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, 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.
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.
Jeremy Diaz, of the Summerdale section of Philadelphia, passed away from complications due to paralysis, on March 31st, 2021, at age 25. Beloved son of Isabel Otero (Ivan) and Hiram Diaz (Yaisa). Brother of Andrew, Ivan, Jr. Selina, Victoria, Elyana, Erick, Elias, Zion, and 2 younger sisters and 1 brother. Sadly missed by his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many beloved spiritual friends. Virtual services are pending and will be announced in the coming days.
Shane T. Friend, formerly of Croydon, PA, passed away on March 29th, 2021, at age 31, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Loving father of Kayla, Shane, Jr. and Brayden. Devoted fiance of Jennifer Wahl. Son of Michelle Sandonato and William “Bill” Friend. Sadly missed by his brother, William “Bill” Friend, Uncle of Maria, Billy, Jayce and Kori and Ryan. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Grandson of Darlene Friend and Dorothy Collins. Loving Son-in-law of Lois and John Wahl. Family and friends are invited to attend his viewing and funeral on Thursday April 8th from 9:30am – 11:00 am in St. Anslem RC Church 12670 Dunksferry Rd. There will be a Funeral Mass 11:00am Please omit flowers and make donations to Jennifer Wahl for the future care and support of their 3 children,
Jessica Fuentes, of Philadelphia PA, passed away March 26th, 2021 at the age of 40. Beloved daughter of Edwin Fuentes and Elizabeth Carrasquillo. Loving mother of Demetrius Fuentes, Jose Perea, Layla Perea and Angelina Perea. She will be missed by several siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins aas well as extended family and friends. You may visit and comfort Jessica’s family during the viewing on Monday April 5th from 12:30PM-2:00PM at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. Phila., PA 19135 ( between Unruh & Knorr Sts). There will be a Words of Remembrance service at 2:00PM in the funeral home. Due to the current health concerns the services will be limited. Please wear your masks and practice social distancing. Thank you.
Francis X. Lowry, Jr., of the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, passed away suddenly on March 29th, 2021, at age 29. Beloved son of Francis X. Lowry, Sr. and Elaine Lowry (nee McHugh). Loving father of Vincent Thomas Lowry. Brother of the late Jessica Lowry. Sadly missed by his grandmother, Isabel McHugh (nee Webb) and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends are invited to attend his viewing and funeral on Tuesday April 6th from 8:30am – 10:30am in St. Timothy RC Church (3001 Levick St.) There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:30am with burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the Lowry family prefers mass cards or donations in Francis’ memory to Covenant House 31 E. Armat St. Phila., PA 19144
Jorge Salgado, formerly of Northeast Philadelphia, passed away on March 27th, 2021, at age 80. Beloved husband of Beatriz Salgado (nee Gomez). Loving father of George Salgado (Kimberly), Julian Salgado (Kristin) and John Salgado (Maria) and Margarita Gamboa. Devoted grandfather of Nickolas, Jessica, Alexandra, Julian, Amron, Sophia and Ava. Preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Lucila Salgado. Brother Aicardo Salgado and the late Antonio Jose Salgado and Carlos Alberto Salgado. Rescheduling of services will be announced in the coming days.
Thomas J. Burke, Sr. of Bristol, Pa, passed away on March 25th, 2021, at age 76. Beloved husband of Nancy McDermott. Loving father of Thomas J. Burke, Jr. (Michele) and James Burke (Lisa). Sadly missed by his grandchildren, Thomas, III and Kate (Russell), as well as his brother, John Burke (Rita), brothers-in-law, Joseph Dennison and Robert Brunke and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his sisters, Francine Krix, Margaret Jones, Delia Brunke, Patricia Dennison, Loretta Burke and his brother, Robert Burke. Because of the current health concerns, services for Thomas will be held at a later date.
Beverly Gavin, of the Fox Chase section, formerly of Parkwood, in Philadelphia, passed away on March 22nd, 2021, at age 60. Loving mother of Heather Gavin, Kristin Gavin and James Gavin. Devoted grandmother of Eric James Wallace and Justin Janicke. Also survived by her sisters, Sharon Lloyd and Susan Blaese. At the request of the family and in honoring Beverly’s wishes, she will be cremated. There will be a celebration of her life planned for a later date.
Margaret R. Haag (nee Brady), passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on March 23rd, 2021, at age 90. Beloved wife of the late John P. Haag, Sr.. Loving mother Margaret Stillman (Joseph), Theresa Leithead (Robert), John P. Haag, Jr. (Donna), Timothy Haag, (Annemarie), Theodore Haag (Maureen) and Grace White (Charles). Loving grandmother of Molly, Maggie, Tara, Jenna, Allison, Johnny, Tyler, Carleigh, Briann, Timothy, Maryanne and Christopher. Great grandmother of Khaleesi. Also survived by her loving cousin Gertrude Byrne and her loving nephew Thomas Moulder (Chin Chin) Predeceased by her parents, Francis and Helen Brady, as well as her siblings, Elizabeth Moulder, Francis Brady and Thomas Brady. Family and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Friday evening March 26th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts) There will be another viewing on Saturday morning in St. Timothy RC Church (3001 Levick St. Phila., PA 19149) from 9:00am – 10:00am, followed by her funeral mass at 10:am. Burial St. Dominic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Margaret’s memory to St. Timothy Church at the address listed above.
Sullivan, Susan Lee, age 73, of Philadelphia, PA passed away on March 20, 2021. Daughter of the late James and Jane (Scollins) Sullivan of Boston, MA. Sister of Nancy Demerjian and husband Dennis of South Dennis, MA, and Jim O’Sullivan and his wife Mary Donahue of West Hartford, CT. Susan is also survived by her niece Erin, husband Philippe and Maya Genereux of Milton, MA, her niece Meghan, husband Chris, Corina and Cami Pagliuco of Essex CT, her niece Shanna O’ Sullivan and Tiernan O’Sullivan of Jamaica, VT, nephew Patrick O’ Sullivan and niece Moira O’Sullivan of West Hartford, CT and many, many beloved and dear friends.
Susan was a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Waterbury, CT. She was a proud 1970 graduate of Cabrini University in Radnor, PA and cherished her Cabrini sisters very much. Susan was joyful working in San Francisco, CA for many years as a Corporate Event Planner for Shaklee Corporation and “Surfer” adored living with the best roommates around, who remained lifelong friends. Susan moved back to the East Coast and lived in Boston for several years, working on various political campaigns, where she thrived on activity and conversation. Susan adored her time in Boston with friends socializing and volunteering for the Fenway News. In 1994, Susan returned to Philadelphia and worked in grants management at Drexel University, where she befriended many young graduate students and served as a ‘mother hen’ to many in the labs, until her retirement.
Susan loved to sing, dance and laugh and she was always sharing her energy and zest for life with others. A passionate advocate for the less fortunate and a thoughtful volunteer, she devoted countless hours to help others at the Broad Street Ministry. A fervent reader and exceptional writer, she was dedicated to public access and treasured the local library, wherever she lived.
Due to COVID-19, a memorial celebration of her life will be organized when it is safe to do so. If you would like to make a contribution in Susan’s memory, please consider making a gift to the Philadelphia Public Library, PO BOX 7512, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7512.
Joan Stewart (nee Weaver) of the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia passed away on March 20th, 2021, at age 64. Beloved wife of William Stewart. Loving mother of William Stewart (Renee), Leann Stewart and Charles Stewart (Susan). Also survived by her grandchildren, ShayMarie, Gabriella, William IV, Patrick and Sean. Sister of James Weaver. Family and friends ae invited to attend her viewing and funeral on Thursday, MArch 25th from 10:00am – 11:00am at McCafferty Funeral & Cremation Inc. 6711 Frankford Ave. (between Unruh & Knorr Sts) There will be a prayer service at 11:00am.
David Shisslak, of Northeast Philadelphia, formerly of Norwalk Conneticut, passed away on March 22nd, 2021, at age 69. Survived by his two sisters, Louise Kandel and Susan Shisslak, nephews, Matthew and Daniel and great nephews, Benjamin, Logan and Dylan. Sadly missed by his life time friends, spiritual family and supporters, Jack Carsello and Mary Quenzer. We love you, until we meet again. There will be no services at this time as David’s wishes were to be cremated.
Walter Brister, of the Academy Gardens section of Philadelphia, passed away on March 22nd, 2021, at age 95. Loving father of Hal Brister. Grandfather of Priscilla Brister. Walter wishes were to be cremated and buried at a later date in Forest Hills Cemetery.