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Obituary: Barbara A. Schaffner

Schaffner, Barbara A., 72, of Levittown, formerly of Elmhurst, IL, died Feb. 4, in Bolingbrook, IL. She was born August 31, 1940, in Elmhurst. Beloved daughter of the late George A. and Isabella Flemming Schaffner, dear sister of Mary (Bob) Korman of Omaha, NE, adored aunt of Erin Gillotte, Robyn (Dave) Lisy and Michael (Julie) Korman, all of Bolingbrook, IL, great-aunt of Caitlin, Meghan, Alex, Sydney, Kimberly and Madison, great-great aunt of Charlotte.

Schaffner grew up in Elmhurst and was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Grade and High School. She attended Mundelein College in Chicago and received her undergraduate degree in Education with a minor in English. Schaffner later received a master’s degree in Educational English from Hofstra University. She was employed as a teacher in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District for many years and was a member of The Women in Literacy and Life Assembly of The National Council of Teachers of English. She was an avid reader and loved the theater.

Services and interment were held on Feb. 7 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and Cemetery in Naperville, IL. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to: Levittown Library Foundation, Inc., 1 Bluegrass Lane, Levittown, NY 11756-1223. Arrangements were entrusted to Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville, IL.


News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Island Trees Board of Education - September 17

Mini-College Fair - September 17

All-Star Comedy Show - September 18


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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