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 Winifred Grelis

Posted on: September 26th, 2014

September 13, 2014

Sister Winifred Grelis entered eternal life on September 13, 2014, having lived at Saint Joseph Villa since August, 2013. Her funeral liturgy and burial followed on September 18, 2014. Sister was known formerly as Sister William Augustine.

Winifred Mary Grelis was born to parents John and Mabel, … Read More >


Sister Loretta M. Hogan

Posted on: September 24th, 2014

September 11, 2014

Sister Loretta M. Hogan died on September 11, 2014 and was buried at St. Joseph Villa, September 16, 2014. One unique aspect of S. Loretta’s life was that her religious life and eternal life began on the same day, September 11th. Twice on that date, … Read More >


Sister Angeline Clawson

Posted on: September 24th, 2014

September 1, 2014

Sister Angeline Clawson, a beloved Sister of Saint Joseph for 68 years entered eternal life on September 1, 2014 at Fitzgerald-Mercy Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania. 

Born to Florence and Charles Clawson and baptized Joan, she was a member of Holy Angels Parish in Philadelphia and attended school … Read More >


Sister Mary Rita Boyle

Posted on: August 18th, 2014

June 6, 2014

Sister Mary Rita Boyle died on June 6, 2014, and was buried on June 19, 2014, at Saint Joseph Villa. Mary Rita described her life as having a “bright beginning.” She was the middle daughter of William and Anna Boyle and lived so close to the St. … Read More >


Sister Saint Ursula Egan

Posted on: July 25th, 2014

June 20, 2014

It is difficult truly to define or describe a person on paper – or on computer.  This is certainly true in trying to describe Sister St. Ursula.  She did many things and did them well; however, what she brought to all that she did was of greatest … Read More >


Sister Jane Marie McGettigan

Posted on: July 16th, 2014

July 5, 2014

Sister Jane Marie McGettigan died on July 5, 2014, and was buried on July 10, 2014, at Saint Joseph Villa. Jane was born to John and Sadie McGettigan and she grew up in St. Stephen’s Parish. When Jane was only three years old and her brother, Jimmy, … Read More >


Sister Mary Grace Rutter

Posted on: July 16th, 2014

June 26, 2014

Sister Mary Grace Rutter, a  beloved Sister of Saint Joseph for 74 years, died at Saint Joseph Villa on June 26, 2014. Her Mass of Christian Burial followed at the Villa on July 3.

 An only child, Sister Mary Grace, baptized Martha, was reared by her loving … Read More >


Sister Rita Ciabattoni

Posted on: July 16th, 2014

June 20, 2014

Sister Rita Ciabattoni died on June 20, 2014, and was buried on June 30, 2014, at Saint Joseph’s Villa. Sister Rita embodied the Preface of our Constitution by being a Sister of Saint Joseph who always moved toward profound love of God and neighbor. Sister Rita’s Italian … Read More >


Sister Miriam Magdala McDevitt

Posted on: July 16th, 2014

May 29, 2014

Sister Miriam Magdala died on May 29, 2014, and her funeral took place at Saint Joseph Villa. She was born Elizabeth Marie, and her spiritual life was nourished in many ways but especially by her parents who made sure that Elizabeth recognized authority. From the beginning of … Read More >


Sister Marie Charlotte McWilliams

Posted on: June 27th, 2014

June 6, 2014

Sister Marie Charlotte McWilliams, a beloved Sister of Saint Joseph for 58 years entered eternal life at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown on June 6, 2014.

Baptized Virginia Marie, Marie Charlotte became known and loved as Ginny, Aunt Ginny, and “Hermana Carlotta” by her students.  Her own young … Read More >