Obituaries

ObituaryPosted on 02/22/2021
Don Brennan, a former NCR board member and a leading Catholic health care executive, passed away peacefully at his residence in Bothell, Wash., on Friday, Feb. 12th. He was 83 years old. Brennan served on the NCR board from 2000 to 2006. "We greatly appreciate Don's work on behalf of NCR and extend our condolences to his family," said NCR CEO and Publisher...
ObituaryPosted on 02/11/2021
Jason Petosa, an innovative NCR publisher who expanded the company's readership reach in the 1980s, died Feb. 9. He had been living in a Kansas nursing home, struggling with advancing Parkinson's disease for several years. He was 81 years old. As publisher of National Catholic Reporter, Petosa introduced new products and services both to better serve parish...
ObituaryPosted on 02/05/2021
Sister M. Anna Clare Meyer, OSF, passed away at age 105 on January 26, 2021, in the same month that she became the eldest member in the nearly 152-year history of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Frankfort, IL. She had just celebrated 85 years of religious life in 2020. Sister Anna Clare attributed her inspiration to enter the postulancy at age...
ObituaryPosted on 02/03/2021
John "Jack" Egan, 86, died peacefully on January 29, 2021 at the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon Township, NJ.  A natural burial service was held in Rosemont, NJ. Born and raised in North Bergen, NJ, Jack lived in Jersey City before moving to Highland Lakes, NJ in 2002. He was ordained a Diocesan Catholic priest in 1960 and served parishes in...
ObituaryPosted on 01/21/2021
Jeanne Marie Lee, beloved mother of six, Nana of 15 and Great Nana of 12, died on January 16, 2021 at the age of 90 in her home in the Town of Hunts Point, WA.  Her cancer, which she decided not to treat ten years ago, finally got the last word, which she knew it would. Jean Marie was a former National Catholic Reporter board member and she and her late...
ObituaryPosted on 12/12/2020
MIRIAM CORCORAN, SCN      My first encounter with Miriam was inspired by an angry letter to the newspaper. A few months after 9/11, I wrote to The Courier Journal to complain about a fatuous comment that George W. Bush had made regarding Al-Qaeda and Iraq. Miriam sent me a hand-written note that encouraged me to keep writing. She said, “Our country needs to...
ObituaryPosted on 11/12/2020
The sudden death of Brian O’Toole C.S.Sp. on All Saints’ Day came as a huge shock to his family, fellow Spiritans and all who knew him. Ordained in 1978, the 69-year-old had packed much into four decades as a Spiritan missionary priest – in his native Ireland and, in the 1980s and 1990s, in Ethiopia. Brian studied in James Street CBS not far from his family...
ObituaryPosted on 11/11/2020
Robert  “Bob” John Bedard Jr., 54, of Saint Petersburg passed away unexpectedly on October 31, 2020. Bob was born in 1966, to Judy and Robert Bedard Sr. whom he loved dearly. Bob maintained a deep respect toward his former wife and high school sweetheart, Deanna, the mother of their four children. In addition to always putting family first, Bob owned and...
ObituaryPosted on 10/21/2020
By Fr. Rich Danyluk, SS.CC. Fr. Bill Moore, SS.CC. created a Banquet of Beauty that became the heartscapes he hung in our souls and sanctified and made sacred. Bill was born September 18, 1949.  His mother, Grace Duffy, was the daughter of Irish Catholic parents in Pittsburgh, Pa.  His dad, Herman, always known as Cliff, was born in Memphis, Tennessee...
ObituaryPosted on 09/25/2020
Dr. Joseph Martos, theologian, professor, Catholic sacramental scholar, businessman and social activist, died on March 25, 2020 at age 76, in Louisville, KY. The cause was leukemia, which he had been battling for nine months. Dr. Martos lived in two worlds, one abstract and theoretical, and the other in the highly personal and practical. He spent a lifetime...
ObituaryPosted on 09/11/2020
In Loving Memory...Sr. Amy Hoey We remember and honor Sr. Amy Hoey, RSM. Amy was the project coordinator for the writing of Co-Workers on the Vineyard of the Lord. She used to attend and present at NALM’s conferences and was a wonderful inspiration and supporter of lay ministers and lay ministry.  The Church owes her a debt of gratitude for her exceptional...
ObituaryPosted on 08/08/2020
Susan Allain Miller died peacefully in her home in Atherton on Tuesday August 4, 2020 with her husband Dean at her side. She had been dealing with cancer since the diagnosis and surgery in 2016. Susan was born to Paul and Edna Allain in Holyoke Massachusetts on September 18, 1941. She was educated in public schools in Holyoke and Northampton Massachusetts...
ObituaryPosted on 08/06/2020
Anne Jane Finnerty Bates January 2, 1936 – July 26, 2020   Anne Jane Finnerty "Annie-Jane" was born in Tulsk, Co. Roscommon, Ireland on January 2, 1936. As a child she petitioned her mother to change her birthdate to New Year’s Day, because the 2nd felt “anti-climactic”. At four she taught herself to read from Caesar’s Gallic Wars. Her uncles were reading it...
ObituaryPosted on 05/11/2020
Fr. Gilbert Luis R. Centina III, OSA, the first pastor of Filipino ancestry of Holy Rosary Church in Spanish Harlem, Manhattan, New York and an award-winning poet and author, died last May 1. He was 72 years old and 47 by religious...
ObituaryPosted on 05/04/2020
Virginia Sullivan Finn, 89, of West Orange NJ, formerly of South Lee, Massachusetts, passed away on May 2nd from Covid-19.Virginia is predeceased by her beloved husband of 49 years, George Finn.Virginia was a writer and prominent lay minister in the Roman Catholic Church, with her husband a founding member of The Vineyard faith community in the Berkshires. ...
ObituaryPosted on 04/30/2020
Sister Dolores Marie McHugh, BVM, who served as president of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary congregation, died April 24, 2020, in Dubuque, Iowa. She was 87. She served the congregation as first vice president before becoming president in 1992. Dolores brought her love of God, passion for religious life, intense love for each sister, compassion, and...
ObituaryPosted on 04/21/2020
Fr. Ed Grimes, an Irish missionary priest who served in west Africa for many years, has died. He was aged 80. US-trained in Canon Law, he taught the subject in Ireland, was Canonical Advisor to his home Province and was an active member of the Canon Law Society of America. From Cork, Ireland’s second city, Ed was educated by the Presentation Brothers. He...
ObituaryPosted on 02/24/2020
Ms. Edna  Rose Ashton, age 97, of Glassport, passed away Tuesday morning, February 18, 2020, at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She was born November 30, 1922 in Glassport , PA. She is the daughter of the late James Aloysius Ashton and Julia Elizabeth Goshio of Glassport, PA.  She was a member of Catholic Church, Queen of the Rosary in Glassport, PA.  ...
ObituaryPosted on 02/16/2020
Kathryn Ann Elizabeth Lawler Conway of Bath, Maine, formerly of Belfast, Maine and Washington, D.C., died Friday, January 31, 2020, at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Maine.  Prior to her unexpected death, she was visited by family and loyal friends and talked with other friends and family across the country about her planned return home. A Memorial Mass...
ObituaryPosted on 02/12/2020
By Peter Gilmour Robert (Bob) A. Ludwig, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Loyola University Chicago died on December 15, 2019.  Dr. Ludwig was a visionary theological educator who developed innovative programs in the progressive spirit of the Second Vatican Council.  He strongly believed in an adult-oriented church whose members faithfully formed their life...
ObituaryPosted on 01/29/2020
The Reverend Dr. Francis Scott MacNutt, a beloved leader in the worldwide Catholic Charismatic Renewal and an ecumenical leader in healing prayer ministry, died January 12, 2020 after a short illness. Francis was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 22nd, 1925 to portrait painter J. Scott MacNutt and ballerina Agnes Cady MacNutt. He was predeceased by his...
ObituaryPosted on 01/17/2020
Robert J. Heyer, acclaimed Catholic book editor, passed away Jan. 13. He was 87. In 1984, after Publisher Bill McSweeney took the helm at NCR, he purchased the respected, but then dormant Sheed & Ward book imprint from Andrews McMeel Publishing. He then asked Heyer to head the new division. Heyer quickly began to channel his creative energies into...
ObituaryPosted on 01/06/2020
Georgiann Lyga the revered peace activist in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento and a nationally recognized abolitionist of capital punishment -- died peacefully at her home in Sacramento on Sunday, December 8, 2019. A former Maryknoll Sister, Georgia came of age in Chile (1960s) and alongside the United Farmworkers (UFW) struggling for basic labor and...
ObituaryPosted on 12/31/2019
Sister Betty Daugherty, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 88, died on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa. She was in the sixty-fourth year of her religious profession. Born in Bellevue, Iowa on October 4, 1931, Elizabeth Ann was the daughter of Cornelius Vincent and Teresa Mary (Keuter) Daugherty. She...
ObituaryPosted on 12/12/2019
Sister Mary Christine (Christophil) Athans, BVM, 87, died Dec. 7, 2019, at Caritas Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Services will be Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Visitation will be from 10-11:00 a.m., followed by the Sharing of Memories. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:15 p.m. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel cemetery.  Sister Mary...

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