A funeral was held June 6 at St. Mary’s Church in West New York for Elizabeth “Betty” Heck, 85, lifelong resident of West New York. She passed away peacefully June 2. Born to the late Ethel Miller and Albert Schwerzler, Betty graduated from Holy Family High School and continued on to work as an administrator at ADT in Manhattan, until starting a family. In a career shift, she took a position as a sales associate for Montgomery Ward, where she worked until her retirement. Betty loved card games, crossword puzzles, and reading books. She also enjoyed playing trivia and spending time with family and friends. She tirelessly worked for her beloved St. Mary’s Church. She was an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, a member of the Rosary Society, and president of the Parish Council. She is survived by her husband of 64 years Donald A. Heck, retired West New York Police Chief and United States Marine; her daughter Donna Gherardi and her husband Dan of Oradell; her grandchildren Danielle and Donny Gherardi; her dog Jazz.Services arranged by the Vainieri Funeral Home, North Bergen.
The center, filling in for her older sister, scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in leading the Aztecs girls basketball team to a 61-27 win over Almont League rival Schurr on Friday. With the Aztecs’ second-leading scorer last season, Paola Gupilan, inactive, Shelley was thrilled to see action, let alone lead her team in scoring. ALHAMBRA – Freshmen aren’t supposed to contribute, let alone dominate. But Keppel High School’s Shelley Gupilan isn’t your typical uncoordinated, intimidated ninth-grader. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card“I was just happy to be playing,” Gupilan said. “Coach prepared us for this game and I just wanted to score points and help the team.” Gupilan scored her team’s first seven points and 10 of the Aztecs’ 23 points in the first quarter. She also keyed a 23-5 first-quarter run that humbled a Schurr squad that looked intent on knocking off the defending league champions. “I think a lot of teams thought we wouldn’t be as good this year,” Gupilan said. “We’re just trying to show that we’re still the best.” Keppel (12-8, 4-0) demonstrated its effectiveness by forcing 21 Spartans turnovers and converting 14 into 28 easy points. “We have to handle the ball better,” Schurr coach Paul Chavez said. “(Keppel) turned the game into layup drills, and there’s no way you can win when you turn the ball over like that.” The Aztecs also shot 5 of 12 from behind the 3-point arc, which proved to be a potent balance to Gupilan’s inside game. Shelley set up her sister Amanda for a few 3-pointers, including one with 3:12 left in the second quarter that gave the Aztecs their biggest margin, 46-12. “We had a very tough preseason,” said Keppel coach Minnie Caluag, whose team has outscored league opponents by an average of 23 points. “The rough start prepared us for league. As you can see, we’re doing quite well.” After Shelley, Amanda was second on the team in scoring with 13 points. Freshman Janise Ho had nine. The Spartans (9-6, 2-2) were led by Sara Ng, who scored seven points. “Our expectations for this game were the same as they are in all games,” Chavez said. “We expected to play well and give everything we had.” Unfortunately for the Spartans, they followed up a five-point first quarter with another five points in the second period. They trailed 33-10 at halftime. “I was proud of the effort our girls gave,” Chavez said. “We just didn’t play well enough or disciplined enough.” Schurr will play Alhambra on Tuesday in what could be a matchup for the league’s final CIF-SS postseason spot. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!