July 20, 1998 |
Services will be held today for Stephanie Jesiolowski, matriarch and community "cornerstone" who didn't fear taking a chance and, along with her husband, opened what might have been Bridesburg's first flower shop almost 50 years ago. The lifelong resident of Bridesburg died Thursday. She was 79. The Jesiolowskis opened their business, Ideal Florists, in 1950 in their home on Thompson Street near Orthodox, just a half block down the street from where "Stephie" was born and raised.
October 18, 2010 |
SOME MIGHT find a kind of irony in the fact that Mary Coleman's first job was at a school for the blind, because later in life she, too, lost her sight. Being visually challenged did not stop Mary from leading a full and long life, much of it devoted to serving her Baptist religion. Mary Coleman, a matriarch who could be counted on to provide spiritual sustenance to family and friends, died Oct. 8. She was 93 and lived in Southwest Philadelphia. She and her late twin brother, Joseph, were born in Robeson County, N.C., the last of the 10 children of John David and Sarah Currie.
April 2, 2015 |
Jane Higgins Hurley, 90, the matriarch of a large Bryn Mawr family, died Saturday, March 28, of cardiopulmonary arrest at Waverly Heights, Gladwyne. The pillars of Mrs. Hurley's life were faith and family: She was baptized and married at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Bryn Mawr; her Mass of Christian Burial will be held there Wednesday, April 1. A homemaker, Mrs. Hurley and her husband, Joseph J. Hurley, reared 12 children in Villanova and then Bryn Mawr. "She raised her children with a gentle and loving touch," said her family in a prepared statement.
September 16, 1995 |
Mae E. Forman, 86, who immigrated to Philadelphia from Russia with her family as a child and became the matriarch in her large extended family, died Tuesday in Los Angeles while visiting her daughter. A longtime former resident of the Northeast, she had lived for the last few years in Jenkintown. Mrs. Forman, who was the youngest of seven children, lived first in South Philadelphia. She attended South Philadelphia High School for two years and then enrolled at a commercial school and became a bookkeeper.
December 14, 2010 |
HOW DO you live to be 106? Well, follow the lead of Viola Waters. She shunned greasy foods, concentrated on fresh vegetables and had a daily drink of hot tea, which she believed removed impurities from the body. She certainly must have done something right, because not only did she live nearly seven years beyond the century mark, she was healthy and alert almost to the end. "Last June, she visited me in Strawberry Mansion and didn't want any help walking," said her granddaughter Donna M. Stoney.
February 24, 2000 |
Lucille Summers "Dootsie" Singleton, a former private duty nurse and seamstress who enjoyed her role as family matriarch, died Saturday. She was 75 and lived in North Philadelphia. "She enjoyed being the matriarch. Everyone loved Mrs. Dootsie. She'd give you her last, literally speaking, she'd borrow to help you," said Jessie Gaymon, a daughter. "My mother was outgoing and loving to all who knew her and she gave until she couldn't give anymore. " She said that once a friend of her mother's said there wouldn't be enough to outfit her eight-year-old for Easter.
May 21, 1999 |
There was no doubt who ran Rita Cermele's family. She did. "Momma enjoyed being in the role of the matriarch," said her son, Dominic, a former Traffic Court judge who now runs the city's Office of Administrative Review. "She was the boss. She controlled her family, though she did it kindly. " Cermele, a strong-willed woman in the South Philadelphia tradition, died yesterday at the age of 78. She was classic South Philly in other ways, too. She baked pies and bread, and took great pride in her "gravy," the downtown term for spaghetti sauce.
December 30, 1998 |
Mattie Adams, a retired seamstress and family matriarch, died Saturday. She was 98 and lived in Sharon Hill. "She was really a sweet person and friendly with her neighbors," said Mary Adams, a daughter-in-law. A resident of Sharon Hill since 1942, Adams had previously lived in West Philadelphia. Born in Atlanta, Ga., the former Mattie Butts graduated from high school in Macon. She married Ernest Martin in 1918 and was widowed at an early age. She married Matthew Adams in 1928.
June 23, 2011 |
ANYBODY WHO needed a place to stay knew that Joyce A. Dickerson would take them in. "She raised a lot of people, friends and family," said her great-granddaughter Verona "Rosie" Martin. "She was very loving, compassionate and feisty. " Joyce Dickerson, the loving matriarch of the Dickerson family, a former dietitian for the school district and an active churchwoman, died Sunday. She was 79 and lived in North Philadelphia. She was born in Philadelphia to Frank and Reola Dickerson, and attended public schools.
July 19, 2013 |
A GUY digging a grave might not seem the kind of man to catch the eye of a pretty girl. Didn't girls back in the 1940s dream about being carried off by a knight in shining armor? Or was that too corny even then? Whatever, Mildred Mae Hamilton must have seen something in Donald Nelson, as he toiled away with pick and shovel in the Eglington Cemetery in Clarksboro, N.J., when she was in the eighth grade at the school next door. She would hang out the school window to try to catch his attention.