Obituaries

Artist, educator Sister Margaret Naab dies at age 96

The sister of the Holy Child Jesus for 75 years, known as Mother Mary Alacoque, shared her love for art widely in the Philadelphia area and became the first woman to teach at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

IHM Sister Agnes Frances Slater, 92, dies at Camilla Hall

After entering the sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1947 from Incarnation Parish in Philadelphia, she would serve 73 years mostly as a grade school teacher and in hospital ministry.

Sister Antoinette Marie Cocco, R.S.M., dies at 89

The funeral Mass for the sister of Mercy, the former Patricia Teresa Cocco, was celebrated March 28 in the Chapel at the Convent of Mercy.

Maryknoll sister, 98, dies after long ministry in health care

After earning her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1947, Sister Vivian Votruba interned in Philadelphia then served more than 70 years in South America, Africa, the U.S. South and Albania.

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.