Ronald Lee Knepper, of Bala Cynwyd, died on October 17th, 2020, at the age of 82. Ron was born to the late Joel and Frances (Snyder) Knepper and raised in Hawthorne, NJ with his late brother Gordon Knepper. Growing up Ron competed in football and went on to play at Montclair State University. Upon
graduating college he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and served in the US Marine Corps. Following active duty military service Ron began work in the furniture industry in California, ultimately returning to the East Coast and starting his own company, Knepper Associates , in Philadelphia. During the course of over 30 years, Ron employed a number of personnel, helping many to get their career start in contract furniture sales. Ron was devoted to his family and friends, and relished a good story or laugh, usually at the expense of one of those family members or friends! He loved reminiscing with his brother, football buddies, and fellow Marines. Ron greatly enjoyed reading, playing racquetball and squash, cycling, banging on his bongo or handmade1-string-bass, coaching his children and Special Olympics participants in youth sports, mastering the art of woodworking, gardening, cooking, winning a game of backgammon, and biking and golfing with his beloved wife. However, his greatest pride and joy was watching his grandchildren flourish in school and sports, tracking grade point averages and youth water polo, swimming, soccer, and volleyball each weekend as if they were the Olympic finals. He will be sadly missed but forever cherished by his wife Marion, children Wendy, Greg and Joel, stepsons Garrett, Ian, and Hunter, and their spouses and children. Family and friends are invited to attend a brief interment, with military honors, on Monday, November 23rd at 1pm,  at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Rd Newtown, PA 18940. Please arrive at the cemetery gate by 12:45pm and follow the signs “Funeral Procession Forms Here.” Due to weather and health concerns, a future celebration of life will be planned sometime in 2021.


Yvonne Branison, of North Philadelphia, passed away October 20th, 2020 at the age of 80. Loving mother of Sharon Branison-Barriner (Andre Stokes), Gregory Branison (Lerita), Kevin Branison (Michelle), the late Theresa Branison, Dereck Branison, Andre Branison and Bryant Branison. Grandmother of Andre Stokes Jr, Jennifer Branison, Carlton Gregory Branison, Lenayl Hilliard, Joe Darnell Hilliard Jr., Anthony Permenter, Joanna Branison, David Branison, Orbin Vinney Branison, Ashley Branison and Andre Bransion. Great grandmother of Sy’aire Vito Vinney, Orbin Ayden Vinney, Chrishten Brookes and Rose Brookes. Godmother of Joan Pattillo. Dear sister of Roland Branison and the late Carl Branison. Aunt of James McCarthy, Reggie Branison and Regina Branison. You are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Yvonne’s life on Friday October 30th at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation 6711 Frankford Ave. Phila, PA 19135 (between Unruh & Knorr Sts.) You may visit and comfort the Branison family during the viewing from 9:30AM-11:00AM. There will be a service at 11:00AM in the funeral home. Burial to follow in Merion Memorial Park 59 Rock Hill Rd. Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Because of the current health concerns, face masks are required and there is a limit of 25 people at a time inside of the funeral home. 

 


Samuel O. Shasanya, of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away on October 15th, 2020, at the age 76. Loving father of Stephanie DeMoe and Samantha Shasanya. He is survived by five grandchildren, Dominique, Darrell, Devin, Dylan and Dawsen DeMoe, as well as one brother, Akim Shasanya and two sisters, Funmilayo Oshodi and Afilaka Oluyinka. Family and friends are invited to attend Samuel’s graveside service and burial  Monday October 26th at 11:00 am at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (Cheltanham). Please arrive at the cemetery gate by 10:45am. 


Luciano Sierra. of North Philadelphia, passed away on October 17th, 2020, at age 65. Loving father of Eric Sierra, Stephanie Sierra-Delgado (Luis) and Eveliss Sierra. Devoted “Welo” of Anthony, Elissa, Julian, Idalis, Bianca, Jayden, Sienna, Emsley, Justin and Brooke. Also survived by his siblings, Wanda, Migdalia and the late Elba. Sadly missed by nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend his viewing and funeral on Friday October 23rd from 12:30-2:00pm at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts). Words of Remembrance Service will be at 2:00pm. There will be no cemetery that day, as Luciano’s wishes were to be cremated. Because of the current health concerns, face masks are required and there is a limit of 25 people at a time inside of the funeral home. 


Michael J. Hassey, of the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia, passed away on October 17th, 2020, at age 63. Loving husband of the late Coleen Hassey. Predeceased by his children, Kevin Hassey, Jennifer Hassey and Shana Hassey. Brother of  Francis Hassey, Joseph Hassey, James Hassey and the late Harry Hassey and Denise Hooven.  As per Michael’s wishes, he will be cremated. A graveside service and burial in Greenmount Cemetery will take place at a later date. 


Rose Navo (nee Cianflone), formerly of South Philadelphia and the Greater Northeast, passed away on October 17th, 2020, at age 96. Beloved wife of the late Samuel Tesauro and George Navo. Loving mother of Michael Tesauro (Rita Melaney). Devoted grandmother of Kim Einsig (Harry) and Toni Tesauro. Great grandmother of Joe Einsig, Joannah Einsig, Lexi Einsig and the late Darion Einsig. Also survived by 1 great great grandson, Grayson. Stepmother of Barbara Pratt (Dennis). Sadly missed by the entire Lucia family as well as many other loving nieces and nephews. The family will hold a private graveside service. 


Magdalena Vincentia Jorgage “Madeline” (nee Arbunich), of Plymouth Meeting, PA, passed away on October 12th, 2020, at age 87. Beloved wife of the late John Jorgage. Loving mother of Brian Jorgage (Lanny), Brenda Delizzio, Gary Jorgage and Sandra Jorgage. Sadly missed by her grandchildren, Danielle Delizzio, Nicole Delizzio and Brianna Delizzio. Family and friends are invited to attend her viewing and funeral on Wednesday October 21st, from 9:30am – 10:30am in St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, (259 Forest Ave., Ambler, PA 19002) 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 Madeline’s memory to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 


Kateryna Pawlowski, of the Bells Corner section of Philadelphia, passed away on October 10th, 2020, at age 92. Beloved wife of Zbigniew Pawlowski. Born in the Ukraine, Kateryna emigrated to the United States at a very young age. A graveside service will be held in the coming days with date and time to be announced. Kateryna will be laid to rest in Oakland Cemetery. 


Kaleena Anne Duffy, of Northeast Philadelphia, passed away October 7th, 2020 at the age of 21. Beloved daughter of Joseph Duffy and Cathy Anne Jericho-Duffy. Loving fiancée of Derrick Gregory Wilson Jr. Beloved mother of Mason Carter Wilson. Sister of Joseph Duffy Jr., and Kalise Duffy. Granddaughter of Cathy Jericho, Karen Duffy and the late Harry Jericho. Great-granddaughter of the late Gigi. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Kaleena’s life on Wednesday October 14th at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. Phila PA 19135 (between Unruh & Knorr Sts.) You may visit & comfort Kaleena’s family during the visitation from 12:30PM-2:00PM. There will be a Prayer Service at 2:00PM in the Funeral Home. Please wear your mask and practice social distancing.


Autumn Keeley Poulton, of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away on October 6th, 2020, suddenly at age 18. Beloved mother of Nathan. Loving daughter of Frank Poulton (Joan Hudson) and the late Lynnmarie Keeley. Sister of Ashley Costello, Jessica Curran (Tim), Christy Poulton, Shyla Poulton and the late Madison Poulton. Sadly missed by her nieces and nephews, Robert, Briana, Mark, Luke, Mason and Madilyn. Granddaughter of Donna Romano, Maryjean Keeley and Ron Keeley. Also survived by many aunts and uncles. Family and friends are invited to attend her visitation and funeral on Thursday October 15th from 9:30 am – 11:00 am at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts) There will be a Prayer Service at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Because of the current health concerns, face masks are required and there will be a limit of 25 people at a time inside of the funeral home. 


John McKiernan, “Jack”, of Roxborough, died on October 7th, 2020, at the age of 88.  Jack grew up in the East Falls area of Philadelphia. He is the son of the late John and Mary (Frith) McKiernan. Preceded in death by his wife Frances, brother William (Speck) McKiernan and sister, Marlene (Molly) Cannon. Jack served in the US Army and retired from the US Mint. As a young man, Jack loved to play football and baseball. He was a huge fan of the Phillies and Eagles. He gained the nickname, “Jack The Track” because he loved horse racing. He loved dancing and listening to the music of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Jack was a kind, loving and devoted man to his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by his nephews, Jerry, John, Kenny, Bill Cannon (who was also his Godson), Billy Kelly and nieces Joan (Cannon) Meyland and Marlene (McKiernan) Pisasale. Family and friends are invited to attend his visitation and funeral on Wednesday October 14th from 9:00am – 10:00 am in St. John the Baptist RC Church, 119 Rector St. Phila. 19127. Funeral Mass 10:00am Burial to follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Because of the current health concerns, face masks are required in church.  


Yveline Simon, of the Foxchase section of Philadelphia, passed away on October 8th, 2020, at age 44. Beloved wife of Cassagnol Simon. Loving mother of Andrew Simon, Tyler Simon and Kasey Simon. Daughter of  Elordes Buissereth and the late Jonel Buissereth. Beloved sister Betty, Lynda, Myrka, Chris and Ericah. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to her viewing and funeral on Friday October 16th, from 9:30-11:00am at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr sts) There will be a Prayer Service at 11:00am in the funeral home. As per Yveline’s wishes, she will be cremated. Because of the current health concerns, face masks are required and there is a limit of 25 people at a time inside of the funeral home.


Vincent P. Tuono, formerly of the Harrowgate section of Philadelphia, passed away on October 6th, 2020, at age 88. Beloved husband of the late Frances (nee Harrington) Loving father Jeanne Tuono, Sharon Germany (John), Renay Reeves (Robert) and Vincent Tuono (Jessica). Grandfather of Nicole Fitzsimmons, Megan Fitzsimmons, DJ Dearden, Patrick Dearden, Sophia Germany and Robbie Germany. Sadly missed by 2 great grandchildren, Sean Fitzsimmons and Jayden Fitzsimmons. Family and friends are invited to attend his viewing and funeral on Monday October 12th from 9:30am – 10:30 am in Holy Innocents RC Church, (“L” St. & Hunting Park Ave.). There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:30 am. Burial with honors to follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers please make donations in Vince’s memory to a charity of your choice. 


Jonathan Rodriguez Perez, of Northeast Philadelphia, suddenly passed away October 3rd, 2020 at the age of 18. Beloved son of Sandy Carolina Rodriguez. Beloved grandson of Felix Rodriguez (Luciana) and Mayra Perez. Nephew of Lesly Rodriguez, Jenny Rodriguez, Desire Perez, Maria Victoria Rodriguez, Alexandra Rodriguez, Teresa Gonzalez, Jose Luis Perez and Vincio Almonte. He will be missed by his cousins Jennifer Balaghi, Javier Rodriguez, Brenden Rodriguez, Jeslin Rodriguez, Liz Marie Rodriguez, Jan Carlos Gonzalez and Amy Marie Gonzalez. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Jonathan’s life on Friday October 9th at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave Phila., PA 19135 (between Unruh & Knorr Sts.) You may visit and comfort Jonathan’s family during the viewing from 9:30AM-11:00AM. There will be a Prayer Service at 11:00AM in the Funeral Home. Due to the current health concerns, face masks are required, and there will be a limit of 25 people at a time inside of the funeral home. 


James P. Dougherty, “Doc”, of Northeast Philadelphia, passed away on October 3rd, 2020, at the age of 65. Beloved father of Shannon Meyer (Phil). Loving grandfather of Patrick, Finnegan and Timothy. Devoted brother of Cheryl, Ken (Maryellen), Michele and Lisa. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his close friends who loved him dearly. There will be a Graveside Service for Jimmy on Friday, October 9th, in North Cedar Hill Cemetery (5800 Frankford Ave. Phila. PA 19135) at 1:30PM. Please arrive at the cemetery by 1:15PM. At the request of the family please wear your favorite sports jersey in honor of Jim “Doc.” In lieu of flowers please make donations in Jim’s memory  to the American Cancer Society. Click Here Due to the current health crisis, please wear a mask and practice social distancing at the cemetery. Thank you. 


Margarita Colon, of the Summerdale section of Philadelphia, passed away on October 2nd, 2020, at age 66. She is the beloved wife of Hector Gonzalez. Loving mother of Miguel Rivera (Rosa), Hector Gonzalez, Jr., Raymond Gonzalez (Robin), Jonathan Colon (Hailey Jezalik). Grandmother of  Samantha Rivera, Jovan Rivera, Alaena Gonzalez, Devan Baldwin, Jazmin Gonzalez, Alexandra Gonzalez and Raymond Gonzalez. Also survived by her great grandson, Christopher Suarez. Family and friends are invited to attend her viewing and funeral on Thursday October 8th, in St. Peter the Apostle RC Church, (5th St. & Girard Ave.). There will be a viewing in church from 9:30am – 10:30am. Funeral  mass  will be celebrated at 10:30am. Burial to follow in Greenmount Cemetery. 


Elizabeth Margaret Demore, “Betty”, of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away peacefully, on August 6th, 2020, at age 90, from natural causes. Beloved wife of August J. Demore. Loving mother of Gary P. (Karen), Patrick C. (Danusia), Mary E. (Scott), Francine A. and the late Joel L. (Susan) and Paula J. Devoted sister of Leona Whiteley (the late Edward), James P. Kennedy (Donna) and the late Manual Kennedy. Grandmother of  Eric A. (Christine), Gary P. Jr. (Alicia), Marcus A., Lucas T. and Carson E. Great-Grandmother of Sarah E., Andrew W. and Sofia A. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Betty’s life on Friday October 2nd, at St. Timothy’s R.C. Church (3001 Levick St. Phila. PA 19149). You may visit and comfort the Demore family during the visitation from 9:30AM-10:30AM. in the church. There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:30AM, with burial to follow at Magnolia Cemetery. Please omit flowers, and make donations in Betty’s memory to either, The Little Sisters of the Poor (click here) or The Parkinson’s Foundation (click here)


Joe was the beloved son of Jeanne Guthrie and the late great Raymond A. McNamara. Joe passed away on September 27th, 2020, at the age of 58, after a 4 month illness with many complications. Joe and his family moved to Philadelphia in 1962.  He attended Ethan Allen School and St Timothy’s Catholic School and also Father Judge High School. He worked at Colson’ Lumber and George’s Sunoco in North Wildwood . He then went to work at UPS, working out of Pleasantville NJ, and was there 14 years and left after an accident. He returned to Philadelphia after the accident and found his dream job with St. Matts doing assistant coaching in football. He then went on to assistant coaching at Father Judge High School. All the boys became his “kids” and they kept in touch with him even after graduation. Joe has had many nicknames such as “The gentle giant”, “Coach Mac”, and just “Joey Mac”.  He had so many friends throughout his life and once you were his friend, it lasted a lifetime. He stayed close to the “guys” from Barnett St where he grew up. Joe had a gorgeous smile and the glitter in his gorgeous eyes was awesome. His first nickname was “Tiger”  given by his grandmother, the late Helen B. Guthrie. He was our “Sunshine”.
 Joe is survived by his mother, Jeanne and 3 siblings,  Debra Lynn McClay, James McNamara and Diane McNamara.  He adored his nieces, Jenn McClay, Lauren McClay, Rachel Visconto, Taylor Penrose and Alex McNamara. He was very close to his nephew, JD and the late John McClay. There are also 9 grand nieces and nephews.
Joe loved the Lord, was fond of  many types of music and was a real sports enthusiast.  The bond and love he shared with St. Matthew football team and especially his boys from Father Judge HS football team. Words don’t express that forever bond.  He was proud to be an American and loved the “flyovers” and the National Anthem. Joe just represented LOVE.
We all miss you so very much. Rest in peace my love! Family and friends are invited to attend his visitation and funeral on Monday, October 5th in St. Matthew RC Church, 3000 Cottman Ave. Phila., PA 19149. . You may visit and comfort the McNamara family from 9:15am – 10:15am  in the church. There will be a FUNERAL MASS at 10:30am. Interment will be at a later date.  In Lieu of flowers please make donations in Joe’s memory to St. Matthews Food Bank at the address listed above. 

George Toomey, of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away on September 29th, 2020, at age 91. Beloved husband of the late Mary “Pauline” (nee Lackenby). Loving father of John Toomey and Anna Toomey (Tom McKeown). Also survived by his grandchildren, Jordan and Sean. Predeceased by 5 brothers and sisters. Family and friends are invited to attend his visitation and funeral on Tuesday, October 13th from 9:30am – 10:30am in St. Timothy RC Church, 3001 Levick St. There will be a funeral mass at 10:30am Burial, with honors, to follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery. 


Sincera T. Barba, of the Northwood section of Philadelphia, born in the Philippines, passed away September 28th, 2020 at the age of 87. Beloved wife of the late Amante Barba. Loving mother of Romulus Barba (Dean) and the late Charity Narvasa (Gregorio). Grandmother of Carlo, Akio, Gio and Patricia. Sister of the late Eduardo Tutaan and Ching Velasquez. There will be a Funeral Mass for Sincera on Friday October 9th at St. James Church (8320 Brookside Rd. Elkins Park, PA 19027) at 6:00PM. Her ashes will be taken to her homeland in the Philippines to be interred by her family at a later date. 


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