Obituaries

Sister M. Dolores Kraemer, I.H.M. dies at age 90

After entering the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1949 and taking the name Sister Michael Dolores, she spent 72 years in the congregation, all in teaching ministry.

Sister Kathleen Theresa Maguire, I.H.M. dies at 82

The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died in the 65th year of her religious life. She taught in many schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and was pastoral minister in parishes and health care facilities.

Sister Frances Antoinette Engler dies at age 80

The former Rosemary Frances Engler entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1959 and would go on to serve at Archbishop Ryan High School.

Sister Joseph Marion, I.H.M. dies; was longtime teacher

The former Mary Ann Gallagher of St. Matthew Parish, Philadelphia entered the I.H.M. sisters in 1945 and would go on to teach in Catholic elementary and high schools for 64 years before her retirement. She was 94.

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president, dies; Catholic faith shaped his career

Born into a family of coal miners in Pennsylvania, Trumka worked in the mines himself, but went to college and law school and became the nation's top labor leader. He died at 72 of a heart attack.

Brother James Gavin, beloved Franciscan friar, dies at 89

The Capuchin Franciscan was born to a large family in Ireland and eventually made his way to Pennsylvania and, through religious life, a 20-year assignment at St. John the Evangelist Parish in center city Philadelphia where he was humble but not meek.

Sister Mary Heenan, ministering in Phila. region, dies at 79

A sister of St. Joseph since 1960 and formerly known as Sister Joseph Constance, the native of Atlantic City served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Trenton. Funeral services will be livestreamed Aug. 5.

Native of Ireland who ministered in southern U.S. dies at 78

Sister Elizabeth Patricia Murphy, a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 59 years, was originally from County Cork, Ireland. She was a leader in education and honored for her work of 34 years in the Orlando Diocese.

Sister Janice Marie Yust, longtime nurse, dies at age 69

Since the 1990s Sister Janice had lovingly embraced her hospice/home health ministry for Holy Redeemer Hospital in Philadelphia. As a Missionary Sister of the Most Sacred of Jesus, she served as a nurse in Catholic hospitals since 1973.

Sister Mary Elizabeth Schmidt, I.H.M., dies at 82

The former Sister Margaret Joann, who was raised in Lancaster, served mostly in Catholic education for her 64 years in the I.H.M. congregation.