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 Rose Letitia McGonigal

Posted on: December 17th, 2013

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 >


Sister John Bernardine Mattingly

Posted on: December 17th, 2013

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 >


Sister Helen Clare Kline

Posted on: December 16th, 2013

December 1, 2013

Sister Helen Clare Kline, a beloved Sister of Saint Joseph for 67 years, died at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pennsylvania on December 1, 2013.  The second child of nine children born to Anna and Samuel Kline, Helen attended Nativity elementary school in Port Richmond, Philadelphia, and Hallahan … Read More >


Sister Margaret Mary Culbert

Posted on: December 13th, 2013

Sister Margaret Mary Culbert died at Saint Joseph Villa on December 1, 2013. Her funeral liturgy and burial followed on December 6 .

December 1, 2013

Born to Irish-born parents, Sister Margaret had one brother and one sister who predeceased her. She was reared in Linwood, Delaware County, having entered … Read More >


Sister Mary Waldron

Posted on: December 13th, 2013

October 15, 2013

Sister Mary Waldron, formerly known as Sister Ann Gabriel, died at Saint Joseph Villa on October 15, 2013. Her funeral followed on October 22.

Sister Mary was born in England to an English mother and an Irish Father. Her parents and two siblings found their way to … Read More >


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 >