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In Memoriam

Janelle Elizabeth Bergandino

When Janelle Bergandino was in first grade, one of her earliest pieces of artwork was a daisy. It was a bright and beautiful metaphor for her spirit, and foreshadowed the talented artist Janelle would become. That daisy was framed by her mother, JoAnne. It is among her most prized possessions, now more precious than ever with Janelle’s passing on September 18 at the Good Shepherd Home-Raker Center where Janelle, 37, lived since 2007, following traumatic brain injury.

Janelle’s art adorned her room and traveled with her wherever she went, thanks to the physical therapists who transposed Janelle’s artwork on to her wheelchair covers. “It was a wonderful surprise and showed how much the therapists cared about Janelle‘s background and talent,” says JoAnne.

A natural athlete since she was five, Janelle played a variety of sports, but it was the irresistible pull of art that led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Moravian College in Bethlehem. Her mother, brother John, and sister Kristine all proudly display Janelle’s artwork. “We all miss Janelle so much,” says JoAnne. “Her last 12 years at Raker showed us how much to appreciate life and never take it for granted.”

Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson never met a loaf of bread he didn’t like or couldn’t bake.A gentle and generous man, Jeff was an accomplished bread baker: Irish soda bread for St. Patrick’s Day, hot cross buns for Lent, Challah bread for Passover, Moravian lovefest buns for Christmas Eve, and so many more. It was a skill that brought him and others great joy as they broke bread together at the table of life before Jeff’s passing at age 65 on August 18.

Jeff, who had Friedreich’s ataxia, a neuromuscular disease, was a resident of the Good Shepherd Home-Raker Center since 2011. Beautiful plants thrived in Jeff’s room, testament to his bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from Delaware Valley
College. Prior to coming to Good Shepherd, Jeff lived with his sister Deborah Holl for 13 years. “Jeff will always be remembered by his family and friends for his wide range of knowledge and interests, his delightful sense of humor that often left us in stitches and his devotion to those he loved,” says Deborah. “We are truly grateful to the residents and staff of Good Shepherd for the friendship, dedication and care that was extended to Jeff and to us.”