April 2, 2014 |
Joan Sidders Valdez, 73, of Sicklerville, who retired in 1999 after 28 years as a social worker at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, died of cardiac arrest Thursday, March 27, at Virtua Marlton. Mrs. Valdez's work in mental health did not end when her Ancora career did, a colleague, Carol Weiss, said in an interview. "She was extremely active" with the nonprofit organization NJ Partners: Aging, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Inc., Weiss said. Its website states that it was founded to focus "on the needs of older adults with a mental health or substance abuse problem.
March 15, 2014 |
Barbara Smith Johnston, 81, of Cherry Hill, a social worker for Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Hammonton, N.J., and the Merchantville School District, died of complications from a stroke Thursday, March 6, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Mrs. Johnston chose social work for a career, daughter Jennifer said, because she wanted to be "an advocate for those who may not have a voice. " Born in Hampton, Va., Mrs. Johnston was the valedictorian of the class of 1951 at Huntington High School in Newport News, Va., and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1955 at Virginia State University.
March 2, 2014 |
Any hope that the city's labor settlement this week with AFSCME District Council 47 would lead to speedy progress with its big brother, District Council 33, was punctured Friday with a negotiating session that apparently went nowhere. The Nutter administration's negotiating team met twice Friday afternoon with a roomful of about 25 officials from D.C. 33 in the Liberty Ballroom of the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. The first meeting lasted about three minutes. The second, about two hours later, went for five.
February 11, 2014 |
Linnea Zepf, 66, of Northfield, N.J., an Atlantic County social worker, died of lung cancer Wednesday, Jan. 29, at home. Since 2007, Ms. Zepf had worked for the Division of Intergenerational Services of the Atlantic County Department of Human Services, her daughter, Dawn Joslin, said. Born in Philadelphia, Ms. Zepf graduated from Cherry Hill West High School and earned a bachelor's degree in political science at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1989. She attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., from 1991 to '93. At Pennsylvania State University, she and her daughter attended a short program, Ice Cream 101, Business Management for Ice Cream Retailers, Joslin said, "so we could open an ice cream store in Ventnor.
January 23, 2014 |
MARY G. Sealander spent her entire career taking care of children who really needed taking care of. She worked with foster kids for the Pennsylvania Society to Protect Children from Cruelty in Philadelphia, and as an instructional aide working with learning-disabled children in the Haverford Township School District for 22 years. With the child protective society, she often had to go into some disreputable city neighborhoods to find children who needed help. She sought to locate loving homes for those abandoned or abused.
April 9, 2013 |
Leona Coren Ellick Kornfeld, 90, a Philadelphia social worker and advocate for those with AIDS and mental-health needs, died Saturday, March 23, of dementia and advanced age at Chandler Hall, a nursing home in Newtown, Bucks County. Before it was common, Mrs. Kornfeld made it her business to go into the community and look for those in need of help from society. She met with clients, figured out what services they were entitled to, and guided them through the application process. Clients included widows, elderly shut-ins, and those suffering from AIDS and mental illnesses, said her daughter, Carol Coren.
March 10, 2013 |
Charles Perry Gallun, 71, a social worker and victims' rights advocate who pioneered treatment for perpetrators of domestic violence, died Thursday at his home in Germantown. The cause was complications of lung cancer, according to his family. Mr. Gallun, who grew up in West Philadelphia and was known to his friends as "Chuck," worked for more than 30 years at Creative Health Services, a behavioral healthcare provider in Pottstown. Known for his sense of humor, Mr. Gallun liked to tell people he met his wife, Priscilla Becroft, in jail - they spotted each other at Holmesburg Prison, where they both worked for the Philadelphia Prisons System.
February 27, 2013 |
A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 3, for Rita S. Urwitz, 69, a former Philadelphia social worker and union leader, who died Sunday, Jan. 6, of complications from chemotherapy at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer in August, said her partner, Carol Reppert. Born in New York City, Mrs. Urwitz earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from La Salle University in 1975. She later earned a master's degree in social service from Bryn Mawr College.
February 9, 2013 |
Eula M. Cousins, 110, a pioneering black social worker and educator who lived to be one of the oldest Americans, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Cathedral Village retirement community in Philadelphia's Andorra section. Despite her age, Mrs. Cousins, an avid reader, remained sharp-minded and quick-witted, able to discuss any contemporary issue in detail. "She was one of the most dynamic individuals I have ever met," said Acel Moore, associate editor emeritus of The Inquirer, who was a longtime friend.