Obituaries

Holy Family Sister Eileen Drummy, 69, dies in 42nd year of ministry

The Philadelphia native entered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in September 1975 and professed her final vows in January 1985. She served primarily in health care at Nazareth Hospital.

SNAP founder and longtime president Blaine dies at 61

Barbara Blaine, who founded the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests and served as its president until last February, died Sept. 24 in St. George, Utah.

Renowned investigator of Marian apparitions dies at 99

Msgr. Rene Laurentin had published more than 160 books and 1,000 articles about Mariology, including the "Dictionary of the 'Apparitions' of the Virgin Mary."

I.H.M. sister, 96, dies in 73rd year of religious life

Sister Margaret Elizabeth Jones entered the congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1944 from St. Teresa Parish, Philadelphia. She served as a teacher and librarian.

Immaculate Heart of Mary sister dies at age 97

Sister Mary Damien O’Donnell, I.H.M., entered religious life from Seven Dolors Parish in Wyndmoor in 1941. She taught various grades and music in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Nurse, children’s advocate, religious dies at age 70

Sister Marie Ann Poland entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in 1997 at age 50, professing final vows in 2004. The Philadelphia native had a varied career in pediatric nursing before entering religious life.

Sister Helena Joseph Balbach, O.S.F., dies at age 95

Of her 73 years in ministry, the Franciscan sister served for 51 years in Wilmington, Delaware, as well as in other cities, both as teacher and principal.  

Franciscan Sister Ellen Mary Meskill of County Cork, Ireland, dies at 84

Among her varied assignments in pastoral ministry and education, Sister Ellen Mary served for 22 years in the Archdiocese of Portland and 20 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Sister Anne Fidelis Tumelty dies, served 65 years in religious life

The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary served in elementary schools and taught religious education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and four other dioceses.

Sister Rita Devine, South Philadelphia native, dies at 74

The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary taught in schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, was a DRE and served at Daylesford Abbey Spirituality Center, Paoli.