Ronald Sandy Genicola, 74 formerly of Whitehall, PA, Passed away Tuesday, November 21 at Walnut Ridge Memory Facility, Greensburg.
He was born May 2, 1943 in Vineland, NJ, a son of the late Sandy F. and Catherine (Maruffi) Genicola. Ron graduated from Trenton Catholic Boy’s High School and La Salle College where he was the student manager of the La Salle Explorer basketball team. Prior to retirement, Ron was a special education teacher at Allentown High School in Allentown, NJ where he also coached basketball. Ron received his Master’s Degree in Special Education from Trenton State University. Moving to Whitehall, PA, Ron began his 32 year career as an education representative for McMillian McGraw Publishing Company. He was responsible for selling textbooks and standardized tests for grades K-12 in a territory ranging from Delaware to the St. Lawrence River. Ron was also active with the Whitehall High School football, basketball, and the Marching Zephyr Band booster clubs. Ron was a member of the Easton and Allentown Corvette Clubs and was the Civil Service test administrator for Whitehall Township. Ron coached basketball for St. Elizabeth CYO, was a life member of the Fullerton Fire Company and was a Tennessee Squire. He was also the Driver of the Stars at “The Great Allentown Fair”. Ron is survived by his wife of 49 years Marjorie (Niedt) and sons Lance (Beth Ann) of Spring Grove PA, R. Keith (Melissa) of North Huntingdon; grandchildren Victoria, Madison, Lance II, Avery, and Jackson. He is also survived by his sister Sandra (Bob) Roy of Barnegat, NJ, and brother-in-law Karl Niedt Jr of Trenton, NJ; and two nieces (Heather and Christina) and one nephew (Karl). Family and friends will be received from 3 pm to 5 pm on Friday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A blessing service will follow at 5 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations if desired, can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com
Originally published November 22, 2017.