Sister Janet Gottschalk, social justice advocate, dies at 91

Recalled as a "leader in public health around the world" since the 1970s, the Medical Mission sister represented her order at the U.N., published books and articles and taught nursing students at the southern border.

Sister Arleen Ann McNicholas dies at age 80

The Sister of St. Joseph, a native of the city's East Falls neighborhood and one of eight siblings, served for 63 years in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and in North Carolina.

Sister Sheila Ann Falls, S.S.J., dies at 83

The Philadelphia native was a Sister of St. Joseph for 65 years, serving in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and Allentown Diocese.

Serving in Lower Bucks Co. parishes, Deacon Adolfo Crespo dies at 75

The native of Puerto Rico and U.S. Army veteran served primarily in Our Lady of Fatima and St. Charles Borromeo parishes in Bensalem, and his family set roots in St. Mark Parish, Bristol. He and his wife Inocencia were married 51 years.

Peter Feledick, longtime staffer for Catholic Standard and Times, dies at 86

A graduate of Northeast Catholic High School and La Salle University, he worked in circulation fulfillment for the former archdiocesan newspaper and held teaching positions at La Salle College High School, Holy Family University and La Salle University.

Sister Alice Patrice McGinnis dies at 92

The sister of St. Joseph grew up in St. Michael Parish in Philadelphia, and attended its grade school and evening high school. She entered religious life in 1949 and served in four dioceses.

Sister Marie Lorraine Bruno, French scholar and teachers, dies

The I.H.M. sister, who died Dec. 29 at age 90, taught secondary and college students for most of her 69 years in religious life. She was a faculty member and leader at Immaculata University.

Sister Mary Lorraine Holzman dies at 73

An IHM sister for 55 years, the native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. served for many years in schools and parishes of the Allentown Diocese.

Sister Maureen McDermott, I.H.M., laid to rest

The longtime educator and leader in the Philadelphia Archdiocese died at age 65 in November, followed by a funeral liturgy celebrated by almost two dozen clergymen.

Sister Marie Elizabeth Alspaugh, S.S.J., dies at 86

A native of North Carolina, for she ministered for 65 years in the archdioceses of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Newark, and four other dioceses.