July 4, 2015 |
Sister Judith O'Neill, 84, a teacher in archdiocesan schools for several decades, died Monday, June 29, of cancer at Assisi House in Aston. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 63 years. Born Marie Veronica O'Neill in Philadelphia, she was a member of St. Benedict Parish and a graduate of Little Flower Catholic High School. She entered the convent in 1949, professing her first vows in 1952. Sister Judith earned a bachelor's degree in English from Mount St. Mary's University and a master's degree in education from the University of Delaware.
March 17, 2015
Mutual-fund company Vanguard has named Karin A. Risi , principal, Vanguard Advice Services group, and Thomas M. Rampulla , managing director Vanguard Europe, to new roles on the senior leadership team, reporting directly to CEO Bill McNabb. Risi will head Vanguard's retail investor group, which provides mutual funds, financial planning and wealth-management services, and brokerage services to individual investor clients. Rampulla will direct Vanguard's financial adviser services division, which provides investments, services, education, and research to more than 1,000 financial-advisory firms.
February 24, 2015 |
Sister Clare Carty, 78, of Aston, an educator and health-care administrator, died Saturday, Feb. 14, of coronary artery disease at Chester-Crozer Hospital. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 58 years. Sister Clare was born in Philadelphia, where she graduated from Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School. Sister Clare earned a bachelor's degree in English from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md.; a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Loyola University in Baltimore; a master's in hospital administration from George Washington University; and an honorary doctoral degree from Bucks County Community College for her work in public service.
February 17, 2015 |
Sister Miriam Patrice Hausman, 77, a parochial school teacher and administrator of care to the elderly, died Friday, Feb. 6, of heart disease at Assisi House in Aston. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for many years. She entered the convent in 1956 and professed her first vows in 1959. Sister Miriam Patrice was born in Allentown and graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in history from what is now Neumann University, a master's degree in chemistry for secondary-school teachers from the University of New Hampshire, a master's degree in secondary-school counseling from Shippensburg University, and training in gerontology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana.
December 30, 2014 |
Sister Joan Schmal, 82, who was recognized for her work with youth on addiction issues, died Monday, Dec. 22, of cardiopulmonary collapse at Assisi House in Aston. A member of the sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 61 years, Sister Joan was known for her crisis skills in dealing with youth and ran programs for children of alcoholics and for students struggling with drug and alcohol issues at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School in the Franklintown section of the city.
November 6, 2014 |
Sister Miriam Grace Devlin, 91, a longtime teacher in the Philadelphia Catholic Archdiocese, died Sunday, Oct. 26, of cardiopulmonary failure in Assisi House, Aston. Born Grace Anna Devlin in Philadelphia, Sister Miriam Grace had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 70 years. Sister Miriam Grace graduated from Little Flower High School. She entered the convent in 1942 and professed her vows in 1944. After earning a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Villanova University and a master's degree in social science from St. Bonaventure University, she taught at the elementary and secondary levels.
October 25, 2014 |
Sister Rose Immaculate Waller, 93, a teacher, librarian, and nature photographer, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, of cardiopulmonary collapse at Assisi House, Aston. She had been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 71 years. Born Winifred Waller in Media, she graduated from Notre Dame High School. Sister Rose earned a bachelor of science degree in education and a master's degree in library science, both from Villanova University. Her life's primary work was teaching and serving as librarian in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
June 15, 2014 |
Edward J. Welch, 92, of Springfield, Delaware County, a research chemist for the DuPont Co. who helped develop a rugged coating for pots and pans, died Wednesday, June 11, of pneumonia at Riddle Memorial Hospital. Early in his career, Mr. Welch worked in the company's paints and coatings division, based at Marshall Laboratories in Philadelphia. It was while working in Wilmington for the new product division in 1976 that he helped create Teflon II, SilverStone, a three-coat fluoropolymer application that made for a more durable finish on cookware than the nonstick coating Teflon, according to a company history.
May 31, 2014 |
As the Delaware County Intermediate Unit plans a $45 million expansion to the Aston Township campus where it has a technical high school, residents are questioning the school's role in their community. DCIU offers technical training, special education, emotional-support programs, and Head Start preschool to students in Delaware County's 15 school districts. Expanding its Aston campus would allow DCIU to consolidate by moving out of three other buildings in the county, and would increase the number of students in Aston from 400 to 800. Residents have voiced concern about DCIU's plan to move students with behavioral issues to Aston.
January 31, 2014 |
Sister St. Francis Coco, 93, a domestic worker and teacher, died Sunday, Jan. 26, of a stroke at Assisi House in Aston, Delaware County. The former Marie Theresa Coco was born in Boston, where she worked at the original Filene's Basement before deciding to enter the convent. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 62 years. Sister St. Francis was responsible for domestic work in the various convents where she lived. She was a quiet, spiritual woman who spent much time in prayer.