Obituaries

Father James McLaughlin, former Navy chaplain, dies at age 70

The funeral Mass for Father James J. McLaughlin, a longtime teacher in archdiocesan high schools, will be celebrated Thursday, July 3 at Corpus Christi Church, Lansdale.

Sister Dorothy Epple dies at 86, was primarily a teacher

The Franciscan sister spent 30 years mostly in York Catholic High School plus schools in the Trenton Diocese and Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Sister Rose MacDermott, O.S.F., served in diverse ministries for 63 years

Born in Chestnut Hill, Franciscan Sister Rose earned two master's degrees and was a science teacher and spiritual director in ministries spanning four states.

Bernardine Franciscan sister dies at 77

Sister Rayangela Czarnota was a native of Chester who served for 56 years in the Franciscan religious order, mostly as an educator.

Father Gallen, long-time Air Force chaplain and pastor, dies at 94

Ordained a priest for only five years, Father Franci­s H. Gallen began service in the U.S. Air Force in 1952, from the Korean War to Vietnam, until 1980. He later was pastor of St. Augustine Parish, Bridgeport.

Father Feeney, classical language professor at seminary, dies at 94

Father Thomas Feeney served mostly as a teacher of Latin and Greek at Roman Catholic High School and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary during his long priestly ministry.

Father Vincent Welsh, pastor of West Chester parish, dies at 50

The pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish and native of East Norriton was buried on the same date as his ordination 25 years ago.

Franciscan sister dies two months shy of 100

Sister Joella Matt, a sister for 80 years, worked in a Catholic hospital in Reading for 55 years and at the former St. Mary’s Hospital in Philadelphia for 22 years until retiring 13 years ago.

Jesuit priest with ties to Phila. dies at 63

A graduate of Cardinal O'Hara High School, Father John Rock, S.J., earned numerous advanced degrees before serving faithfully at a Dominican sisters' motherhouse in Tennessee. He died May 4 after serving 26 years as a priest and 35 as a Jesuit.

Sister Mary Bentz taught for 40 years in Philadelphia, Allentown schools

The Immaculate Heart sister from West Reading died April 28 at age 86.