Gail M. Shaffer: 1944-2017
Long-time member, Gail Shaffer, passed away June 18, 2017. Gail and her husband, Bruce (who was NPSC president for several years back in the 90’s), have been club members longer than we can remember. Back when we used to postal mail our monthly newsletters, Gail was the one who folded, stapled, stamped and sent out all those letters – for years! Gail only ever tried skiing one day (and it didn’t go well!), but Bruce and their two daughters were quite active in skiing and snowboarding, so Gail good-naturedly tagged along on club trips (and helped coordinate quite a few events).
Gail was also a longtime, active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, where she served on the Hospitality Committee. She was also a dedicated volunteer with the Lansdale Public Library. Gail was a fifty-year member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and was Past Matron of the Order of the Amaranth in Lansdale. Earlier in life, she was active with her daughters’ Girl Scout troop and Home and School Organization.
Retired for quite a few years, Gail was spending the majority of her time doing charity work with her church, and being “Nana” to several young, active grand kids. A truly kind, funny person — Gail will sorely be missed.
Suzanne Hartley: 1965-2014
NPSC’s President, Suzanne Hartley, lost her year-long battle with cancer on October 8, 2014. Suzanne joined North Penn Ski Club back in 2003, when she signed up to learn to ski during EPSC’s Monday night lesson program at Spring Mountain. Bitten by the skiing bug (big time), Suzanne returned for more lessons in subsequent y ears, and participated in a few ASIA ski improvement clinics as well. She was still a novice skier when she volunteered to be trip leader for the 2006 Council Carnival to Telluride CO, and Suzanne has aided in the running of virtually every NPSC western ski trip since.
Suzanne’s other favorite activities included hiking, visiting amusement parks, and kayaking. She worked as a data analyst for IMS Health in Plymouth Meeting for almost 14 years, but was most recently unemployed and in the midst of an active job search. A member of the Elks Lodge in Colmar, Suzanne was also active in fundraising efforts that benefited local charities such as Manna on Main Street in Lansdale.
A public viewing took place October 14, at the Huff and Lakjer Funeral home in Lansdale. Funeral services were held there October 15, with additional viewing and a service that was open for friends and family to share their favorite memories. Suzanne was buried with her parents in the Whitemarsh Cemetery, in Horsham.
Donations can be made in Suzanne’s memory to: American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road,Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA, 19422 -or- American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Rod, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA, 19004,
Linda Cifone, 54, of Pipersville PA, passed away at home on October 28, 2014. You rarely saw Linda at a club meeting, but for sure you met her on a western ski trip (Steamboat, Snowmass, Sun Valley). Linda had her own bookkeeping business and often brought her work along with her on trips — “ski season is also tax season, you know!” Linda was smart, funny, and very athletic, and is survived by two sons and a daughter.
Dennis Mayse: 1943-2009
Dennis’ enthusiasm for the sport of skiing was contagious, and he was always eager to help others try to reach their potential, while continually striving for that always elusive “next level” himself.
The North Penn Ski Club sends its deepest sympathies to Dennis’ wife Mary Jane, her children and grandchildren, and to other members of his family.
Harry Naylor, 69, of Chalfont, died unexpectedly June 19, 2010. He and his wife Judy were married 45 years, and had two children and two grandchildren. Just a big kid with a great sense of humor, Harry truly was a “good sport”, always ready with a big smile and hug. Harry and Judy gave up skiing many years before he passed away, but he didn’t seem to mind. Spending those last few years wintering in Arizona allowed Harry to pursue his most favorite hobby — going out for breakfast! Harry was NPSC’s biggest ‘Breakfast Social’ fan, and when they were in PA, he didn’t miss one. Unfortunately, there was a café Harry wanted us to try and we just never got there. So in his honor, we held a “Harry Naylor Tribute” Breakfast Social on September 18, 2010 at the Country Rose Café in Hatfield.