In Loving Remembrance

To remember is to celebrate. We remember with love each of these women, our sisters and friends, who died during the past year. We celebrate their lives and the example that they offered to the Sisters of Saint Joseph, their families, their friends, the church and the world.

These women embraced the call to “Let your life be a continuous act of love.” (Maxims of the Little Institute). They lived lives of faithfulness and commitment while they were with us, and we depend upon them now to continue to pray on our behalf.

May they rest in the arms of the loving God they so faithfully served!


In Loving Remembrance Posts


Sister Charles Teresa Cunningham

Posted on: August 14th, 2015
August 2, 2015

             August 2, 2015

Sister Charles Teresa Cunningham died at St. Joseph's Villa on August 2, 2015. Margaret Ann Cunningham was born on February 26, 1917. One of four children, Margaret received her education at Holy Infancy Parish and Bethlehem Catholic High School. Both of these schools were staffed by the … Read More >


Sister Francis Dolores Meyers

Posted on: July 9th, 2015
June 9, 2015

               June 9, 2015

Sister Francis Dolores Meyers, baptized Julia,  was the seventh of thirteen children born to Francis and Sarah Meyers in Conshohocken on January 19, 1919. She was baptized in St. Matthew Church and attended the parish elementary school and St. Matthew High School.

She had great admiration and … Read More >


Sister Marion Aherne

Posted on: June 23rd, 2015

June 13, 2015

Sister Marion Aherne died on June 13, 2015, and was buried at Saint Joseph Villa on June 18, 2015. Marion was born in Philadelphia on March 23, 1921. She was welcomed into her faith-filled family, and her siblings felt compelled to teach her how to read before … Read More >


Sister Gerald Vincent McDevitt

Posted on: June 12th, 2015

               May 27, 2015

Sister Gerald Vincent McDevitt, a Sister of Saint Joseph for 68 years entered eternal life at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown on May 27, 2015. Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Villa on June 1.

Born to Helen and Hugh McDevitt, the young Eileen lived … Read More >


Sister Beatrice DeSantis

Posted on: June 12th, 2015

               April 6, 2015

“The glory of God is man (woman) truly alive.” It is easy to hear these words of St. Irenaes and think of Sister Bess DeSantis. She was filled with and overflowed with a zest for life.   Her love for life flowed to and from those she loved: … Read More >


Sister Mary Ferraer

Posted on: May 29th, 2015
April 19, 2015

                  April 19, 2015

Sister Mary Ferraer, the second child of John and Elizabeth Ferraer , was born on August 26, 1941 and died on April 19, 2015. She was baptized in Saint Joseph the Carpenter Church in Roselle, NJ.

She began her relationship with the Sisters of Saint Joseph in … Read More >


Sister Leander Poysden

Posted on: May 28th, 2015

              May 17, 2015

Sister Leander Poysden died on May 17, 2015, and was buried at Saint Joseph Villa on May 22, 2015. Sister's life was anchored by four tenets: God, family, community, and friends. She called these her "great loves." Born into a closely knit family, her parents dedicated their … Read More >


Sister Cecile Anne Reiley

Posted on: May 5th, 2015
April 24, 2015

                April 24, 2015

Sister Cecile Anne Reiley, known earlier in religious life as Sister Anna Patricia, became a resident of Saint Joseph Villa in December of 2011. Working daily in her ministry at Saint Malachy Parish in North Philadelphia, she finally had to exchange her center city address to the … Read More >


Sister Mary Alexander Machain

Posted on: May 4th, 2015

       April 13, 2015

Sister Mary Alexander Machain, a Sister of Saint Joseph for 68 years entered eternal life at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown on April 13, 2015. Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Joseph Villa on April 17.

Born to Joseph and Marie, Mary Guadalupe and her … Read More >


Sister Frances Maureen Hoffman

Posted on: April 28th, 2015
April 9, 2015

            April 9, 2015

Sister Frances Maureen died at Saint Joseph Villa on April 9, 2015. Her funeral liturgy and burial followed on April 15. Sister had been a resident at the Villa since September 2014.

Born Rose Marie Celestine Hoffman, Sister Frances was the second oldest child of four daughters … Read More >