Sister Eugenie Madeleine Gaddi, S.S.J.

Sister Eugenie Madeleine Gaddi, S.S.J.

Sister Eugenie Madeleine Gaddi, S.S.J., age 89, died April 11 in the 72nd year of her religious life.

Born in 1926 in Washington D.C., she was the daughter of Dario Gaddi and Madeleine Abell. She attended Holy Comforter Grade School and Notre Dame Academy High School in Washington, D.C. before entering the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill in 1944. She professed final vows in 1952.

Sister Eugenie graduated with an A.B. from Chestnut Hill College and an M.A. from St. Louis University.

She taught at Holy Child and St. Bernard Grade Schools in Philadelphia and at Archbishop Prendergast and Archbishop Ryan high schools. She also ministered at Chestnut Hill College.


She was area delegate (regional superior) and elected to a leadership position as councilor for the congregation. She served as secretary for the S.S.J. Development Office and then as Secretary General for the Superior General.

In 2002 she began as a volunteer at Epiphany Convent in Plymouth Meeting until 2011 when she became a resident in St. Joseph Villa in Flourtown until her death.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated April 18 at St. Joseph Villa.

A sister of the late Teresa Rankin, Ralph Gaddi and Emilio Gaddi, Sister Eugenie is survived by members of her congregation and nieces and nephews including Denise Merkel, Ruth Burke, Vincent Burke, Daniel Burke, Ray Burke, Joseph Gaddi and Steven Gaddi, as well as 11 grandnieces and grandnephews and four great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.