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 Eileen Mortimer

Posted on: March 29th, 2016

               March 15, 2016

Sister Eileen Mortimer, formerly known as Sister Catherine Jose, died on March 15, 2016. A recent resident of Saint Joseph Villa, Sister Eileen’s funeral and burial took place at the Villa on March 21, coincidentally, her birthday.

The third child of five children of Catherine and Joseph, Eileen was reared in a very religious atmosphere.… Read More >


Sister Margaret Donohoe

Posted on: February 24th, 2016
February 16, 2016

               February 5, 2016

Sister Margaret Donohoe died at Saint Joseph Villa on February 5, 2016,  and was buried on February 12, 2016. Peg and her nine siblings were raised in St. Michael and Holy Innocents Parishes by her devoted parents, Eugene and Margaret. Educated at Little Flower High School, Peg entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1950.… Read More >


Sister Mary Xavier Kirby

Posted on: February 9th, 2016
January 26, 2016

               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 in Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Newark, where she attended grammar school and high school. … Read More >


Sister Alice Patricia Waters

Posted on: January 29th, 2016
January 2, 2016

                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 of God and her love of neighbor.… Read More >


Sister Thomasina Farley

Posted on: January 26th, 2016


January 16, 2016

                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 parish in Philadelphia.… Read More >


Sister Loretta Marchetti

Posted on: January 22nd, 2016

               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 third of twelve children born to her parents and the first daughter.… Read More >


Sister Eleanor Shields

Posted on: October 5th, 2015
September 17, 2015

               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 school.… Read More >


Sister Helene Gardner

Posted on: September 29th, 2015
September 22, 2015

              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 in Glenside to parents, Mary and Charles.… Read More >


Sister Rita Helen Rodgers

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015
August 17, 2015

              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 first grade at Holy Ghost School, which was sponsored by a smaller national parish, but was closer to her home.… Read More >


Sister Francis Paula Ford

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015

               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 80 of those years, she faithfully lived her vowed life, consecrated to God as a Sister of Saint Joseph.… Read More >