NALS of Pennsylvania mourns the loss of members

 

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Geraldine Fisher

Our dear retired member and friend, Gerry Fisher, into eternal rest on January 13, 2023. Gerry was born in Easton, PA, where she met and married her husband, Carl R. Fisher. The loving couple would have been married 68 years this February. She and Carl raised four children and was loving called Nana by her numerous grandchildren.

Gerry was a 1953 graduate of Easton High School and 1978 graduate of Northampton Community College where she was in the first class earning the title of Certified Legal Assistant. She ended her career as a Judicial Secretary for the Honorable Judges Hogan and Franciosa for 14 years before retiring in 1998.

Gerry was a very active member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Easton where she was a member of SAW, the Altar Guild, SAC Memorial Committee, and a Lay Eucharistic Visitor. She was also a member of NALS … the association for legal professionals and the Lehigh-Northampton Counties Legal Secretaries Association. She was named Secretary of the Year by the Lehigh-Northampton Counties Legal Secretaries Association. NALS of Pennsylvania loving dubbed her “Treasurer for Life” until her retirement, when she passed the books over to Rita Ann Gilson, PP, PLS, to whom she offered her accounting guidance. Gerry also assisted with the State Association’s annual audit. Gerry remained active in the associations throughout her retirement even during her brief illness.

Her leadership will remain as a source of continued inspiration to all of us.

On behalf of NALS of PA, we extend our sincere condolences.

Peaceful rest until we meet again.

 

“Nothing Loved is Ever Lost.”
Gerry will always remain in our hearts.


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Beth Cummings, PLS

Our dear retired member and friend, Beth Cummings, PLS, slipped into eternal rest on November 12, 2022. Beth was a very active member on the national, state, and county levels of NALS … the association for legal professionals.

Beth was born in Manhattan and raised in Levittown, NY. She then lived in Los Angeles for over a decade before settling in Philadelphia. An avid opera fan and subscriber to many Philadelphia area theater and musical venues, Beth trained in opera for years. She worked as a legal secretary for a private practice in Los Angeles. Upon moving to Philadelphia, Beth worked at Duane, Morris & Heckscher, the U.S. District Court and then the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit as legal secretary to The Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell for over 25 years. Beth was an avid supporter of continuing education for legal secretaries through her long membership in NALS for which she served a term as President. Beth also helped develop numerous training sessions and edited the association’s journal for years.

Her leadership will remain as a source of continued inspiration to all of us.

On behalf of NALS of PA, we extend our sincere condolences.

Peaceful rest until we meet again.

“Nothing Loved is Ever Lost.”
Beth will always remain in our hearts.


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Our beloved member and friend, Mabel Haines, made her transition, April, 25, 2020.  Mabel served as past state president in 1987-1989; a very active member on the national, state, and county levels of NALS.

Shelly Mincer remembered her as being in the Toastmasters and said she gave everyone at PALS (which is now NALS) guidance and instruction for speaking in front of an audience – she instilled confidence in those of us “young” ladies and encouraged us to run for office, both locally and on the State level.  She tried to get some of us to become more involved on the National level as well.

Hilda Thompson said she was always poised and made everything look so easy which was very hard for Hilda to do since she had never spoken in front of an audience before (of course, after she joined the association, that changed).  Thanks Mabel!

On behalf of NALS of PA, we extend our sincere condolences and love.

Kind regards,

Ella Herbin, President
NALS of PA


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Ruth L. Gutleber, PLS
1947- 2020in-loving-memory

Our beloved life member and dearest friend, Ruth L. Gutleber, PLS, made her transition on January 25, 2020. Ruth resided in Washington Township, New Jersey. She was married to Charles and together they raised two sons.

Ruth worked as a legal secretary at the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP, as a young woman and left to raise her sons. She then returned to Schnader many years later and subsequently retired from that firm. Along with working full time, Ruth was the Administrative Secretary and an Honorary Board Member of The Lawyers’ Club of Philadelphia. When she retired, she sat on the Board of her homeowner’s association. Being a wife, mother, and legal secretary was not enough. Her mission was to educate herself in the legal field so she joined and became a life member of NALS in 1992, earned her PLS certification in 1997, and obtained Emeritus status in 2012. Ruth was a dedicated member, she attended every state and local conference, as well as many national conferences. Ruth served as Executive Secretary, Treasurer, and Governor of NALS of Philadelphia. She was also Parliamentarian of NALS of Pennsylvania. Even when Ruth was not an officer, she would chair or co-chair a committee, and made a point to attend both local and state Board meetings. The dedication Ruth showed the Association for 20 years is commendable.

Ruth is fondly remembered as being the epitome of a lady, her quick wittiness, classy nature, and her overall genuineness will always be admired.

Ruth, it saddened us to lose you and you left us with beautiful and happy memories. Wherever we look, we will find you there smiling down on us. Enjoy your new home in Glory where every day is a day of sunshine. Peaceful rest until we meet again.

That which is lovely never dies; Ruth will always remain in our hearts.


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Sadly, on March 21, 2018, NALS of Pennsylvania lost a beloved Member and friend, Margaret Marsh, PLS.  She lived in Bethlehem, PA, and was 97 years old.  She would have turned 98 the following day.  She was a NALS Member for 44 years and came to every state conference up until the very end.  She received her PLS Certification and was dedicated to obtaining her CLE so she could maintain her PLS certification.  The dedication she showed to the Association by attending every state conference and serving on the local Board, was unparalleled.  She worked at Butterfield, Joachim, Schaedler & Kelleher, a local personal injury/real estate law firm until shortly before her death, which is something short of amazing.  We all believe that’s what kept her active and mentally sharp.  She enjoyed playing Mahjong on the computer and doing crossword puzzles.  Margaret was married to Samuel Marsh and together they raised their daughter, Sharon.

Margaret, it saddened us to lose you and you left us with beautiful memories.  Wherever we look, we will find you there smiling down on us in your red suit :).  Enjoy your new home in Glory where every day is a day of sunshine.  Peaceful rest until we meet again.

Flora Yarnell, PLS
President
NALS of Pennsylvania

 


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