Obituaries

Sister Ellen Cavanaugh dies; was leader in volunteer ministries

The Sister of Mercy was the first director of Mercy Volunteer Corps, executive director of the Catholic Network for Volunteer Services and was awarded by the pope and the archdiocese for her service to the church.

Franciscan Sister Mary Jane Yassick dies at 85

The Phoenixville native ministered primarily in health care in the western states and in Africa before returning to the Philadelphia region for ministry as a teacher and volunteer.

Sister Theresa Gmeiner, I.H.M., dies at 87 in 70th year as sister

Raised in Good Shepherd Parish in Philadelphia, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as Sister Martin Marie and served mostly as a teacher.

Sister Barbara Newton dies, recalled for love of nature

The Sister of Mercy transitioned from 15 years as a teacher to the health care field, earning a degree in medical records administration with long service in Buffalo, N.Y.

Sister Rose McHale dies, was nurse at Camilla Hall for 43 years

After entering the I.H.M. congregation in 1958, she taught until 1969 when she earned a nursing degree and began to care for the ill and aged sisters until she joined them in prayer in 2012.

Sister Joan Mary Gibbons, I.H.M., longtime teacher in Phila., dies at 84

Raised in St. Edmond Parish in Philadelphia, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1953 and taught at St. Gabriel School in the city for 20 years.

Phila. native Sister Ann Sweeney, S.S.J., dies at 85

The sister of St. Joseph, formerly Sister Regina Muriel, entered the congregation in 1953 and ministered in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and five other dioceses in the region for 66 years.

Jenkintown native, S.S.J. sister dies at 82

Sister Regina Raymond Conway had been a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph for 64 years, serving in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the dioceses of Allentown, Camden, Paterson and Wilmington.

Sister of Mercy Mary Berenice Eltz dies at 103

Sister Berenice, whose funeral was celebrated at the Convent of Mercy in Merion, is survived by her religious community, the Sisters of Mercy.

Medical Mission Sister Marie Schmids dies at 90

The Little Flower High School graduate served in many roles in Pakistan, Thailand, the U.S. South and in Philadelphia, mostly in health care and social outreach, in particular to at-risk women.