Sister Clare Dolores McFadden, I.H.M.
Sister Clare Dolores McFadden, I.H.M., formerly Mary Clare McFadden, died June 19, 2009, at Chester County Hospital. She was born in Philadelphia and attended St. Gregory School and West Catholic Girls High School. She entered the congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1948 and professed her first vows in 1950. She received her undergraduate degree from Immaculata College and her master’s degree from West Chester State College. For many years she taught in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In 2006, she retired to Camilla Hall where her principal ministry was prayer. She is predeceased by her parents Hugh and Katherine Bradley McFadden and her brothers, Hugh and John. A funeral Mass was celebrated on June 25 at Camilla Hall. Interment followed at Immaculata Cemetery. She is survived by her sisters, Nancy and Kathleen, her brother, Joseph, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and her religious community.
Sister Marie Vincentine Murphy, I.H.M.
Sister Marie Vincentine Murphy, I.H.M., formerly Philomena Marie Murphy, died June 18, 2009, at Camilla Hall. She was born in Philadelphia and attended St. John the Baptist School. She entered the congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1936 and professed her first vows in 1939. She received her registered nursing degree from Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital in 1948. She spent several years teaching elementary school and, later, nursing at Camilla Hall Nursing Home. In 1989, she retired to Camilla Hall where prayer became her principal ministry until her death. She is predeceased by her parents Martin and Emily McCloskey Murphy; two sisters, Catherine and Marie; two brothers, Eugene and Daniel; her aunt, Sister Mary Vincentine Murphy, I.H.M.; and cousin, Sister Marie Jean Murphy, I.H.M. A funeral Mass was celebrated June 23 at Camilla Hall. Interment followed at Immaculata Cemetery. She is survived by a sister, Alice, her brothers, Martin and Jerry, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and her religious community.
Violet Leszczynski of Royersford died June 19, 2009. She was 93. She was born in Conshohocken to the late Anna Kucynski and Adam Hylinski. She was the wife of the late Henry Leszczynski. She belonged to St. Mary Parish in Conshohocken where she was a member of various church societies and the Golden Age group of the parish. She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy; four grandchildren, Watson Jr., Debbie, Teresa and Stephanie; one great grandchild, Kimberly; one sister, Stephanie; a brother, Edward; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass was celebrated June 23 at St. Mary Church. Interment followed at St. Benedict Cemetery, Conshohocken.
Sister Shirley Boucher, O.S.F.
Sister Shirley Boucher, O.S.F., died June 30, 2009, at Most Pure of Heart of Mary Convent in Mobile, Ala. She was 61. She was born in Whitefish, graduated from Great Falls Central High School and was a member of St. Mary Parish in Great Falls, all in Montana. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1968 and was a professed member for 38 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., and a master’s degree in education from the University of San Francisco. She worked in elementary education and was the author of several articles published in educational journals. Her interest in science led her to be part of the Astronaut Space Camp in 1974, and since 2000, she was active in the GLOBE program sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation. In 1991, she spent eight weeks working in the Meheba Refugee Camp in Zambia. She is predeceased by her parents, Isador Marthe and Martha Voem Marthe, and her adoptive mother, Rose Marie Gagnon Boucher. A funeral Mass was celebrated July 7 at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Mobile, Ala. Interment was at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. She is survived by her sisters, Carol, Sharon Harmon and Sharon Hayes and by her Franciscan family.