Obituaries

Former Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick dies at 56

The Levittown resident and Queen of the Universe parishioner, who is remembered for his integrity and dignity, died Jan. 6 of cancer. A viewing will be held Jan. 9, and the funeral Mass celebrated Jan. 10.

St. Joseph Sister Mary Kathryn Quinn dies at 95

In September 1942 the Bethlehem Catholic High School graduate entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Chestnut Hill. Formerly known as Sister Leonilla, she ministered throughout the Philadelphia region.

Former Nazareth Academy teacher, Sister Mary Irene, dies at 95

Sister Mary Irene Geisheimer, C.S.F.N. (formerly Sister Amata), spent most of her 50 years in education teaching German and English at Nazareth, run by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

Sister Beatrice Mary Keegan, S.S.J. dies at 89

A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph since her entrance into the order in 1947, the former Sister Joseph Beatrice ministered in the archdioceses of Philadelphia and Newark, and the Diocese of Trenton.

Sister Marie Natalie Sommer, S.S.J., dies at 88

The former Barbara Ann Grace Sommer, a grad of St. Athanasius Grade School and Little Flower High School in Philadelphia, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1950 and ministered in the Philadelphia region.

Sister Kathryn Miller dies at 98; was congregational leader

A professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 79 years, the former Sister Lillian Francis would go on to earn a bachelor's and master's in education after entering religious life in 1937.

Sister Mary Breen, 86, dies after 67 years in ministry

The Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, formerly Sister Patrick Mary, was born in County Cork, Ireland. She ministered primarily in food services and as a licensed practical nurse.

Sister Barbara Cossaboon, I.H.M., dies at 77

The Sister Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the religious name Sister Elizabeth Bertrand served for 54 years as a teacher and later as pastoral care minister at St. Martha Manor.

Sister Daniel O’Connor, an S.S.J. nun for 71 years, dies at 90

The former Margaret Mary O'Connor, a product of Transfiguration Parish and West Catholic Girls High School, was a Sister of St. Joseph serving in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and Baltimore, Camden and Trenton.

St. Joseph Sister Eileen Haggerty dies at 83

The former Sister James Naomi graduated from Little Flower High School and entered religious life in 1956, ministering in the Philadelphia Archdiocese plus Allentown and Camden.