Obituaries

I.H.M. sister, 96, dies in 73rd year of religious life

Sister Margaret Elizabeth Jones entered the congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1944 from St. Teresa Parish, Philadelphia. She served as a teacher and librarian.

Immaculate Heart of Mary sister dies at age 97

Sister Mary Damien O’Donnell, I.H.M., entered religious life from Seven Dolors Parish in Wyndmoor in 1941. She taught various grades and music in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Nurse, children’s advocate, religious dies at age 70

Sister Marie Ann Poland entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in 1997 at age 50, professing final vows in 2004. The Philadelphia native had a varied career in pediatric nursing before entering religious life.

Sister Helena Joseph Balbach, O.S.F., dies at age 95

Of her 73 years in ministry, the Franciscan sister served for 51 years in Wilmington, Delaware, as well as in other cities, both as teacher and principal.  

Franciscan Sister Ellen Mary Meskill of County Cork, Ireland, dies at 84

Among her varied assignments in pastoral ministry and education, Sister Ellen Mary served for 22 years in the Archdiocese of Portland and 20 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Sister Anne Fidelis Tumelty dies, served 65 years in religious life

The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary served in elementary schools and taught religious education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and four other dioceses.

Sister Rita Devine, South Philadelphia native, dies at 74

The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary taught in schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, was a DRE and served at Daylesford Abbey Spirituality Center, Paoli.

Father James McVeigh , friend to many priests, dies at 70

The retired pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Collingdale believed strongly in the value of priestly fraternity. He had no envy, only pride, in the achievements of other priests, said his friends.

Father Charles Smith, longtime teacher, quiet in charity, dies at 80

A native of the Olney section of Philadelphia, he taught for 16 years at Cardinal Dougherty High School in the neighborhood and served there as a priest with great love for St. Helena and St. Martin of Tours parishes.

Notre Dame great Parseghian a supporter of school’s Catholic faith

Though not a Catholic himself, legendary University of Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian had a notable respect for the school's Catholic faith as well as the Fighting Irish's gridiron tradition.