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
March 17, 2014
“To act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God.” These were the words that Sister Ginny Fitzgerald said she would offer to newer members of the congregation; these were the words by which she lived.
For her sixty years as a Sister of St. Joseph, Sister … Read More >
February 11, 2014
Sister Rose Magill was born to John and Rose Magill on September 10, 1929 in Philadelphia, in St. Michael parish, where she was baptized and where she received her early education. It was a place very dear to her heart.
Many adjectives can be used to describe … Read More >
February 10, 2014
Sister Elizabeth Ochs died on February 10, 2014, and was buried at Saint Joseph’s Villa on February 12, 2014. Liz was born on December 21, 1923 to John and Helen Ochs and was raised in the Immaculate Conception parish in the Germantown neighbor of Philadelphia. Early in … Read More >
February 9, 2014
Sister Jane O’Neill, a beloved Sister of Saint Joseph for 68 years, died at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pennsylvania on February 9, 2014. The second of six children born to Katharine and James O’Neill, Jane was baptized at Saint Michael Church in Philadelphia. The family moved to … Read More >
November 30, 2013
At Sister Marie Jude’s funeral liturgy, the words of Sister Joan Chittister were recalled, “Advent calls us to hope in the promise that God is calling us to greater things and will be with us as we live them…” In that context, the sudden but peaceful death … Read More >
December 23, 2013
Sister Josephine Marie Tray died at Saint Joseph Villa on December 23, 2013 .Her funeral took place on Friday, December 27, 2013. A native of Pottsville, Sister was known formerly as Sister Mary Maud.
The oldest of five children, Sister Josephine was born to William and Mary … Read More >
December 15, 2013
Sister Eileen Elizabeth Side died at Saint Joseph Villa on December 15, 2013, followed by her funeral on December 20. Known formerly as Sister St. Albert, Sister Eileen was a resident at the Villa since 2007.
Born and educated in Camden, New Jersey, Eileen was the eldest … Read More >
November 30, 2013
Sister Doris R. Elgin died on November 30,2013, and was buried on December 4, 2013, at St. Joseph's Villa. Sister's death bridged the time between Thanksgiving and Advent in a gentle and serene manner. Her peaceful demeanor manifested the true virtues of both seasons.
S. Doris came … Read More >
November 7, 2013
Sister Rose Letitia McGonigal, a beloved Sister of Saint Joseph for 78 years, died at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pennsylvania on November 7, 2013.
Born to Mary and John McGonigal and baptized Eleanor, she was one of nine children. The family lived in Saint Leo Parish, Philadelphia … Read More >
November 13, 2013
Sister John Bernardine Mattingly entered eternal life on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at St. Joseph Villa, having spent 58 years of consecrated life as a Sister of St. Joseph. Sister John was the daughter of John and Grace Mattingly, who chose the name Elizabeth Jeanne for their … Read More >