In Loving Remembrance

To remember is to celebrate. We remember with love each of these women, our sisters and friends, who died recentlly. 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 Anne Maureen Lyons

Posted on: January 10th, 2017
December 21, 2016

               December 21, 2016

Sister Anne Maureen Lyons died at Saint Joseph Villa on December 21, 2016, and was buried at Saint Joseph Villa on   January 6, 2017. Once S. Anne wrote to her God that she wanted to “radiate you… with a smile on my face, a lilt in my spirit, and a song in my heart.” The Lord answered her prayer with a profound “yes.”

Born on November 4, 1931, Regina Margaret Lyons entered the world with Irish immigrant parents and a deep devotion to St.… Read More >


Sister Assunta Bonner

Posted on: December 30th, 2016



             December 20, 2016

Sister Assunta Bonner died December 20, 2016 at Saint Joseph Villa. Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Villa on December 23, 2016.

Born January 9, 1926 and baptized Grace Veronica, Sister Assunta was one of the fifteen children lovingly reared by Mary and Anthony in the parish of Saint Mary Star of the Sea in Bayonne, New Jersey.… Read More >


Sister Miriam Fidelis Tobin

Posted on: December 8th, 2016
November 29, 2016

                November 29, 2016

Sister Miriam Fidelis Tobin died November 29, 2016 at Saint Joseph Villa. Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Villa on December 5, 2016.

Born May 24, 1931 and baptized Marguerite Ann, Sister Miriam was the elder of James and Mary Tobin’s two children. She and her brother lived in Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Drexel Hill.… Read More >


Sister Marjorie Miller

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016
October 31, 2016

                October 31, 2016

Sister Marjorie Miller died at Saint Joseph Villa on October 31, 2016.  Her Mass of Resurrection took place at the Villa on November 8, followed by burial in the congregational cemetery at Saint Joseph Villa.

Marjorie, the youngest of five daughters, was born to George and Helen Miller on April 25, 1918 in Altoona, PA.… Read More >


Sister Mary Teresa Willmanns

Posted on: November 3rd, 2016
October 17, 2016

                October 17, 2016

Sister Mary Teresa Willmanns  died  on October 17, 2016 and was buried at Saint Joseph Villa on  October 21, 2016. S. Mary described herself as one who would “go with the flow.” This journey lasted for 71 year as a Sister of Saint Joseph. Blessed with a pleasant disposition and a deep faith, Mary’s presence made the best of all situations and brightened all who encountered her.… Read More >


Sister Mary Patricia McCrane

Posted on: November 3rd, 2016
September 25, 2016

                September 25, 2016

Sister Mary Patricia McCrane, a Sister of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia for 66 years, died on September 25, 2016 at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on September 30 at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pennsylvania.

Mary Pat lived with her family in Ascension parish in Philadelphia. … Read More >


Sister Regina Gormley

Posted on: October 4th, 2016
September 22, 2016

                September 22, 2016

Sister Regina Gormley, known earlier as Sister Joseph Regina, died at Saint Joseph Villa on September 22, 2016. Her funeral followed on September 28. Her time at the Villa was very short.

Born to parents Regina and William, Regina was the eldest of three children. She and her two brothers attended St.… Read More >


Sister Dolores Malecka

Posted on: October 3rd, 2016
September 9, 2016

               September 9, 2016

Sister Dolores Malecka died at Saint Joseph Villa on September 9, 2016; Father Francis Sabitini celebrated her Mass of Christian burial and her cremaines were interred in the congregational cemetery at the Villa on September 13.

In her own words, “Having lived a life of voluntary simplicity, I want my funeral to follow the same pattern.”  This meant, of course, that she wanted no viewing, no cremains present, no pictures, and absolutely no eulogy.… Read More >


Sister Florence Edward Sullivan

Posted on: September 26th, 2016
September 16, 2016

                September 16, 2016

Sister Florence Edward died September 16, 2016 at Saint Joseph Villa. Her funeral and Memorial Mass were celebrated at the Villa on September 21, 2016.

Born November 26, 1931, and baptized Eileen, Sister Florence was the younger of Edward and Florence Sullivan’s two children. Her brother Tom, who predeceased her, was Brother Nicholas of the Christian Brothers. … Read More >


Sister Marie Clare Kleschick

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016

               September 3, 2016

Sister Marie Clare Kleschick  died at Saint Joseph Villa  on September 3, 2016, and was buried at Saint Joseph Villa on  September 8, 2016. Sister described herself as a “naïve adventurer, eager to learn how to be holy.” Sister realized that this journey would last a lifetime.

Marie Clare Kleschick was born on June 26, 1925, the fifth of ten children of William and Francis Kleschick.… Read More >