August 19, 2014 |
GEORDETTA Stiles-Middleton didn't like to lose touch with people. And the telephone was her favorite instrument of connection. "She could spend hours on the phone with family and friends, reminiscing, gossiping," said her husband, Wayne Middleton. "She liked to keep in touch with people she knew in school and at work. " Geordetta Stiles-Middleton, a devoted mother and active churchwoman, died Aug. 8. She was 42. She had had some health issues, but the cause of death was not determined.
April 13, 2013 |
Philadelphia Fire Capt. Michael Robert Goodwin Sr. was mourned Thursday in the small neighborhood church where he attended Bible school, exchanged marriage vows, and brought his children to be baptized. Goodwin, 53, was killed Saturday fighting a fire on Fabric Row in South Philadelphia. His colleagues said he died living out his personal credo: that those who have earned positions of authority should lead by example and not dispatch others to do the hard work. Dozens of childhood friends already had filled the curved wooden pews of St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Kensington when Goodwin's mother, Elizabeth, arrived for the service.
July 6, 2012 |
WHILE THE Phillies, or any other Philadelphia sports team, battled it out on TV in the home of Magdalena Agnes Comly, the action on the screen was often accompanied by the click-clack of crochet needles. That would have been Magdalena making wedding handkerchiefs for some lucky bride, or baby blankets, while keeping her eyes on the fortunes of her favorite team. All the Philly sports teams were her favorites, and she followed their fortunes in the appropriate seasons, clicking away in her role not only as fan, but as devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
July 6, 2010 |
THERE WASN'T much activity around the Voice of Deliverance Worship Center that Phyllis M. Smith wasn't involved in. One of her missions was to help care for the poor and the desperate. That included not only providing food and clothing for the needy of her own city, but also organizing relief efforts for earthquake-devastated Haiti. That is, when she was not pestering her pastor with persistent questions about faith and Scripture. Phyllis Smith, a devoted family matriarch who was also active in educational programs in the community, died of cancer June 24. She was 58 and lived in Oak Lane.
May 28, 2009 |
When she turned 20 in the summer of 1940, Mitzie Mackenzie took a two-week job at a Bible school in Chinatown. When the job ended, she stayed to help immigrant Chinese adjust to life in the city, though she did not speak their language. It was not an easy job, she said in a 2002 Inquirer interview, because it meant working until after midnight, "when people finished their shifts working in laundries. " On Monday, Maribelle Mackenzie, 88, who for 61 years was a staff member of what is now the Chinese Christian Church and Center, died of kidney failure at the Philadelphia Protestant Home on Tabor Road in Lawndale, where she had lived since 2006.
July 10, 2008 |
Hopewell United Methodist Church has more than 450 kids registered for its Vacation Bible School next week, and is expecting about a hundred more late registrations. Director of Children's Ministries Patty Weihler doesn't seem too worried about a last-minute surge. "It's incredible what God can do," she said, citing the more than 200 volunteers who support the free July 14-18 program. "When he brings kids, he brings volunteers as well. " Hopewell is a 1,200-member congregation on the outskirts of Downingtown.
July 6, 2008 |
It didn't take much to turn a church into a steamy jungle. A tropical painting placed in front of the wall behind the altar. A mosquito net hung over the pulpit. A wooden partition covering the lectern. Add a few brightly painted parrots, and voila: a Chester County congregation was transformed into the colorful setting for this year's vacation Bible school (or VBS), held last month. "Rainforest Adventure" was the theme of this year's VBS edition at St. John's Lutheran Church in Schuylkill Township.
May 16, 2004 |
Takky Zubeda stepped off a prison van to freedom in the United States of America on Friday afternoon. She emerged with two other detainees at the Greyhound station in this faded manufacturing town in the middle of Pennsylvania. This is how, every day, the York County Prison releases its inmates to lives in the outside world. For Zubeda, an asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that outside world is also a country she barely knows - except for the 1,245 days she spent in one of its county jails.
May 15, 2004 |
After 1,245 days in jail, Takky Zubeda stepped off a prison van yesterday to freedom in the United States of America. She emerged with two other detainees at the Greyhound station in this faded manufacturing town in southern Pennsylvania. This is how, every day, the York County Prison releases its inmates to the outside world. For Zubeda, 29, an asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that outside world is a country she barely knows. In the world of asylum seekers inside York Prison, she had been there the longest.