Obituaries

Father James McVeigh , friend to many priests, dies at 70

The retired pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Collingdale believed strongly in the value of priestly fraternity. He had no envy, only pride, in the achievements of other priests, said his friends.

Father Charles Smith, longtime teacher, quiet in charity, dies at 80

A native of the Olney section of Philadelphia, he taught for 16 years at Cardinal Dougherty High School in the neighborhood and served there as a priest with great love for St. Helena and St. Martin of Tours parishes.

Notre Dame great Parseghian a supporter of school’s Catholic faith

Though not a Catholic himself, legendary University of Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian had a notable respect for the school's Catholic faith as well as the Fighting Irish's gridiron tradition.

Pezzullo, former diplomat who was first layman to head CRS, dies at 91

Coming to CRS after a career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Lawrence A. Pezzullo is credited with taking the agency "to a new level of professionalism and impact," said a tribute to him posted on the CRS website.

Cardinal Tettamanzi, ‘loving, beloved pastor,’ dies at 83

The former archbishop of Milan and prolific writer on themes related to family life and to bioethical issues was described by Italian media as being "small in stature, but big in heart."

Father Daniel Devine, pastor emeritus, laid to rest at age 80

The West Philadelphia native served as pastor at St. Agatha-St. James Parish and Assumption Parish in Feasterville. His funeral Mass was held at the parish where he celebrated his first Mass.

Sister Catherine Mary Dunbar dies at 93

The native of Orange, N.J., entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Chestnut Hill, in 1947 and served in three dioceses, including Philadelphia, in her 70 years of religious life.

Sister Charlotte Therese McGrillis dies at age 97

The native of Telford, Montgomery County ministered in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and neighboring dioceses for 80 years with the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Sister Patricia Ann Marnien, native of St. Leo Parish, dies at 81

The Sister of St. Joseph (formerly Sister Joseph Patrick) entered the congregation in 1954 and ministered in several dioceses, including the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Sister Theresa Rita Suplick, S.S.J., dies after 72 years as religious

The Sister of St. Joseph, formerly with the name Sister Miriam Andrew, entered the congregation in 1945 from Nativity B.V.M. Parish in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section.