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Lafayette Football Great Joe Marhefka Passes Away

July 2, 2003

EASTON, Pa. ( - Lafayette mourns the passing of Joe Marhefka '24 of Easton, the College's oldest alumnus, who died Monday, June 30, in Easton Hospital. He was 101. A memorial service will be announced.

A halfback on Lafayette's 1921 national championship football team and an avid supporter of Lafayette sports throughout his life, Marhefka was saluted by the College on his 100th birthday, Feb. 16, 2002, at halftime of the Lafayette-Navy varsity basketball game. In addition, Easton Mayor Tom Goldsmith '63 proclaimed "Joe Marhefka Day" in the city.

Joseph Cyril Marhefka, known as "Mr. Joe," and his wife, the former Gladys Walker, celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last November.

A longtime Easton resident, he was a beloved teacher of Latin and English and sports coach at March Junior High School for 40 years before retiring in 1968. Born Feb. 16, 1902, in Phillipsburg, he graduated from St. Precopius Prep School before attending Lafayette.

Marhefka played professional football for the Pottsville Maroons and the Philadelphia Quakers and officiated at many high school and college football games.

He had been a member of the Pomfret Club, Northampton Country Club, YR Club, all in Easton, and the National Education Association and Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials, which recognized him with an award for his many years of service.

In addition to his wife, Marhefka is survived by two grandchildren, a great-grandson, and nieces, nephews. His only son, Dr. Joseph Marhefka, died in 1981.

Contributions in his name may be made to the College.