Obituaries

Sister Alice Patrice McGinnis dies at 92

The sister of St. Joseph grew up in St. Michael Parish in Philadelphia, and attended its grade school and evening high school. She entered religious life in 1949 and served in four dioceses.

Sister Marie Lorraine Bruno, French scholar and teachers, dies

The I.H.M. sister, who died Dec. 29 at age 90, taught secondary and college students for most of her 69 years in religious life. She was a faculty member and leader at Immaculata University.

Sister Mary Lorraine Holzman dies at 73

An IHM sister for 55 years, the native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. served for many years in schools and parishes of the Allentown Diocese.

Sister Maureen McDermott, I.H.M., laid to rest

The longtime educator and leader in the Philadelphia Archdiocese died at age 65 in November, followed by a funeral liturgy celebrated by almost two dozen clergymen.

Sister Marie Elizabeth Alspaugh, S.S.J., dies at 86

A native of North Carolina, for she ministered for 65 years in the archdioceses of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Newark, and four other dioceses.

Father Ferdinand Buccafurni, who served Italian parishes, dies

A native of Calabria, Italy who moved to the U.S. in 1940, the archdiocesan priest ministered actively for 55 years, including as pastor of the former St. Donato Parish. He was 91.

Father William Donnelly dies; was teacher, pastor of St. Alice Parish

Ordained in 1964, the archdiocesan priest taught at Bishop McDevitt and Cardinal Dougherty high schools and served at several parishes, including in Upper Darby.

Atonement Father Carter dies at 91; was longtime leader in Brooklyn

The Black priest had initially been turned away from seminaries because of his race. He professed first vows as a Franciscan in 1950 but was not ordained until 1975.

Diligent pro-lifer, Sandy Slater, dies

President of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition at the time of her death on Dec. 12, Ms. Slater's funeral Mass will be Monday, Dec. 20 at Isidore Church, Quakertown.

Sister Mary Elizabeth Gebhart, S.S.J., dies at 91

Formerly known as Sister Laurena, the Sister of St. Joseph entered the congregation in 1947 and would serve in the archdioceses of Philadelphia and Washington, and her native Diocese of Harrisburg.