2018, while a guest at Lehigh Center.
She and her husband Adam G. Bandel were married 62 years at the time of his death in 2002.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Long) Horvath.
She was a member of the former Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, Northampton, and attended St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Whitehall.
She worked many years at various garment mills in Allentown, including Dianne Fashion.
Trevor S. Rohr, 43, of Orefield, died June 29, 2018.
Born July 16, 1974, in Catasauqua, he was the son of the late Robert H. and Linda S. (Horn) Rohr.
He was a home health aide at Maximum Care, Whitehall.
His survivors include a brother, Christopher R. Rohr and his wife, Melissa, of Ephrata; uncles Terry L. Rohr of Orefield, Henry T. Rohr Jr. of Portage, Wis.; niece Abigail; and nephew Zachary.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. on July 10 in Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc., 4906 Route 309, Schnecksville, with the Rev. Dr. David Charles Smith officiating.
Elizabeth A. “Betty” Phillips, 86, formerly a Third Street resident of Whitehall, died peacefully June 26, 2018, in Luther Crest retirement community, surrounded by her loving and dedicated family.
She and her husband Ronald W. Phillips were married 48 years at the time of his death in 2009.
Born in Swoyersville, she was a daughter of the late Thomas F. and Ethel C. (Lewis) Mack.
She was a floor supervisor and payroll clerk at the former Percy Brown’s Cafeteria and then Seafood Shanty in the Whitehall Mall for very many years.
Mary Kathryn Surdoval, 89, of Macungie, died peacefully June 28, 2018, at home, surrounded by her family.
She was the loving wife of the late John A. Surdoval, to whom she was married more than 58 years until his death in 2014.
Their wedding took place at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Carbondale.
Born Sept. 6, 1928, in Carbondale, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Loretta (Duffy) Doyle.
She graduated from Ben Franklin High School and Lackawanna Junior College.