James DiFalco of Danbury CT, the owner of Auto Truck Concepts Inc in White Plains NY, died suddenly February 22, 2013. He was 58. Survivors include his former wife Gayle DiFalco; children, Sara and Jenna; mother Catherine; brothers Bernie and Lenny; and nephews Michael, Marc, James, and Jake. He was predeceased by his father James. Donations to the American Heart Association and/or American Diabetes Association in memory of DiFalco can be made by accessing www.donate.americanheart.org or www.diabetes.org.
Phyllis (Craven) Shafer, former corporate secretary and vice-president-administration at Muncie Power Products, died December 4, 2012, at Westminster Village in Muncie IN. She was 86. Shafer was born December 18, 1925 in Muncie and graduated from Burris High School and Ball State University. She was employed at Muncie Power for 50 years before her retirement in 2007. With the leadership of her late husband, Hamer D Shafer, the couple grew Muncie Power into a global leader in the auxiliary truck parts industry. Phyllis Shafer was the first woman to be appointed to the Ball State University Foundation board, where she served as both the board's president and chairman of the board for 15 years. Memorial contributions may be directed to Youth Opportunity Center Foundation, 3700 West Kilgore Avenue, Muncie IN 47304; The Hamer and Phyllis Shafer Fund, c/o Ball State University Foundation, PO Box 672, Muncie IN 47308-0672; The Hamer D and Phyllis C Shafer Fund or Village Foundation Fund (Westminster Village), c/o The Community Foundation, PO Box 807, Muncie IN 47308-0807; the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, c/o Ball State University, 2000 University Avenue, Muncie IN 47306; and Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation, 2401 West University Avenue, Muncie IN 47303-9919.