Christopher Slovak, of the Mayfair section of our city, passed away on February 16th, 2020, at age 40. Beloved son of John Slovak and Eleanor Slovak (nee Winczuk).  Loving brother of John Slovak, Kevin Slovak (Linda) and Jason Slovak (James Slovak Fox). Devoted uncle of Daniel, Katelyn, Alyssa, Kevin, Taylor, Savannah, Marc, McKenzie, Heather and Jason. Sadly missed by his aunt, Bea Hampton as well as other loving relatives. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Christopher’s life on Tuesday February 25th at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts). You may visit and comfort Christopher’s family during the viewing from 10:30am – 12:00 noon in the funeral home. There will be a Prayer Service at 12:00 noon (also in the Funeral Home).  Burial to follow in Beechwood Cemetery.   Please omit flowers and make donations in Christopher’s memory to WAGS Rescue & Referral, PO BOX 1514, Southampton, Pa, 18966


Stephanie A. Murray, of the Olney Section of Philadelphia, passed away February 17th, 2020 at the age of 56. Daughter of Alice Monroe. Beloved wife of Anthony Murray. Loving mother of Stephen A. Murray. Dear sister of Sabrina Dailey (Ron) and Anthony Monroe. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Services are pending and will be announced in the coming days. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Stephanie’s memory to American Diabetes Associationand American Heart Association.


Timothy D. Gibbons, of the Mayfair section of our city, passed away on February 18th, 2020, at age 65. Loving father of Sean Gibbons. Husband of Debra Gibbons. Loving son of Margaret Gibbons and the late Michael Gibbons. Devoted brother of Mickey Gibbons (Bernadette), Kevin Gibbons, John Gibbons (Debra) and Kyle Gibbons. Sadly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Tim’s life, on Wednesday February 26th at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts) You may visit and comfort the Gibbons Family during the viewing from 10:30am – 12:00 noon in the Funeral Home. There will be a prayer service at 12:00 noon (also in the funeral home) Burial with military honors to follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery. Please omit flowers and make donations in Tim’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 


Charles Patrick O’Neill III, of Northeast Philadelphia, passed away February 17th, 2020 at the age of 59. Son of the late Charles Patrick O’Neill Jr. (Pat) and Maryann Rogers (Joseph) Loving father of Charles Patrick IV, Nicholas, Ryan Patrick and Joseph Charles “J.C.” Beloved brother of Dorothy Ziemer (Tommy), Joanne O’Neill, Thomas O’Neill (Maureen), Rita Marie O’Neill, Michael O’Neill, James O’Neill (Katie), Tricia Hynes (Justin), Joe Rogers and John Rogers. Also survived by 12 nieces and nephews and 8 great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers please make a check out to Chalie O’Neill III Children Memorial Fund at Police and Fire Federal Credit Union (3330 Grant Ave. Phila., PA 19114) for Charles’ younger children Joseph Charles “J.C.” and Ryan Patrick, in his memory. A Memorial gathering will be held on Saturday February 22nd at St. Anselm Church 12670 Dunks Ferry Rd. Phila., PA 19154 from 11:00AM-12:00PM. There will be a Funeral Mass at 12:00PM. Private interment will be at a later date.


Ronald M. Nirenberg, Sr. of the Mayfair section of our city, passed away on February 17th, 2020, at age 85. Loving father of Pasquale Nirenberg, Ronald Nirenberg, Jr. (Karen) and the late John Nirenberg. Devoted Pop of Kristina Mahoney (Michael) and Kathleen Nirenberg. Great grand father of Keiragh  and Mickey. Former spouse of Marie Nirenberg. Family and friends are invited to attend his viewing and funeral on Saturday February 22nd from 8:30 am to 10:00 am at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts). There will be a funeral mass St. Matthew RC Church (3000 Cottman Ave.)  at 10:30am with burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery.  


Margaret McParland-Abel, affectionately known to her friends and family as Peggy, died on Valentine’s Day, Friday the 14th of February at Lower Bucks Hospital surrounded by family. Born in 1941 in Philadelphia, PA, she lived most of her adult life in Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township NJ, before returning to Pennsylvania in recent years.  Peggy loved good food, especially Italian and seafood, her Yorkies, her stuffed animals and dolls, and most of all her family. She is survived by her sister, Geraldine Scassero and her husband Tim; her sons, Joseph Swope and his wife Sharon, Thomas Swope and his wife Nadine, Michael Swope and his wife Susan, William Schweppe and his wife Meka; ten grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Peggy’s life on Wednesday, February 19th at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts). You may visit and comfort Peggy’s family during the viewing from 9:30am – 11:00am in the funeral home. There will be a Prayer Service at 11:00am (also in the funeral home), with burial to follow in Magnolia Cemetery. 

David B. Johnston, Jr., “Skip” formerly of the Harrowgate section of our city, passed away on February 14th, 2020, at age 72. Beloved husband of Joan (nee Strouse). Cherished father of Susan Herrmann (Randy). Loving grandfather of Natalie Vidra and Tim Herrmann. Doting Great-Grandfather of Annabella Herrmann. David was a constant presence in the Harrowgate Boxing Club in the 1970s, where he volunteered his time. Being selfless throughout his life, with continuing to help all those that he felt were in need, through the Veterans Administration, Northeast Hospital, Friends Hospital, and A.A. , David actually gave the coat off of his back to someone that needed it more than he.  Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate David’s life on Friday February 21st, at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts). You may visit and comfort David’s family during the visitation from 12:00 noon to 1:30pm in the Funeral Home. There will be a Remembrance Service at 1:30pm (also in the funeral home). Burial, with military honors, will be at a later date in Washington Crossing National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations in David’s memory to CMJC VA Medical Center Volunteer Services (on memo of check please write hospice unit and David’s name) 3900 Woodland Ave. Phila., PA 19104. Please note: REFRAIN from wearing any strong perfume or cologne the day of the memorial. (Sensitive breathing condition of a family member).

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Jeffrey S. Carroll, Sr. of  the Tacony section of our city, passed away on February 15th, 2020, at age 58. Beloved husband of Darlene (nee Hughes). Loving father of Jeffrey Carroll, Jr. (Trish ), Jennifer DeBoin (Tim) and  Justin Carroll (Lexi). Devoted Pop-Pop of Kirstyn, Timothy, Kalleigh, Mason, Mariah, Ivy and Cian. Brother of Richie Carroll and Joe Carroll (Liz).  Sadly missed by his parents, Richard and Helen Carroll, as well as many nieces,  nephews, in-laws and a host of friends. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Jeffrey’s life on Thursday February 20th, at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts). You may visit and comfort Jeffrey’s family during the visitation from 8:30 am – 10:00 am in the funeral home. There will be a Remembrance Service at 10:00 am (also in the funeral home). Burial to follow, with military honors, in Washington Crossing National  Cemetery.   


Francisco Serrano, of the Mayfair section of our city, born, 1932 in Cuba,  passed away on February 14th, 2020, at age 87. Survived by his loving friends, Marisol Guadalupe and Carlos Guadalupe, as well as their children Anibal and Juan, Jr.  A graveside service will be held on Monday February 24th, at 10:00am, where Francisco will be laid to rest, in Magnolia Cemetery, 4500 Levick St. Phila. Please arrive at the cemetery 9:45am 


Juan Bautista Alvelo, of North Philadelphia, passed away on February 10th , 2020, at age 57. Loving father of Melissa Fossie, Gabrielle Houey and Jonathan Alvelo. . Loving brother of Victor Alvelo, Ana Julia Carreras, Antonia Gonzalez, Pedro Alvelo, Jr., Carmen Alvelo, Maria I. Alvelo, Marisa Alvelo, Radames Alvelo and Ibet Gonzalez. Devoted grandfather of Aidan and Alivia, also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Juan’s life on Saturday February 15th at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts) You may visit and comfort Juan’s family during the visitation from 10:30am -12:00 pm in the funeral home. There will be a Prayer Service at 12:00 noon. Burial will be at a later date in private at Chelten Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Juan’s memory to his family, so that an education fund can be set up for his grandchildren. 


Zinaida A. Pougatcheva, of the Rhawnhurst section of our city, passed away on February 7th, 2020, at age 96. She is survived by her son, Aleksandr Pougatcheva. All services will be held in private, as Zinaida’s wishes were to be cremated with her cremated remains being laid to rest in her homeland, Ukraine. 


Gilbert Jean-Louis, of the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia, passed away February 4th, 2020 at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Marie Therese Constant Jean-Louis. Loving father of Mrs. and Mr. Astride & Donald Jean-Louis, Mrs. and Mr. Kethly N. & Oriol Macean, Gilberthe Jean-Louis & Jean-Claude Jeune, Carolle Jean-Louis & Remy Saint Paul, Marjorie Jean-Louis & Etzer Vilcinor, Kerline Louissaint b & Jean D Jean-Louis, Sandy P. & Gregory Jean-Louis, Wisline Eugene, Jean Jean and Sherline. Grandfather of Christian Jean-Louis, Darlens, Laurie, Cynthia & Dany Macean, Marvin, Sebastien, David Jeune, Giordie, Gia, Giocarly Saint-Paul, Kaisha Vilcinor, Joshua, Therry, Eli Jean-Louis, Jonathan, Zyon, Aaron, Maoue Jean-Louis, Russel, Bianca, Shlomo, Chloe, and Andre Eugene. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Gilbert’s life on Saturday, February 29th at God’s Church By the Faith 200 W. Tabor Rd. Phila., PA 19120. You may visit and comfort the Jean-Louis family during the viewing from 9:00am-10:00am. There will be a Service at 10:00am, precisely,  in the church. Burial to follow in Ivy Hill Cemetery. 


Carol Lynn Cutler, of Bensalem, PA, passed away on February 9th, 2020, at age 68.  Loving mother of Dawn Smith (Edward Kennedy) and William Dickel. Grandmother of Katelyn Devine, Samantha Smith and Laura Smith. Great grandmother of Connor Joseph Devine and Olivia Marie Skelley. Survived by her father William Cutler and her sister, Cheryl Cutler. There will be  no services, as Carol’s wishes were to be cremated and have her cremated remains scattered off the coast of Assateague Island. All memorial contibutions may be made in Carol’s memory to Pennsylvania SPCA. 


Willie Nedwards Jr., of Philadelphia PA, passed away February 8th, 2020 at the age of 64. Son of the late Willie Sr. and Beulah Nedwards. Beloved father of the late Torre Watson. Loving brother of Delores Brown and Joyce Shuler. Dear uncle of Crystal Shuler and the late Andre Henry. He is also survived by his aunt Dora Robinson.  At the request of the family there will be no services as Willie’s wishes were to be cremated.


Doris Anne Iovino (née Kravitz), of the Harowgate section of our city, passed away on February 8th, 2020, at age 86. Beloved wife of the late Carman Iovino. Loving mother of Robin Caponigro, Mary Binkley (John), Renee Iovino (Brian), Joseph Iovino (Esther) and the late Carman “Nucci” Iovino. Also survived by many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren. At the request of the family there will be no services as Doris’ wishes were to be cremated. Please make donations in Doris’ memory to St. Francis Inn 2441 Kensington Ave. Phila., PA 19125


John M. O’Brien, of Tacony section of Philadelphia, passed away on February 7th, 2020, at age 83. Loving brother of William O’Brien (Julianna) and Patrick O’Brien (Joanne). Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, as well as his good friends, Sue and John. . Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate John’s life on Friday February 14th at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts). You may visit and comfort John’s family during the viewing from 9:30 – 11:00am in the funeral home. There will be a Prayer Service at 11:00am. Burial will be at a later date in Magnolia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations in John’s memory to The National Federation for the Blind, 200 E. Wells St. Baltimore, MD 21230.


Baby Thomas Joseph Duffy, went to be with the angels February 3rd, 2020. Beloved son of Joelle Powell and Robert William Duffy. Loving brother of Bobby, David and Briella. Dear grandchild of Annette Duffy, Jospehine Powell, the late James Duffy and David Powell. Nephew of Aunt Shelby, Aunt Heather, Aunt Liz and Uncle Jim. Family and friends are invited to gather for Baby Thomas’ visitation on Thursday February 13th at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. Phila PA 19135 (between Unruh & Knorr Sts.) from 10:00AM-11:00AM. There will be a service at 11:00AM in the Funeral home with burial to follow in Magnolia Cemetery. 


Edward J. Varley, of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away February 6th, 2020 at the age of 86. Beloved husband of Dorothy “Dutchie” Varley. Loving father of Eddie Varley. Dear brother of James Varley (the late Florence). Uncle of Florence Closky. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Edward’s life on Friday Evening February 14th at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. Phila., PA 19135 (between Unruh & Knorr Sts.) You may visit and comfort the Varley family during the Visitation from 6:00PM-8:00PM. There will be a Prayer Service at 8:00PM in the Funeral Home.


Eleanor Fox, of the Tacony section of Philadelphia, passed away February 1st, 2020 at the age of 83. Daughter of the late Elmer and Eleanor Doyle. Beloved mother of Eleanor Veitz, Mary Derr, the late Elmer Fuller and William Allen. Loving wife of the late James Allen. Grandmother of Shannon Thompson, William Allen, Theresa Penn, John Caputo and JJ Veitz. Great-grandmother of Alicia Thompson, Christopher Caputo, Barndon Thompson, Sean Caputo, Rachel Allen and Layla Jae Penn. At the request of the family there will be no services. 


Sylvia Luna, of Northeast Philadelphia, passed away on January 30th, 2020, at age 64. Beloved aunt and godmother  of Sylmarie Nunez-Luna. Sister of Manuel Nunez and the late Maria Nunez. At the request of Sylvia’s family there will be services at a later date.


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