Obituaries

Sister Margaret Appell dies, ministered in education for 67 years

The Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia taught or was principal in schools mostly in the Trenton Diocese, as well as Camden and Harrisburg. She was 87.

Holy Family Sister dies after 76 years in religious life

Sister M. Vera Ochmanowicz, C.S.F.N., died at age 97 after spending 41 years as a Catholic school teacher mostly in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. She also crocheted, grew violets and was an avid Phillies fan.

Sister Veronica Stawski, 94, dies after long ministry in local church

Formerly known as Sister Ann Louis, the Newark, N.J native entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1943. She would go on to minister in three New Jersey dioceses, as well as Philadelphia.

Sister Joan Bannigan, S.S.J., dies at 73

The Sister of St. Joseph was raised in Newark, N.J. and after entering the congregation in 1963, served in the archdioceses of Newark and Philadelphia, and the Diocese of Camden.

Sister Regina Steffe, S.S.J., dies at age 88

Formerly known as Sister Margaret Alphonsus, the graduate of St. Joachim School and Little Flower High School in Philadelphia served with the of the Sisters of St. Joseph since 1950.

Sister Margaret Siegfried, S.S.J., dies at 72

The native of Bethlehem, Pa. attended Catholic schools before entering the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1964. She served in the Newark and Philadelphia archdioceses.

Sister Kathleen Bonawitz, North Philadelphia native, dies at 83

The Sister of St. Joseph attended St Stephen School and Little Flower High School before entering the congregation in 1954. She served in the archdioceses of Philadelphia and Washington.

Sister Manetto Ruocchio, longtime Catholic school teacher, dies at 93

The South Philadelphia native had been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 72 years. With undergraduate and graduate degrees she taught for many years in several dioceses.

Franciscan sister, native of Ireland, dies at 85

Sister Ursula Tisdall, O.S.F., left her home in Dublin and entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia where she served in education and pastoral care for 66 years.

Bette Parsons, loving mother and grandmother, dies at 93

Elizabeth Ann (Bette) Parsons grew up in West Philadelphia then married the love of her life, Don. They raised eight children in West Chester, instilling values of family and faith.