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Msgr. John Busco, pastor emeritus of Holy Saviour Parish, dies at 97

Msgr. John J. Busco, 97, pastor emeritus of Holy Saviour Parish in Norristown, died Nov. 8. He served his entire priestly career in Italian personal parishes and was also a former pastor at St. Mary of the Eternal Parish in Philadelphia and St. Donato Parish in Philadelphia. Born in Newfield, N.J., the son of the […]

Bil Keane, Northeast Catholic grad and Family Circus creator, dies at 89

Born William Aloysius Keane, he started cartooning at St. William School and honed his skills at Northeast Catholic High School, where he graduated in 1940. He never forgot his roots; for many years one might notice the familiar red and white NC pennant hanging in the children’s bedroom in the strip. “I hate to tell […]

Redemptorist Father Joseph Oppitz

Redemptorist author, missionary, pastor and professor, who survived the sinking of the Andrea Doria, Father Joseph William Oppitz, C.S.S.R., died Oct. 6 under the care of his religious community in the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, Md. Father Oppitz was born Aug. 12, 1926 in Baltimore, Maryland. He professed his first […]

Sister Eleanor Therese Day, S.S.J.

Sister of St. Joseph Eleanor Therese Day, formerly Marie Angela Day, died Sept. 27. She was 81. She was born in Philadelphia and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Holy Child Parish Sept. 10, 1947. She served in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia and Newark, N.J., and the Dioceses of Allentown, Arlington, Va., and Camden, […]

Sister Rita D. Cody, I.H.M.

Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Rita D. Cody, formerly Sister Patrick Marita, died Sept. 20 in Camilla Hall, Immaculata. She was 78. Born in Darby, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1953 from Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Darby. She professed her first […]

Sister Miriam Margaret Mathews

Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Miriam Margaret, formerly Anastasia Mathews, died Sept. 19 in Aria Health-Torresdale Hospital. She was 82. Born in Reading, Pa., she entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1947 from St. Joseph Parish in Reading. She professed her first vows in […]

Sister Ann Edgar Hess, S.S.J.

Sister of St. Joseph Ann Edgar Hess, formerly Mary Dorothy Hess, died Sept. 12. She was 69. She was born in Bayonne, N.J., and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Andrew Parish in Bayonne Sept. 8, 1959. She served in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia, Newark, N.J. and Baltimore, Md. She was predeceased by […]

Sister Joan Riethmiller, S.S.J.

Sister of St. Joseph Joan Riethmiller, formerly Sister Richard Christi, died Sept. 11. She was 70. She was born in Philadelphia, and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. James Parish in Elkins Park. She served in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia and Camden, N.J. A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 16 at St. Joseph […]

Sister M. Imelda Doyle, S.B.S.

Sister of the Blessed Sacrament M. Imelda Doyle died Sep. 10, at Aria Hospital in Philadelphia. She was born Margaret in Tarbert, County Kerry, Ireland, Jan. 18, 1918. She came to St. Elizabeth Convent, Bensalem, Pa., as an apostoline Sept. 9 1935 and was accepted as a postulant Sept. 3, 1938. Later she was accepted […]

Sister Theresa Hopkins, I.H.M.

Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Theresa Hopkins, formerly Sister Mary Fidelia, died Sept. 10 in Camilla Hall in Immaculata. She was 79. She was born in Philadelphia and entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1953 from St. Rose of Lima Parish in Philadelphia and […]