Father Romano, pastor of Coatesville parish, dies at 84

Father Harry A. Romano, 84, pastor emeritus of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Coatesville, died Oct. 1. Born in Philadelphia, the son of the late Ignazio and the late Rose (DiTollo) Romano, he attended Thomas J. Powers School, Jones Junior High School and Northeast Public High School before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. […]

Sister Catherine Shean, M.M.S.

Sister Catherine Shean, M.M.S., a Medical Mission Sister who lived at St. Joseph’s Manor in Philadelphia, died Oct. 1 in Philadelphia. She was 97 years old. After receiving her diploma as a registered nurse from St. Vincent’s Hospital inNew Yorkin 1937, Sister Catherine worked as a nurse at several health facilities before entering the Medical […]

Sister Rita Tassinari, M.P.F.

Sister Rita Tassinari, M.P.F., 70, died Sept. 25 at the St. Joseph Hall Infirmary, Morristown, N.J. Born in Somerville, Mass., Sister Rita entered the Religious Teachers Filippini on July 14, 1951, and made her religious profession Aug. 27, 1961. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Seton Hall University, South Orange, […]

Sister Margaret Mary Ryan, S.B.S.

Sister Margaret Mary Ryan, S.B.S., who was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1921, died Sept. 9 in her 92nd year and 71st year of her religious profession at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in Bensalem. Her first teaching assignment was at Holy Providence School in Bensalem. From there her assignments […]

Sister Regina Clare Donahue, I.H.M.

Sister Regina Clare Donahue, I.H.M., formerly Mary C. Donahue, died in Camilla Hall Sept. 16 less than a month after celebrating her 103rd birthday. She was the oldest living member of the congregation and in the 76th year of her religious life. Born in Bethlehem, Sister Regina Clare entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate […]

St. Benedict’s well-loved Deacon Walker dies at 85

Deacon James T. Walker, 85, a retired permanent deacon formerly assigned to St. Benedict Parish in Philadelphia, died Sept. 18. Born in Detroit, Michigan Oct. 7, 1926, he served in the United States Army during World War II, and it was during this period he met his future wife, Bernice Washington. After his military service […]

Powerful preacher, devoted Deacon Champagne dies at 83

Deacon , 83, a retired permanent deacon previously assigned to Our Lady of Hope (formerly Holy Child) Parish, Philadelphia, died Sept. 9. Born Baptist, he was brought to the Catholic faith through the example of his future wife Lenora Robinson. He was actually received into the Church while serving in the U.S. Army and they […]

Permanent deacon and Polish WWII veteran dies at 89

Retired Permanent Deacon Boleslaw S. Wojewadka, who served in St. Hedwig and St. Katharine Drexel Parishes in Chester and Sacred Heart Parish in Clifton Heights, died Sept. 8. Deacon Wojewadka was born May 14, 1923 near Tarnopol, which was then part of Poland. He was taken from his home by the Russians in 1940 near […]

Sister Regina Gertrude Reaney, I.H.M.

Sister Regina Gertrude, I.H.M., formerly Jane Marie Reaney, died in Paoli Hospital Aug. 27 in the 59th  year of her religious life. She was 87. Born in Philadelphia, Sister Regina Gertrude entered the congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1953 from Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Philadelphia and professed […]

‘Humble, faith-filled’ Deacon Kruckenberger, of Hatboro parish, dies

Deacon William F. Kruckenberger, 75, a permanent deacon formerly assigned to St. John Bosco Parish in Hatboro, died Aug. 27. Born in Philadelphia, the son of the late William and Katharine (Blum) Kruckenberger, he was married to the former Kathleen Cooper for 54 years. Originally from St. Bernard Parish in Philadelphia, he was a graduate […]