Obituaries

Sister Anne Bernadette La Hart, S.S.J., dies at 87

The sister of the late Msgr. Richard LaHart and two other siblings from West Philadelphia ministered for 68 years in the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Trenton dioceses.

West Philly native Sister Mary Jane Darrah dies at 82

The Sister of St. Joseph reflected her upbringing in her former religious name, Sister Mary of the Good Shepherd -- she was a grad of Good Shepherd School and West Catholic High before entering the convent in 1956.

Health care minister, Franciscan Sister Joan Tobin dies

The former Sister Joseph Christi, 85, was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 52 years. She served in health care as a nurse, family counselor and chaplain.

Sister Anita Daniel, S.S.J., dies at 82

Formerly Elizabeth Christine McLaughlin, she attended St. Edmond School and John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School before entering the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1955, serving all of her ministry in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Sister Margaret Gavaghan, S.S.J., dies at 81

The former Sister Ann Joachim, a graduate of Ascension School and Little Flower High School in Philadelphia, was a Sister of St. Joseph for 62 years serving in four dioceses in the region.

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.