David J. Pfahler
David J. Pfahler, 65, of Allentown, passed away in his home on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Dave was the husband of Marlene Ambrogio and they would have celebrated their 42nd anniversary this coming August. Born in Allentown, Dave was a son of the late Arnold J. and Veronica T. (Fuisz) Pfahler. Dave graduated from Our Lady Help of Christians grade school where he led his CYO team to an undefeated 35-0 season and captured the Mid-Atlantic States Championship. He then attended Allentown Central Catholic High School where he was the first Viking to surpass the 1000 career point mark, and at one time held the leading scorer title. He helped the team to the PCIAA State Championship and the East Penn League Championship. He was awarded two All-State Awards in 1965. Dave then attended St. Josephs University in Philadelphia graduating in 1969 with a BA in Marketing. While at St. Josephs he was a Varsity Letterman, and was on the MAC Championship and Big Five Championship teams. He did his post graduate studies at Alvernia College. His career began as a Teacher and Head Basketball coach at Reading Central Catholic High School from 1969-73, then in the same capacity at Allentown Central Catholic High School from 1973-77. He worked as a supervisor for Mack Trucks Inc in Allentown from 1977-82. Changing fields Dave worked for Readers Digest/QSP as a Field Sales Manager from 1983-2011. While at Readers Digest he received numerous awards in the field of school and organizational fundraising. He was the 1988 National Field Manager of the Year, was a member of the Presidents Club, and received the Lighthouse Awards. In 1979 Dave received the CCHS Basketball Hall of Fame Award; in 1982 the Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame Award; and in 1993 was inducted into the CCHS Rockne Hall Wall of Fame. Dave was an avid golfer at Moselem Springs Golf Club, he enjoyed gardening, traveling, and skiing. He was a member of the Allentown Jaycees for 14 years. Survivors: Surviving with his wife Marlene are brothers, Michael J. and his wife Leslie of Las Vegas, NV, and Joseph D. and his wife Margaret of Fredericksburg, VA; sisters, Mary Ann Esch of Telford, and Ann wife of Scott Grim of Allentown. Dave is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Services: Services will be on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 12 noon in the ODonnell Funeral Home, 908 Hanover Ave., Allentown. A gathering of family and friends will be on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.
Published in Morning Call from Jun. 30 to Jul. 1, 2012.