Sister Mary Agnes Macintyre, Neumann College Founder, 85

Posted: September 18, 1987

Services are to be held tonight for Sister Mary Agnes MacIntyre, former general minister of the Sisters of St. Francis who founded Neumann College in Aston, Delaware County. McIntyre, who died Wednesday, was 85 and lived at the Assisi House, the order's home for the aged in Aston.

A native of Philadelphia, MacIntyre entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1922 from St. Elizabeth's parish in Philadelphia and completed her education at Catholic University of America. In 1983, she was made an honorary doctor of humane letters by Neumann College.

She taught at Chester's Resurrection parish and West Catholic Girls High School and Hallahan High School in Philadelphia. In 1938, she assumed responsibility for young women entering religious life in the western part of the country. From 1952 to 1958, she served as her order's provincial for the West.

In 1958, she was elected general minister of the congregation's motherhouse at Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston. She held that post until 1970, and it was during her administration that Our Lady of Angels College, now Neumann

College, was opened.

The four-year, liberal arts school was the 10th college for the higher education of women in this area under Catholic auspices. In dedicating it in March 1966, Cardinal John Krol praised MacIntyre for the "courage and

vision" of her religious community in opening a new college at a time when, in some Catholic circles, there was criticism of a multiplication of comparatively small colleges.

"It is several years since I put myself on record against the 'needless proliferation of Catholic colleges'. . ." Krol said. "But here I am pleased and honored to take part in the dedication of a college that is being created

because of a definite need - to help meet the needs of growing numbers of Catholic young women to receive a higher education under religious auspices."

He added, "I have no hesitance in saying to you Franciscan Sisters that you are beginning your college with a better staff and better facilities than most of the colleges and universities of today attained only after 10 or 15, or more, years of existence."

The school today has an enrollment of about 1,000, a spokeswoman said.

Surviving are three sisters, Anne Dooley, Catherine Sperber and Emma Woods, and a brother, John MacIntyre.

A viewing was to be held at 3 p.m. today at Our Lady of Angels Chapel in Aston. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the chapel at 7 p.m.

Burial will be tomorrow in the order's cemetery.


Services are to be held tomorrow for Joseph Falicki, a retired Frankford Arsenal inspector, who died Tuesday. He was 93 and lived in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.

Falicki had come to Philadelphia with his three brothers from the small farming town of Jaciazek in Poland as a teen-ager. He worked at the Budd Co., at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and in a sugar factory before settling at the Frankford Arsenal. He worked there for 32 years before retiring in 1961.

"He was very dependable and hard-working," said his daughter, Irene Mikols, and he frequently received "lovely certificates commending his excellent work."

Falicki was shy and quiet and was never fully comfortable with the English language, Mikols said. So he particularly relished visits to St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church, where he spoke Polish with other Polish immigrants.

"Dad loved his Polish church," the daughter said, adding that while he was in the nursing home, he "made sure I would send his donation monthly."

His wife, Josephine, died five years ago. They had been married 65 years.

Falicki also is survived by two other daughters, Stella Falicka and Helene Fitzpatrick; a sister, Maryanna Grabowska; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Laurentius Church, Memphis and Berks streets. Friends may call after 8 a.m. at the Tomaszewski Funeral Homes, 2728-30 E. Allegheny Ave.

Contributions may be made to the St. Laurentius Building Improvement and Repairs Fund.


Carmen L. Marchesano, a retired U.S. Postal Service employee, died Wednesday. He was 73 and lived in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

He worked in the city section of the 30th Street Post Office as a supervisor. He retired in 1969 after 33 years with the Postal Service.

He was active in St. John Cantius Roman Catholic Church, where he served as usher and lector. He was a member of the church's Holy Name Society and Men of Malvern.

He also was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Surviving are his wife, Sonia; two daughters, Barbara Nuzzolo and Sonia Hoffman; a son, Carmen A.; a brother, Michael; five sisters, Annette McGinnis, Mary Cautilli, Ann Ferrara, Lucy Bruno and Alice Sharp; and five grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John Cantius Church, Thompson Street near Orthodox. Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight and at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Slabinski Funeral Home, 2614 Orthodox St.

Burial will be in St. Dominic's Cemetery, 8504 Frankford Ave.


Services will be held tomorrow for Lillian Darden Dorsey, known as "Mom" in the neighborhood, who died Sunday. She was 77 and lived in the East Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. She previously lived in Tioga.

"Although she only had one son, she was a mother to many," said her granddaughter, Barbara J. Gregg. "Everybody was welcome into her home."

And come they did, drawn by "her loving ways and her open manner," Gregg said.

"She helped anybody she possibly could," she said. "She raised a lot of people - fed them, clothed them, young and old, from babies to elderly people. A lot of people called her 'Mom' or 'Aunt Lil' or 'Mama Lil.' "

Dorsey was born in Seaboard, N.C., and completed her high school education in Henderson, N.C., before coming north.

She was an active member of Zion Baptist Church.

In addition to her granddaughter, surviving are her husband, Hamilton ''Bus" Dorsey, and a sister, Fannie Francis. Her son, James H. Faulkner, is deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Zion Baptist Church, Broad and Venango streets, where friends may call an hour earlier.

Burial will be in Chelten Hills Cemetery, Washington Lane and Lowber Avenue.


Laura Fox Windfelder, a mother of 10 and a former paper box company employee, died Tuesday. She was 83 and lived the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.

She had worked for 10 years at the Superior Paper Box Co., 6th Street and Girard Avenue. But most of her energy was spent on her family.

"She never missed a day, then she would come home and cook for everybody else," said her daughter, Marie Urbanek, with whom she lived.

"She was a very good mother. She was always there when anyone needed her."

Also surviving are four other daughters, Mary Ann Kubrak, Susanne Ricardi, Laura Coffea and Jean Greco; and five sons, Joseph, Edward, Albert, Bernard and Charles. Her husband, Joseph, is deceased.

Services were this morning at the Joseph T. Sekula Funeral Home, 2634 E. Allegheny Ave. Burial was in Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro, N.J.


James R. Christy, a retired SEPTA mechanic, died Tuesday. He was 69 and lived in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia.

He retired in 1980 after 33 years with the public transit agency.

He was a member of the William D. Oxley American Legion Post No. 133.

Surviving are his wife, Anna; a daughter, Bernice Sikora; two sisters, Sue Raybel and Mary Christy; and three grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight and at 8 a.m. tomorrow at John F. Fluehr and Sons, 3301-15 Cottman Ave. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, Cottage Street and Bleigh Avenue.

Burial will be in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Route 1 Bypass and Old Lincoln Highway, Langhorne.

Mass cards are preferred.

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