Obituary: Janice Shovelin, Good Shepherd Physical Therapist
Janice A. Shovelin, 58, of Allentown, died Monday, March 18, 2013.
Janice A. Shovelin, 58, of Allentown, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 18, 2013 at home. She was the wife of Frank Shovelin. They were married 31 years.
Born in Allentown on March 28, 1954, she was a daughter of the late John and Margaret (Steirer) Hoderman. Jan was a 1972 graduate of Dieruff High School. She also graduated from Lehigh County Community College in 1982 with a degree in Physical Therapy.
Prior to attending LCCC, Jan worked for Mack Trucks in the accounting department. After graduating from LCCC, she worked at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown for 24 years prior to becoming ill.
She was a devoted and loving wife and mother. She loved playing tennis, riding her bike and walking the many parks and trails in the Lehigh Valley. She was also a volunteer at the Catasauqua Food Bank. Jan was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall.
Survivors: Jan will be lovingly remembered by her husband Frank; son, Nicholas and his girlfriend, Danielle of Willow Street, Lancaster County, a sister, Kathy and her husband John Patterson of Charlotte, NC, sister in laws, Miriam and Grace, nieces and nephews.
“You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back, or you can open your eyes and she’s left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her, or you can be full of the love she shared. You can turn back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy of tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back. Or you can do what she’d want, smile, open your eyes, love and go on”.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., Whitehall. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery. Call 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, at Trexler Funeral Home, Inc., 1625 Highland St., Allentown and 9 to 10 a.m. Friday in the church. www.trexlerfuneralhome.com
Contributions: Memorials, in memory of Jan, may be made to the Catasauqua Food Bank, c/o the funeral home, 18102.