Dominga Osoria DeWilmo, of the Castor Gardens section of Philadelphia, passed away on July 13th, 2020, at age 81. Born in the Dominican Republic, Dominga was the loving mother of Rosa Lesvia Wilmo Osoria, Elvia Elena Wilmo Osoria,Miledia Wilmo Osoria, Emilio Wilmo Osoria, Soldeluz Wilmo Osoria, AlbaNidia Wilmo Osoria and Maribel Wilmo Osoria. Sadly missed by 21 Grandchildren and 25 Great-grandchildren. Because of the current health concerns, Dominga’s family will hold a private viewing, prayer service and burial. She will be laid to rest in Greenmount Cemetery. 

David W. Burger, of East Stroudsburg PA, formerly of Philadelphia, passed away July 13th, 2020 at the age of 55. Beloved son of Rosalie Hartigan (nee Cardinali). Loving father of Kelly Lynn Grohs (Walt). Devoted brother of Gary Hartigan. Loving companion of Elaine Sivel. He will be missed by his step-children Loree Leahy and Amy Flynn and by his grandchildren Kaitlin, Halie, Bryanna, Alyssa, Erin and Ellie Mae. Due to the current health crisis, David’s family will be holding a private viewing and service. 

Karen Ann Wagner, of the Frankford section of Philadelphia, passed away on July 9th, 2020, at age 52. Loving mother of Sarah Yost and Robert P. Yost (Lillian). Beloved daughter of William and Helen Wagner. Also survived by 1 sister, Amie Wagner-Brown and 1 brother, Christopher Wagner. Family and friends are invited to her viewing and funeral on Monday July 20th in St. Katherine RC Church (9700 Frankford Ave.) You may visit and comfort Karen’s family during the viewing in church from 10:00AM – 11:00 AM There will be a funeral mass at 11:00 AM with burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. 

Derek James McConnell, of the Juniata section of Philadelphia, passed away July 7th, 2020 at the age of 35. Beloved son of Robert and Denise McConnell. Loving brother of Ian Michael (Rachel), Ryan Patrick, Justin Robert (Giovanna), Keith Thomas and Scott Andrew (Louise). Uncle of Payson, Rob, Piper, Jeremy, Silas, Gavin, Alina, Emerson and Arlo. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family. A private Memorial Service will be held for Derek by his immediate family. At a future date a public Memorial will be held for all his friends and loved ones. Please keep them in your prayers. 

Thomas Patrick Gasper Jr., sadly passed away on June 29, 2020 in Philadelphia while trying to start a new chapter of his life.  Loving son of Ree Emberg and Tom Gasper, Beloved brother of Ren Simoneaux, Dixie Mattingly and Hannah Gasper.  Thomas will forever be missed by his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and all of his dear friends. Thomas had a huge heart for animals and would take in any stray dog if he could.  As a child he loved everything dinosaurs, as an adult fast cars, he could tell you the specs of any sports car. Family and friends are invited to gather to remember and celebrate the life of Thomas Gasper on Saturday July 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM at West University Baptist Church at 6218 Auden St, Houston, TX.  

Desiree Shaffer, of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, tragically passed away on July 5th, 2020 at the age of 37. Beloved daughter of Cindy and Tommy. Loving mother of Kyla, Elijah, Jeremiah, Mariah and Josiah. Sister of Misty, Natasha and Chelsea. Aunt of Justine, Dominique, Victoria, Layla, Mazie, JJ, Paisley and Blake. She is also survived by many cousins, aunts and uncles. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A Graveside Service will be held for Desiree in Magnolia Cemetery (4500 Levick St.) on Saturday July 11th at 11:00AM  by her close family and friends. Please keep the family in your prayers.

Sharon Elizabeth Richards, of the Frankford section of Philadelphia, passed away July 5th, 2020 at the age of 66. Loving wife of James R Richards Jr. Sister of Robert “Buddy” Ellis (Roberta Lee). Beloved mother of  Lisa Aleman, Milagro Aleman, Judy (Ameen Sevick), Evelyn (Bruce Williams), Elisavel Aleman, Marisol (Robert Bogan) and Jame (Amber Richards ). Grandmother of Elexis and Johnathan O’Hara, Anjolina Aleman, Gregory Richards, Thomas Dawson, Jesse and Vanessa Williams, Alexandria and Bryanna Aleman-Mancini, Alicia and Sophia Bogan, Samantha, Arianna, Nathan, Hannah Lynn and Jesse James Richards. Great-grandmother of Layla and Daxton Williams, Remi and Athena Williams, and Arianna Maines. A memorial service for Sharon is pending.

Mary Gillespie (nee Youell), of Port Richmond, formerly of the Kensington section, passed away, surrounded by her loving family on July 4th, 2020, at age 77. Loving mother of John Gillespie (Sandy), Jane Gillespie-Marko (the late Anthony), Kristine Amato (Dennis) and William Gillespie (Rose). Devoted grandmother of Nyasia (Rich), Candis, Thomas, Shannon, John, Billy and Seamus. Also survived by 8 great grandchildren. Sister of Frederick, Patricia (Anthony) and the late June.  Predeceased, by the love of her life, Hal Mason. Because of the current health concerns, Mary’s family has decided to hold a memorial service at a later date when everybody can attend.  

Antoinette Kiefer, resident of St. John Neumann Nursing Home, passed away March 20th, 2020 at the age of 92. Daughter of the late Joe and Alfreda Meller. Beloved wife of the late George Kiefer. Loving mother of Cynthia Terlecki, Leonard Moore, John Moore, Stephen Moore, Paul Moore and the late Mark Moore. Devoted sister of the late Alfreda Maier and Diane Stellawag. Grandmother of the late Jamie Moore. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. You may visit and comfort Antoinette’s family during the visitation on Friday July 24th, 2020 from 10:30am – 11:00am in St. Ephrem R.C. Church (5400 Hulmeville Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020). There will be a Funeral Mass at 11:00AM. 

Roman Peter Stanko a long time resident of northeast Philadelphia, died peacefully on July 1, 2020.  He was born on February 28, 1956 to Maria (Iwaskiw) and Peter Stanko (dec’d).  He leaves behind his loving wife of 18 years Polina Stanko (Savachuk) his sisters Orysia (John) Trevistan and Olia (Nick) Kuzewycz, godson Nicholas (Amanda) Kuzewycz and niece Natalya (Joshua) Knapp, along with great niece Cassidy Claire and great nephew Jeremy.  His love for soccer earned him a position with the Minnesota Kicks, Philadelphia Fever and the Ukrainian Nationals.  Roman battled cancer and died with his family by his side.  May he rest in peace and his memory be eternal.  A memorial service will be scheduled at a later time.

William “Billy” Hopkins, passed away tragically, on June 26th, 2020, at age 18. Loving son of the late  Suzanne Malloy Hopkins, Patti Hopkins, John Hopkins. Beloved brother of Joseph Hopkins, Alexias Hopkins, Matthew Hopkins, Britnee Hopkins and the late Billy Hopkins. Sadly missed by his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of good friends. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Billy’s life on Monday July 6th in St. Anne’s RC Church (2328 E. Lehigh Ave.). You may visit and comfort Billy’s family during the viewing from 9:00am – 10:15am in the church. There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:30AM. Burial to follow in Greenmount Cemetery. 

Andrew C. Frosch, formerly of the Frankford section of Philadelphia, passed away on June 30th, 2020, at age 87. Andrew was a Korean War Veteran, who served his country honorably, in the United States Army. Loving father of Joann Matczak (Mike), Andrew Frosch (Karen), James Frosch (Margaret), Evelyn Taylor (John), Sheryl Smargisso (Chris), Beth Mackley (Charles) and Nancy Frosch (Richard Fenton). Sadly missed by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Companion of the late Priscilla Pope. At the request of Andrew’s family, there will be no services, as his wishes were to be cremated with his cremated remains being scattered in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Grace Gambino (nee Antonucci), longtime resident of the Mayfair section, passed away on June 29th, 2020, at age 89. Beloved wife of the late Albert Gambino. Loving mother of Joseph, Maryann and the late Dominic. Also survived by many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sister of Anthony, Salvatore and the late Mary. Family and friends are invited to her visitation and funeral on Thursday, July 2nd, from 9:30-10:30am in St. Timothy RC Church, 3001. There will be a FUNERAL MASS at 10:30am. There will be no cemetery that day, as Grace’s wishes were to be cremated. Please note: as you enter the church, please wear a mask and follow the recommended guidelines of social distancing. 

Charles R. Emmett, of Yardley, PA, passed away on June 25th, 2020, at age 78. Beloved husband of Marlene (née Uitz). Loving and best dad to Kimberly Danks (Thomas, Jr.) and Andrea Skale (Allan). Devoted grand pop of Gavin. Also survived by his brother Richard Emmet (Susan) and Joyce Disepio. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Because of the current health concerns, Charles’ family will have a private memorial and prayer service. 

Eleanor Fowler, of Kenilworth N.J., passed away June 22nd, 2020 at the age of 86. Predeceased by her husband Fred A. Fowler. Devoted mother of David A. Fowler, Debora S. Sullivan, Linda Hippe-Fowler and the late Frederick T. Fowler and Steven J. Fowler .Mother-in-law of Mary Hake, Andrea Lynn Pacsai and Gini Freire. Grandmother of Nicole Fowler, Billy Sullivan, Timothy Sullivan, Matthew Sullivan, Jennifer Langan,  Cheryl Fowler, Steven Fowler and Anthony Fowler. Great Grandmother of William Langan, Kenneth Langan, Allison Langan, Myles Fowler and Armani Fowler. Due to the current health crisis there will be no services at this time.

Ryan J. Teitelman, of Philadelphia, PA, passed away June 15th, 2020 at the age of 33. Son of the late Alan and Frances Teitelman. Beloved brother of Joan Teitelman. Loving uncle of Maria Iavecchia, Anya Munoz, Alyssa Teitelman, Eric Teitelman and Jonathan Munoz. He will be missed by several friends. Ryan’s family will be holding a Memorial Service for him on Sunday June 28th at Pleasant Hill Park (on the corner of Linden Ave & N. Delaware Ave.) from 12Noon-5:00PM. 

Ephraim Levin, a resident of Harmony Place, passed away on June 18th, 2020, at age 99. He is survived by 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Sadly missed by his second family Susan Walkup and her 2 children, as well as a host of friends who loved him (from Merc Brothers Pizza Shop). Ephraim will be laid to rest in the family plot in Roosevelt Memorial Park. 

Annabelle Martinez, of Philadelphia PA, passed away June 7th, 2020 at the age of 62. Proud daughter of Carmen Aviles and Ventura Martinez. Beloved mother of Natasha Serrano, Ana Nancy Vasquez and James Burgos. Loving grandmother to Julian Vasquez and 9 grandchildren.  Loving sister of Iris Betsy Martinez, Madeline Martinez, Blanca Martinez, Joanna Martinez and Benny Martinez.


My mother was a loving and caring soul. People gravitated towards my mother, she was friendly and quick to help. She would make total strangers feel like they had known her for years. She was the life of the party, full of energy, with her quirky personality and she’d dance to everything-she especially loved her Salsa and R&B soul music. She was outgoing, outspoken, and made her thoughts known.  She loved her Puerto Rican heritage. “WE TAINO!!” she’d yell loud and proud! Wearing all her puerto rican gear. From the cango hat, bandanas, bracelets and chains,  down to her chancletas. My mom would be up and down the streets protesting today, with her Puerto Rican gear, letting them know Puerto Rican Lives Matter.  My mother was also a faithful woman of God.  She struggled for many years and yet kept her faith. My most fond memory was at church of her dancing and singing “I have the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart, And I’m so happy, so very happy, I have the love of Jesus in my heart,  down in my heart to stay.”  I know she’s in heaven with our Lord, her mother, sister and brother.

Due to the current health crisis, Annabelle’s family will be having a private Memorial Service to celebrate her life. 

Nina C. Ballester Grippo, age 37, passed away on June 12, 2020, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Beloved daughter of Linda Ballester and the late David F. Ballester. Loving sister of Elisha “Masi” Ruiz (Wichy).  Loving Mother of Gianna Noemi Grippo, Kira Lee Delgado, Kayla Lynn Delgado, Edwin Delgado Jr., and Nino Carmelo Rodriguez. Nina will be sadly missed by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins especially Nani, extended family, and friends. Nina loved you all and holds many special memories that she will carry on in her next journey. Because of the current health concerns, Nina will be cremated and her ashes will be buried with her beloved dad.  On behalf of the Family we would like to express immense gratitude for the outpouring of love and support during this period of bereavement.

Garnett Harrell, of Morrisville, PA, passed away on June 11th, 2020, at age 92.  Beloved husband of Maeole Harrell (nee Williams). Loving father of Deborah Harrell-Hayes, Reginald Harrell, Wayne Harrell and the late Denary Harrell and Derwin Harrell. Sadly missed by several grandchildren, great- grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, five sisters and a host of nieces and nephews. Because of the current health concerns, all services and entombment will be held at a later date. 

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