Father Gavin Muir, pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, dies at 81

The Philadelphia native ordained in 1965 loved horse riding and the rural setting of St. Lawrence in Rieglesville, the northern-most parish in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. He is remembered as engaging yet laid back.

Creighton University’s longest serving president dies at age 81

Jesuit Father Michael Morrison, the longest serving president of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and a major force in its growth, died May 24.

Sister Alice Hanley dies, served 70 years as Sister of St. Joseph

Before her death April 12 at 88, the Wilmington native ministered in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore, and the dioceses of Allentown, Camden and Wilmington.

Sister Rose Imelda Patterson, S.S.J., dies at age 88

The former Elizabeth Lou Patterson, a native of Washington, D.C., served in that archdiocese and Philadelphia during her nearly 70-year ministry with the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Wrestling champion Bruno Sammartino laid to rest

After surviving World War II in Italy, the small boy was bullied in school in America. But through hard work he grew to become the longest-reigning World Wrestling Federation champion in history.

Deacon Edward Konarski dies after 25-year ministry at St. Rose Parish

The 91-year-old permanent deacon fought in World War II and was an executive with Merck residing in North Wales. He and his wife raised three daughters and a son, who also was ordained a deacon.

Father Nicholas Waseline, O.S.F.S., dies at age 67

The Oblate of St. Francis de Sales priest was a former principal of Father Judge High School and Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia. He was pastor of a Wilmington parish at the time of his death.

Msgr. Stein, longtime editor, pastor in Pennsylvania, dies at 60

Msgr. Timothy P. Stein, an editor in the Catholic press for 29 years and dedicated priest who served in parish ministry for more than three decades, died early April 20 after a recent illness.

Sister Theresa Gerrity ministered for 72 years as St. Joseph Sister

The native of Centralia, Pa., the former Sister Martin Cecilia, served in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia and Newark. She died April 6 at age 94.

Sister Mary Theresa Ducie dies at age 84

The Philadelphia native entered the Sisters of St. Joseph and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as well as in Newark and Camden, N.J., for almost 66 years.