William John Russell, of Levittown was joyfully reunited with the Lord on Sunday, May 2,2021. He was 88. William was born on September 24,1932 in Chapelhall, Scotland. He is now receiving his bountiful reward and ”Billy-Boy” is reunited with his beloved wife Betty of 61 amazing years. We can picture them laughing, singing and dancing together. William honorably served in the British Army under the Royal Dragons Division and after his service and upon his marriage to Betty, they made the choice to start a new life in America. He made the difficult decision to immigrate to the States and with his strong work ethic and quiet determination he was able to bring his wife and young son to the States the following year. We are forever grateful that his courage had an everlasting impact for our family. Dad was filled with conviction, steadfastness, a strong faith and commitment to the Lord. He was a life-time member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, and now St. Francis Cabrini. William was a successful custom home builder who was gifted with a wide knowledge and expertise that is evident by the many beautiful homes he built throughout the Upper Makefield landscape. He was a remarkable craftsman with a specialty in carpentry and received many awards as a result. Dad was multi-talented. He possessed a beautiful singing voice but did not seek the spotlight but, if we or Annie coaxed him enough, we were rewarded with soulful songs from his homeland. He was also a gifted painter whose talent seemingly appeared out of thin air, and in retirement, would produce beautiful paintings on a daily basis. He spent many a happy day at the local YMCA; tending his garden, especially his tomatoes; working and relaxing by the pool. He was a loving, strong, quiet presence in all our lives and will be missed greatly. We are extremely blessed and thankful that during his journey Dad was very lovingly cared for at home by his three daughters, Margaret, Helen, and Donna. He is preceded in death by his parents John and Helen (McAlpine) Russell; the love of his life, Betty O’Rourke Russell; his twin brother; Peter; brother, John; sister, Helen, and grandson, William Irvine. His legacy lives on through his children: John (Deborah), Margaret (Bill), Helen (Kyle), and Donna, Sister Marise Therese of Missionaries of Charity; 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Alice O’Rourke as well as many extended family. His funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church 325 S. Oxford Rd Fairless Hills, Monday May 10th 2021 at 9:30AM. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Williams name to Sister Donna Russell (The Missionaries of Charity) 399 Thornridge Drive Levittown Pa 19054.
Lucy Lerro (nee Barbacane), of the Upper Holmesburg section of Philadelphia, passed away on May 2nd, 2021, at age 95. Beloved wife of the late Ralph Lerro, Sr.. Loving mother of Joanne Lerro , Ralph Lerro, Jr. and Mary Lerro. Lovingly missed by her grand-dog Jack. Also survived by her brother, Vincent Barbacane, Jr. (Elizabeth) Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend her viewing and funeral on Thursday, May 6th from 9:00 am – 10:00 am in St. Dominic RC Church, 8504 Frankford Ave. There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:00 am with burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Lucy’s memory to either St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital or to Shrieners Hospital for Children.
Diana C. O’Keefe, of the Frankford section of Philadelphia, passed away on April 30th, 2021, at age 66. Beloved wife of Tuncer Aydemir. Loving mother of Angelique Temple, Tennille O’Keefe and Jason O’Keefe. Mother-in-law to Jeremy Temple and Autumn Cannon. Sadly missed by her grandchildren, Trevor Page, Aastrea Temple and Mallory O’Keefe. At the request of Diane’s family, there will be no services at this time. A memorial to celebrate Diane’s life will be held at a later date which will be announced.
Gertrude Zielinski “Sissy”, of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away April 28th, 2021, at the age of 93. Beloved wife of the late Stanley Zielinski. Loving mother of Eileen Selzer (David) and Stephen Zielinski (Margaret). Devoted grandmother of Wayne, Matthew, Stephanie and Daniel. Great-grandmother of Savana, Nathaniel, Emily, Caitlin, Aimee, Ryan, Grant, Faye and Levi. Great-great grandmother of Benson and Avery. Sister of the late Evelyn, Frank, Bobby and Lorraine. She will be missed by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to attend Gertrude’s Graveside Service on Thursday May 6th at 12 noon in Forest Hills Cemetery (25 Byberry Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006). Please arrive at the cemetery by 11:45AM. In lieu of flowers you may make donations in Gertrude’s memory to The Hospice of the Panhandle. Click Here to Donate.
Kelly Lynn Diaz (nee Walker), age 56, of Philadelphia, PA, passed away on April 24th, 2021. Born in Philadelphia, Kelly worked at Episcopal Hospital for 25 years as an L.P.N. and also 8 years in Philadelphia Prison System. Kelly will be greatly missed by family and friends. Beloved wife of Rick Diaz. Devoted daughter of Claire Myers (nee McCall Walker) and the late George “Mickey” Walker. Loving sister of Tracy Scota (Paul) and David Walker (Patti), sister-in-law to Nilda Padella (Gus), caring aunt to Alisa Scota, Andrea Scota, Jolie Walker, Bridget Silva. godchild Alexander Scota and nephew, Sergio Padella. Also survived by her Aunt Linda, Aunt Janice, Aunt Nancy and many cousins. Family and friends are invited to attend her visitation and funeral on Thursday, April 29th from 10:00am – 11:00 am 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 North Cedar Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Kelly’s memory to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 2139 E. Cumberland St. Phila., PA 19125 or to SPCA.
Juan Carlos Ramos, of the Tacony section of Philadelphia, formerly from Puerto Rico, sadly passed away April 21st, 2021 at the age of 42. Beloved son of Elba Iris Santana. Loving father of Jada Ramos, Alyssa Ramos and Jacob Ramos. Devoted brother of Irving, Astrid, Darving and Neil Steven. He will be missed by his nieces and nephews Kirving, Yaritza, John Paul, Yezenia, Amanda Mia, Antonio and Neilanys. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Juan’s life on Friday April 30th at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave Phila., PA 19135 (between Unruh & Knorr Sts) You may visit and comfort Juan’s family during the visitation from 9:30AM-11:00AM. There will be a Prayer Service at 11:00AM in the funeral home. Please wear your masks and practice social distancing. Thank you.
Gloria Arroyo, of the Tacony section of Philadelphia, born in Puerto Rico, went to be with her father, April 20th, 2021 at the age of 66. Loving mother of Tony Gonzalez, Rosie Ehredt and Wanda Klinefelter (Angel). Beloved Nana of Dante, Laylani, Baby Tone, Keira, Bella, Rae and Justin. She will be missed by her loving companions Polo, Birdie and Craig . A private memorial service will be held for Gloria by her family. Please keep them in your prayers. Thank you.
Joseph D. Kalita, of the Frankford section of Philadelphia, passed away April 20th, 2021 at the age of 46. Son of Denise Bielawski, the best stepfather Ron Bielawski as well as the late Joseph Kalita. Predecessors by the love of his life, the late Maureen Lopez. Loving father of Cynthia Kalita and Joseph D. Kalita Jr. Brother of Gregory Bielawski (Devon) and Melissa Lynch (Mikey). Uncle of Jr, Nathan and Hunter. He is also survived by his cousins Justin and Eric. A private celebration of life will be held by his family at a later date, as Joseph’s wishes were to be cremated.
Gerald Wayne Herrmann “Jerry”, of the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia, passed away April 19th, 2021 at the age of 77. Son of the late Joseph and Margaret Herrmann. Loving husband of Margaret Herin “Peggy”. Beloved father of Veronica Herrmann, Jerry Herrmann Jr. (Sarah), Regina Monica (Louis) and Christina Schnepp (Steven). Devoted grandfather of Melissa Herrmann, Fr. Louis Monica, Nicholas Monica, Joseph Monica, Justin Schnepp, Shaylen Schnepp and the late Joseph Easter. Great-grandfather of C.J. Overwise and Joseph Easter Jr. Brother of the late Joseph Herrmann, Robert Herrmann, Ray Herrmann, Ronald Herrmann and Sarah Glozak. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Jerry’s life on Wednesday April 28th at St. Timothy’s Church (3001 Levick St. Phila., PA 19149) You may visit and comfort Jerry’s family from 9:30AM-10:30AM in the church. There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:30AM. Interment to follow at St. Dominic Cemetery. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Thank you.
Americus William Minauro, of the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia, passed away on April 18th, 2021 at the age of 90. Son of the late Louis and Mary Minauro. Husband of the late Catherine Minauro. Beloved father of Louis Minauro (Marie), Paul Minauro (Madeline), Anthony Minauro (Barbara), Kathleen Minauro, Patricia Boyle (the late Joseph), Michael Minauro (Mary Ann), Diane Woods (Howard) and Annette Schuima (William). Loving grandfather of Melissa Holton (William), Heather Minauro, Jamie Marshall (Thomas), Michael Minauro, Catherine Woods, Emilie Boyle and Gregory Woods. Great-grandfather of Riley Holton, William Holton Jr., Grace Marshall and Jax Marshall. Brother of Mary Tourish as well as the late John Minauro and Louis Minauro. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews Kathy Klein, Kevin Tourish, Karen Dalton, Brian Tourish, Paul Tourish, Cathy Erdek, Anthony Volz and Ronald Volz Jr. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Americus’ life on Wednesday April 21st at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. Phila., PA 19135 (between Unruh & Knorr Sts.) You may visit and comfort Americus’ family during the viewing from 9:30AM-10:30AM. There will be a words of remembrance service at 10:30AM. Burial to follow in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Thank you.
Britt Marie Buchanan, of the Tacony section of Philadelphia, passed away April 11th, 2021 at the age of 34. Daughter of Margaret “Peggy” Campbell and the late Albert Buchanan. Loving mom of Luke Murphy. Beloved sister of Billy Campbell (Kristie) and Megan Campbell (Nick Capecci). Beloved aunt of Morgan (Paul), Chloe, Camille, Isaiah, Caris and Bella. Great aunt of Mercy and Stella. She will be missed dearly. Family and friends are invited to gather, remember and celebrate Britt’s life on Thursday April 22nd at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. Phila., PA 19135 (between Unruh & Knorr Sts.) You may visit and comfort Britt’s family during the viewing from 9:30AM-10:30AM. There will be a words of remembrance service at 10:30AM. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Thank you.
Patricia Mahoney (née O’Brien), formerly of the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, passed away suddenly on April 11th, 2021, at age 79. Beloved wife of the late Walter Mahoney. Loving mother of Kevin Mahoney (Ann), Kerry Mahoney, Patricia Mahoney O’Reilly (Michael), Vincent Razler (Kathleen), Walter Mahoney, Joan Mahoney and the late John Razler. Sadly missed by many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren, Pat was a devout Catholic and her faith was a huge part of her entire life which led her to become a Dominican Associate. Family and friends are invited to attend her visitation and funeral on Monday April 26th in St. Timothy RC Church (3001 Levick St). You may visit and comfort Patricia’s family from 9:00 am – 10:30 am in the church. There will be a FUNERAL MASS at 10:30 am. Burial will be held in private with just her immediate family. Further arrangements: Pat’s family plans to have a service for those that were a part of her life at the shore. The funeral mass will be on Friday May 28th, at 11:00am at Church of the Resurrection, 200 Tuckahoe Rd, Marmora, NJ
Deborah Anne Shuster (nee Smith), of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away on April 10th, 2021, at age 67. Loving mother of Max Shuster. Grandmother of Mason Shuster. Also survived by her brother, Steven Smith (Dee) and two sisters, Vickie Hodge (Jim Farrell) and Sharon Hedley (William). Sadly missed by nieces, nephews and many friends. There will be no services as Deborah’s wishes were to be cremated and her cremated remains to be scattered in the ocean by her loved ones. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Deborah’s memory to Vitas Hospice at Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holme Ave. 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19152.
Constance “Connie” Adamson, of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away on April 7th, 2021, at age 80. She was known by the neighbors as Connie, by our friends as Mrs. Adamson, by her children as mom and by her grandkids as mom mom Connie. Her favorite color was red. Her favorite team was the Eagles. Her favorite hobby was crafting. She collected beanie babies and precious moments. She loved to snuggle under a blanket on her couch watching the Hallmark channel,while wearing her warm fuzzy pajamas. She loved Yankee candles. She loved the holidays and parties and playing cards with her friends. She loved going out to eat for crab cakes while drinking her pepi (Pepsi) and her Carmel apple martinis. She loved shopping at Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond. She loved being treated like a princess and referred to herself as cindatrella (Cinderella) She loved her cheerios everyday in muk (milk) and loved to make her grandson Tommy eggies (eggs) for breakfast. She loved borrowing her daughter Connie’s brand new car even though it made her Daughter a nervous wreck. She loved giving birthday cards. She loved her pets, Pom-pom, Peppy and Sonny. She loved going to the beach and putting her feet in the sand and jumping the ocean waves. She loved to laugh. She loved her children, she loved her grandkids, and she loved life. She was strong, she was fearless, and she left this earth on her own terms. We ask that each of you wear some form of red to the memorial, in honor of the love we have for our mother. Loving mother of John Adamson, Edward Michael Adamson (Margaret Mary), Christina M. Pilkus (Timothy), Connie Adamson and the late Joseph C. Adamson. Grandmother of Bryan Edward, Andrew John, Kevin George, Nicholas Michael, Jennifer R. Adamson, Austin P. Adamson, Kieran J. Adamson, Sean R. Adamson, Quinn E. Adamson, Thomas E. Fuller, Amber N. Rorris Crow (Fynn Rorris Crow), Brandon R. Crow, Collin E. Crow, Julia M. Pilkus, and Danielle R. Marvelli. Predeceased by her parents, Edward and Rose Gangloff. Family and friends are invited to attend her visitation and funeral on Friday April 23rd, from 9:15am – 10:15am in St. Matthew RC Church, (3000 Cottman Ave.). There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:30am. Burial will be held at a later date in private by her family.
Elaine R. Fisher (nee Brook), formerly of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away on April 3rd, 2021, at age 77. Beloved wife of the late Warren Fisher. Loving mother of Elaine P. (nee Powell) Johnson (Gary). Devoted Mom-Mom of Robert Warren Johnson and Amy Rose Johnson. Loving friend, Aunt Lanie and “Mom Elaine” to many who miss her dearly. At the request of the family, Elaine’s funeral mass and burial will be held in private. A public celebration of her life will be planned for sometime in the near future.
Joseph D. Wojnar, of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away on April 3rd, 2021, at age 87. Loving brother of Peter Wilusz. Loving pop of Matthew Helm. Family and friends are invited to attend his graveside service on Monday April 12th at 11:00am at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Rd. Newtown, PA 18940. Please arrive at the cemetery gate at 10:45am and follow the signs “Funeral Processions Form Here”
Hiram James Reinhart Jr., affectionately known as “Hi,” left to find peace on March 31, 2021. He lived his life with so very much to share. His love of hard work defined him to the end. Loved beyond measure and survived by his son, Thurston H. Reinhart, spouse Kelly and his daughter Laurie P. Reinhart-Casarino, and spouse Marc. His stories of “Randy the Raccoon” will remain in their hearts. Survived by his ex-spouse, Nancy Carol Reinhart, he was loved deeply. Lifetime memories with his surviving sister Cherie Y. Platt, will last in moments of time. His legacy will be passed down to his three wonderful grandchildren Bryson T. Reinhart, Brooke V. Reinhart, and Gage W. Reinhart. Younger years for Hi were filled with breeding White King Pigeons, serving as President for the Jaycees, hunting, playing football, and sharing his life with his many pets, most recently, Caesar, his cat. Dad, you are so loved, and you need not ask, “Who Am I?” You are with him now and we will keep you in our hearts. Until we see you again…A private celebration is planned.
John F. Bender, of the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia, passed away on April 1st, 2021, at age 57. Loving father of Tiffany Bender and Melissa Bender. Beloved grandfather of Greyson Ordonez. Brother of Bobby Bender (Julie), Debbie Scalen and the late William Bender. Sadly missed by 5 nieces and nephews. At the request of John’s family there will be no services at this time.
Jennifer Marcie Kirch, 50, passed away on Monday, March 15, 2021. She was a warrior, not letting cancer deter her from living her dreams and bringing joy, friendship, and mindfulness to the world. Jennifer grew up outside of Ocean City, NJ. She attended The College of New Jersey where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology in 1992 and her Master of Arts in Teaching in 1994.Upon graduation, the lure of living at the beach brought her back home. She’s been a public-school teacher since 1994 teaching all subjects in elementary school and English in middle school. Jennifer loved her community and proudly supported small businesses. She was passionate about fashion, learning, reading, travel, yoga and meditation. A certified yoga and meditation teacher, she thrived on learning more about mindfulness, meditation, numerous healing modalities, and how to bring socio-emotional wellness to others. Diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in May of 2018, Jennifer inspired many with her healing journey. She was blessed beyond words and forever grateful for her family and friends who created an army of support and love like no other. Jennifer was an inspirational, best-selling, international author of three books in the She Is Magic series and the Founder of Pause and Reflect Yoga. She was passionate about helping others with The Warrior’s Voice Blog. She leaves behind her parents, Murray and Barbara Kirch, her sister, Lisa Kirch, her brother-in-law, Richard, and her nephew, Alex. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory be made to the mindfulness or educational charity of your choice. A celebration of life will be held on the beach in Ocean City, NJ during the summer. Details are still to be arranged.