Obituaries

Msgr. John O’Brien, longtime inner city pastor, dies at 89

Ordained a priest for the Philadelphia Archdiocese in 1961, the Norristown native ministered mostly in North Philadelphia parishes. He was pastor of St. Raymond Parish, where his funeral will be celebrated June 18.

Franciscan Sister Anna Ahern dies at 91

Formerly Sister William Anne, O.S.F., she was a native of Ireland who entered religious life in 1950. In her 72 years as a sister, she ministered for 44 years in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Sister Kathleen Leary, writer and editor for CS&T, dies at 88

After teaching for decades, in 1985 she began a ministry writing hundreds of stories on local Catholics for The Catholic Standard and Times over 11 years. A native of Chester, she was a Sister of St. Joseph for 71 years.

Judith Ann Baehr, former CS&T journalist, dies at 76

The native of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Southwest Philadelphia lived a full life in education, journalism, linguistics and music, and worked at the archdiocesan newspaper and the Child Nutrition Program.

Permanent Deacon Frank Bizal dies at 92

After serving in the Korean War as a paratrooper, he worked in several states during a 33-year career as a mechanical engineer and relocated to Pennsylvania, where he was ordained a deacon in 1990 serving at SS. Philip and James Parish, Exton.

Sister Mary King, after 61 years of school ministry, dies at 88

The Sister Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, formerly Sister Mary Kevin, I.H.M., was raised in Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Philadelphia and entered religious life after graduation in 1952. She served in many schools as an educator.

Music teacher, caregiver Sister Barbara Bamberger dies

The longtime I.H.M. sister, educator and staffer at Camilla Hall died there at age 82 in the 62nd year of her religious life as a Sister Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Rita Baldwin of Philadelphia dies at 89

Originally from South Philadelphia and later Tacony, she and her husband Lou Baldwin raised nine children. After they were grown she indulged in a love for travel, teaching the Catholic faith and avidly following the Phillies.

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.