Obituaries

Edmund F. Armstrong

Edmund F. Armstrong, age 98, of Malvern, formerly of Philadelphia, died June 11. He was the husband of the late Josephine (nee Meade), father of Sister Ave Armstrong, S.S.J., and Mary (Michael) Lucks, and grandfather of Geoffrey and the late Jonathan Lucks. A funeral Mass was celebrated June 15 at St. Norbert Church in Paoli. […]

Catherine W. Andries

Catherine W. Andries of Plymouth Meeting died May 4 at 102 years of age. Born Oct. 17, 1909 to the late Thomas and Mary (nee Brophy) Woods, Andries graduated from Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in 1931. She served as a registered nurse at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital from the time it opened in 1933 until […]

Obituaries for June

Sister Rita Francis Fiefhaus, O.S.F. Sister Rita Francis Fiefhaus, O.S.F., 94, died May 25 in Assisi House. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 71 years. Sister Rita Francis was born Mary Isabel Fiefhaus in Philadelphia, where she was a member of St. Bonaventure Parish. She entered […]

Deacon William Shire Jr. dies at 70

Deacon William F. Shire Jr. was a permanent deacon at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Levittown since he was ordained May 31, 2008 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. “Bill Shire is someone everybody referred to as just a good man,” said Father Michael C. DiIorio, pastor of St. Michael the […]

Father Jerome Pohl, active in ministry to Polish community, dies at 79

St. Joseph Church in Oborniki, Poland, was standing room only for the Jan. 13 funeral of Father Jerome Pohl, who died Jan. 9 in Philadelphia. School students, young adults and numerous orders of nuns and priests filled the pews and aisles in tribute to a priest whose whole life was devoted to God and to […]

Father Santo R. Garzarelli dies

Father Santo R. Garzarelli, a retired priest and resident of St. Francis Country House in Darby, died on Thursday, Jan. 19. Father Garzarelli was ordained for the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) in 1961, and was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1975. He served in Hong Kong, India, and New Guinea, and […]

Sister Francis Paula Bader, O.S.F.

Sister Francis Paula Bader, O.S.F., formerly Helen Margaret Bader, died Jan. 2 at Assisi House in Aston. She was 94, and  a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 76 years. Sister Francis Paula was born in Baltimore, Md., where she was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. […]

Sister Elizabeth Ann Rafferty, S.B.S.

Sister Elizabeth Ann Rafferty, S.B.S., died Jan. 2 at St. Michael Hall in Bensalem. She was born in Baltimore, Md., on June 5, 1938, and became a postulant for the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1956. In 1957 she was accepted as a novice and was given the name Sister Mary Dismas. She made […]

Sister Margaret Fennel, S.B.S.

Sister Margaret Fennell, S.B.S., died Jan. 9 at St. Michael Hall, Bensalem. She was born in County Clare, Ireland, Sept. 3, 1919. She went to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1935 as an apostoline, along with several other young Irish women. She was accepted at a postulant in 1937, and in 1938 became […]

Father Anselm Martin, O.F.M. Cap., dies at 93

Father Anselm Martin, OFM Cap., died Jan, 11 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 93. Born to Philip and Eleanora (Melchior) Martin in 1919, he was given the name George and baptized at St. Augustine Church in (Lawrenceville) Pittsburgh, Pa. He was admitted to St. Fidelis High School Seminary in Herman, Pa., […]