Obituaries

Sister Marie Susan Bruno, I.H.M., dies at 65

In her ministry of 42 years, the Immaculate Heart of Mary sister served as a teacher and director of religious education in various parishes in the Philadelphia area.

Sister Veronica Gavin, 71, dies; known for healing ministry

The Sister of Mercy was a registered nurse in hospitals, hospice and private health care, and was dedicated to accompanying people with dignity as they were dying.

Rusty Staub, Catholic baseball star for 23 seasons, dies at 73

Rusty Staub, 73, the New Orleans-born Catholic baseball star who was a fan favorite in a well-traveled, 23-season career, died March 29 in West Palm Beach following a heart attack.

Deacon George Kletzel, longtime high school teacher, dies at 68

The permanent deacon taught at Cardinal O’Hara High School, St. Maria Goretti High School and Lansdale Catholic High School, plus at the school of his home parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Philadelphia.

Deacon Arthur McGuire, 82, dies; served at St. Francis, Springfield

The permanent deacon of the Philadelphia Archdiocese was ordained in 1997 and served his Delaware County parish for 20 years until his retirement last year. He had led his own business, McGuire Publications.

Sister Laureen Discher, 98, dies after 80 years of religious service

The I.H.M. sister originally from St. Martin of Tours Parish in Philadelphia taught in archdiocesan schools and in Peru before serving for many years at Villa Maria House of Studies, Immaculata.

Msgr. John Close, pastor with love for the elderly, dies at 74

The resident of Chester who would go on to become principal of the Catholic high school there, was ordained in 1969. He is recalled for his strong administrative skills, prayer life and care for elderly parishioners.

Longtime Sister of St. Joseph Veronica Connor dies at 82

The Philadelphia native and parishioner of St. Leo's in Tacony entered religious life in 1952. She went on to serve in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia and Washington, and the Dioceses of Allentown, Camden and Trenton.

Longtime teacher Sister Mercita Valentine dies at 86

The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, originally from St. Laurence Parish in Upper Darby, ministered primarily in education for 67 years.

IHM Sister Charles Mary Hanlon, 99, was longtime reading specialist

In her 81 years as a Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the native of St. Edmond Parish in Philadelphia was involved for many years with assisting disadvantaged children through the federal Title I Program.