Grace (Roat) Killen, of the Mayfair neighborhood in Philadelphia, passed away surrounded by her loving family on November 24, 2021 at age 99. Beloved mother of Joyce (Steve) Gendler, Richard (Alice) Killen, Evelyn Killen, Cheryl Roby, Linda Scache, Joan (Lon) Harless, Kenneth Killen. She is preceded in death by husband Edwin and daughter June. Beloved grandmother of Dawn, Christine, Jennifer, Benton, Ryan, Suzanne, Nicole, Garrett, Meagan, Chad, Robert, Jamie, Jimmy, and Jill as well as 12 great grandchildren. Grace was well known to all she met in her neighborhood, often sharing many stories of her life on her front steps. She lived her life with unconditional kindness, acceptance, and compassion for others with an open and generous heart. Family and friends will be invited to attend a celebration of life at a later date.
Jerry L. White, of Trevose PA, passed away November 18th 2021, at the age of 79. Jerry proudly served in the Navy from 1961-1967. Jerry will be remembered for having a heart of gold and always treating everyone he meets as family. He enjoyed making Santa cards for the children around his life, every holiday season. Jerry was creative when it came to leather products. He could make shoes, lamps, purses or anything he put his mind to. During his life he enjoyed camping with friends and family and donating to the St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana. Jerry will be greatly missed by people around the world. Son of the late David and Winifred White. Loving father of James White (Christine McClay), Leisha Ficano (Jay), Christopher White (Michelle Angel) and Danielle East (SteveO). Cherished grandfather of Nicole Randazzo (James), Angel (Ricardo Reyes), Mariah, Brittany (Caleb Konzelman), Zachary (Bailey Pellegrino), Jewel and Alyssa. Great-grandfather of DavidRyan, Lilianna, Ivy, James, Jayden and Shea. Former spouse of Penny White. Please keep Jerry’s family in your prayers.
Elizabeth Steck “Betty”, of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, sadly passed away November 16th, 2021, at the age of 63. Beloved daughter of the late Gerald and Edna Steck. Loving mother of Kelsey Coppola. She will be missed by her close friends LuLu, Chrissy, Trish and Jer. Betty loved her garden and her two dogs Trooper and Squirt. She was truly a brave and fierce warrior after battling her illness for four years. Betty will be remembered for being a loving, caring, feisty and strong woman and she will be missed dearly. At the request of the family there will be no services at this time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Betty’s memory to the ASPCA. Click Here.
Bernard J. Mertz, formerly of the Kensingston section of Philadelphia, passed away on November 12th, 2021, at age 78. Loving father of Matthew Hamell, Alexander Hamell-Mertz (Erica Hamell), Austin Hamell-Mertz and Max Hamell. Devoted grandfather of Brianna Hamell. Predeceased by his brother, Gerard Mertz, Jr. and his sister, Anna May Maines. At the request of the family there will be no services at this time.
Elizabeth Rivera, of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away on November 11th, 2021, at age 92. Beloved wife of the late Jose J. Rivera, Sr. Loving mother of William Rodriguez (Carmen), Jose J. Rivera, Jr. (Alma), Suzzette Rhodes (Felix) and Jose F. Rivera (Ingrid). Sadly missed by several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. Also survived by two brothers and 4 sisters. All services and burial will be held in her homeland, Puerto Rico. Please keep her family in your prayers.
Dorothy P. Vaughan (nee Mannix), of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away on November 12th, 2021, at age 74. Beloved wife of the late Richard B. Vaughan, Jr. Loving mother of Jane Payne (Charles) and Richard Vaughan. Devoted grandmother of Matthew (Beth), Jenna (Jay), Katey, Brigid, Charlie and Noah. Great grandmother of Audrey, Reese and Addison. Also survived by her 2 sisters, Kathleen Stever (Joseph), Elizabeth Ruppersberger (Lester), 1 brother Edward Mannix, sister-in-law Sandy Mulvenna as well as many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend her visitation and funeral on Thursday, November 18th from 9:00am – 10:00am in St. Timothy RC Church (3001 Levick) There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:00am. Burial will be at a later date in Sunset Memorial Park. Please omit flowers and consider donations in Dorothy’s memory to Penn Medicine Hospice, 150 Monument Rd., Suite 300, Bala Cynwyd, Pa 19004.
Colleen (McPeak) Mullins, of the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia, passed away surrounded by her loving family, on November 12th, 2021, at age 50. Beloved wife and best friend of James Mullins, Sr. Loving mother of William McPeak (Victoria) and Sean McPeak. Loving Stepmother of James Mullins, Jr., Lauren Marie Mullins (Casey), Victoria Marie Mullins and Rachel Mullins. Devoted grandmother of Lukas, Zane, Harrison, Brexton and Bryleigh. Daughter of Marie Smith (Tom) and the late James Krewson (Pam). Sister of Maria Keyes, James Krewson, Colleen Tertelis and Millissa Manni. Stepsister of Karen Keefe, Jennifer and William Vandegrift. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Colleen’s life on Thursday, November 18th, from 9:30am – 11:00am at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc., 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts) There will be remembrance service at 11:00am. Please omit flowers and consider donations in Colleen’s memory to Asplundh Cancer Research Center at Jefferson Hospital.
Michael Wainwright, formerly of the Harrowgate section of Philadelphia, passed away on November 11th, 2021, at age 47. Beloved son of Gary Wainwright (Michelle) and the late Patricia Carbonaro (the late John). Sadly missed by his brothers, Gary Wainwright (Chrissy) and Jesse Wainwright (Nicole) and sister Stephanie, as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Michael’s life on Saturday, November 20th, starting at 1:00pm at 5833 Cricket Lane Bensalem, PA (Gary and Chrissy’s residence) Please keep his family and loved ones in your prayers.
Caseylyn Keith, of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away November 10th 2021 at the age of 42. Loving daughter of Dianna Naylor (the late Lloyd Naylor) and Rick Keith (Richelle). Loving mother of Christopher and Kevin. Beloved fiancé of Chris Gubicza. Cherished sister of Ricky and Alena (John). Loving “big sister” of Kelly (J.R.). She will be missed by her godsons Stevie and Christian as well as her godparents Jim and Mary. She is also survived by several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Caseylyn was a very active and free spirit. She will be remembered for her kind and gentle soul as well as her dedication to her two sons and family. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Caseylyn’s life on Saturday November 20th at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. Phila., PA 19135 (between Unruh & Knorr Sts.) You may visit and comfort Caseylyn’s family during the viewing from 9:00AM-10:30AM. There will be a prayer service in the funeral home at 10:30AM. Please keep her family in your prayers.
Teresa Ruth Martell, of the Kensington section of Philadelphia, passed away on November 9th, 2021, at age 66. Loving mother of Raymond Presock (Wendy), Teresa Brown (the late James) and Brian Fitzgerald. Sadly missed by her grandchildren, Daria, Kris, Daisha, James, Samantha, Megan and Sierra. Great grandmother of Aalyviah and Jerome, Jr. Predeceased by her mother, Barbara Wagenmann. At the request of Teresa’s family there will be no services at this time. Please keep her family in your prayers.
Spencer D. Cutler, formerly of West Chester, NY and Potomac, MD, passed away on November 9th, 2021, at age 28. Beloved son of Naomi Blackman and the late Scott Cutler. Survived by his brother, Wesley Cutler. At the request of the family, there will be no services.
Sharine Harper, of Philadelphia PA, born in Baltimore MD, passed away November 7th, 2021 at the age of 53. Daughter of the late Essie Lee. Loving mother of Justin Harper and Sheonna Harris. Beloved grandmother of Davon Harper. Cherished sister of Joseph Allender and Garfield Allender Jr. Aunt of Kori, Ryan, Mason, Devin, Lauren, Tevin, Garfield III and the late Termaine. She will be missed by her Aunt Tiny Taylor (Leroy), Archie Freeman, Leonard Harper as well as the late Alice Kendrick and Milton Harper. Sharine will also be missed by her cousin Anthony Jones.
Henry Peter Grant Willingham III “Hank”was a caring, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend. He left this world suddenly on November 3, 2021 at age 59. He was born to Rozalia and Henry Willingham jr. on July 15, 1962 in Hahnemann Hospital. He attended the Philadelphia public schools in addition successfully completed the Job Corp program majoring brick layering. Henry loved sports and chased his dream to become a golden glove boxing champion and had a passion for cooking he developed working in various local restaurants as a short order cook. Henry was often the go to family member to fight any battle and was very protective. He always surrounded himself with his friends and family, which is where he felt most comfortable and loved. Frequently becoming the life of the party with his witty stories about his life experiences. While flirting with all the ladies and enjoying music. He loved movies and recently got hooked on the Tyler Perry tv show the “Oval” which he scheduled events around as to not miss an episode. Henry faced and overcame many challenges in life. In his later years Henry re-established his personal relationship with GOD and is at peace now. Henry is survived by mother Rozalia, father Henry Jr.,brother, Stanley, sisters, Cateena, Desairrea, daughter Latina, sons Henry IV(Ja’mil), Rahmir, 7 grandchildren, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces/nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Henry’s life on Monday November 15th at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. Phila., PA 19135 (between Unruh & Knorr Sts.) You may visit and comfort Henry’s family during his visitation from 9:30AM-11:00AM. There will be a service in the funeral home at 11:00AM.
MISS ME BUT LET ME GO
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room, Why cry for a soul set free!
Miss me a little – but not for long
And not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared, Miss me, but let me go.
For this journey that we all must take And each must go alone;
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds. Miss me, but let me go.
– Edgar Albert Guest
Dorothy Hester (nee Jones), a resident of St. Joseph’s Manor, passed away on November 9th, 2021, at age 81. Beloved wife of James Hester. Loving mother of John Howe (Penny) and Kevin Howe. Grandmother of Nicole, Kylie and Robynn, Great grandmother of Keegan, Sister of Laurie Barron and Mary Trzuskowski. Family and friends are invited to attend her visitation and funeral on Friday, November 19th from 9:30am – 11:00am at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc., 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts). There will be a Prayer Service at 11:00am with burial to follow in Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Dorothy’s memory to Gift of Life Donor Program.
Maureen Spinosa passed away peacefully on October 24, 2021, at the age of 81. She was born on October 10, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York to Eleanor and Eddie Gallagher. She married her lifetime friend and love Eddie Spinosa on February 14,1960, who preceded her in death in 2008. Maureen’s greatest love was her family, and all her children and grandchildren were proud to call her mom and grandma. Though Maureen’s health was failing for years, her joy for life and indomitable spirit kept her pushing through the pain. Despite her struggles, she provided support and love for her family. She leaves behind a very loud and crazy family that she was very proud of and loved so very much. Maureen was world-renowned for lack of being on time for everything and the last to leave, always the life of the party. She was notorious for not holding back her opinion and a knack for telling it like it is. Her family grieves her loss but takes comfort knowing Eddie and Maureen are together again with all their heavenly family. Oh, what a party that must be! Maureen was a longtime resident of Levittown, PA and Munster, IN where she raised her family. Beloved wife of Edmund Spinosa. Loving Mother of Stephen Spinosa (Sally), Doreen Zadrozny (Robert), and Danielle Spinosa. Beloved grandmother to Anthony, Angelique (fiancé Kyle), Taylor Sr., Mary (George), Stephanie (Joseph), Sean, Stone, Gina and Braedin. Great Grandmother to Taylor Jr. and Sophia. Predeceased by her siblings Georgiann Gage and Robert Gallagher. Sister-in-law of Robert Spinosa (Simone) and sadly missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Family and friends are invited to attend her visitation and funeral on Saturday, November 27th from 8:30am – 9:30am at St. Frances Cabrini RC Church, (325 S. Oxford Valley Rd, Fairless Hills PA 19030). There will be a funeral mass at 9:30am with entombment to follow at Beachwood cemetery. Please omit flowers.
Dennis J. McCoy, of the Tacony section of Philadelphia, passed away November 7th, 2021 at the age of 65. Son of the late Vincent and Ruth McCoy. Loving father of Jillian Paige McCoy, Katelin Grace McCoy and Corinne Michelle McCoy. Beloved grandfather of Elias Dozier. He will be missed by his godchildren Montana Belmonte Tillman (Andrew) and their children Gia and Adrianna. Former spouse and longtime friend of Dorothy McCoy. Brother of James McCoy (Susan), Kenneth McCoy (the late Carol), Stephen McCoy (the late LeeAnn), Paul McCoy, Susan McCoy Burden (Gerry), Janette McCoy, as well as the late Vincent J., McCoy, Brian Lee McCoy and Allen Michael McCoy. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Dennis will be laid to rest with his family at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Please keep his family in your prayers.
James J. Smolen, “Storky” of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away November 3rd 2021, at the age of 68. Son of the late Stanley and Jennie Smolen. Loving father of Lauren Smolen. Beloved brother of Charlotte Taylor (the late Thomas) as well as the late Thomas Smolen and Stanley Smolen. Uncle of Karen and Tommy. He is also survived by his great nieces, nephews and friends. James was a proud member of The Forrest Hill Club, American Legion and Local No. 19 (Sheet Metal Workers) Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Storky, Thursday, December 2nd, from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at The Forrest Hill Club, 4622 Rhawn St. Phila., Pa 19136. Please keep his family and loved ones in your prayers.
Dorothy D. Mulherrin (nee Costantini), of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away on November 5th, 2021, at age 89. Beloved wife of the late James Mulherrin. Loving mother of Diane McCarthy (Jay), Robert Mulherrin (Lori), Michael Mulherrin (the late Kimberly) and the late James Mulherrin. Devoted mom-mom of Jason, Robbie, Christopher, Maggie, Lauren, Daniel, Meredith, Kelsey and Michael. Great grandmother of William. Sadly missed by her brother, Ed Costantini and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother, Fern Costantini. Family and friends are invited to attend her viewing and funeral on Wednesday, November 17th from 9:15am – 10:15am at St. Matthew RC Church, 3000 Cottman Ave. There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:30am with burial to follow in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dorothy’s memory to Father Judge 12th Man Club, 3301 Solly Ave. Phila., PA 19136.
Michael “Ralph” Balfe, age 61, passed away on November 1st, 2021. Beloved father of Michael Balfe, Joseph Balfe and Noodle. Loving brother of Robert Balfe and Debora Apice. Sadly missed by his niece, Lauren (Dominic) and his devoted friend, Patricia. Former spouse of Angela Rose. Predeceased by his parents, Robert Balfe and Mary Balfe (nee Archie). He will be lovingly missed by many extended family members and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing and funeral on Saturday, November 13th, from 9:00am – 10:00am in Maternity BVM Church, (9220 Old Bustleton Ave.) Funeral Mass to follow at 10:00am. Burial will be at a later date in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Michael’s memory to the American Cancer Society. Donate Here.
Maeola Harrell, of the Tioga section of Philadelphia, passed away November 1st, 2021 at the age of 89. Wife of the late Garnett Harrell. Loving mother of Deborah Hayes, Reginald Harrell, Wayne Harrell, as well as the late Bikiem Harrell and Derwin Harrell. Beloved grandmother of 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her granddaughter- in-law Sekayi Harrell, her daughter-in-law Everly Harrell and her uncle Sonny Boy Williams. Interment at Washington Crossing National Cemetery will be held by her family at a later date.