Sister Loretta Marchetti, S.S.J., formerly Sister Ann Jerome, died Dec. 31, 2015 at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown. She was in the 53rd year of her religious life and was 73 years old.
Born in Ashland, Pa., Sister Loretta was the daughter of Jerome Marchetti and Ann O’Gara Marchetti. She attended St. Mary Elementary School and Franklin Roosevelt High School in Kulpmont, Pa. She earned a B.S. degree from Chestnut Hill College and a M.A. from La Salle University.
Sister Loretta entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 12, 1962 and professed final vows on Aug. 16, 1970. As a teacher, she taught in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and also in the Dioceses of Allentown, Harrisburg, Metuchen, and Trenton.
She ministered as director of religious education in the Dioceses of Harrisburg and Baltimore. In July 2006, she was parish minister at Sacred Heart Glyndon, Maryland.
Sister Loretta became a resident of Saint Joseph Villa in 2007 where she remained a resident until the time of her death.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 4, 2016 at St. Joseph Villa.
She is survived by her brothers and sisters, Bernard, John, Carol, and Robert Marchetti, Deanna Emil, Cathy Hubert, Lisa Howerter, Joan Cole, Christine Emerik, many nieces and nephews, and her SSJ Congregation.
Donations in her memory may be made to St. Joseph Villa, 110 West Wissahickon Avenue, Flourtown, PA 19031
Help keep Catholic media free, support CatholicPhilly.com
You may have noticed “pay walls” greeting you when you visit the websites of newspapers and magazines, both large and small. These mechanisms allow you to read a few articles for free before you’ve got to pay an annual fee if you want to see more.
You won’t find a pay wall on CatholicPhilly.com because we’re more than a news organization. We’re informing, inspiring and forming readers in the Catholic faith every day through the news, features and commentaries that we post on this site and share across social media.
It costs money to provide high-quality coverage of the local Catholic communities we primarily serve, while also distributing national and world news of interest to Catholics, plus the orthodox teachings of the Catholic faith.
Help us in this mission by making a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
or by credit card: