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 Mary Philip Robinson

Posted on: November 18th, 2013

November 1, 2013

Sister Mary Philip Robinson, distinguished as a centenarian, passed peacefully on the Feast of All Saints Day, November 1, 2013. Her funeral followed at Saint Joseph Villa on November 7, 2013.

Born to parents Thomas and Anna, Margaret Robinson was reared at Our Lady of Victory Parish … Read More >


Sister Charlotte Sauers

Posted on: November 18th, 2013

October 24, 2013

Sister Charlotte Sauers died on October 24, 2013, and was buried at St. Joseph’s Villa on October 28, 2013.  Sister Charlotte was the only child of Charles  and Olive Sauers and grew up in Schuylkill Haven, PA. Sister was proud of these roots as she attended St. … Read More >


Sister Marie Denise Reice

Posted on: October 25th, 2013

Sister Marie Denise had the distinct honor of coming to serve the Lord in a special way on September 13, 1933 and of going to be with the Lord, on that same date, exactly 80 years later.

Before Sister entered the congregation, her pastor, Rev. Michael Fogarty wrote to Reverend … Read More >


Sister Catherine D. Donohue

Posted on: October 24th, 2013

October 6, 2013

Sister Catherine Donohue died on October 6, 2013 at Saint Joseph Villa. Her funeral took place on October 10. Known formerly as Sister Marie Josephine, Sister Kitty was a member of the congregation for 76 years, a resident at the Villa since 2005.

One of the eight … Read More >


Sister Mary de Sales Vesey

Posted on: October 7th, 2013

Sister Mary de Sales Vesey  died on August 27, 2013, and was buried at St. Joseph’s Villa on August 30, 2013. Sister Mary  was born on April 29, 1921, in an English mining town, Wigan. This hamlet was unique in its totally Catholic population, and “our little May” was embraced … Read More >


Sister Mary Ellen Ford

Posted on: September 24th, 2013

September 2, 2013

Sister Mary Ellen Ford lived for 67 years, a faith-filled, and energy-filled, joyous life. She was the eldest of the children born to Bob and Vivian Ford; Bobby, Pat, Eileen, Elaine, and Betty completed the family.

She attended St Joseph School in Roselle and Holy Family Academy … Read More >


Sister Helen Anthony Mayhew

Posted on: August 29th, 2013

June 27, 2013

 Anthony and Helen Mayhew welcomed their daughter, Eileen, into the world on November 6, 1917 in Washington, DC, where she and her three brothers grew up as members of Holy Name parish.  Eileen attended Immaculate Conception Academy and was graduated from there in 1935. After graduation she … Read More >


Sister Joan Daly

Posted on: August 21st, 2013

July 17, 2013

Sister Joan Daly died on July 17, 2013.  Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Joseph Villa on July 30. Sister Joan was engaged in summer ministry at the College of New Rochelle in New York as staff instructor of teachers in the Montessori Method.… Read More >


Sister Francis Thomas Catterall

Posted on: August 21st, 2013

July 16, 2013

Sister Francis Thomas Catterall, a beloved Sister of Saint Joseph for 75 years, died at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pennsylvania on July 16, 2013.

Born to Frank and Mae Catterall, Margie was the third of seven children:  Eleanor (Sister Eleanor Pierre), Fran, Bill, Al, John (who died … Read More >


Sister Miriam James McGovern

Posted on: July 22nd, 2013

July 11, 2013

Sister Miriam James entered eternal life on July 11, 2013. Her funeral took place at Saint Joseph Villa on July 16. Sister had been a resident of the Villa since 1996.

Baptized Elizabeth Dolores, Sister Miriam was one of four children born to Marie and James McGovern. … Read More >