Obituaries

St. Benedict’s well-loved Deacon Walker dies at 85

Deacon James T. Walker, 85, a retired permanent deacon formerly assigned to St. Benedict Parish in Philadelphia, died Sept. 18. Born in Detroit, Michigan Oct. 7, 1926, he served in the United States Army during World War II, and it was during this period he met his future wife, Bernice Washington. After his military service […]

Powerful preacher, devoted Deacon Champagne dies at 83

Deacon , 83, a retired permanent deacon previously assigned to Our Lady of Hope (formerly Holy Child) Parish, Philadelphia, died Sept. 9. Born Baptist, he was brought to the Catholic faith through the example of his future wife Lenora Robinson. He was actually received into the Church while serving in the U.S. Army and they […]

Permanent deacon and Polish WWII veteran dies at 89

Retired Permanent Deacon Boleslaw S. Wojewadka, who served in St. Hedwig and St. Katharine Drexel Parishes in Chester and Sacred Heart Parish in Clifton Heights, died Sept. 8. Deacon Wojewadka was born May 14, 1923 near Tarnopol, which was then part of Poland. He was taken from his home by the Russians in 1940 near […]

Sister Regina Gertrude Reaney, I.H.M.

Sister Regina Gertrude, I.H.M., formerly Jane Marie Reaney, died in Paoli Hospital Aug. 27 in the 59th  year of her religious life. She was 87. Born in Philadelphia, Sister Regina Gertrude entered the congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1953 from Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Philadelphia and professed […]

‘Humble, faith-filled’ Deacon Kruckenberger, of Hatboro parish, dies

Deacon William F. Kruckenberger, 75, a permanent deacon formerly assigned to St. John Bosco Parish in Hatboro, died Aug. 27. Born in Philadelphia, the son of the late William and Katharine (Blum) Kruckenberger, he was married to the former Kathleen Cooper for 54 years. Originally from St. Bernard Parish in Philadelphia, he was a graduate […]

Sister Mary Pasquilina Scannapieco, I.H.M.

Sister Mary Pasquilina Scannapieco, I.H.M., formerly Maria Rose Scannapieco, died in Camilla Hall Nursing Home Aug. 20. She was 93 and in the 75th year of her religious life. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Transfiguration Parish in Philadelphia July 5, 1937 and professed first vows […]

Sister Dorothy Regina Tumulty, I.H.M.

Sister Dorothy Regina Tumulty, I.H.M., formerly Marie Rita Tumulty, died in Camilla Hall Nursing Home on July 28, 2012. She was 81. Sister Dorothy Regina graduated from J.W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School in 1948. She entered the the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from St. Edmond Parish Feb. 2, 1949 and […]

In Loving Memory of William J and Marguerite T. Reilly

2/8/61 and 8/8/61 You live forever in our hearts. Masses at Our Mother of Sorrows Your loving family.

John J. Madison

Feb. 29, 1916 - Aug. 15, 1987 On the 25th anniversary of his entrance into eternity on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the life and memory of John J. Madison is lovingly recalled with the utmost gratitude to Almighty God! His life was one of intimate union with the Passion of Christ through his devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Faithfully living his vocation as a husband and father, John loved his wife ANNE with "a love without measure" and was devoted to his children, JOHN, BARRY, DENNIS, KEVIN, MARIE THERESE, and CHRISTOPHER! He was an authentic Catholic gentleman, despite his human weakness, and he genuinely loved Christ and His Church. The lives of all who knew him were enriched and the world is a better place because of him! We shall never see his like again. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. Let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace! Lovingly missed by his 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren as well.

Franciscan priest, Philadelphia native, dies at 76 in N.J.

Father Thomas E. Kelly, O.F.M., 76, a professed Franciscan friar for 56 years and a priest for 50 years, died Aug. 6 at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J. Born Dec. 12, 1935 in Philadelphia, he was the son of Thomas and Pauline (nee Walheim) Kelly. He attended St. Matthew School and Northeast Catholic High School, both in Philadelphia, then enrolled at St. Joseph Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., where he studied from 1953 to 1955. More ...