Obituaries

Professor, administrator Sister Mary Catherine Gurley dies

The Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia was a professor of education at several colleges for many years and administrative vice president of Neumann University for nine years.

Father Ronald Ferrier dies; was Cardinal Dougherty teacher for 4 decades

A native of Conshohocken who was ordained a priest in 1968, he would go on to teach Latin and physical science at the former archdiocesan high school in Philadelphia. He is fondly remembered by colleagues.

IHM Sister Louise Goeller dies; was teacher, contemplative

The native of Philadelphia taught in schools in the Philadelphia area and for two stints in Chile and Peru. She also spent several years in a Trappist women's congregation before returning to the IHM sisters. She was 88.

Deacon William Iacobellis, Catholic radio host, dies at 72

Ordained in 2004, the deacon served at St. Vincent De Paul Parish in Richboro, was a regional manager for automobile dealerships and was a host on Holy Spirit Radio, Doylestown.

Permanent Deacon Ernest D’Angelo dies; was Vietnam vet, mason

Ordained a deacon in 1995, he was assigned to St. John the Baptist Parish in Ottsville where he remained until the end of 2019 in retirement.

Deacon Michael Kolakowski dies at age 67

The deacon was a retired principal from the School District of Philadelphia who served at St. Albert the Great Parish, Huntingdon Valley after his 2009 ordination.

Sister Marie St. James Nulty, longtime principal, dies at 89

The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary led six Catholic elementary schools and taught or served at others during her 65 years of active ministry.

Sister Suzanne Snyder, minister to the marginalized, dies at 84

A Sister of the Holy Child Jesus for 64 years, she served in prison ministry in Los Angeles and at-risk children in San Diego, plus assignments in California and Oregon.

Sister Lorraine DeViller, S.H.C.J., dies at 92

The Sister of the Holy Child Jesus was educated at Villanova University and taught at St. James School and St. Edward School in Philadelphia plus several other states.

Sister Helen Schwarz, Catholic schools leader, dies at 92

The Sister of the Holy Child Jesus was a West Philadelphia native who taught mostly on the West Coast. She led secondary schools for the Los Angeles Archdiocese for 18 years.