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
January 26, 2016
Sister Mary Xavier Kirby, a faithful Sister of Saint Joseph for 75 years, entered eternal life on January 26, 2016. Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown on February 2.
Lucy Kirby, the only daughter of Alfred and Helen Kirby, grew up … Read More >
January 2, 2016
Sister Alice Patricia Waters went home to God on the vigil of the feast of the Epiphany, January 2, 2016. In eulogizing Sister Alice, Sister Anne Myers alluded to the gifts of the Magi, citing Alice’s three pronged gifts of love: her love of family, her love … Read More >
January 16, 2016
Sister Thomasina entered eternal life on January 16, 2016. Her funeral liturgy followed at the Villa on January 20, 2016. Sister was a resident at the Villa since 2008.
Born to parents Thomas and Catherine, Helen Marcella was reared with her three sisters in St. Hugh … Read More >
December 31, 2015
Sister Loretta Marchetti, a beloved Sister of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia for 53 years entered the fullness of life on December 31, 2015 at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pennsylvania.
The daughter of Ann and Jerome Marchetti, Loretta began her life’s journey in Kulpmont, Pennsylvania. She was the … Read More >
September 17, 2015
Sister Eleanor Shields, a beloved Sister of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill for 73 years entered eternal life at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pennsylvania on September 17, 2015.
Eleanor lived with her family who were faithful parishioners of Saint Stephen Parish in Philadelphia where she attended elementary … Read More >
September 22, 2015
Sister Helene Gardner died at Saint Joseph Villa on September 22, 2015. Her funeral liturgy and burial followed on September 25. Known formerly as Sister Saint Luke, Sister Helene was a resident at the Villa since 2008.
The young Helene was the oldest of three daughters born … Read More >
August 17, 2015
Sister Rita Helen Rodgers, the only daughter of Charles and Bernetta Rodgers, was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on September 19, 1930. She and her younger brothers, Charles and Billy (Whitey) attended Holy Infancy School and Bethlehem Catholic High School. Actually, she attended the first few days of … Read More >
September 13, 2015
Sister Francis Paula Ford died on September 13,2015, and was buried at Saint Joseph Villa, September 17, 2015. When asked what made her happy, S. Francis spontaneously responded, "Being alive." For almost 100 years, S.Francis loved life, loved God , and loved the people of God. For … Read More >
August 10, 2015
Sister Rose Agnes White, a beloved Sister of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill for 71 years entered eternal life at Saint Joseph Villa in Flourtown, Pennsylvania on August 10, 2015.
Her life was characterized by enthusiasm, resiliency, generosity and warmth. Born in 1926, Catherine Veronica White was … Read More >
August 22, 2015
Sister Rose Bernadette Snyder died on August 22, 2015, at Saint Joseph Villa and was buried on August 27, 2015. Born Evelyn Teresa Snyder on July 31, 1922, this young girl witnessed the deep faith of her family as she grew to learn cooking, sewing, and other … Read More >