Sister Mary of Fatima White, I.H.M.
Sister Mary of Fatima White, I.H.M., formerly Mary Laura White, died March 7, 2009, at Paoli Hospital. She was born in Philadelphia and entered the congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1949. She professed her first vows in 1951. Sister Mary of Fatima taught in various elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. From 1992 until her death, she lived at St. Gabriel convent and assisted in the school. She is predeceased by her parents, J. Paul and Mary Torpey White, and her siblings, Myrtle and Paul. A funeral Mass was celebrated March 11 at Camilla Hall. Interment followed at Immaculata Cemetery. She is survived by her sister, Millie; two brothers, Torpey and Joseph; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Father Joseph A. Barnes
Father Joseph A. Barnes, a priest of the Allentown Diocese, died Feb. 2, 2009, at Holy Family Villa for Priests, Bethlehem. He was 77. He was the son of the late Joseph and Hannah Furey Barnes. He studied for the priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1957 by Archbishop John F. O’Hara, C.S.C. Father Barnes’ first assignment was St. Joseph Parish, Girardville, followed by an appointment to St. Catharine of Siena in Allentown, which in 1961 became the Cathedral for the newly formed Diocese of Allentown. He was predeceased by his brother, Father Gerard J. Barnes. A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 6. He is survived by his sisters, Margaret and Sister Barbara Anne Barnes, I.H.M.