Obituaries

Sister Catherine Georgine Portner, longtime teacher, dies at 99

The Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, a native of Mahanoy City, Pa., was a teacher or principal at Catholic schools in four dioceses for most of her 81 years in religious life.

Deacon Charles Pavonarius of St. Jerome Parish dies at 80

A Philadelphia native, graduate of Northeast Catholic High School and U.S. Army veteran, "Deacon Charlie" was ordained in 1992. He is remembered for his humility, prayer and ministry -- with his wife by his side.

Sister Monica Mikutel, 102, dies in the 85th year of religious life

The Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth entered the congregation in 1933. She served 62 years as a nurse at Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia, and earned her bachelor's in nursing in 1958 at Villanova.

Sister Elizabeth Ledger dies at 90; taught in three dioceses

After attending St. Francis of Assisi Grade School in Norristown and West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1952 with the name Sister M. Helen Anita.

Sister of St. Joseph dies in 68th year of religious life

Sister Regina Brown, S.S.J., died at age 86. A graduate of Nativity School in Port Richmond and Little Flower High School, she went on to teach in schools in Philadelphia and Camden.

SNAP founder and longtime president Blaine dies at 61

Barbara Blaine, who founded the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests and served as its president until last February, died Sept. 24 in St. George, Utah.

Renowned investigator of Marian apparitions dies at 99

Msgr. Rene Laurentin had published more than 160 books and 1,000 articles about Mariology, including the "Dictionary of the 'Apparitions' of the Virgin Mary."

Holy Family Sister Eileen Drummy, 69, dies in 42nd year of ministry

The Philadelphia native entered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in September 1975 and professed her final vows in January 1985. She served primarily in health care at Nazareth Hospital.

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.