Obituaries

Michael Novak, noted theologian, philosopher and author, dies at 83

Michael Novak, a Catholic philosopher, theologian and author who was highly regarded for his religious scholarship and intellectual independence, died Feb. 17 at his home in Washington.

Deacon Philip Heaney laid to rest from Maternity Parish in NE Phila.

Ordained in 1996 and married for 52 years, the deacon was an accountant by trade but “if anyone asked him what his career was, he probably would have said deacon,” his son said. He died Feb. 7 at age 78.

Bill Peffley, Catholic Shop owner and Legion of Mary leader, dies at 87

William C. “Bill” Peffley Jr. owned, along with his wife Mary, a prosperous Catholic goods store in Norristown. A friend of Legion of Mary founder Frank Duff, Peffley led the Legions Philadelphia chapter for many years.

Msgr. Richard Skelly, retired pastor of Morton parish, dies at 89

Named pastor emeritus of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 2003, the priest is remembered as a wise shepherd for his parishioners and a good host for his friends.

Bishop Lohmuller: A long, rich life in service to the church

At his death last week at 97, the retired bishop was the oldest in the U.S. and longest serving priest in Philadelphia. "His purpose in life was to serve the church,” said a friend. Read his full obituary ahead of the funeral on Wednesday.

Oldest deacon in archdiocese dies at 93; ministered ‘to the very end’

Known as the "dean of deacons," Deacon Lawrence P. Froio was a permanent deacon at St. Patrick Parish in Malvern for almost three decades until his retirement just two years ago. He died only days after making Communion calls to a hospital.

Franciscan sister with varied social ministry assignments dies at 85

Sister Phyllis Ann Greco, O.S.F., was a Massachusetts native who taught in the Philadelphia Archdiocese for 20 years and used her master's in social work at several eastern dioceses.

Sister Clare White, longtime teacher and nurse, dies at 99

Sister Clare entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1936 and spent the next 81 years as a teacher at many archdiocesan schools and a visiting nurse ministering in a Catholic hospital program.

Longtime teacher in Pa., N.J. Catholic schools dies at 85

Sister Anne Maureen Lyons had been a Sister of St. Joseph since 1949. She taught in schools of the archdiocese and in several New Jersey dioceses, where she was born and raised.

Sister Mary Stanislaus Blankemeyer, Upper Darby native, dies at 92

The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary entered the congregation in 1943 and served her entire ministry in elementary education, in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and Arlington Diocese.