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.

Basilian Sister Mary Bernarda Arkatin, music educator, dies at 96

The Sister of the Order of St. Basil served in education and served her order in leadership for nine decades. She also taught students music and led them in parish concerts.

Ernest Menold dies, was St. John Chrysostom parishioner

A public engineer who also held a Ph.D., he is survived by his wife, Helen, of 60 years, along with four children and many grandchildren.

Sister Mary Germaine, first of Nazareth Academy’s students, dies at 105

Holy Family of Nazareth Sister Mary Germaine Grabowska left her Brooklyn home to enter the new high school in 1928. She would go on to serve at Visitation B.V.M. in Norristown for 34 years, retiring at 97.

Sister of St. Joseph Judith Monahan dies at 80

The native of Orange, N.J. took the name Sister Helen Lawrence when she entered the sisters' congregation in 1957. She ministered in several archdioceses and dioceses, including Philadelphia.

Sister Marlene Smittle dies 78, was S.S.J. sister almost 60 years

The former Sister Joseph Virginia grew up in Northeast Philadelphia at St. Martin of Tours and would be a teacher in three dioceses, including Philadelphia.

Sister Alice Gleason, I.H.M., dies at 88

The former Sister Regina Cordium entered the Sisters, Servants, of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1950. She would go on to teach in Catholic schools and was development director at St. Hubert High School.

Sister Barbara Ann Lucas dies; was teacher, spiritual minister

A native of Philadelphia and St. Matthew Parish, the former Sister Eleanor Marie was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 58 years.

Franciscan Sister William Clare Platt dies at 91

A member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 71 years, she grew up in Media and earned her education degree at Villanova. She would teach in archdiocesan schools for 45 years.