In Memoriam of the handball community members who have passed away. Online obituary notices and pictures can be emailed to U.S. Handball HERE.
Larry K. Shankweiler, Allentown, Pa.
January 11, 1933 ~ December 13, 2021
Larry K. Shankweiler, 88, of Allentown, passed away December 13, 2021 in Whitehall Manor. He was the loving husband of the late Nedy C. (Claman) Shankweiler. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Kermit D. and Marion (Wuchter) Shankweiler. Larry graduated from Allentown High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He taught for 31 years as an instructor for Lehigh Valley Vocational School. Larry belonged to the Allentown YMCA and was a U.S. Handball member. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: son- Larry S. and wife Susan Shankweiler of Manhattan, KS, daughter- Linda S. Shankweiler and husband Scott Burnet of Allentown, grandchildren Austin and Caylin, nieces and nephews- Ann Louise Carpenter, Stephen F. Carpenter, Paula Burke and Joseph Stelmach. He was predeceased by his son- Ronnie.
A viewing was held Friday, December 17 with a Service to follow at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102 and laid to rest in St. Marys Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Larry’s memory to the Wounded Warriors Project or to Whitehall Manor care of the funeral home.
A tribute from Larry S. Shankweiler (son)
My father was an avid handball player all his life. He started playing one-wall handball at the age of 11 or 12 years old at Jordan Park, in Allentown, PA.
He played until the age of 75 or so.
He was only 5’-2” tall. He did not have the power like a lot of the other handball players do, but he was quick with his hands and feet, had great ball control and placement and had one hell-of-a fly kill shot. His game was up front, making guys run the court back and forth and side to side, and just simply wore them down. I should know, he did that to me when I was playing with him back in the 70’s when I was a teenager. He showed no mercy.
More importantly, he was well liked by all who have met him. He had an infectious laugh recognized by all his friends. An easy going guy, out-going and friendly to all. He didn’t not show too much emotion and never swore on or off the court. He just simply played handball to his best of his ability.
I was fortunate to play handball with him starting at the age of 9. I played at Jordan Park with him and his close knit of friends until I left Allentown at the age of 20. We have a father-son doubles championship title together in 1975 and I was lucky to beat my father for the only time in my life in 1978 for the Allentown singles championship…..my last year in Allentown before moving onto Kansas State University and then to California to work and raise a family. I am back in Kansas for the past 24 years now. I still keep in touch with some of the remaining handball players from Allentown.
After I left Allentown, my Dad started to play 4-wall so he can play year round. He started playing 4-wall at the late age of 47 or so. He played 1-wall all summer long at Jordan Park, then he played 4-wall during the colder months at the Allentown YMCA, Jewish Community Center and the Allentown Racquet Club.
He also started playing in regional and state tournaments in both 1-wall and 4-wall. Then at the national level as he developed his skill as he aged.
On my last count, he had over 60 – 70 trophies and plaques in the basement of our old house in Allentown.
He has won the 1-wall National Singles Championship 3 years in a row for the Veteran Super Singles in 1998, 1999 and 2000. And again in 2002. He has won the 4-wall National Championship June 1999. These are the years I know about. He probably has several other national titles that I can’t remember that he won.
He also won several Pennsylvania State tournaments and Eastern Regional tournaments. He also participated in doubles tournaments.
I don’t know all the different divisions he played in over the years, but they were the tournaments for the masters, golden masters, veteran supper singles, etc. Basically 55 years old and older.
Ha has several articles written about him over the years in the local Allentown Morning Call Newspaper.
He has numerous appearances in the USHA Handball Magazine. The one’s I know of are from Dec. 1978, Oct. 1998, Aug. 1999, Oct. 1999, Oct. 2000, and Oct. 2003. Those are the ones I know of because I found the copies of these magazines after he passed.
He also has an appearance in Sports Illustrated Oct. 1999 Faces In The Crowd. I attached a few pictures and articles of my Dad (See gallery).
I very proud of him and I wish I could have continued my handball career alongside him.
But I will always have found memories of us playing handball at Jordan Park. The camaraderie with my Dad and all our friends was special.
If there is a handball hall of fame, my father would be well deserving of this honor not just because of handball ability and the number of tournaments he has won, but for being the great guy he was on and off the court. Small in stature, but big in everybody’s heart.
I’m sure he is playing handball once again in the heavens above with all his buddies that have passed in previous years. It will be bitter-sweet for them….they get to be with a good friend once again…….but…..they will still be hating that fly kill shot of his.
Rest in peace Dad. I love you and miss you already!
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Handball was great for my Dad, but my Dad was great for handball.
Robert Philip Lindsay, Ft. Worth, Texas
October 19, 1942 ~ November 15, 2021
Robert Philip “Bob” Lindsay, 79, passed away on November 15, 2021. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Born on October 19, 1942 in Dallas, Texas to Robert Linford Lindsay and Thurston Patricia Tipton.
As a child, Bob fell in love with sports, a love that lasted his entire life. He excelled in every sport he ever played, but eventually found the sport he was most passionate about, handball. Bob graduated from Wichita Falls High School and went on to play handball for and graduated from the University of Texas where he won two collegiate national championships in 1965 and 1966. He also won the Open Doubles National Championship in 1966. Bob then took up racquetball, and won many tournaments, including the 45+ Doubles National Championship in 1989 and 1990. Bob was later inducted into the University of Texas Athletic Hall of Fame as well as the Southwest Handball Hall of Fame. Bob’s involvement in sports continued for his entire life from coaching many of his daughters’ teams to being an ardent fan of the Texas Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys, the Chicago Red Stars and the US Women’s National Soccer Team (including cheering them on to a World Cup victory in France in 2019).
After college, Bob followed in his dad’s footsteps and went to work in the oil and gas industry where he met many of his lifelong friends. He worked for many companies during his 58-year career, including getting to work with his dad and owning several other companies. He prided himself on having worked every role on a drilling rig, and he epitomized hard work.
Bob met the love of his life, Theresa Ann Beam Lindsay, in a marathon training group in Wichita Falls, and they were married in 1984. They were very active together, running many marathons throughout the United States and playing countless hours of tennis with their best friends. They were very involved in their communities in Wichita Falls, Denton and Argyle, and Bob loved giving back. Bob and Theresa were founding members of Grace Heritage Church, where he was baptized, and he cherished the church’s community and fellowship. Bob and Theresa were later members of Cross Timbers Church.
Bob absolutely loved his family. He adored his younger brother, Jerry Vern Lindsay, and he cherished their close relationship and the thousands of memories they shared. Bob was a kind and generous man who would do anything for the people he loved, especially for his daughters. His heart for others made a difference in so many lives. Bob never met a stranger that he didn’t want to get to know, and he enjoyed telling (and re-telling) stories and making people laugh. There’s nothing he loved more than sitting in his favorite chair, enjoying a drink, and laughing with the people he loved most.
Bob is survived by his wife, Theresa. He is also survived by his brother Jerry Vern Lindsay (Kris); his daughters, D’Ann Dubois Kantarski (John), Lea Lindsay Bennett (Philip), Dakotah Lindsay, and Savannah Lindsay Hudgins (Ryan); his grandchildren Brandon Pirkle, Summer Pirkle, Bailey Bennett, Barrett Bennett, Ryli Hudgins, and Ford Robert Hudgins; great-granddaughter, Paisley Bennett; nephews, nieces, cousins, family and dear friends.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Linford Lindsay and Thurston Patricia Tipton, and his beloved bonus mom, Laura Caroline “Shorty” Lindsay.
A celebration of life will be held December 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM Central at The Village Church – Highland Village at 1700 Highland Village Road, Highland Village, TX 75077. In recognition of Bob’s bright personality, please wear bright colors.
In honor of his love for his family, in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to his great-granddaughter, Paisley Bennett, who is battling neuroblastoma.
℅ The Bennett family
5 Horseshoe Drive
Highland Village, TX 75077
Christopher Myles Foley, MD, Dellwood, MN
Chris Foley, 71, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2021 after an unexpected illness. Chris was born to Logan and Mimi (Zoccola) Foley on May 8th, 1950 in South Orange, New Jersey. After losing his mother during childbirth, he was raised by his aunt and uncle Ruth and Frank Zoccola who resided in Cleveland, OH. At age 12, he moved to Minnesota and resided in North Oaks with the Zoccola family. He graduated from Mounds View High School in 1968 where he was captain of the swimming and golf teams. He first met Janet (Sorensen) at Mounds View and after being told by a friend that she was too tall for him, the two would go on to share a lifelong relationship that would transcend his final day. They were married in 1975 at Prince of Peace Church in Roseville, MN. After high school, Chris graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1972, followed by the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 1976. In 1979, he finished his residency and began his medical practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN. His work in the HealthEast medical system as a practicing physician and internist spanned 22 years, which included leading the building of the integrative medicine program at the HealthEast Healing Center and the opening of Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury, MN. In 2001 with Jan at his side, he founded Minnesota Natural Medicine which soon became a pillar of integrative and functional medicine in the state and nation. Along with his hardworking team, he has since cared for thousands of patients and even assisted them during the time his condition worsened. Undoubtedly, his primary professional passion lay in helping people.
Chris was truly, all-around, one of the good ones. Outside of medicine, his passions revolved around his family. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, son, and brother; a generous neighbor and friend; a brilliant and compassionate physician. He was a truth-seeker in both faith and knowledge. Chris played and promoted handball as often as able, part of a unique troop of athletes keeping the “perfect game” growing in Minnesota. He passionately lived a full, boundless life that included the outdoors, Hobie kayak boating, biking with Jan, and playing/singing with his guitar or banjo. He was proud of his grandchildren and taught them how to be healthy, bike, and make the best popcorn. He loved his dogs Luther & Sligo (“the hounds”) dearly and always found an inner peace in the Wisconsin north woods sitting on a deck listening to good Irish music. Quick-witted and never shy, he could be counted on to willingly share a story or conversation over a pint or a dram. He will be gravely missed by all whose lives he touched.
Chris is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Jan; their 4 sons, Logan (Amanda), Donovan (Wendee), Griffin (Sarah), Quinn (Jessie); 8 grandchildren, Lillian, Marian, Catherine, Vince, Maximus, Brianna, Gloria, and Paisley; sister, Bry; brother, Bob; and many extended family members. He was preceded in death by Mimi and Logan Foley; and Ruth and Frank Zoccola.
Visitation will be held at St. John the Baptist Church (835 2nd Ave NW, New Brighton, MN) from 5-8pm on Fri 29 Oct. Funeral service will be held at the same location at 10:30 am on Sat 30 Oct. with luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred in his name to one of his many passions: St. John the Baptist Catholic School in New Brighton, MN (https://stjohnnyb.org/), Nativity Catholic School in Burke, VA (https://nativityschool.org/), Soldier’s Angels (https://soldiersangels.org/), or the United States Handball Association First Ace Fund (https://www.ushandball.org/product/first-ace-development-fund/).
Philip M. Raimondo, Columbus, Neb.
Philip M. Raimondo, age 59, peacefully passed away in his home on Sunday, October 3, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 8, 2021 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Columbus. Visitation is Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Vigil Service at St. Isidore Church. Visitation will continue Friday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. also at the church. Burial is in the All Saints Cemetery in Columbus. Phil was an active member of St. Isidore Catholic Church and a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council #12086.
Memorials may be directed to the wishes of the family for further designation.
The Vigil Service and Mass will be broadcast on the McKown Funeral Home Facebook page. You can access the Facebook page by clicking here.
Phil was born on November 10, 1961 in Hancock, Michigan. He was the first of four children of T.R. and Jeanne (English) Raimondo. Phil moved with his family to Buffalo, NY as a child. They all moved to Omaha, NE, and Phil attended Millard High School. Phil attended college at Purdue University, where he met the love of his life, Mary Zuber, and their very good friends Steve & Gretchen Klesker. Phil and Mary were united in marriage on June 9, 1984 in Ft. Wayne, IN.
Phil loved attending the College World Series every year in Omaha, NE. He also enjoyed cheering on his alma mater – the Purdue Boilermakers – as well as the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Buffalo Bills. His passion for sports also extended to regularly playing handball and baseball, participating in multiple tournaments, leagues, and little league coaching positions. In the last year, Phil played Right Field for the Omaha Cowboys.
Phil worked hard all his life. He started at Behlen Mfg. Co. in 1990. Prior to being named Chairman & CEO in 2019, he held a variety of positions in his 31 years with the company, including President & CEO (2006), COO (2001), President of International and Diversified Products (1999), Director of Quality and Human Resources (1998), Manufacturing Manager (1995), Regional Plant Manager in Goshen, IN (1993), and Quality Manager (1990).
Phil was involved with the efforts at Behlen in receiving the following awards: Metal Building Manufacturers Association Safety Award Program (2005-2014), Training Magazines Top 100 (2001), Nebraska Edgerton Quality Award (2000 & 2005), and ISO9000 Certification SGS (1999).
Before working for Behlen Mfg. Co., Phil worked for HMT Technology as a Test Manufacturing Engineering Manager (1989) in Fremont, CA, and for Control Data Corp as a Test Manufacturing Engineer and Manufacturing Unit Manager (1984) in Omaha, NE.
Phil received his BSEE (’84) and MBA (’98) degrees from Purdue University. Phil received an ISO9000 Lead Auditor Certification in 1996 and was an Edgerton Examiner from 1997-2001.
Other achievements include Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska Underwriting Committee (2021), University of Nebraska Medical Center Board of Counselors (2019-2021), Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce Board Member (2017-2021), National Association of Manufacturers Board Member (2016-2021), Nebraska Diplomats Member (2016-2021), Member of Great Plains State Bank Board of Directors (2015-2017), Columbus Area United Way Board Member (2012-2014) and Campaign Chairman (2013), Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (Edgerton State Quality Award) Board (2010-2014), Metal Building Manufacturers Association Board of Directors (2005-2015) and Executive Committee Chairman (2009), St. Isidore Parish Council (1998-2001) and President (2000), and Columbus City League Little League Baseball Coach (1996-2008).
Phil and his father, T.R., are the only father & son who have served as Committee Chairmen of the Board of Directors of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association.
Phil was a family man. He was happily married to Mary Raimondo for 37 years and raised five wonderful children. He shared his passions, travels, and love throughout his 59 years that his family will talk about and replicate for years to come.
Phil enjoyed regularly taking his family to Cedar Point to ride the roller coasters. In recent years, Phil expanded his travel, including vacations to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, Southeast Asia, Positano in Italy, and Santorini & Athens in Greece. Phil & Mary were often accompanied in their travels with their good friends Mike & Wendy Bressler.
Phil is survived by his wife Mary, and children Rachel (Brandon) Hays of Columbus, Matthew (Kayla) Raimondo of Omaha, Nicholas (Katy Dyas) Raimondo of San Francisco, CA, Patrick (Kayla) Raimondo of Haines, OR, and Natalie Raimondo of Lincoln. Phil has three grandchildren Henry, Emma, and Colin with one more on the way. He is also survived by his Father, T.R. Raimondo of Columbus, siblings Tony (Sharon) Raimondo, Jr. of Columbus, Linda (Tom) Bock of Columbus, and Diana Raimondo of Tinley Park, IL, and thirteen nieces & nephews.
Phil was preceded in death by his mother, Jeanne Raimondo.
Ivan R. Lamport, Silvis, IL
Ivan R. Lamport, 103, of Silvis, Illinois, died Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at New Perspective Senior Living, Silvis.
There will be no public services. Cremation will take place at Trimble Crematory, Moline, under the direction of Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Ivan Richard Lamport was born October 21, 1917, in Dahlgren, Illinois, one of eight children of Asby and Matilda (Burton) Lamport. He married Esther Needham on May 30, 1940, in Peoria, Illinois. She died July 29, 2016. He worked for Caterpillar from 1936 until retiring in April of 1983.
He was an avid handball player for many years, serving as chairman of the Peoria Handball Club. He also was a talented pool player.
He is survived by four children, Michael Lamport of Gold River, California, John Lamport of Florida, Marilyn and Douglas Blauser of Kansas City, Missouri, and Janet and Greg Pelz of Washington, Illinois; seven grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Esther Lamport; and seven siblings.
The family invites friends to share stories and condolences at TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.
Thomas Lloyd Penick, San Diego, Calif.
May 4, 1935 – June 28, 2021
Tom Penick was born in San Diego, California in 1935, the only son of Lloyd and Mildred Penick. He was the youngest of five children, with four older sisters. Tom married and helped raise three children, Pamela, Marc and Tim Penick. He worked under his father, Lloyd Penick, and managed the family construction business along with his family partners for 40 years. He was a hard-working construction contractor who brought his two boys Marc and Tim into the business.
Tom was athletic, wrestling in high school, golfing his entire life, playing 4-Wall Handball for 15 years, then switching to racquetball for 30 years. During his handball days, he was one of the top A level players in San Diego, winning the San Diego County Singles Championship in 1971. Tom also loved to play handball doubles, usually teaming with Art Savage or Dr Harry Maas over the years. Tom played handball in San Diego during the Mel Gorham’s and Paul Haber years. Tom also played and trained with Don Duarte and Don Chamberlin, the two young up and coming San Diego handball stars. Back and shoulder issues caused him to switch to racquetball in the late 1970s. He played for many years at the former Atlas Health Club which boasted large and competitive handball and racquetball groups. Tom played NMRA and USRA and Senior Olympics age group doubles for many years, winning over 40 age group doubles titles with numerous partners. He was a tenacious right side doubles player in racquetball. He was also a skilled golfer, shooting his age more than once, and gathering 10 hole-in-one certificates over the years.
He taught his hyperactive eldest son, Marc, how to golf on the local course where he lived, at Ocean Hills Resort in Oceanside. He lived with his wife of 17 years Karin Walton. Tom was very active through age 85, playing pickleball each morning and golfing each afternoon. It was his way of life.
Tom is survived by his wife Karin, his three children, fourteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was a special guy who was loved by friends and family. Tom passed at age 86 on June 28, 2021, resting at home, perhaps looking forward to new adventures. We will miss him dearly.
Milford Jorgensen, Knoxville, Tenn.
Milford Ernest Jorgensen passed away on June 17, 2021. He was born on the family farm in Guthrie County, Iowa on December 5, 1934. Milford was a retired engineer and worked at John Deere from 1959 until 1986. Much of his life as a father was spent living in Ankeny, Iowa before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee after retirement. He is preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Deborah Louise Jorgensen, as well as his parents Ernest Andrew and Alta Iona Jorgensen, and brother Cecil Jorgensen. Milford and his wife were both members of the Oasis Institute since 1995.
Milford fell in love with Debby at first sight, proposing after only a few dates. He then devoted 64 years of marriage caring for her every need before her passing. Throughout his life, Milford demonstrated his love for friends and family by taking on responsibility. It was of the utmost importance to him that everyone in his life felt safe, that their needs were met. He was a do-it- yourself kind of man, and never encountered a problem in the home he couldn’t fix. As the provider, he found joy in his service and duty to family.
For Milford, the Iowa country boy at heart, modesty was a virtue. He’d often jokingly bragged about his “royal heritage” which was not any nobleman but rather a servant, the King of Denmark’s gardener. And while he remained humble with a self-deprecating wit, he was serious about the project of self-improvement. As a young man, he was driven to get his education in Agriculture Education from Iowa State, paying his own way. He passed his spark of curiosity and thirst for knowledge onto his children, deeply instilling in them the value of education.
His children and grandchildren also have fond memories of Milford’s humor. They’d howl in laughter whenever he’d turn his eyelids inside out. He created non-stop giggling by his grandchildren and great grandchildren as he would attempt to count all their ribs to make sure none were missing.
Milford is survived by daughters, Joan (Curtis) Wells and Anne Victoria; sons, Ned (Brenda) and Matt (Jamie) Jorgensen; grandsons David Wells, Braden Wells, Andrew Jorgensen and Blake Wahlert; granddaughters, Amy Wells, Ashley Bash, Rachel Emmert, Cade Jorgensen, and 12 great grandchildren, as well as, his sister Joyce Beasley.
One of Milford’s greatest passions was handball. He was first introduced to the sport by his father-in-law Ralph Chism who gave him a pair of handball gloves for Christmas. Known for his infamous Z-serve, Milford made lifelong friends playing the sport and passed it down to his children and grandchildren. Like his father-in-law before him, he played until he was 86.
Milford enjoyed traveling with Debby. They ventured to places like Ireland and Niagara Falls, but were sure to travel through the states to meet up with friends and family. However for Milford, it was always important for him to return back to his humble roots in Guthrie Center, Iowa for his yearly high school reunions. He and Debby were the only couple of their class to marry. He is at peace now, reunited with her.
A call at convenience for Milford will be held Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM and may be livestreamed viewed at www.facebook.com/hallslivestream. An interment to follow will occur Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made to the Bethel Mission Shelter, 1310 6th Ave, Des Moines, Iowa (www.hopeiowa.org) or to the First Ace program for youth handball at ushandball.org. Condolences for the family may be shared at www.mynattfh.com.
Thomas J. Schoendorf, Greendale, Wisc.
Thomas J. Schoendorf born August 14th, 1931 in Milwaukee, WI set sail for distant shores into the Great Eastern Sun on May 12, 2021. His send off was peacefully provided with loving care by the staff at Angels Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc. The Schoendorf family holds Angels Grace in gratitude and thanksgiving for the care provided to Tom. He is survived by sons Karl and Michael (Mary Jo) and grandchildren, Lauren, Eric and Julia. He loved all of them immensely. Tom always lovingly held his sweetheart close to his heart, Kathleen,who passed on November 8, 2013. Tom is further survived by sister, Mary Koehler, brothers: William Schoendorf and the late Joseph Schoendorf Jr. (Sally Schoendorf).
Tom leaves a legacy of kindness, humility, integrity and above all playfulness. Tom lived a full life. His handball, sailing and golfing comrades can attest to his championship spirit displayed whenever participating in sport. Tom won over 20 State and National Handball Championships, both 4-wall and 3-wall which was a lifetime achievement. Most treasured to Tom beyond his family was his handball competitors throughout the United States and life long friends at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, Jewish Community Center and the West Allis Racquetball Club.
Tom also brought his championship spirt to yacht racing. Multiple Chicago Mackinac overall and division wins were also included in his achievements with his brothers Joseph and William . Hope, Gypsy, Blitzen, Comanche and Odin were the yachts that brought great joyous fun and competition with life time friends. The Schoendorf family thanks all the kindness shown to them. Memorials in remembrance of Tom can be sent to La Causa Crisis Nursery Respite Center, 522 W. Walker Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204. A private family celebration of Tom’s life will be held.
Richard Lee, Seattle, Wash.
May 5, 1933 – May 2, 2021
Richard Lee was a loving father and grandfather. He died in his home on May 2, 2021 at age 87.
Richard LOVED handball. As a young boy of ten, he and his sisters would play one wall in New York. Later in Aurora, Illinois, he started playing four-wall, and for decades competed in various competitions. His rival at the time was often Denny Malmgren and he had loads and loads of trophies displayed in his home kitchen. He continued to play in Seattle into his seventies and was incredibly sad when he had to give it up. It was a huge, important part of his life.
His jobs included many years as a social worker and a few in the computer industry. His family will miss him dearly. He is remembered for his dry sense of humor and wit, his avid reading, and keen intellect.
Richard is survived by his wife, Marianne, his two children and two grandsons.
Steve Bauer, Littleton, Col.
Steven Lawrence Bauer was a caring father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He died in his home on April 9, 2021 at the age of 72.He was born to George and Catherine Bauer on February 24, 1949. After graduating from Littleton high school, Steve served in the United States Marine Corps. He then played football as an All American at Mesa University. He went on to play football on a full-ride scholarship for the Lobos at the University of New Mexico and for the Hawaiians in the World Football league. He caught the Hawaiian’s last touchdown pass.
Steve proved to be a very hard worker. He spent his childhood working on his family’s farms. He also created a successful career as a Realtor.
His passions included family card games, golf, and handball. He played at the pro-level and was inducted into the Handball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Steve is survived by his three children, Justin, Mysti, and Melissa. Also, his six grandchildren, Alexis, Katrina, Dustin, Taryn, Kobe, and Jameson.A funeral service is scheduled for 11:15 am on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the Fort Logan National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Costigan Youth Handball or the Colorado Handball Association and note: In Memory of Steve Bauer.
Dr. James Turman, Edina, Minn.
Dr. James Calvin Turnman, Ph.D. Age 74 of Edina, MN, died peacefully with his wife holding his hand on April 7, 2021. Devoted husband to Susan, wife of 32 years, brother to Bill Turman of California, father to Adam (Sara) Turman, Karen Turman, Betsy (Jay) Stockwell, and Joe (Josette) Jollief, uncle to William (Jennifer) Turman, Grandfather “Buzz” to Ada and Mae Turman, Gavyn and Claire Jollief, George, Marian and Jake Stockwell, and Frankie (Bryant) Abbot. Dr. Turman was born March 14, 1947 to Evelyn and Calvin Turman in Hanford, CA.He spent his teen years in Orinda, CA and graduated from Miramonte High School. A man who highly valued education, he earned his BS at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 1970, his MA at the University of California Berkeley in 1974, and his Doctorate in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota in 2000.He served as Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Director of Recreation Sports at the University of Minnesota for over 30 years. In his youth, Jim loved spending time at Lake Tahoe. He was very athletic, wrestling in high school and earning national titles in handball as an adult.Later in life, he enjoyed golf, Westerns, his devoted lapdog Louis L’Amour, time at the family cabin, trips to CA, and watching the sunset from his boat on Mille Lacs Lake. He was a proud “Grandpa Buzz” teaching his kids and grandkids how to fish.Celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In his honor, please raise a toast to your family and loved ones!
Livingston (Liv) Baker, Sarasota, Fla.
Livingston Baker, a very good handball player at the West Side YMCA in New York City, passed away in February.Liv, who was 84, played mostly in East Coast tournaments. Records show that in the 1969 New York State Tournament, he finished second in the open singles to New York Athletic club star, Jack Walsh. In that same event, he and Richie Greenwald were open doubles runners-up to Pat O’Keefe and Jim Fitzgerald. In the 1996 Albany Open, he was runner-up in super singles to John Bike Sr.A story about Liv Baker and a tournament in Cleveland during the winter goes like this. He drove from the New York Metropolitan area to Cleveland in a snowstorm and because of the driving conditions, he got to the tournament two hours past his first match time. This was during pre-cell telephone days, so he could not communicate with tournament officials about his delay. Upon his arrival, he was told that he had forfeited his match.Growing up in Teaneck, N.J., Liv was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball and baseball) in high school. He went on Yale, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. From there, he decided upon a law career, which led him to a JD at the Michigan University Law School and an LLM at New York University. He served in the U.S. Army in the 1960s.In 1975, he became a professor in the Law School of Seton Hall University, a position he held for more than 30 years. He was an associate of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and a human rights officer of the United Nations. In addition, he served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday School.He leaves his wife, Ruth, and daughter, Genevieve, along with his brother, Robert.Contributions in the name of Liv Baker should be sent to the Inner City Handball Association.-Bill Kennedy, Oxford, Maine
Derrell G. Jones, Washington, Ill.
Derrell G. Jones, 83, of Washington, IL died at 3:26 am Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.Born on September 14, 1937 in Springfield, IL to Amos A. and Marie G. Cook Jones, he married Marian E. Hribar on November 26, 1960 in Lincoln, IL. She survives.Also surviving are 4 children, Lisa (Kelley) Thomas of Mountain Home, AR, Lynn (Chuck) Cook of Washington, IL, Lori (Mark) Koutelis of Parrish, FL and Steven Jones of Sausalito, CA; 6 grandchildren, Brandon Cook, Brett (Jamie) Cook, Jordan (Autumn) Cook, Zeke Thomas, Katie Thomas and Lexy (Kyle) Baxter; 7 great-grandchildren, Ezra Cook, Colin, Emmett and Henry Cook, and Laila, Brantley and Blakely Baxter;1 brother, Earnest (Shirley) Jones of Springfield, IL; and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 brother, Melvin Jones; and 1 great-granddaughter, Oaklynn Marie Baxter.Derrell was a US Marine Corps veteran.He was a graduate of Bradley University and worked as an Engineer at Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 25 years, retiring in 1999.Derrell was also a member of St. Patrick Church in Washington, the Knights of Columbus Fr. John Menco Council #6707 in Washington and was a member of the AMVETS. He served as President of the Handball Club in Peoria and was inducted into the National Handball Hall of Fame. He enjoyed coaching softball for his daughters, fishing, camping, gardening, bicycling with friends and vacations with his family, especially the grandchildren.A funeral Mass for Derrell will be at 11 am Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at St. Patrick Church. Father John Steffen will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-6 pm Monday, January 18, 2021 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington where social distancing standards will be followed. Cremation rites will be accorded following the mass with internment to follow later.Memorials may be made to his church or to St. Patrick School.
Stephen H. Barnhart, Wichita, Kan.
Stephen H. Barnhart, age 73, Wichita, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Steve was born to Margaret and Howard Barnhart on March 31, 1947 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from Will Rogers High School in 1965, then served in the United States Marine Corps from 1965-1969. After serving his country, he attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, graduating in 1973.Steve worked 20 years for the YMCA as a program director. He also worked for the United States Postal Service as a rural letter carrier for 25 years before retiring. During his time at the postal service, he served as a leader on the board of the Kansas Rural Letter Carrier Association.His greatest love was spending time with his friends, children and grandchildren. You would always see him in the stands at their events and providing friendly conversation to all he would meet. One of his greatest attributes was his ability to talk to everyone and come away with a friend. He supported many charities and always loved a good raffle drawing. He also supported the postal service by mailing anything he could, and rarely missed mailing birthday cards.Steve was a great friend to many, and enjoyed attending, watching and participating in sports with family and friends. He was an avid sports fan, especially of golf and handball, and enjoyed trips to the casino with his sister and son. He loved to eat out and enjoy ice cream and French fries with the grandkids, as he was a big kid himself.Steve’s life will be forever cherished by his daughter Natalie (Tyson) Woolsoncroft of Valley Center, KS and sons Stephen Barnhart of Wichita, KS and Ryan (Abby) Barnhart of Wichita, KS; grandchildren, Garrett Woolsoncroft, Lauren Woolsoncroft, Emma Barnhart; nieces Monica (Carter) Raley of Allen, TX and Kimberly (Brian) Waletich of Mankato, MN; Wynona Powell of Bryant, AR; Vivian Taylor of OK and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Tonda L. Townsend; stepfather, J.R. Coffee; brother, Michael Barnhart in infancy.We are so blessed for the love and support provided by Harry Hynes Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Steve’s name to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202.
Keith Blackburn, Gilbert, Ariz. – A HANDBALL STORY.
Keith Blackburn passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021 at his home in Gilbert, Arizona, finally conceding a hard-fought match to Lewy Body dementia. He was 79 years old.Keith was born in Aldershot, England on October 13, 1941 and came to the U.S. with his mother Winifred “Wyn” when he was a child of four years. He is survived by his wife Geralyn; his son Kevin and wife Pam and their sons, Tyler and Tanner; his son Scott (writing in memoriam); and his brother Chester “Chet.” And of course, many nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.He was preceded in death by his mother Wyn, his brother George, and the partner and friend with whom he built and operated U.S. Industrial Fasteners, Inc. for almost 40 years, Sam Vancel.Keith grew up in Long Beach, California. He attended UC Riverside where he played basketball and football and, most importantly, met Geralyn Jarvis who would later become his wife and partner through life. He then went to UCLA, where he achieved Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration and became a CPA soon thereafter.Keith’s mother had only an elementary education so she was determined her sons would go to college and finish degrees—my grandmother was a force to reckon with and Dad carried her strength and love with him.At UCLA, Keith discovered the geometric puzzle he would work on for almost 60 years…the four walls of Handball. He also met his life-long friend and frequent doubles partner through those decades, Donny Civerolo. Dementia stopped Keith from playing handball competitively in the last two years of his life—even then he would sometimes go to the local racquet club and throw a handball around the court to experience the “feel.”There were many tournaments in many places, wins and losses, and my brother Kevin and I found our opportunities to get there and watch Dad play. It was the fight he loved, the challenge, the competition…and we loved watching him. Nephews and nieces were sometimes there as well. Mom was ever-present cheering him on.Geralyn and Keith were married on December 19, 1964 and celebrated their 56th anniversary together as 2020 closed. They were happily married and best friends for every one of those years. Together they traveled the world, they golfed, and they made life-long friendships with some amazing people (some of you).Geralyn taught school and Keith built a company while they raised two successful sons (USIF, Inc. continues to grow – Kevin leads the company and is building on Dad’s legacy today). Mom attended almost every handball tournament Dad played, and my brother and I spent our early childhood running around the YMCAs and racquet clubs where Dad competed, and we learned. One of my earliest and strongest memories of the man and the example my father became in both his sons’ lives is peeking over the back wall of a handball court on tip toes—Dad was losing a match badly. He slammed his hand on the wall so hard I flinched, and he yelled angrily at himself, “C’mon, move!!”My mother echoed quietly, “C’mon Keifers,” then looked down at me and said, “Your father never gives up.”…And he never did.No memorial service is planned due to COVID restrictions. We are remembering Keith with stories, messages, and photos at: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/yD26SNAi. Please stop by.
Charlie Danilczyk, Southold, N.Y
On Dec. 22, handball great Charlie Danilczyk died in his sleep from natural causes at age 92. Charlie was a fabulous one-wall doubles player from the late 1950s into the early ’70s, earning National runner-up status six different years. In the ’60s, he and National Hall of Fame brother Joe were runners-up in National 4-wall competition, and, in 1961, he and Joe won the National Three-Wall Championship. Charlie continued top-level play in national masters events, winning five master doubles championships.Charlie had lightning-quick reflexes and might have had the sharpest handball mind ever. He believed that court positioning was the most important part of the one-wall game, and he had many theories of how all three handball games should be played. It is for that reason he has been dubbed “Dean of One-Wall.” He is a member of the New York Handball Hall of Fame.Charlie and Joe Danilczyk would have been the greatest brother tandem of their era except, as fate would have it, the Obert brothers played during the same time. And in several tournaments, four-wall as well as one-wall, it was only the Oberts who outplayed the Danilczyks, their matches often ending within five points or less in the third game.Charlie, a pioneer at IBM, rose to and maintained a high-level position with the company until retirement. He is survived by Bettina (Betty), his wife of 67 years; sons William and Joseph (Jay) and their spouses; his sister, Helen; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. .Anyone who ever saw Charlie play, partnered with him or played against him would verify that on a handball court he was gifted with a genius for tactics, which enabled him to defeat many opponents who had more power and speed. Off the court he was soft-spoken, a true gentleman. RIP, Charlie!
–Dan Flickstein, Monroe Township, N.J.
John “Jack” Marsh, Portland, Ore.
John “Jack” R. Marsh was born July 7, 1935 in Portland, Ore., and passed away Dec. 16, 2020 after a short illness.
He was the only child of Matilda and Henry Kniss. After graduating from Milwaukie High School in 1953, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict, receiving an honorable discharge. He enrolled in the University of Oregon, joined the Lambda Chi fraternity and graduated in 1958 with a B.S. in Business and a passion for Oregon football. He followed his beloved Ducks, having season tickets and attending a Rose Bowl Game (Go Ducks!).It was at Oregon that he met Dorothy Schray, whom he married in 1956. They remained married until her death in 2016. After living in Northern California for a brief period, they made their permanent home in Portland. Jack owned an insurance brokerage.He excelled in handball, having won numerous state championships in his age groups and was competitive at the regional and national levels. He was one of the top bridge players in Portland, winning many local tournaments with a variety of partners and teammates, and he achieved Gold Life Master status with ACBL.Jack is survived by his daughters, Karen Marsh, Diane Marsh, and Carolyn Marsh; as well as two grandsons, Nicholas Flores and Adam Flores.- – – – – – – – – – – – – -My grandfather, Jack Marsh, passed away on December 16th after suffering two strokes on November 27th. The brain damage from the strokes was determined to be irreversible, and his pre-written wishes were to allow nature to take its course at that point. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at OHSU under Hospice Care.Jack was born in Portland in 1935 and his family eventually settled in Milwaukie. He was a lifelong athlete, playing football for Milwaukie High School as an offensive lineman, in addition to taking up golf as a hobby, and caddying at Waverly Country Club.After graduating from high school in 1953, Jack spent 6 months in the Marine Corps, earning the Sharpshooter designation, the second highest sniper rank in the Marine Corps. However, a perforated ear drum led to an honorable discharge. He then decided to enroll at the University of Oregon, using funding from the G.I. Bill.Jack quickly developed a passion for business, and he would go on to graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1958. During his time at University of Oregon he met the love of his life, Dorothy, who he married in 1956 and raised three daughters with. They were married for 59 years, until Dorothy’s passing in 2016. While in college he also picked up the sport of handball, which he would play for the rest of his life.While raising a family and establishing a business in the 1960s and early 1970s, handball was limited to an occasional hobby. Jack was a founding partner at Mitchell, Marsh & Dillard, an insurance brokerage in Milwaukie which served the local community, including a number of handball players.In the late 1970s and into the 1980s, Jack had more free time for handball, as his children went off to college and his insurance brokerage took off. He trained at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge, sparring with players such as Bruce Benedict and Denis Ryan, becoming one of the best players at the club. He quickly advanced through the C bracket and B bracket, and would finally win the State A Singles bracket in 1989 at the age of 54. He felt he was too old to begin playing in the Open division, so he began playing in the master’s brackets. Much of his success came in doubles play, as he won numerous state championships with his favorite partner, Bruce Benedict. The singles result he was most proud of was making the semifinals in the 65+ bracket at the 2000 World Championships in Chicago.In 2002 his doctor discovered Jack had a non-cancerous brain tumor, which was successfully removed, but left him with limited strength on his right side. This affected his mobility on the handball court, and he did not play in tournaments for about a decade, until he began partnering with me while I was in college. In 2013 we won both the State C Doubles and Regional C Doubles together, which he was extremely proud of. Even into the final year of his life, prior to the COVID pandemic, he played handball regularly with his many friends at both the Milwaukie Elks Lodge and the Lloyd Athletic Club.After Jack’s brain tumor affected his ability to play handball, he became more involved in bridge, his other favorite hobby. He was one of the top bridge players in the Portland area and achieved the rank of Gold Life Master with the ACBL. Even into his 80s, he was a proud homeowner and refused to let go of his independence, insisting on doing all his own yard work even at age 85.Even after suffering two strokes, Jack’s ferocity did not falter. When his family made the decision to carry out his end of life wishes and begin Hospice Care, the nurses went to his room to disconnect his feeding tube, only to find that he had already pulled it out on his own. He passed away four days later, on his own terms.Jack’s family would like to thank the handball community for their friendship to him over the many decades that he participated in our wonderful game. The sport of handball and its wonderful community members helped my grandfather live a long and full life.-Nick Flores, Portland, Ore.
Tom Saunders, El Dorado Hills, Calif.Tom Saunders passed away peacefully at home in Sacramento, CA with his family on Dec. 13, 2020. He had just turned 82. He was a patriot, a warrior, and a father. He will be missed.Tom was a Houston native graduating from Lamar High School in 57′. He traveled the world and retired as a LT. Colonel and 25yrs as an education specialist at DoD in Albuquerque. Tom accomplished much in life. From 30 years in the Army and serving two Vietnam tours, to Dr. in Education while teaching at Command General Staff in the military, as well as a professor at University of New Mexico, and local community colleges in Durango, Co.The country is lucky to have had warriors like Tom to defend its beliefs and be willing to make the sacrifices necessary to keep the American dream alive. His distinguished military service and bravery under fire and the wounds he incurred made him a strong and resolute person and a great handball player. He was our original bionic man with his patched-up body and replacement parts! He loved handball and played until his body finally said “no more” and hit the off switch.He is preceded in death by his brother John, sisters Sally Saunders and Bethany Thomas, and his parents Col. John and Grace Saunders. He is survived by his nephew John Thomas and Tom’s five adult children and their families: Dawn Saunders and her husband Paul and son, Austin; Gloria Saunders and her daughter Frankie; Lynn Saunders and her children Emerson and Lauren; John Saunders; and Jennifer Saunders; along with his ex-wife, mother of his children, and dear friend, Wrenne Saunders; and his beloved German Shepherd, Tag.Funeral will be held December 28th, 2020 at 11:30am at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, TX and you are welcome to join us. For those desiring, memorial contributions in Tom’s name, may be made to the youth Handball Association or your local Humane Society.For love of the game: Saunders family remembers Tom Saunders, my father, was a longtime patron of the USHA and always loved the game. He passed away peacefully with family at home in Sacramento, California, on Dec. 13. He had just turned 82.As handball players reached out to share their memories of our father, echoes of our second home at Tom Young’s Sports Club in its 1970s heyday in Albuquerque came to mind. From the University of New Mexico collegiate youth that he taught to his military compadres to fellow players he met along the more than 60 years that he played, it was always clear to me the game engendered a unique passion and a family unto its own.Our father’s passion did pass on to his own family, with all of us five siblings attempting the fate of a four-wall court at some point. Whether it be our mother, Wrenne, going on to be state racquetball champ in ’79 or our sister, Jennifer, continuing the handball legacy to this day, we are grateful for the bond the handball organization brought to our family.To honor the game that he loved, We would like to share with you a few of the stories and strategies from the court shared with me recently:“I first met my handball brother, Tommie, in ’76 at the Banos Roma tourney in Juarez. At 38, still fit and at the top of his game but seeded fifth behind Naty Alvarado, Vern Roberts, Al Moore and Jaime Paredes, Tommie drew Naty in the corners and was impressed by Tommie’s left bottom board rollouts along with his strong drive and competitiveness.” – George Garcia, Bakersfield, Calif.“I knew I could always count on him. I could never remember the score, and when I did … it was in my favor. That always made him angry … and because of the agitation it allowed me to score more points. He was a tough competitor, a tough trooper and I had no better long term friend.” – Butch Roper, Roseberg, Ore.“I played with Tom in a doubles tournament in Santa Barbara around 1970 while Tom was in training at Fort Irwin. I needed a partner. We won, but Tom carried us there.” – Nick Demos, Bakersfield, Calif.“That would be a hell of a matchup yonder if Tom got with Cordy Garcia and Jim Economides.” – Dave Coulie, AlbuquerqueDawn, Gloria, Lynn,John and Jennifer SaundersNovember 2020Victor DiFranco, Somerville, Mass. Victor Arthur DiFranco, born on December 1, 1934, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020, after bravely battling cancer.Victor joins his parents Arthur DiFranco and Ada (Cipollini) and sisters Ann Aloisi and Caroline DiZio. He is survived by sisters Elena Ames and Marie Mucci, Marie’s husband Frank Mucci, and Ann’s husband Mike Aloisi.Victor was a devout Catholic. He was a bachelor who imparted that devotion to his extended family by supporting anyone in need and inspiring his loving nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces by preserving and passing along the artistic legacy of his uncles before him.He was a gentleman and a joy to engage with in informed, opinionated, wide-ranging conversation.Victor was a lifelong resident of Somerville and member of St. Catherine of Genoa Parish, which he served in many capacities; was trained in radio technology in the Navy reserves and spent his entire career as an electronic technician at JH Emerson Company; was a longtime member and supporter of the Boston YMCA; was co-chair of the Boston Youth Handball Association and a tournament competitor; volunteered for over 25 years as medical aid worker for the Boston Marathon; loved to travel, especially to Italy and was always ready for adventure; was a lover of art in every form, especially the opera.Victor’s most prominent charities were the St. Catherine of Genoa Church, The US Handball Association, The Boston YMCA (make checks payable to Wendy Zinn c/o Boston YMCA , 316 Huntington Ave., Boston MA 02115).Courtesy of Doherty Funeral ServicesVictor DiFranco passed away a week shy of his 86th birthday.Victor was a long time member of the Boston Central Branch YMCA and a pillar of its handball community. Few played the game with greater enthusiasm or joy.Victor was the driving force behind reviving The Boston Open as an event which attracted top players from all over the US, Canada and Ireland. He arranged accommodations, hospitality and the prize money which made The Boston Open a premier event. In addition to wanting to bring nationally ranked players to Boston, Victor worked to bring “the kids from New York” to compete (you know who you are and he thanks you for coming).Through the Boston Open, Victor raised funds for the Boston Youth Handball Association which provided instruction at the Y and in Boston schools and community centers. He could frequently be found in the courts balcony encouraging the participants and applauding their efforts and good shots.Victor was a gentleman and a good guy in every sense of those terms.
-Marc SeigleSam Eliowitz, Maple City, Mich.
Samuel Eliowitz, 84, of Maple City, passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at the Munson Hospice House with his loving wife at his side.Samuel was born May 8, 1936 in Ottawa, Canada the son of Abe and Gertrude (Lipman) Eliowitz. On Aug. 15, 1975 in Southfield, he married Mary (Elliott) Eliowitz.The son of a Canadian football hall of famer, Sam was himself a gifted athlete. He led Detroit Western to victories as quarterback, then won football and track and field scholarships to Michigan State. His wins in the shot and disc helped MSU beat undefeated Notre Dame in 1958, and he held the Spartan discus record for many years. After graduation, he quarterbacked for the army at Fort Dix.His master’s degree in education led Sam to teaching and coaching jobs at Detroit Southwestern High, then athletic director and night school principal at Detroit Chadsey High, where he coached football, track and golf.
Sam’s free time was filled with a passion for handball, a sport he learned at MSU. After picking up State of Michigan titles, he spent six months in Tucson honing his skills. He began playing tournaments around the country.
In 1996 Sam garnered two 60+ national three-wall championships, singles and doubles. He won the national YMCA four-wall title the same year. In 1997 Sam competed in the world four-wall championships in Manitoba, where he lost in the final round. Later he took the handball prize of the US Senior Olympics.This accomplished yet humble man cherished his wife, children, grandchildren, and his friends. He enjoyed fishing, golf, travel, reading, and attending the Traverse City Film Festival. He loved animals, volunteering at the TC humane society, and he delighted in the wildlife in the woods surrounding his home.Samuel is survived by his loving wife of forty-five years, Mary; his children, Debra (Mark) Skiba, Pamela Eliowitz, Mark Eliowitz, and David Eliowitz; his first wife, Shelby; his half-sisters, Linda (Les) Gorback, Susan (Jon) Hoover; his grandchildren, Petra, Alexandra, Tyler and Paige.He was preceded in death by his parents.A celebration of Sam’s life will be announced in the spring.Memorials may be directed to the World Wildlife Fund.Please share condolences with Sam’s family at www.martinson.info
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Leelanau.October 2020Wayne A. Black, Petaluma, Calif.Giving is why Wayne Black is our most recent inductee into the NCHA Hall of Fame, and when I asked Wayne where he learned that, he said his mom taught him. “My mom was a big giver and always helped others, and it is something I just took over. I love to help and love to be around others who do the same.”Wayne was born and raised in Albany, California. He played football, basketball and baseball, and ran track on the side. He was all-state in football, playing fullback on offense and line backer on defense. He was set to play football in college, but the Vietnam War had other plans for Wayne and he joined the National Guard and served in Vietnam. After coming home, college football was just a distant memory.Two years later Wayne and a buddy were down at Fisherman’s Wharf and saw a beat-up, old, weathered door with the South End Rowing Club seal prominently hung next to it and decided to knock. Old timer George Dillon opened the door and asked the boys if they were handball players. They said they were, but they really weren’t, and the rest was history. After playing handball at the SERC for two years, George told them they really should join and they did. Wayne immediately got involved with the South End and everything else that had to do with handball.Wayne served as manager of the South End Rowing Club and assistant manager relating to all handball issues. Wayne contributed and helped raise money to install a South End Rowing Club display in the hall of fame building in Tucson. He, along with Rory Moore, is organizing the American/Irish handball challenge at the South End this October. He, along with Vince Breining, raised money for the renovation of the handball courts at Golden Gate Park. He, along with Dave and Dawn Kennedy, helped raise over $15,000 in Santa Rosa to help defray the costs of cancer treatment for one of their handball player’s wives. He is also the best cook in the world and cooks for the Kauai Open, all South End tournaments, Park Point in Santa Rose, Golden Gate Park Tournaments, and any other tournament he is asked to do. He also accepted a position on the USHA hall of fame committee. Wayne has been doing all these services for handball for over thirty years.I asked Wayne another reason why he gives so much, and he said, “Anywhere in the world you can find a handball player, they will take you in and take care of you. Handball players have unbelievable generosity. An example was our cancer drive. We’re really a community, we come together in crisis. We have a network all over the world and all over the USA. I really enjoy what I do, and I really love to play handball.”-Geoff CapellWayne A. Black was born on May 28, 1946 to John Curtis Black and Florence Dutra Black of Albany, California. Wayne served in the National Guard. After his service, he worked for Greyhound. In 1971, he took a job with Golden Gate Transit, and retired with 30 years of service. Wayne was a long-time member of the South End Rowing Club in San Francisco.He was an avid handball player and played across the U.S., Ireland, and Canada, where he was a two-time Canadian champion in doubles. He also organized some of the best tournaments at the club. As a swimmer, he helped organize the famed Alcatraz Invitational swims and would pilot as well. He organized both the St. Patrick’s Day events with Irish dancers and singers, and the very festive Christmas galas.He loved to bike and had the opportunity to do so through Portugal. He loved to travel and was able to visit many countries throughout his life. Two of his favorite places on earth were Hawaii and Yellowstone. Wayne revered his Portuguese heritage and every Christmas he would hand out sweetbread and linguica. He was a kind, generous man and helped serve the homeless and volunteered his services with various animal shelters and gave to many charities. Lastly, he loved gardening and rock stacking.Wayne peacefully passed away with his family surrounding him Sunday evening October 25, 2020. His wife Virginia, stepson Mike, his cherished daughter Trinette, son-in-law Steve, grandsons Bryan and Bradley Neuerburg and dear friends Lee and Carole Cabral survive him.He will be missed by many.In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice by the Bay would be greatly appreciated. Due to Covid-19, there will be a private family celebration of his life on November 7, 2020.August 2020Dr. Robert Theodore Maletich, Johnson City, Tenn.Dr. Robert Theodore Maletich, 93, of Johnson City died Thursday, August 6, 2020 at his residence. He was a native of St. Louis, Missouri, son of the late Joseph and Barbara Grubeh Maletich.Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a signalman on the U. S. S. Geneva in WWII from 1944-1946.He was a graduate of Cleveland High School in St. Louis then he graduated from Indiana University for both undergraduate and medical degrees.Married the love of his life Betty in 1955.Robert worked as an OBGYN from 1964 until 1987 at the Springfield Clinic in Springfield, Illinois.He was a longtime member and Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church.In addition to his parents, his brothers, Joseph and James Edward Maletich preceded him in death.Those left to cherish his memory, his wife of 65 years, Betty Ehrman Maletich; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Rachel Stahr Maletich, Marty and Kristin Jacobs Maletich; a daughter and son-in-law, Marcia Anne and Robert Bechtel; eight grandchildren, Hannah J. Maletich, Peter M. Maletich, Esther H. (Maletich) and Brian Carrick, Kimberly F. Stevens, Adam P. and Megan (Coakley) Maletich, Luke, Moriah and Lydia Bechtel; great grandchildren, Duncan and Finnegan Stevens, Matias Maletich, Cecilia Maletich; a sister-in-law, niece and three nephews.He had a zest for life, loving his family, promoting education and up until his later years a passion for the sport of handball.Dr. Maletich is to be cremated and a formal memorial service will be scheduled at his church, Covenant Presbyterian Church when it reopens for services. A notice will be published prior to the service.Memorials may be made to either Covenant Presbyterian Church, 603 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604 or Good Samaritan Ministries, 100 N. Roan Street, Johnson City, TN 37601.Richard Daniels, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, CANADARichard (Rick) Daniels, a fixture for many years in Canadian handball passed away at his home in Wolfville Nova Scotia on August 7, 2020.Rick suffered a massive heart attack. Rick loved handball and worked hard over the years to introduce young players to the game at Acadia University in his home town. He was a runner-up in C singles play in Canadian National events in Halifax and teamed with Dave Coulie from New Mexico to win a C Doubles in Halifax and a B Doubles runner-up in Winnipeg.He will be missed by his many handball friends.-Dave Coulie (Albuquerque)Clyde Angove, Helena, Mont.Clyde John Angove passed away on Monday, August 24, 2020 after a brief illness with his wife by his side. Clyde was born on September 27, 1934 to Edna and Julian Angove in Anaconda, Montana.Clyde graduated from Butte High School in 1952, attended Montana School of Mines now (Montana Tech) in Butte for 2 years, was drafted into the Army, and in 1958 he began working at Morrison-Maierle, Inc. for 33 years as a drafting technician where he learned Cad systems of drafting. He then operated his own business, Cad Plotting Service for 12 years.In 1964 he married Sally Rogers and they were married 55 years at the time of his passing. Together they had 3 children; Karen, David, and Pamela.A big part of Clyde was passing on his love of the outdoors and sports onto his children and grandchildren. Also, his sense of humor. He would always try to make people laugh. He also liked foosball, handball, fly fishing, attending sports games (especially baseball), traveling internationally as well as in the U.S., and ping pong.Because of his finesse of the handball court, Clyde liked to refer to himself as “Clyde the Glide”. He was very proud of his handball championships. He garnered four Helena city singles championships in 1968, 69, 70 and 76 as well as 5 second-place finishes. At State, he earned three Masters singles titles 1976, 78, 79; One Golden Masters (over 50) singles crown 1986; one Golden Masters doubles championship (with Neil Christenson of Helena in 1985); and five state runner-up trophies. At the 1978 Western Canadian Finals, the modest Angove finished second after defeating Canadian Closed National Champion Don Kulch in the semis. He placed fourth at the USHA National Masters Invitational in Minneapolis in 1979.Clyde was also very involved with the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Helena. He also volunteered with the Lewis and Clark County Red Cross and Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.Clyde is preceded in death by his father Julian, mother Edna, and sister Eleanor.He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sally; son David Angove, daughters Karen (Rick) Heiser; Pamela (Don) Chriske and; grandchildren: Travis (Krista) Pratt, Skyler (Denise) Angove, Rainbow Angove, Aurora Angove, Trason Dixon, Caylin Angove, and great-grandchild, Alove Harper.Graveside services took place at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 28, 2020 at Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. Memorials in Clyde’s name are suggested to Prickly Pear Land Trust, 40 Lawrence Street Helena, MT 59601, or Helena Food Share, 1616 Lewis Street Helena, MT 59601.July 2020Charles W. Girkin, Houston, TexasCharles W. Girkin was born on March 14, 1944, in Jackson, Michigan to Emery and Betty Girkin. He passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Houston, Texas.He is survived by his son, David Girkin, and his two grandsons, Charles and Walker Girkin. Charles moved to Houston in 1974 and never looked back. He started working in 1977 in the oil and gas manufacturing field and eventually started his own company, Charles W Girkin, Inc., in the early ’80s. He was well known and successful in his field and loved what he was doing.In his personal time, he enjoyed many hobbies which included riding bicycles and motorcycles, playing handball, windsurfing, swimming, and bird watching. He especially loved spending time with his grandsons, going to museums and parks along with other fun activities. He adored them, and they will greatly miss him.A virtual memorial service was held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 6:30 pm.Donations may be made to the Houston Audubon Society, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the YMCA.Gary Douglas Zintgraff, San Antonio, TexasGary Douglas Zintgraff, 77, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on 21 July 2020 from COVID-19 complications. He served in the US Navy during Vietnam, when he picked up handball on the east coast.
Gary was also passionate for handball, competing for 50 years and always ‘good for at least 7 points” with his wicked hop serves. He competed as an open player in both 4-wall and 3-wall. He was a man of integrity and greatly valued family.Gary is survived by his son, LCDR Ryan Zintgraff, married to Rachel, with grandchildren Makenzie and Douglas. Gary is also survived by his daughter, Amber Oliver as well as his brother Robert Zintgraff, extended family, friends and loved ones.Because of COVID-19, private funeral arrangements and celebration of life are pending a future date.The family requests donations to the Gary Sinise Foundation in lieu of flowers.Bob Tutlewski, Crown Point, Ind. Bob “King Tut” Tutlewski died Sunday July 19 after years of battling with cancer, he was 72. He died at the University of Chicago Hospital accompanied by his wife of 48 years Delores. She never left his side just like the handball courts. Bob cut his teeth in the Illinois handball community at Rainbow beach, he will be missed. Here’s a handball poem his son Robbie wrote…To theHandballersOne wallersShot callersBlu ballersKings of the cement 3 wall courtsKill shot, pass shotTut you had them allBottom board, never short, never outWith you and butch it was always a brawlYoung ones, old onesThey never had a chanceShort ones, fats onesYou left them dazed in a tranceYou weren’t the lightestAnd butch always showed up lateWhen you were thereYour opponent knew there fateYou hit hard and fastThey never saw you comingYour wrap arounds and bottom boardsAlways left them runningJust like the immigrants before youThose courts were yoursBetween those cements wallsYou fought battles, you fought warsYou always left friendsIt’s was only a gameBut tut came to winHis kill shot would put you to shameLet’s get a drinkLet’s cheers to the one wallersYou will always be rememberedKings of the courts and the tru handballersRobert John Tutlewski (Bob or Minnow) of Crown Point, Indiana passed away on July 19, 2020 at 71. He died from cancer, which he bravely fought since 2016. He is survived by his wife Delores Tutlewski (Delich), two sons John and Robert, daughters-in-law Amanda and Kaleigh, his grandchildren Stella and Ben, sister-in-law Sharon, and special girl Eva Escobedo. His daughter Jill, parents Walter and Donna, brother Bill, and dog Boggie will be welcoming him into heaven. Bob was born in Gary, Indiana on December 5, 1948 and attended Lew Wallace High School. He married his wife of 48 years, on July 8, 1972. Their secret to a long, happy marriage was to never go to sleep angry. He was a business owner that provided water treatment services without the use of harmful chemicals. He was a talented handball player who played at Rainbow Beach in Chicago. He was inducted into the Indiana Handball Hall of Fame in 2018. Bob was an avid fisherman and loved to spend time on Lake Vermillion in Minnesota. Bob was fun-loving and made everyone around him feel special. There will be no memorial services at this time due to the pandemic and will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his honor to the University of Chicago Medicine, who provided him with excellent care and treatment, at givetomedicine.uchicago.edu/robert-tutlewski. As Bob would say, “bless your soul, and rock n’ roll.” Burns Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. www.burnsfuneral.comJune 2020Alan K. Viets, Hamilton, OhioAlan K. (“Al”) Viets was born on February 15, 1954 to George and Marjorie (Brooks) in Falls City, Nebraska. He grew up on a farm near Craig, MO, with his older brother, Dan, and his younger sister, Sheila. He graduated from Craig R-III High School in 1972 and was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. In 1976, Al graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.His education and subsequent career in formulation chemistry led Al to a position at Scotts in Marysville, Ohio, where he met Amy Mathews. Having only known one another for less than a year, Al and Amy were married on June 28, 1980 in Kinsman, Ohio, and they embarked on a romantic honeymoon in Hawaii. Amy was the apple of his eye; she was his password, screensaver, and was always on his mind, as he called her from work every day.Al and Amy had two children – Mary Evelyn Viets and Aaron Daniel Viets. Al was an incredibly caring, kind, and supportive father, who always encouraged silliness and hilarious nicknames and songs (his were the funniest). He made sure that Mary knew how to change the oil in her car and help work on tractors, while Aaron was taught by example to be gentle and patient. His children knew to look to him for comfort when they were upset or sick and never doubted that he would always be there when they needed him.Al worked as a research and formulations chemist for over 40 years for numerous agricultural chemical companies around the country. He held numerous patents, authored/co-authored several scholarly papers, and spoke on agricultural chemical applications at multiple ASTM symposiums. He served as an editor for numerous editions of Pesticide Formulations and Applications Systems for the ASTM, and he and Amy often traveled overseas for conferences.Working for Bayer also afforded Al and his family the opportunity to live in Leverkusen, Germany for several years. The family made many important, lifelong friendships during their time in Germany, one of which led to Tobias Ehlich living with the Viets in the US for a year; he has remained a part of the family ever since. During this period, they were also able to travel throughout Europe and even visit Egypt and Zimbabwe. Al was always behind the camera, ensuring that every moment was captured to his satisfaction. His passion for travel and genealogy led him to locate members of the Viets family in Germany, with whom the whole family developed a lasting relationship.Al was always an active member of a Lutheran congregation, often serving on the church board. He always loved singing in the church choir with Amy, who was usually the director, and his antics during practice provided endless entertainment for everyone involved. He took on many other responsibilities, including teaching Sunday school to confirmation-age students and helping to serve communion as a church elder.Handball was a lifelong passion for Al. He met some of his closest friends playing this sport and participated in many United States Handball Association tournaments around the country, as well as some international tournaments.In 2019, Al became a grandpa, when his son Aaron and daugher-in-law Mary had their first child, David Alan Viets. No one loved babies more than Al, and he loved seeing what great parents his son and daughter-in-law were and made sure they knew how proud he was.Al died June 27, 2020 at the age of 66; he was preceded in death by his mother and father, Marjorie and George Viets of rural Corning, MO. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Amy Viets, his daughter, Mary Evelyn Viets (Michael Robertson) of Cincinnati, OH, and his son, Aaron Daniel Viets (Mary (Berg) Viets), his grandson, David Alan Viets of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, his brother Daniel L. Viets (Sheila Dundon), Columbia, MO, and his sister, Sheila (Viets) Rennison (George Bryan Rennison) of Rolla, MO, and his brother-in-law, Harold Mathews (Ann Mathews) of Perrysburg, OH.A family-only graveside service will be held on July 10th at 1:00 p.m. at the Craig, MO IOOF Cemetery, and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.The family requests that memorials in Al’s memory be made to LCMS World Relief, the Alzheimer’s Association, the U.S. Handball Association, or to the charity of your choice.Richard V. Pohlmann, Costa Mesa, Calif.Richard Pohlmann, a great friend and handball supporter, passed away in his home on June 25, 2020. Richard Graduated in 1956 from Davenport High School in Davenport, Iowa. As a young man he played football at Davenport High School. His nickname was “Red Dog.” Richard enlisted with the Marines Corps after High School and went to Camp Pendleton, assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. After serving in the Corps, he enrolled to Iowa State then transfer to Palomar College near San Diego, where he graduated with a Degree.He was the leading agent for Equitable Life Insurance Company for many years office was in the City of Santa Ana California. The Santa Ana agency won many awards mainly because of his tenacity in business. Fred Hubble the owner of Equitable Life of Iowa became a very good friend to Richard over his years of service.Richard started to play Handball in Davenport Iowa, then in his late 30’s at the Santa Ana YMCA. He also played at the Rampart Athletic Club, where Tom Gilbert ran all the handball tournaments. Those were some glorious days!Richard became a member of the University Athletic Club in the early 80’s after the Rampart Club closed. The rest of us joined the UAC in 1981, where we had some terrific times and great matches too. Because of Richard’s association with Clark Graves the UAC owner He got Naty Jr, Poncho Monreal and I to become members. The club had many notable player members, including Mark Shelgren, Frank Fiore, Jaime Paredes, Robert Diaz, Larry Fisher, Larry Smith, Jim VandenBos, Tom Gilbert, Dennis Haynes, Rod Gaspar, John Bike even Danny Bell joined us. Other great members and players included: Scott Laidlaw, Joe Fernandez, Dale Phillips, Bruce FaBrizio, Joe Merida, Rick Aguirre, Art Chavez, Nathan Matza, Frank Pirkell, Hal Liberman, Mike Bush, Ralph Sherwin, Clay Cover, Brian Gilmour, Peter Crane, Kelly Kelly, Ernie Maershe “The Kid’, Jack Kirkorn. Richard was the leader and he was so much fun to be around with. We really were a close group because of Richard’s attitude and friendship to all human beings.When I was a young man, Richard gave me the security of earning an income without punishing my body in handball. I retired from professional handball over 30 years ago, yet I am still able to count on my insurance license thanks to him. Numerous individuals have benefited from his existence and friendship. My family and I owe him for offering us the chance to excel in our lives. We have done so with his help. Richard’s life was a highlight, and he left his friends, wonderful memories to have as well.Richard is survived by his former wife Ex-wife Muriel Pohlmann, his son Mickey Pohlmann, and brother George Pohlmann. He used to talk to me a lot about his children, Mickey and Debbie. He was very hurt after his daughter Debbie passed away at the young age of 18. My consolation about Richard passing away is that he is finally able to be with her again. His career was everything a company (Equitable Life of Iowa) wanted. He was loyal. He only wrote insurance cases for them, and they were loyal to him. His Agency was formed from almost 100% of athletes. He had basketball players, baseball players, tennis players, and many handball players.
In 1982, Richard secured an interview with Sports Illustrated during the Nationals in Tucson. He paid to fly sportswriter Frandz Lidz out to write an article about handball. It was an amazing feat to have SI present during the Handball Nationals.Richard made us do a lot of things we didn’t always want to do. One of them, after playing handball, was to go to University of City Irvine to watch this kid Scotty Brooks play basketball. The day we went, Scotty took over the game and they won. At the next meeting at the Agency Richard made us take our checks out and write a contribution to UCI Basketball. He followed it up and became great friends with Scotty, who went on to be a professional player and basketball head coach. He advised and urged me to attend events. Believe me, I did not want to speak in front of people like schools, political events, banquet speeches and social gatherings. When you’re 25 and your first language is Spanish, it is intimidating! But he asked me to do it…and when he asked you did it. He also advised me to write a book on my biography. I have not done that yet, so I still have things to do.I can honestly say he was one of the highlights of my career as an agent and as a handball champion. I joined him in the Insurance business in 1981 after losing to Fred Lewis in Chicago’s USHA Nationals. When the 1982 season came around I was more financially secure because of my new job. He allowed me the time to train more. I was able to win seven titles on a row because I did not have to win every tournament to make money. My approach to handball changed during that time, and I was able to relax more in the court, resulting in more titles.Richard Pohlmann donated in many ways to the USHA as a contributor in Advertisement. He sponsored many handball tournaments. Most recently, he volunteered his time and energy for a membership drive from his bed, making calls and twisting arms even in his last days. He never gave up on anything. He told me one time that a teacher in grade school told him he was never going to amount to anything. That was the wrong thing to say to Richard Pohlmann! He showed the world his drive to become successful and he helped a lot of us to be like him.I wish you offer my special thanks to the following people who have made Richard’s last days a little bit more comforting: Mark Shelgren, Gordon Shields, Scott Laidlaw, Mike Walters, Muriel Pohlmann, Annette Blanchard, Dale Phillips, Larry Fisher, Brian Gilmour and his care taker Jesse Tamaya. Rest In Peace, Richard Pohlmann. See you in heaven!-Naty Alvarado I was very good friends with Dick for over 40 years. He was a unique and special person. He had a lot of compassion and wore his heart on his sleeve. He was always trying to sell cars for me. If I promoted my business the way he did, I’d be rich! I could write a book about him. Suffice to say, he enjoyed his life immensely and lived it to the fullest every day. Rest In Peace. I love you, Dick.-Larry Fisher The attribute I see in Richard Pohlmann and his friends are their dedication to the sport of handball. Even from his bedside, Richard would make phone calls nonstop to former players and friends persuading them to renew their handball memberships with USHA. He is a voice for handball and also the younger generation of players who he wants to see keep playing. He felt that small ball and big ball shared the common denominator of handball skills and dedication. He was always talking about ways to get more players involved in the sport, whatever ball or court they chose. I came to know some of his close friends, Naty Alvarado, Mark Shelgren and Scott Laidlaw. Richard appreciated their friendship so much. I spent time with Richard during his last days and while it was hard seeing him go through his illness I have come away realizing that he was a special man.-Annette BlanchardApril 2020Sheila Maroshick, Brooklyn, N.Y.Hall of Fame player Sheila Maroshick passed away at age 86 on April 11, 2020, from the coronavirus. Inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 2015, Sheila is one of only six women to have achieved that honor and is only one of two female players in the Hall to have excelled in one-wall. From the late 1940s to the early ’60s, Maroshick won nine singles championships, four USHA National titles and five New York Daily Mirror Parks Department crowns.During her era of domination there were few one-wall tournaments for women.The AAU, which controlled one-wall during that time, ran its last women’s event in 1945. In 1960, however, the USHA initiated a National Women’s Singles event, which Maroshick won. In ’61 she was runner-up, but from ’62 to ’64 she won again, including decisive victories over the woman who had defeated her in the ’61 final. After ’64, the USHA did not hold another women’s tournament, singles or doubles, until 1981. Maroshick’s other claim to handball immortality comes from five successive championships in the heralded (and now long defunct) annual New York Daily Mirror Parks Department Tournament, which was extremely difficult to win.First, a contestant had to be either winner or runner-up in her local park event. Those two players then were sent to the district event, where they opposed the best players from several other parks. The district winner and runner-up earned the right to play in the borough championships, which consisted of each district’s top two players.Finally, the winner and runner-up of each borough faced off against one another in the city final rounds.Maroshick won that difficult and prestigious tournament in 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953. She likely could have added to that record had not a city official capriciously declared that no one who had won five consecutive years should be allowed to participate in future events. Maroshick was truly never beaten in this tourney. She had been forced into retirement!Maroshick is survived by two sisters, including Eileen, with whom she lived for 83 years – from the very day Eileen was born.“Sheila loved everything she did in her life,” Eileen said. “She was remarkably charitable, giving both her time and money, especially to children’s organizations. But she actually loved giving to strangers, too.“She was a gifted athlete with a terrific sense of humor. She excelled at tennis, too, without ever having taken a single lesson. When we played doubles together as a team, our opponents would always play me. And when we’d lose, Sheila would tell our opponents that they didn’t beat her. They beat me.“”I believe that the highlight of her life was her induction into the National Handball Hall of Fame. She didn’t feel that way just for herself, but also because it was recognition of a woman excelling in sports. Sheila was a born athlete. She saw handball not only as a game of skill and strength, but, like chess, a game of thinking as well.”Both sisters became afflicted with COVID-19 during the first quarter of 2020. But Sheila was hit harder. Compromised by high blood pressure and diabetes, she was unable to survive the virus’ attack.She is buried at Mt. Hebron cemetery in Flushing Queens, New York, where, because of the necessity of severe restrictions, few could attend to pay their respects.Given the opportunity to compete, Sheila Maroshick consistently played top-level handball. Given the opportunity, I would have paid my respects to a great champion and fine, upstanding woman.-Dan Flickstein, Monroe Township, N.J.John “The Captain” McNulty, Clifton, N.J.John McNulty, affectionately known as “The Captain” passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Monday, April 6, 2020.John is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Rosalie (Sapio) and children John (Gail), Scott (Lydia), Matthew (Cynthia) and Traci and his adored grandchildren, Jack, Marshall, Laura, Alexa, Gianna and Matthew. He leaves behind sisters, Claire Fitzmaurice, Joan Cherubini and Annmarie Roehrer, several nieces and nephews and was predeceased by his brother Marty.A highly decorated member of the JCPD. During his 31 years of service he served as Mounted Patrolman, Homicide Sergeant, Internal Affairs Commander, Executive Officer of the Investigative Division and East District Commander. A competitive handball player for over 60 years having won numerous awards and titles. John served his country proudly in the US Air Force from 1953-1957. He was a Board Member of the Jersey City Boys and Girls Club.He was also a founding member & officer of the JCPD Emerald Society.Private Services were held. A Memorial Mass will be announced at a later date.February 2020John J. Bike, Tucson, Ariz.John Joseph Bike passed peacefully at the age of 86 on the morning of February 15, 2020 in Victorville, CA.John was born on September 24th, 1933 in Bridgeport, CT. Like his father, from an early age he loved and excelled at sports. He was a top performer on the Central High School football and basketball teams, played football and boxed in the US Army as a Corporal in Germany in the mid 1950’s, and played second base for the nationally ranked Paramount softball team (for which he was inducted into the CT Softball Hall of Fame in 1982). In the 1960’s at the Bridgeport, CT YMCA he began playing handball, a game that he would play for over 50 years, and a game that led to many great lifelong friendships. John won numerous handball tournaments over the years including 3 national championships:
- 1994 USHA 3-Wall 60+ Doubles with Lou Buckingham
- 1995 Canadian Open Doubles with John Bike Jr.
- 1998 USHA 3-Wall 65+ Singles
John met his future wife Maureen Jones at the Berkshire Massachusetts resort, Eastover, in the summer of 1963. Two years later, they wed in Germantown, NY on September 4th, 1965, building a great life together, and perfectly complementing each other.John was a man of great character, and often chose to lead by example, but John was also always available with helpful tips like: “drink your water”, “move your feet”, “play your game”, “use a slantboard”, ”jump rope”, “take a little hop”, “use a punching bag”, “put a little english on the ball”, and “throw the inshoot”. If you did those things, as his father would say, “you were cooking with gas”.
He was a 63-year member of The Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #777, ultimately starting his own business, B&B Controls, with Maureen, before retiring to Tucson, AZ in 1998. While enjoying retirement he discovered the benefits of the Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club as not only a place to play handball, but to develop lasting friendships with fellow players along with the members of the exercise classes which sustained him. One close friend from the club remembers him as “a warrior with a big heart; a man’s man with a gentle touch”.Bike, his step-mother Inez Barker Bike and her children Jeanne Barker and Lowell Barker, and his immediate siblings, Joseph Bike Jr, Veronica Kutzscher, George Bike, Caroline Collins, and Catherine Raffaeli.All are invited to share in a celebration of his life on Monday March 30, 2020 at St Pius X Catholic Church at 9 a.m., located at: 1800 N. Camino Pio Decimo, Tucson, AZ 85715-4504Donations may be made in his name to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (curealz.org).Robert W. Schoning, Corvallis, Ore.Longtime Corvallis resident, noted fisheries expert and family patriarch, Robert (“Bob”) Schoning, Colonel, USMC (Ret) passed away on February 14, 2020, at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice in Albany at the age of 96.He was born September 29, 1923, in Seattle, Washington to Nils Wilhelm and Olive Jeanette (Anderson) Schoning. He grew up in Seattle, attended Stevens Grade School, graduated from Garfield High School and entered the University of Washington, where he began playing handball.After the United States entered WWII during his second year of college and knowing he would be drafted, he chose instead to enlist in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1942, mainly because his father had been a Marine during WWI. While in college, he attended boot camp and officer training school. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries in 1944. In May 1945, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and sent overseas to China.He returned from China in 1946 and chose to stay in the active reserves. He went back to the University of Washington for graduate work in fisheries, but did not finish his master’s studies. Instead, in 1947, he began working for the Oregon Fish Commission (OFC) as a field biologist stationed on the Columbia River. At this time, he was offered an athletic membership at the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC). For the next 23 years, Bob Schoning became the dominant handball player in the Northwest, winning 59 titles in 90 tournament events.In August 1950, Bob was recalled to active military duty, and a month later his unit was sent to Korea where he remained for the next year. He was involved in the Chosen Reservoir Campaign and was later awarded the Bronze Star for his courage in action on 14 February 1951. He remained in the active reserves until the mid-1970s when he transferred to the inactive reserves due to his civilian responsibilities in Washington, D.C. He officially retired from the U.S. Marine Corps on 29 Sept 1983 with the rank of colonel.After returning from Korea in 1952, Bob married Barbara and resumed his work with the OFC. Over the next eighteen years, he worked as a fisheries biologist, Director of Research, and ultimately, Oregon State Fisheries Director. He continued playing handball and received third place in the 1968 national U.S. Handball Association Open Doubles tournament.In 1971, after twenty-four years with the OFC, Bob moved to Washington, DC, and worked as the Deputy Director of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). In 1973, he became the Director of the NMFS, where he helped formulate the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which established a 200-mile fishery conservation zone buffering the United States’ shorelines. This legislation made a massive impact on commercial fishing operations around the world and almost every other fishing country later created a similar law. It was one of his proudest accomplishments.In 1978, Bob returned to Oregon, joining Oregon State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as a visiting professor. He and Barbara had divorced after raising four sons. Bob remained at OSU until June 1982 when he switched to being a private consultant. That same month, he married Sandra. He was named the Fishery Worker of the Year by the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in 1985 and returned to Oregon State in Jan 1986 as courtesy faculty with Fisheries and Wildlife. The next year, he received the OSU Distinguished Service Award. He joined the advisory board of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station and continued to serve there until finally retiring in 2011 at the age of eight-eight. In 2002, OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences named him a Diamond Pioneer and in 2007, he was inducted into OSU’s Hall of Fame. Bob had also been inducted into Garfield High School’s “Golden Grads” Hall of Fame in 1994. Bob and Sandra were married for 25 years until their divorce.Overall, Bob worked for the government at various levels for fifty-three years. He also served for a combined total of fifteen years as a presidentially-appointed commissioner on the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the International North Pacific Fisheries Commission. He was a lifetime member of the Military Officers Association of America (formerly called The Retired Officers’ Association or TROAA), a dedicated member of various golf country clubs and an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Corvallis for many years.Some of Bob’s happiest memories were the many summer vacations his family spent out at Camp on Vashon Island with extended family at what was originally Grandma Anderson’s cabin and where he and Bill had spent time in their youth. Throughout his life, Bob participated in various sports and outside activities. He played several sports in high school and college and in addition to becoming a noted handball champion, he was also a lifelong golfer and avid salmon fisherman well into his retirement and beyond. After retirement, he continued to travel frequently to visit his brother in Seabeck, Washington, and one year, Bob and Bill (along with two others) motored Bill’s boat up to Alaska on a salmon-fishing trip. The two brothers also enjoyed various golfing trips together. In 2004, two of Bob’s sons (Randy and Kerry) took Bob on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Norway for his 80th birthday to visit his dad’s birthplace and cousins Randi and Ingrid. The cousins had also visited with Bob in Corvallis and at Seabeck on several occasions. Bob very actively supported OSU’s various sports teams and thoroughly enjoyed being able to attend local games and interact with the coaches and team players. If game night included a trip to the local KFC or some homemade tacos and a rousing game of Mexican Train, that was even better! All were his favorites and he enjoyed having company.Like many of the “Greatest Generation”, Bob remained modest about his many accomplishments and awards and preferred to let the light shine on others. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and firmly believed that anything worth doing was worth doing well. If someone said it couldn’t be done, he asked “How could we do it” or “How can I help?” He always credited his parents and Grandma Anderson for his work ethic and willingness to go that extra step without being asked.His passing leaves an irreplaceable hole in our family tapestry, but his spirit, values, and example, his love for family, God, and country, his charisma and wonderful stories will live on in our hearts and in our memories. He made a difference in the lives of so many and he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Rest in peace, Bob!He is survived by his four sons Randy, Kerry, Jim and Kip; three grandchildren Tiffany, Zane and Chimay; two nieces Cathy and Judy; two nephews Mark and Craig; four maternal cousins Paul, Rolf, Steven and Maren; and paternal cousins in Norway. He was preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his boys, Barbara; a nephew, Gary; his beloved brother, Bill and his sister-in-law, Gayjoy and his cousin Ingrid in Norway. He is also survived by Lynn Edwards and Sandra Schoning.A celebration of life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 435 NW 21st Street in Corvallis at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 29th, 2020. His ashes will be interned later in Seattle next to his brother at his request. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in Bob’s name to a charity of your choice or to Oregon State U.William “Bill” Brady, Fargo, N.D.William “Bill” Brady, 85, Fargo passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Edgewood Vista, Fargo.Bill was born August 29, 1934, to John and Anne (Anderson) Brady. He graduated from Mayville High School in 1952 where he excelled in both basketball and baseball. He attended NDSU before transferring to Mayville State, where he graduated with a degree in teaching. Bill began his teaching and coaching career in Lakota, ND before moving to Ada, MN, where he taught mathematics and coached basketball. He brought his team to the MN State Tournament in 1962. Bill married Bernadine “Dina” Eid on August 17, 1963. They lived in Cambridge, MN for 2 years before moving to Devils Lake, ND where he taught and coached at the Junior College. They later moved to Athens, GA where he furthered his education at the University of Georgia. Known as a human calculator, Bill earned his Doctorate in Statistics.After completing his doctorate, Bill took a job at St. Cloud State for a year before moving to Fargo. He then worked for 20 years as an administrator for the Fargo Public Schools System. Retirement allowed Bill and Dina to spend their winters in Mesa, Arizona where Bill enjoyed playing tennis and pickleball.Bill loved sports. In college, he played baseball and basketball. After college, he added racquetball, handball, and tennis. No one would know by his humble demeanor that he was inducted into the North Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, the North Dakota State Handball Hall of Fame, and the Mayville State University Hall of Fame.He is survived by his wife Dina, Fargo, ND; children, Robyn (Karl) Borge, La Crosse, WI, Reid (Sarah) Brady, Fargo, ND, Erin (George) Watson, Wahpeton, ND; 8 grandchildren, Kolter Borge, Joy Watson, Meg Watson, Kaitlyn Borge, Maura Brady, Elsie Brady, Cray John Brady and Juliana Brady.He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anne Brady.The family would like to give a special thank you to Edgewood Vista for their wonderful care and friendship.In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Parkinson’s Foundation (marvbossartfoundation.org).January 2020Phil McLaughlin, Alton, Ill.Phil McLaughlin (1944 – 2020) the Irish Whip. Born in Tipperary, Ireland, Phil arrived in the USA in his early 20’s and was promptly drafted into the US Army. He completed his service and gained US citizenship. He moved to Alton, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.Phil won 12 Missouri State Handball Championships, including a 7-year run in the 40+ singles division from 1984 through 1990 and a 50+ singles division in 1999. He also won doubles championships with 4 different partners – the 1996 40+ division with Steve Campbell, the 1999 50+ division with Phil Bracken, the 2005 60+ division with Jim Ward, and the 2012 65+ division with Gary Brake. He was inducted into the Missouri Handball Hall of Fame in 2000.Phil won the YMCA 40+ National Championship as well as a number of tournaments in Kansas City and throughout Illinois – Springfield, Decatur, Bloomington, Alton. He didn’t just play, he worked as tournament director of the Alton tournament, and he was a fixture helping out and greeting players at the Missouri State tournaments and the St. Louis Handball League. Phil was a long-time member of the St. Louis Hinder Club where he was elected to the Board of Directors.Like many of his countrymen, Phil was quiet until you got him started on the subject of handball. He often shared his insights into the strategies and finer points of the game with veterans and novices alike. Phil was a non-discriminatory handball player – any race, creed, color, young, old, good, bad – he beat us all.
Ron Emberg, Houston, TexasOn Jan. 18, 2020, Ronald Edward Emberg, 90 years, while surrounded by family and friends, was lovingly embraced and escorted by angels to the gates of heaven, where his father, George Emberg, and his mother, Evelyn Emberg and sister, Dixie Emberg, were waiting for him.He passed away at his residence, in Houston, Texas. He was born, May 6, 1929, in Duluth, Minnesota. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served in the Armed Forces, as a radio operator, during the Korean War. He studied Petroleum Engineering, at the University of Houston. He was on the Houston Downtown YMCA Board of Directors. He was on the Board of Directors of the United States Handball Association (USHA). In 1995, he was inducted into the USHA National Handball Hall of Fame. He won the USHA National Masters invitational and National 4 Wall Championship for ages 60, 65, and 70 in Doubles and Singles.He was the CEO of AVR, Inc., an Ad Valorem tax and utility billing software company in Houston, Texas. In 1959, he started in the business. Over sixty years, his leadership guided multiple employees, during the changing times in the utility billing industry. He changed the lives of generations of families, who were his loyal employees.He was proud to be an American. Besides loving playing Handball, he loved sports, travel, and woodworking around the house. He lived his life as an honorable and loving man to his family, friends, and employees. He never wavered from his ethics, trustworthiness, and commitment to those individuals blessed enough to have known him. He contributed, without hesitation, to anyone in need. He dearly loved his own family and his AVR family.He is survived by Susan Emberg, his wife and business partner of 32 years, his daughters, Ree Emberg, Kelly Emberg and husband, Mike Padilla, his son, Mike Emberg, his daughter, Tamera Galdamez and husband, Jose Galdamez, and daughter, Theresa Rodriguez and husband, Stephen Rodriguez, his grandchildren, Ren Nelson, Dixie Mattingly, Thomas Gasper, Hannah Gasper, Ruby Stewart, Tyler Jenkel, Cole Brodin, Cheney Emberg, Jade Galdamez, Jacob Galdamez, Chloe Galdamez, Leah Galdamez, Emily Galdamez, Mia Rodriguez, Ava Rodriguez, Christian Rodriguez and 7 great-grandchildren, his sister, Phyllis Aisbet, his sister-in-law, Zell Reeves, his sister-in-law, Jody Rogers, and multiple nieces and nephews.HANDBALL MAGAZINE’s Tribute to Ron Emberg.
Ken Smolack, Manalapan, N.J.Friends and Family Share Fond memories of “Meatball”
- Bill Kennedy
Longtime New York/New Jersey handball player and supporter of the game, Kenny Smolack, 73, passed away Jan. 9 in a New Jersey hospital.
Kenny was an age-group runner-up to Dennis Hofflander in the 1964 national junior tournament as a player out of the fabled Castle Hill Club in the Bronx. As an adult, he was better known for his doubles play with partner Richie Greenwald, with whom he regularly challenged for the East Area championship.
Kenny won numerous weekend tournament championships with a variety of partners, including Greenwald, John Marra Jr., Mike Meltzer, Lou Russo, and Bobby Harbatkin. He was perhaps more famous for being the author of a Handball magazine column, “The Meatball Corner,” published for more than 30 years.
He ardently supported youth handball, running many tournaments and raising money for juniors to attend national and regional events.
At his funeral Jan. 14, he was eulogized by Fred Lewis, Meltzer, his cousin Michael Levine and his stepson Fred Munsch Jr. He leaves his wife, Evelyn, stepsons Fred and Ed, stepdaughter Samantha, and three grandsons.
- Howie Eisenberg
The world of handball lost a formidable player, an important contributor, and a unique perspective with the passing of Ken Smolack. With his love of the game and lifelong involvement augmented by his benevolent objective commentary and recommendations, he was an outspoken proponent for the betterment of our sport. Even more importantly, Ken was a warm, loving person and a loyal friend. I will miss him greatly.
- Mike Meltzer
Kenny and I were friends since we were 6 years old. We met at the famous Castle Hill Beach Club in the Bronx. Handball was the game we loved and played every summer day. Together, we won many tournaments. He also won numerous tournaments with other partners. In addition, we ran many local tournaments where he supplied the hospitality, using his connections in the food industry. Kenny had a gruff exterior but a heart of gold. The Meltzer family will certainly miss their “Uncle Kenny.”
- Fred Lewis
As I have said many times, one of the great benefits of playing handball over a lifetime is the friendships you acquire along the way.
Kenny and I became acquainted over 65 years ago as members of the Castle Hill Beach Club in New York. Kenny was affectionately known as “Meatball” because he would walk around the club eating his grandmother’s meatballs from a plastic container. We were competitors in junior tournaments and then teamed up as partners in doubles tournaments.
Kenny developed into a right-side doubles specialist, teaming with the likes of Lou Russo, Richie Greenwald, Jay Garsman, and others to win many championships. One of Kenny’s major accomplishments was coming in runner-up to Dennis Hofflander in the 1964 USHA junior national championships. Kenny scored in double figures against Hofflander, who crushed everyone else. (Dennis left me at 0 and 1 in the semifinals.)
After I left New York for Miami and eventually Tucson, Kenny and I continued to keep in close contact. We would see each other at tournaments and often vacationed together in Las Vegas. I felt very proud when Kenny spoke on my behalf at my Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1993.
Perhaps we were never closer than the last six months of his life, when he became very ill and bedridden. I tried to call him every day and offer words of encouragement. We talked about our families, handball, politics, and our favorite foods. Now that he is gone there is a huge void in my life. However, the great memories will be here forever.
- Fred Munsch Jr.
An old friend, a best friend, a confidant, a husband, a father-in-law, a Pop-Pop and a stepdad. These were some of the “titles” that Kenny Smolack took on as he became closer and a more integral part of my family.
The last title I mentioned was “stepdad.” While technically that is what he was to me, he was so much more than that. I was blessed to have known Kenny my entire life, but he took on a different role in the mid-1990s when he and my mom got married.
Over the 25 years that Mom and Kenny were married, Kenny became one of my closest friends and confidants. He was there for me as I entered the wonderful world of “adulting.” He helped me navigate those early years, and then as the years progressed, we seemed to be there for each other, always there to bounce an idea off one another.
As I got to know Kenny better, I realized what a kind and generous person he was. He was always there for someone whenever they needed it. Over the years, I came to appreciate Kenny’s love for food, cooking, and Frank Sinatra! He would always have us over for Passover and Rosh Hashanah, where I learned how to make a mean brisket and his trick to making a great matzo ball soup.
In the late ’90s and early 2000s, Kenny became “Pop-Pop” to my boys. Kenny epitomized the idea of a “doting grandfather.” He was there for countless ballgames and was their biggest fan, both on and off the field. For anyone who was willing to lend an ear, he would love to tell stories about what the boys were doing, what they accomplished, or just about the last conversation he had with them. Each one held a special place in his heart, and he holds a special place in all of our hearts.
These past few months have been tough, but we are moving along. A day doesn’t go by that we don’t think of him, reminisce about him and miss him. Until we meet again, my friend and Pop-Pop, we love you!
December 2019Gerald T. Frank, Milwaukee, Wisc.Gerald “Jerry” Frank passed away unexpectedly on December 15, 2019, surrounded by family and friends, at the age of 77. Jerry is survived by his beloved wife Janis, daughter Katie (Sal) Bando, son Andy (Britt), and his cherished granddaughters Mia, Maci and Genevieve. He was preceded in death by his parents Percy and Phyllis Frank, sisters Judy and Karen, and will be remembered by many cousins, nieces and nephews.Growing up in Milwaukee, Jerry graduated from Washington High School in 1959 and attended UWM. While at UWM, he played varsity football, met his lifelong “brothers” of Delta Sigma Kappa and fell in love with his beautiful bride. In 1964, Jerry became a member of the Milwaukee Fire Department, where he proudly served the community for 39 years. He received countless awards during his tenure and retired as Deputy Fire Chief in 2003. As he often stated, “there is not a day that I don’t look forward to going to work.” As a firefighter, he cultivated his love of cooking and was therefore in charge of all family holiday meals. Jerry shared his sense of humor with his fellow firefighters and maintained those important relationships until his passing. His family’s pride in his job as a firefighter was surpassed only by his own.Jerry’s life was filled with devoted pastimes and hobbies. He was a handball enthusiast, playing in international tournaments, where he made lifelong friends. He was one of the original members of the Wisconsin Athletic Club, following years at the old Eagle’s Club, and helped establish the Irish Open Handball Tournament. Even after his playing days, he continued to organize and support local tournaments.It cannot be overstated how important his family and friends were to Jerry. From family trips to Minocqua, guy’s weekends in Lakewood, deer hunting in Wautoma, taking trips across the country with other couples, among others too numerous to mention here, Jerry lived to spend time with those he loved. He cherished spending time with his granddaughters, who enjoyed testing “poppy’s” math skills and watching him in the kitchen. Over the next weeks and years, those who counted Jerry as a dear friend will share story after story (many not suitable for publication) to keep his memory alive. And as you read this, he is having a martini with Dick and Paul, knowing he had a good run.Visitation will take place at SS Peter and Paul Parish, 2490 N. Cramer St., Milwaukee on Saturday, December 28th from 10am-1pm followed by the funeral Mass at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hunger Task Force or Milwaukee Rescue Mission.November 2019Jim McKee, Memphis, Tenn.James “Jim” Edward McKee, 81, of Memphis, TN left this world to meet his Savior and run the streets of gold on November 30, 2019. He leaves his loving wife of 59 years, Marty McKee and daughter, Kim Hailey. Jim graduated from Treadwell High School where he was the captain and quarterback of the football team and also the pitcher for the baseball team. Jim received scholarships from Vanderbilt University where he was also the quarterback of the football team and pitcher for the baseball team. Jim was head commander of Vandy’s Army ROTC.After graduation, he went to serve his country enlisting as a 2nd Lieutenant. During the Army he was a paratrooper, Captain of the Screaming Eagles football team, where he later coached. Jim was also a great athlete. He won seven National Handball Championships. He never played a game just to play. He played the game to win and he did. Mr. McKee was in Army Intelligence. In this lifetime he worked for 1st Tennessee Bank and Menard Gates and Mathis Insurance and Data Communications where he helped develop computer systems for TV stations.The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m., Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Memorial Park Funeral Home with the funeral to begin at 1 p.m. Entombment will be in the Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his honor to Central Church, 2005 E. Winchester Blvd., Collierville TN 38017 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Neal Bocian, Danvers, Mass.Neal Bocian – National ChampionNeal Bocian, 69, born in Brooklyn, NY, was the 1982 USHA national 1-wall open doubles champion, 1985 USHA national 1-wall seniors doubles champion, # 2 in the country in the 1975 open singles, the 1971, 1972, 1973, 1980 open doubles succumbed to cancer surrounded by his family on November 11, 2019.Advertising impressario, business owner, avid golfer, member of The Ancient and Honorable Society, harmonica player, Neal entertained sick children as a clown at Boston Children’s Floating Hospital for the last 28 years. He was a passionate man with a big heart who loved life and gave it his all.
He is survived by his wife, Lori Wolf, his son, Craig, daughter, Erica, brother, nephew, Russel, step children, Erik and Alex Wolf, and grandchildren, Julian, Zachary, Gabriela, and Natalie.
The words below express my feelings about Neal.Neal Bocian, My Protégé, My Good FriendA 21 year old lanky lefty started playing handball at the Coney Island handball courts in 1971. His graceful powerful swing caught my attention. The fact that it was very similar to mine, actually a mirror image, made it all the more intriguing to me. Neal and I got to know each other and it became a delight to impart what I knew about the game and my philosophy of play to him.I have always gotten great satisfaction from seeing positive performance from receptive students whether it was in mathematics or in sports. With his natural ability and intelligence Neal was a quick study. In a short time it became clear to me that despite his previous lack of experience against top players, Neal would be competitive at the highest level of 1-wall handball.This was borne out as Neal ‘s game was an excellent complement to mine as we teamed up and reached the finals of the nationals 3 consecutive times, beating a number of multiple champions along the way. Unfortunately for Neal, in addition to whatever positive aspects of play that I shared with him, I somehow also imparted my penchant for finishing second, as we were runners-up each of those years.However as I came to appreciate many years later, coming in second in the country was a significant accomplishment. It was especially significant considering my declining ability and Neal’s inexperience which was transcended by his aggressive play and will to win. We did have some good wins in each form of the game and finally did win a national championship together 14 years after our initial pairing.Before that Neal became a champion in his own right dominating to win the national doubles with another partner. His singles prowess was a bitter-sweet source of pride for me when Neal beat me in a tournament. With victories over some of the best players of his era, Neal established himself as more than a formidable player. Like his mentor, Neal got to the finals of the nationals singles, only to just fall short of the championship.Neal’s handball accomplishments are just a part of the special person that he was. His intelligence and “innovativeness” have resulted in great success in the business world. He was a visionary, first realizing the potential of providing a simple print advertising vehicle for auto shows, then vertically expanding by becoming the printing company. He was among the first to appreciate the power of the internet as an advertising medium learning its intricacies and applying that to develop a business successful beyond his previous efforts.More important than his athletic and business accomplishments was Neal’s humanity. In addition to being a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather, he gave of himself, delighting sick children as a clown and juggler and being a loyal friend to many. He was a benefactor to handball, the sport he loved. His charitable contributions to others were well received and appreciated. I am very proud of the man that the 21 year old kid that I took under my wing became.My biggest regret in living in California is infrequently seeing people who are very meaningful to me. My friend, Neal is one of those that I missed being with very much. The few days that we spent together along with our wives and other friends 2 years ago in Florida were very poignant to me us. It was a special time with special friends. I cherish those moments and wish they could go on indefinitely.Goodbye and rest in peace, my friend.Howie EisenbergOctober 2019Chatten Hayes, Portland, Ore.If you have played in or watched any USHA National or World handball event in the last thirty years, you came to know one of the greatest supporters of the sport of handball: Chatten Hayes. She was a ubiquitous presence at countless handball tournaments and events. Whether it was assigning players and refs to a court, keeping the event running on time, recording scores, encouraging husband David Steinberg to play his best, serving on innumerable committees, making contact with local print and broadcast journalists, emceeing a banquet—all this and more amounts to the unparalleled level of enthusiastic involvement in handball that Chatten evinced over the decades.The handball world lost this angel on October 21, 2019, at age 59 to ovarian cancer. Chatten lived her final years with her usual gusto even as she battled the deadly disease with her characteristic humor, grit and determination. A native Oregonian, Chatten was a world citizen, with a special love for Italy and Ireland. She and husband David Steinberg also spent a recent holiday season in Belgium with close friends from the handball world. When they ventured westward, it was often to their condo in Maui where they enjoyed the beauty of the island and various underwater pursuits.After graduating from Portland State in 1982, Chatten shared her enthusiasm for life with all who met her, including her husband of thirty years, David Steinberg. She adopted his chosen sport of competitive handball and became a leading figure in the national and world handball scenes. The two together led the Pacific University handball team to four straight A-class national championships, 2016-2019. She was instrumental in bringing 1,000 players to the 2009 World Championships held at the MAC in October that year, the largest gathering of handball players in North America to that point.She was well-known for her stellar volunteering efforts in numerous Portland events and programs.She is survived by her life partner, David Steinberg. A celebration of her remarkable life is scheduled for January, 2020; further details will be forthcoming. Remembrances in her honor may be shared with the Chatten S. Hayes Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation.
July 2019Morton (Marty) Goffstein, Las Vegas
The Magic of a Handball: A Tribute to Hall of Famer and National Champion Marty GoffsteinThe Capell’s and the Goffstein’s have known each other for over 50 years. Brother Geoff has competed with, and against Marty, since his early days at the San Jose Y. Although Marty has not played, for some time, his list of achievements is long and impressive.Since he moved to Las Vegas, our visits have been infrequent, but phone calls have been numerous. Calling Marty always had the same greetings. “How you doing Marty?” “I’m doing great, and couldn’t be better!”Well, things weren’t great. After numerous medical issues, we received a call from his daughter Andi, telling us that we better get down there, to say good-bye. His son Garrett picked us up at the airport, and briefed us on his condition. He had been unresponsive, for the last two days, and not to expect much. Driving up to the hospital, I saw a huge Cross. Imagine that, Marty Goffstein, in a Catholic hospital. I couldn’t wait to talk to him about that. Geoff had brought a handball with him, and had it in his pocket.When we got into the room, his eyes lite up, but he couldn’t move his arms. He was so happy to see us. Sandi, his wife, helped us get him into a chair, so he was facing us, eye to eye. Geoff said, “I have something for you.” He handed him the ball, and he practically squeezed the air out of it! Geoff took the ball back and sat down. “Catch it Marty.” He threw the ball to him, and it bounced off his chest. His eyes became focused. “Let’s try that again.” Geoff threw the ball, and he caught it. He bounced it back to us, and this continued for several minutes, Marty catching it every time. Doctors came into the room, and couldn’t believe what they were seeing! After the last toss and catch, Marty switched the ball from his left hand to his right, cocked his arm, and gave us that feared look, that we had seen so often. It meant, get ready for a big hook serve that you have no chance to return. Marty won that last game against us, and that is the Marty that we always knew and loved.Marty died the next day, but the magic of a handball, will be remembered by all that saw it, forever.-Jay and Geoff CapellMorton (Marty) Goffstein passed away peacefully after a short illness on July 22, 2019. He was surrounded by his loving family.Son of the late Max and Mollie Goffstein, Marty left St. Louis in 1960, moving to San Jose, Calif. Marty was the beloved husband of Sandi Goffstein and they were happily married for 42 years. They subsequently moved to Las Vegas, where they resided for 20 years.While living in St. Louis, Marty spent much of his time actively engaged in sports at the YMHA, participating in basketball, fast-pitch softball and handball. He won many local and state handball championships in both singles and doubles and one National Doubles Championship while living in St. Louis.Marty’s excellence in handball continued as a resident of San Jose, winning more local and state championships in singles and doubles. In all, Marty won four National Championships. Marty was inducted in the Northern California Handball Association Hall of Fame.In addition to his wife, Sandi, Marty is survived by his children, Kathi, Andi (Jim), Garrett and Joshua; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Marty’s brother and sister-in-law, Herb (Delores) Goffstein, both preceded him in death. He is survived by his brothers Sig (Judi) and Sanford (Phyllis) Goffstein, plus many friends.If you wish to make a contribution in memory of Marty, please consider the Northern California Handball Association to support youth development (for more information on how to donate, email [email protected]) or any charity of your choice.
June 2019Bernie Pritchard, Toronto, ONTARIOBernie Pritchard passed peacefully in Toronto on June 01, 2019 at age 98. He was a multiple Canadian National champ and won enough local and Northern New York trophies to fill the basement of his house in Toronto, including 10 straight City of Toronto championships. He also represented Canada and placed second to Jim Jacobs at the 1964 World Handball Championships held in New York City in 1964. Bernie was fittingly inducted into the Canadian Handball Hall of Fame in 2008. -Ted PritchardFebruary 2019Richard Sleeper, Chicago, Ill. I can’t remember anything Dick Sleeper told me that was not educational, entertaining, or true. Most of what he told me, he related to his favorite topic –playing handball.
Not that he said much. He’d taken me under his wing when I was not good enough to enter a “C” tournament. His on-court words were usually limited to “nice shot” and “wow” – and I was so bad, he didn’t have to say either very frequently. But he did. The “wow” was probably said in awe of God’s grace in letting the ball do something wonderful after failing to go where I was aiming.But his laconic persona was “pronounced” in everything he did. Looking back, I can safely say that handball has never had a more understated promoter. It wasn’t just his encouragement of kids, or his financial support of our tournaments (for which he rarely accepted recognition or accolade). The real truth is that Dick unassumingly nurtured the Chicago Metro Handball League from a loose association of police and firemen … to the greatest competitive handball arena America has ever known. For around six months straight, on any Tuesday night, some 200 players enjoyed competition and comaraderie in the League he shaped and quietly held together.As I remember, our University of Chicago team — with Vern Roberts, Dave Dohman, Scott Rosenthal, Chris Roberts, Bill Tillery, Marty Wallace, and Dick Sleeper — won the top division several times. The first time we won, Dick put up his own money so we could have championship jackets. I had no illusions about why I was included – because I was a student, we could use the University’s field house for our matches.But it was also true that Dick wanted me there – maybe he saw some promise in me that left others stumped. I just wasn’t very good. It was as if God had whispered to him that the world would be a better place if more of us played handball.At Rainbow Beach, which was ground zero for 3-wall in Chicago, Dick befriended many other aspiring players who were young, hapless, or just plain helpless. While he was good enough to win several tournaments in several venues, he thought nothing of going in the court after four hard-fought games and “hitting it around” with novices, late-comers, and hangers-on. Of course, later in life, his shoulders and elbows would pay the price.After all that play, and a few beers besides, he’d climb on his trusty 10-speed bike, exhausted, and pedal home, gloves hanging from the handlebars to dry. Home for Dick Sleeper was wherever his beautiful wife Kay was. He had fallen in love with her when she was a nursing student in Chicago. Together, they had three sons, all of whom now mourn the departure of his earthly life. Like us, they know that his spirit of love, acceptance, and quiet pride in our well-being remains in our midst.–Eli Seaman
January 2019Mike Weinberger, Moraga, Calif.Michael (Mike) Joseph Weinberger, 64, died January 25, after bravely battling lymphoma for 15 months. All who met him were moved by Mike’s warmth, intelligence, creativity, integrity, sense of justice, and sharp and absurd sense of humor.A 1972 graduate of BGHS, Mike earned a BA in Economics from BGSU in 1977 and went on to a 32-year career at UC-Berkeley. His love of handball brought him to the Department of Recreational Sports where he started working part-time and quickly rose to being Director, a position he called “the best job on campus.” Mike was instrumental in bringing the USHA National Four-Wall Championships to Berkeley in 1988, still the largest-attended national tournament.As Director, Mike pioneered IT in the 1980s, networking PCs and computerizing the budget process, both rare at the time. He was creative and adaptive, expanding revenue sources, upgrading facilities and expanding access to health, wellness and recreational activities for the entire campus community. The annual campus welcome event, Caltopia, was Mike’s brainchild, as was the B2H cross-campus collaborative custom-designed software, a joint project of IT professionals at UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis and UCLA. B2H is now used throughout the UC system for a wide range of services. Mike also pioneered hydration stations on campus for filling reusable water bottles, that are now commonly found nationwide. Mike received multiple campus awards, including the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award. He was known for his warm and inspirational leadership, his sense of fairness, constructive and respectful supervision, and his sincere commitment to the well-being and development of staff.Mike enjoyed reading history books and Foreign Affairs. He loved the humor collection in Funny Times, and gifted the newspaper to his parents and siblings. He enjoyed the old-timey humor and music of KPIG Radio, as well as Oakland A’s baseball, Cal football, Morris dancing, playing the fiddle, and hiking in Bay Area parks.Mike was a loving and attentive husband, father, brother, son, and friend. He is forever in the hearts of his wife of 39 years, Julie, and his daughter Kathleen (fiancé Andrew Metrick). He is also missed by his mother, Kathleen Natalino, Akron; step-mother, Helene Weinberger, Bowling Green; and his surviving siblings: Elizabeth Phillips, MD; Mary Kay (Mike) Bishop, NH; Stephen (Chris) Weinberger, MA; Ann Weinberger (Rosco Rouse), NC; Margaret Weinberger, Bowling Green; Barbara Weinberger (Kurt Kleinmann), TX; Rosemary Weinberger (fiancé Greg Curtis), MA; Teresa Weinberger, Akron; Janet Weinberger, AL; and 3 step-siblings: Sandy (Chuck) Kern, MI; Sherry Spears, Findlay; and Rick (Stephanie) Chaney, WV. Mike was also a beloved uncle to Howard, Michelle, Kwame, Monica, David, Harolyn, Maura, Peter, Cameron, Elisabeth and Anna; and step-nieces and nephew Cara, Cristin, Callie, Caitlin, and Mason, as well as 6 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Morris J. Weinberger, step-father Agostino Natalino, brother-in-law Harold Phillips, and his older sister Linda Weinberger.The family is very grateful for the expert and compassionate care that Mike received during his illness at Alta Bates Summit Hospital, UCSF Medical Center, and the Berkeley Comprehensive Cancer Center. Donations in Mike’s memory would be welcome at any of these or any park. A celebration of Mike’s life will be held on Sunday, April 28 in the Simpson Garden Meeting Room, beginning at 4:00 pm, with food and fellowship immediately following.
Al “the Teacher” Goldstein, Brooklyn, N.Y.
One-Wall Loses Its Teacher
One-wall handball has lost one of its strong competitors of the ‘50s and ‘60s, Al Goldstein, affectionately known as “the Teacher.”
Al graduated college as a physical education major, but he didn’t teach the subject long. Early on in his career he was promoted to assistant-principal, eventually completing his career as a long-standing principal in a Brooklyn elementary school. An intelligent and gentle soul, the Teacher was a fierce handball player possessed of great speed, power, and a hopping, skidding serve which provided no end of trouble for his opponents. When Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach Baths ran its weekly sweeps for the best one-wall doubles players in the city, the Teacher was frequently invited along with Hall of Famers Vic Hershkowitz, Moey Orenstein, and, later on the three Obert brothers among others. Al was good enough to play among those all-time greats.
Although he never won an open title in either singles or doubles, he championed 4 times in masters doubles: AAU – 1962, and ’69, USHA – 1965 and ’69. Before becoming a top handball player, Al was a strong enough basketball player in college to obtain membership in City College of New York’s Basketball Hall of Fame. And after retiring from handball, he became a runner, always finishing the NYC Marathon even when well into his 80s. In 2015 he was chosen to be a member of the NY Handball Hall of Fame.
Those who knew him admired both his athleticism and his human decency. He passed while nearing his 98th birthday. And only until last year did he stop attending the National One-Wall Championships held in Coney Island.
|Feb. 24, 1949 – April 9, 2021|
|Derrell Jones, 2013 75-plus Doubles National 3-Wall Champ.
Sept. 14, 1937 – Jan. 13, 2021
March 31, 1947 – Jan. 12, 2021
Oct. 13, 1941 – Jan. 3, 2021
Feb. 10, 1928 – Dec. 22, 2020
July 7, 1935 – Dec. 16, 2020
Nov. 19, 1938 – Dec. 13, 2020
|Circa 1975 heyday, at one of Tom Young’s Sports Club’s tournaments in ABQ, NM. Tom Saunders is in 2nd row from top in middle wearing white cut-off sleeves shirt, bending down. To right of Tom, is George Garcia. Directly behind Tom is Charlie Kasper and left of Charlie is Buck Snider, while on Charlie’s right is Wrenne Saunders (Tom’s ex-wife & longtime friend).|
Dec. 1, 1934 -Nov. 26, 2020
May 8, 1936 – Nov. 20, 2020
May 28, 1946 – Oct. 25, 2020
Nov. 9, 1926 – Aug. 6, 2020
Sept. 27, 1934 – Aug. 24, 2020
Gary with son Ryan back in 1986.
Feb. 15 1954 – June 27, 2020
October 2 1938 – June 25, 2020
|Maroshick at her Hall of Fame induction in 2015.
||Maroshick at the inagural
USHA One-Wall Nationals.
Sept. 24, 1933 – Feb. 15, 2020
Sept. 29, 1923 – Feb. 14, 2020