Obituaries

Msgr. Charles McGroarty, former St. Matthew’s pastor, dies

The former pastor of one of Northeast Philadelphia's largest parishes was also director of the archdiocesan Family Life Office and began the annual wedding anniversary Masses. He was 86.

Father Laurence Gleason, active in health ministry, dies at 67

The Norristown native attended Visitation School and Bishop Kenrick High School before earning degrees in voice, and performing in operas before discovering his vocation to priesthood.

Deacon Francis Burke of St. Bernadette Parish dies at 80

A business manager at several parishes who was ordained a permanent deacon in 1999, Deacon Burke is remembered fondly: "Most people ... would describe him as a saint," said a fellow deacon.

Father John Farry, who led St. Leo Parish, dies at 79

The pastor emeritus of the former parish in Philadelphia's Tacony section, Father Farry is remembered for his ability to make people laugh, for his generosity and for his love of the priesthood.

Mary Higgins Clark had enduring bond with worldwide readership

The best-selling author and faithful parishioner known as the "queen of suspense" to her millions of readers, died of natural causes in Naples, Florida, Jan. 31. She was 92.

Sister Mary Elizabeth Cawley, I.H.M., dies at 90

After entering the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1947 and taking the religious name Sister Marita Denise, she taught French since 1953 in Catholic schools including in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Sister dies at 100; served 73 years in archdiocese

Franciscan Sister James Frances McGlashen served almost all of her 76 years of religious life in schools and hospitals of the Philadelphia Archdiocese. She was laid to rest in Aston on Jan. 15.

In ministry for 75 years, Sister Kathleen Mary Smith, I.H.M. dies

The St. Joan of Arc parishioner took the religious name Sister Irene Joseph when she entered the I.H.M. sisters on Aug. 16, 1945, serving in schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese until 2004.

Sister Dana Elise McCambley, S.S.J., dies at 79

The Hallahan High School grad, formerly Sister Charles Andrew of the Sisters of St. Joseph, will be laid to rest at services Friday, Dec. 10 at St. Joseph Villa in Flourtown.

St. Joseph Sister Rose Amata O’Donnell dies at 96

The Philadelphia native and Little Flower High School grad entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Chestnut Hill, in 1942 and ministered primarily in the Philadelphia region.