John M. Sunday

67, of Whitehall, died suddenly on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Penn State Health Saint Joseph, Bern Township, after being stricken in Richmond Township, while doing what he loved to do…play golf. Born in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, he was a son of the late John G. & Helen M. (Michaelcavage) Sunday. John was a former member and past president of the church council of Saint Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.

John was a graduate of Minersville Area High School, Class of 1970. John was also a graduate of Lehigh-Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, and American Academy McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science, New York, NY. After his graduation from mortuary school, John served his apprenticeship with the Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem, where he later worked as a Funeral Director.

Mr. Sunday was a Licensed Funeral Director in Pennsylvania for over 40 years, also working as a trade embalmer for various funeral homes throughout the Lehigh Valley. He was also the founder and co-owner of Elite Limousine, Allentown, and owned and operated H. W. Kocher Well Drilling, Inc., Nazareth.

John was a member of Eastern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association; Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association; and the Tall Cedars Golf Association, Bethlehem; and was currently serving on his 50th year class reunion committee; John was a former member of Bethlehem Lodge, 283, F.&A.M., Bethlehem; Mr. Sunday was a past president of the former Bethlehem Area Jaycees.

Survivors: John is survived by his Brother, Randy S. Sunday, Minersville; Stepson, Peter David Burkhart, Jr., Whitehall, Stepdaughter, Veronica A. Mack, Catasauqua; Niece, Amanda J. Sunday, North Manheim Township; Nephew, Randall J. Sunday, Minersville, as well as many friends and colleagues.

Services: A funeral service to celebrate John's life will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden Street, Bethlehem, PA with Reverend Arthur L. Hahn, officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Memorial Park, Bethlehem.

Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again on Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. in the funeral home.

Contributions: The family requests contributions be made in John's memory to The John M. Sunday Memorial Fund c/o Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., P.O. Box 292, Kutztown, PA 19530-0292.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, PA, is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at

Lois F. McIlvaine

88, of Houston, passed away peacefully, March 24, 2020 in the Concordia Hospice of Washington, Donnell House. 

She was born December 5, 1931 in McKeesport, a daughter of William and Edna Geiger Ferguson.

Lois was a 1949 graduate of McKeesport High School and graduated from Muskingum College in 1953.

She retired in 1990 following 30 years of teaching Kindergarten and then Fourth Grade in the Canon-McMillan School District, most of that time in the First Street Elementary School.

Lois was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Houston, where she taught Sunday School and Junior Church for many years; was a Deacon; active in the Women’s Association and volunteered with the Meals on Wheels program for several years.

She was a sports wife, mom and grandmother, spending many days and evenings following her husband, children and grandchildren to their sporting events and activities. Over the years, she belonged to several card clubs and always liked playing bridge, 500 bid and gin. Her other enjoyments included traveling, golfing and doing puzzles.

On August 22, 1953 she married Harry A. “Chick” McIlvaine who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Rob McIlvaine and his wife Cheri and Scott McIlvaine and his wife Jody both of Chartiers Township; four grandchildren, Craig McIlvaine of Durango, CO, Andy McIlvaine (Colby) of N. Strabane Township, Sara McIlvaine-Page (Chris) of Houston, and Derek McIlvaine (Lindsey) of Bridgeville; and a step great granddaughter, Jaedyn Page.

Due to the present guidelines for the covid-19 outbreak, a private service will be held at the McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, Owner/Supervisor, 27 Cherry Ave., Houston, PA 15342.

A public memorial service will be held at a later date, when the situation allows.