Obituaries

Sister Cecile Marie, I.H.M., longtime Immaculata music professor, dies at 85

Sister Cecile Marie Phelan, I.H.M., formerly Maria Patricia Phelan, died Sept. 27 in Camilla Hall, Immaculata, in the 62nd year of her religious life. She was 85 years old.

Sister Mary Terentia, I.H.M., who served at St. Barnabas Parish, dies at 92

Sister Mary Terentia Corcoran, I.H.M., formerly Rita Ethel Corcoran, died Aug. 24 in Camilla Hall, Immaculata, in the 73rd year of her religious life. She was 92 years old.

Father McKelvey, a witty, humble priest devoted to IHM sisters, laid to rest

Father James P. McKelvey, 63, chaplain at Camilla Hall, the residence for retired Immaculate Heart Sisters in Immaculata, died suddenly on Oct. 8. Born in Phoenixville, the son of the late Raymond and Pearl (Hughes) McKelvey, he attended St. Mary of the Assumption School, Phoenixville; Bishop Kenrick High School, Norristown; Phoenixville High School and Gwynedd-Mercy […]

Deacon Coyle dies at 84; funeral rites at St. Kevin Church, Springfield

Deacon Joseph P. Coyle, a retired permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, Oct. 1. Deacon Coyle was born March 29, 1929, in Philadelphia. He attended Our Mother of Sorrows School, St. Rose of Lima School and St. Thomas More High School, Philadelphia. He also attended St. Joseph’s University. Deacon Coyle was ordained […]

Father Freeman, longtime Newman chaplain, dies at 65

Father John A. Freeman, 65, a former pastor of St. John Fisher Parish in Boothwyn and former Newman Center chaplain, died Sept. 21. He was Newman chaplain for Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges for 15 years. He also taught on the adjunct faculty of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was appointed pastor of St. John Fisher Parish in 2004 and retired for reasons of health in 2011.

Sister Mary De Angelis, former principal of St. Nicholas of Tolentine, dies at 92

Sister Mary De Angelis, 92, died Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Saint Joseph Hall, Villa Walsh, Morristown, N J. Viewing will be held Wednesday, September 25, 2013, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at St. Lucy Chapel, Villa Walsh, Morristown, New Jersey, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 4 p.m. by Rev. John Rossi, Director of Catholic Identity, at Paul VI High School in the Diocese of Camden. Interment will take place following the liturgy at Ave Maria Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Doyle Funeral Home, Morristown, N J.

Sister of St. Joseph Mary Theresa Vesey, immigrant from England, dies at 92

Sister Mary Theresa Vesey, S.S.J., died Aug. 27 and was buried at St. Joseph Villa Aug. 30. She was 92. Sister Mary was born in an English mining town, Wigan, which was unique in its totally Catholic population, and Mary was embraced by members of the entire town. Seeking employment, her family moved to America […]

Sister Mary Martin, S.H.C.J., longtime educator, dies at 86

Sister Mary Martin, who was a Sister of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ) for 60 years, died Sept. 5 at Holy Child Center in Rosemont. She was 86. Born in Philadelphia, Sister Mary was one of 14 children of Josephine (Monaghan) and Lewis Martin. In 1945, she graduated from West Philadelphia High School and five […]

Permanent Deacon Steven Santoleri, ordained one year early, dies at 55

Deacon R. Steven Santoleri, 55, in ministry at St. Cornelius Parish in Chadds Ford, died Sept. 13. He was ordained by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas on June 2, 2012, one year ahead of his scheduled ordination date because of his very grave diagnosed cancer. Bishop Thomas will also be celebrant and homilist at Deacon Santoleri's scheduled Sept. 17 funeral Mass.

Deacon Davaro of St. Dorothy’s, Drexel Hill, dies at 87

Deacon John J. Davaro, 87, a retired permanent deacon formerly assigned to St. Dorothy Parish, Drexel Hill, died Sept. 11. Deacon Davaro, who attended the former St. Agatha School in West Philadelphia, graduated from St. Thomas More High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following service he entered the American […]