June 4, 2015 |
Peter H. Gers, 94, of Ambler, a longtime funeral director who was present at the 1962 canonical inspection of Bishop John Neumann's remains prior to the future saint's beatification, has died. Mr. Gers died at Dock Terrace in Lansdale on Saturday, May 30, due to complications from a fall. He first worked for the Harold B. Mulligan Funeral Home in Philadelphia. In 1947, he opened his own funeral parlor in Olney, and then moved to East Oak Lane. Mr. Gers sold the property in 1989 and moved to Ambler, taking a job as a funeral director at the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home.
October 23, 2014 |
TINDLEY TEMPLE United Methodist Church's stained-glass windows vibrated around Kyrell Tyler's casket as hundreds of dirt bikes, ATVs and motorcycles revved outside on Broad Street yesterday, ready to roll for one of their own. Tyler, 23, a well-known stunt rider known as "DirtbikeRell" on various social-media sites, was shot and killed on Oct. 14. His body was found in a Chevy Monte Carlo near 60th Street and Greenway Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia....
September 18, 2014 |
From the time they were teenagers, triplets Adam, Brian, and Jonathon knew the envelope was always there on the desk. "Everything you need to know is in there," their father, owner of Joseph Levine & Sons Funeral Home, would tell them before he left for a trip. "If I don't come back, you'll know what to do. " "We all understood that our father needed to do that because that's the kind of man he is. Totally responsible, totally committed, not just to his business, but to us," said Brian.
December 8, 2013 |
Standing at the pulpit, Mariah Loper recalled, in a small shaking voice, the day she went to the airport to greet her older cousin, a Marine fighting in Afghanistan. Her hero was finally home. "I still remember holding up the 'Welcome Home Timmy' sign," Mariah Loper said Friday, looking down at the casket draped in an American flag. "I cherished every moment we spent together. . . . He made us so proud, and he will always be our Marine. " Timothy Loper Jr. was laid to rest Friday after a packed funeral attended by family, friends, community members, and fellow servicemen.
December 7, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA For more than a century, the plot of land centered at 24th and Diamond Streets served as the final resting place for a Civil War hero, a labor leader, and about 85,000 Philadelphians. But in 1950, city officials announced plans to move the denizens of the Odd Fellows Cemetery elsewhere in the city to make room for the Raymond Rosen housing project and a new public school. The Rosen project is long gone, torn down in 1995 after years of crime, overcrowding, and disrepair, but the William Dick Elementary School, built in 1954, has remained - and so, apparently, have some of those interred at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, which opened in 1849.
December 5, 2013
NORTH PHILA. - Philadelphia Water Department workers unearthed several caskets and, possibly, headstones behind a North Philadelphia school Wednesday, police said. Shortly after 2 p.m., crews discovered the caskets while excavating a playground behind the William Dicks Elementary School, in the 2400 block of West Diamond Street, police said. There was no immediate word on whether human remains were found. The site until 1950 was the Odd Fellows Cemetery. After the city obtained the property, all the remains were supposedly moved to two other Odd Fellows cemeteries.
August 25, 2013 |
IN CARRIE Minney's dream, she was on the phone, and someone was saying that her daughter was still alive. It had to have been a dream, because Minney buried her daughter, Sharolyn Jackson, in New Jersey on Aug. 3, about a week after she was found dead at 59th and Spruce streets in West Philadelphia. Family members were at the funeral. They saw Jackson in the casket. Talked about how sad it was and, as an afterthought, how her nose looked somewhat different. Turns out, they were on to something.
August 25, 2013 |
At an open-casket funeral in the Campbell Funeral Chapel in Trenton this month, more than 50 friends and relatives gathered to say goodbye to Sharolyn Jackson. She had lived a troubled life, but the service and nearby burial celebrated the people-loving, 50-year-old mother of five. Except the woman in the casket wasn't her. She had the same forehead, figure, and hands, and they could have been sisters. But they weren't even related. To this day, no one knows who was lowered into the ground Aug. 3 at Colonial Memorial Park in Hamilton, N.J. The mistake was uncovered almost two weeks later, when Jackson was spotted at a shopping mall by a person associated with the social-service agency that saw to her needs, her family said.
June 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Close to 100 current and former senators and members of Congress lined up on the Senate floor to pay final respects Thursday to New Jersey Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, who died Monday. The gathering, dotted by members of both parties and two top administration officials, stretched through the doors into the hallways outside. Lautenberg, who at 89 was the Senate's oldest member and its last World War II veteran, will be buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. Sens.