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Marcel Lajterman
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Birth: Aug. 3, 1951
Passaic
Passaic County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Nov. 14, 1970
Huntington
Cabell County
West Virginia, USA

Collegiate football star. The star place-kicker for the Marshall University football team, and a player with great professional potential, Marcel Lajterman and his teammates were killed when the school's chartered jet crashed upon returning home from an away game in November 1970. Originally from Passaic, NJ, 19-year-old Marcel (a.k.a. Marcelo) was the son of Israel and Julie Lajterman. His family moved to nearby Lyndhurst when the 6', 178 lb. teenager had already distinguished himself as a place-kicker in his former hometown. Passaic's loss was Lyndhurst's gain, however, and Lajterman soon became an invaluable asset to the Lyndhurst High football program. He went on to become a standout at Marshall in West Virginia, joining former Lyndhurst teammate Teddy Shoebridge, the superb quarterback of the University's "Thundering Herd". (Shoebridge, a senior who was among the 75 victims of the Marshall plane crash, is also buried in Hillside Cemetery, which includes the New Mount Zion section where Marcel is interred.) The names of both young men are memorialized in Lyndhurst's "Golden Bears" high school stadium, and the 2006 film "We Are Marshall", starring Matthew McConaughey, was inspired by the 1970 tragedy. The Lajterman family established a football scholarship at Marshall University in memory of Marcel, and their chain of sporting goods stores, "Marcel's", was named in his honor. 
 
Burial:
Hillside Cemetery
Lyndhurst
Bergen County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: New Mount Zion section
 
Created by: Nikita Barlow
Record added: Jan 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17377451
Marcel Lajterman
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 Added: Jan. 10, 2007
 
 
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