In Memoriam

A Storyteller for the Ages

A tribute to the life of Richard W. Cowen, author of “Papa Raker’s Dream”

Marlene "Linny" Fowler, one of the Lehigh Valley's most endearing philanthropists and a loving Good Shepherd donor, passed away on February 4, 2013, at the age of 73. Her legendary generosity and a heart that knew no bounds prompted her to support many philanthropic endeavors, both publicly and privately.

Inez Donley, a longtime friend and donor to Good Shepherd, passed away at age 97 on January 27, 2013. Inez made a major gift along with her husband Ed, former Air Products and Chemicals chairman, through their family foundation in 2003 establishing The Donley Family Pediatrics Endowment.

Catherine Beth Bennett, 49, of Bethlehem passed away peacefully on November 16, 2012, surrounded by her loved ones. Born in Allentown on May 23, 1963, Beth was the daughter of Margaret Bennett-Hammersly and Byron Bennett. Beth had been a resident of The Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem since 2000. Prior to coming to Good Shepherd, she lived at home in Catasauqua with her mother who lovingly took care of her for many years. “She really was like a little angel to me,” said Margaret. “She wanted everyone to love everybody.

Scott Hess, 26, a resident of the Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem since 2008, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2012. He was the son of Robert C. and Diane M. (Roth) Hess of Bath. Born in Bethlehem, Scott was a student at Northampton Area School District/U, and later attended the Easton High School FOCUS Program. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bath. He loved all things John Deere and just about anything involving tractors, trucks and big machinery. He was an avid NASCAR fan and cheered for Tony Stewart.

Barbara Fox, 65, a resident of the Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem, passed away on Monday, October 22, 2012. She lived at Good Shepherd for 12 years. The daughter of Ray and the late Phyllis DeBoer, Barbara was born on August 16, 1947, in Easton. She graduated from Phillipsburg (NJ) High School and for awhile, was a house cleaner. She will be fondly remembered by her Good Shepherd family as a spunky, sweet lady who loved the color red. She wore stylish hats like a model and had a wonderful smile that was warm and genuine.

Karen Dondore, 48, a resident of the Good Shepherd Home Bethlehem, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2012. The daughter of Elton and Helen Sunday, Karen was born in Reading. She came to live at Good Shepherd in February 2000. She was passionate about shopping, liked dressing up and loved the color green. She had a fondness for candy and cookies, and liked to watch movies, and read books and magazines in her leisure time. Karen had fond nicknames for many of the staff, who loved her dearly, as did the Good Shepherd cats, Charcoal and Eve, who loved Karen back in equal measure.

Irene Lendacki, a resident of the Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem, passed away on August 24, 2012. Born in Reading on February 12, 1953, the daughter of Pauline and Cyril Lendacki, Irene grew up in rural Oley where she loved running through the countryside and got to know all the wildflowers. After high school, Irene went to Bloomsburg College and got her degree in accounting. When she was 25, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Undaunted by this challenge, she went to Gwynnd Mercy College in Philadelphia where she discovered her niche in computer technology.

Richard Buchin, a resident of the Good Shepherd Home – Conrad W. Raker Center for 16 years, passed away on August 28, 2012. He was 59 years old. Richard was born in Allentown on March 28, the son of Harry and the late Rachel (Gehman) Buchin. He lived with cerebral palsy his entire life but lived a full life where there were “never any limits” by virtue of his keen mind and dogged pursuit of higher education.

Joseph E. Correll, Jr., a longtime friend and donor to Good Shepherd, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2011. Joe was a gentleman and a gentle man who made his mark on the world as a successful business entrepreneur, loving husband and philanthropist to many local organizations, among them, Good Shepherd.

Jack G. Izer, a Good Shepherd resident since 1981, passed away on November 28, 2011. Born February 26, 1950, in Waynesboro, Jack was a much-loved member of the Good Shepherd family, known for his gentleness and love of special events.

Jack, often in the company of his father, William Max Izer, cut a dapper figure at the annual resident ball. He enjoyed listening to stories and music, and had been a member of the Big Wheels team prior to declining health which restricted his activities.

Ellen Sockin, a resident of The Good Shepherd Home - Conrad W. Raker Center since 1980, passed away on November 20, 2011.

Born in Spring Valley, New York, on July 23, 1958, Ellen struggled with seizures that began early in life, but was blessed with a loving and devoted family with whom she lived as long as possible. 

September 26, 2011

James L. Czekner, 56, of Allentown, passed away on Thursday, September 22. Jim was the lead mechanic at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital where he worked for 17 years, endearing himself to all with his ready smiile, generous spirit, and dedication to his job. He also played on Good Shepherd's Friday night bowling league.

Evelyn T. Allen, who passed away August 22, 2011, served Good Shepherd in many ways. Read her obituary and honor her legacy by making an online gift to our long-term care residents at the Conrad W. Raker Center.

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Grace (Moritz) Raker, 96, passed away on May 2. She was the widow of former Good Shepherd administrator, The Rev. Dr. Conrad Raker, who preceded her in death in 2002. Born in Fullerton on December 14, 1914, Grace attended Cedar Crest College, worked at PPL and was active in local politics. She was a one-time vice-chairwoman of the Lehigh County Republican Committee, and for many years volunteered at the Allentown YWCA, where she also served as former president, the Emmaus Newcomers Club, and the Emmaus Moravian Church.

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February 2012

Jeffrey M. Sonon, 58, a resident of The Good Shepherd Home - Conrad W. Raker Center, passed away January 13. Born July 13, 1953, in West Reading, Jeff graduated from the Reading School District and Lehigh Carbon Community College.

January 2011

The Good Shepherd family is mourning the loss of Peter J. Keblish, Jr., MD, renowned orthopedic surgeon and devoted Good Shepherd friend and donor, who died January 25.

January 2012

Atty. John Raker Hudders, grandson of John and Estella Raker, founders of The Good Shepherd Home, passed away on Monday, January 9, at the Phoebe Home. Jack, as he was known, was married to his wife Sylvia for 47 years, with whom he shared a debt of gratitude to Good Shepherd for helping him recover after a near fatal auto accident in 1997. Jack suffered severe brain injury and arrived at Good Shepherd in a coma. Six months later, he walked out of the brain injury unit, escorted by his sons.

November 2010

The Good Shepherd family is mourning the loss of Ralph DeCristoforo, longtime donor and friend, who passed away on November 14. Ralph was the fiance of Sally Gammon, Good Shepherd president and CEO. He was a familiar face at many Good Shepherd fund raisers, gracing each occasion with his elegance, and warm and wonderful smile.