Obituaries

Sister Barbara Ann Beck, spiritual director, dies at 83

A professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, she served extensively throughout the Camden and Allentown Dioceses, as well as in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Sister Margery Lowry, ministry co-founder, dies at 79

A member of the Sisters of Mercy, she helped establish Mercy Neighborhood Ministries to expand educational opportunities for children in North Philadelphia.

Father Wilfred Maloney, longtime pastor and educator, dies at age 92

The Allentown native was pastor emeritus of St. Alphonsus Parish in Maple Glen and a former faculty member at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Chestnut Hill College and several Catholic high schools.

Sister Eleanor Mary Bringenberg dies at 91

The Sister of St. Joseph ministered in the Dioceses of Allentown and Harrisburg, and in the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Sister Ann Coyle, longtime educator, dies at 90

The Sister Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, formerly Sister Philip Marie, I.H.M., was raised in St. Edmond Parish in Philadelphia and entered religious life after graduation in 1952. She earned a Master's degree in economics, and served in numerous schools as an educator.

Deacon James Kane of St. Francis Parish dies at 92

After service in the U.S. Army in the 1940s, Deacon Kane started an accounting and insurance business, and with his wife raised their family in Springfield, Delaware County. He was ordained a permanent deacon in 1991.

Sister Catherine Roche, Philadelphia native, dies at 97

The former Sister John Anita grew up in North Philadelphia and after attending John W. Hallahan High School, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph. She ministered in four dioceses, including the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

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.

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.

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.