Reader Tributes to Coronavirus Victims

Jack O'Toole
Jack contracted the virus when nobody knew that any cases were in Pittsburgh. First patient in a hospital here. He always loved people, his family, his church, and his God. He was so generous with all he came in contact with. That was probably his downfall, but, he will always be known and loved by all he touched. He was never the pious or self absorbed person. He... Read more
Ramon “Monchi” Saenz
My brother Monchi passed away Monday, July 6, 2020. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and patient brother to three sisters. Rest In Peace, dear brother.
Sister Mary Katherine Donato
Sister Mary was a well-loved aunt with two brothers and was a member of the Medical Missionaries of Mary. She was a kind and spirited lady who loved her family, her vocation, being a nurse/midwife, and God. She spent her life helping others both physically and spiritually. Sister Mary had a great sense of humor; her smile was contagious. She loved fishing and a good glass... Read more
John P Bolton, Jr.
My father John passed on April 26, 2020, from Covid-19. He was a smart, quiet, kind, and compassionate man who loved his family, his country, and a good haircut. A devout Catholic, one of his sayings was, "Keep the Faith" and it is something that we remind ourselves of every day.
Fr. Richard Colgan
I was shocked when I saw Fr. Richard's name listed as someone who died from COVID-19 attached to an article in the NCR. Rich was a good person always there to give someone a hug and wish them well. I just came across his name in my phone directory and thought of calling him myself so it was really a surprise when I saw the posting. I know he is now in the loving arms of... Read more
Richard J. Colgan, CSP
Fr. Richard Colgan, ordained a Paulist priest in 1979, served in many locations during his life. The final decade of his life saw him guiding Paulist novices through their initial experience of the Community. Cheerful, loving, positive, Rich combined natural qualities of friendliness with a vast interest in theology, Shakespeare, and US politics. Preparation for a bone... Read more
Leszek Cesarski
Les worked for the limo company I used. He drove me quite a bit and we became good friends. He honored me by inviting me to his wedding. He was a kind, decent man who loved his grandchildren and cared deeply for the people he was responsible for at Ultimate Limo. As has happened a lot, I did not get a chance to say goodbye, and that really saddens me because I did not get a... Read more
Dr. Thomas A Kirk
My brother Tom fought for those most in need as Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse in the State of CT for 14 years. Tom retired in 2009. At his farewell event he wrote "I will forever remember and be in awe of those I have met along the way these past 14 years. They have met the challenge of their mental illness and /or substance use through their... Read more
Sr. Louise Place, OP
Sr. Louise was always the life of the party, as everyone knows. But there are few of us who know how she helped us during summer studies . In the middle of a hot afternoon, when we would start to stretch and stand for a break, Louise would start telling jokes and was really our comic relief. When our belly laughs were over, we could get back to work. Every day was the... Read more
Gertrude Doleman
Gertrude Doleman died May 30, a week after testing positive for coronavirus. She was 103, and had lived on her own until just after her 99th birthday, when she moved into a nursing home. For many years, she cleaned and cooked all week in her job at an ice cream plant, then volunteered with the Altar Guild every Saturday morning to clean the sanctuary of her beloved parish... Read more
Mrs. Araceli Danilewicz
My mom fought a courageously against COVID-19, which took her life on April 30th. She loved the little things in life - gardening, line dancing parties and playing bingo. She also loved being a cat mom. She will be greatly missed by her son, Carlo; her daughter, Cecile and son-in-law, Carmine and her husband of almost 30 years, Mirek. Her granddaughter, Adriana will continue... Read more
Sr. Mary Regis Beck, RCD
I have admired Sr. Regis from the first time I met her 60+ years ago. She was simple in the best sense of that word. She often said, “I love people”. After her death the recurrent theme was, “she never said an unkind word to or about anyone.” She was always ready to pray for us and our intentions. She had to be in a nursing home because of lung cancer among other problems... Read more
Sr Mary Katherine Donato, MMM
Sr Mary Katherine Donato died on April 15th 2020. She joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary as a registered nurse and later became a nurse mid-wife tutor. She shared her gifts, talents but most of all her glorious smile with people in Mexico, Nigeria, Tanzania and here in the US ( spanning 66 years ) She simply lived our congregational motto - she was woman "Rooted... Read more
Mrs. Norma Mulligan
Wonderful friend, rock-bed Catholic, loved her children and they were so caring and loving for their mother, determined yet accepting of her hopeless , deteriorating health. Loving and accepting to the very end. Sadly missed. Rest in peace
Rev. Richard J. Colgan, CSP
Fr. Richard J. Colgan, C.S.P., native of Ellenburg Depot, NY, felt called to the Catholic priesthood from an early age. A member of the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle (better known as the Paulist Fathers), Fr. Rich served as a pastor at parishes across the United States and Canada. Most recently, he spent more than a decade as Director of Novices, training men for... Read more
Joan Berngen
Fun loving and always giving, Wife, Mother, Grandma, Sister, Aunt, Friend, Colleague and Helper, Joan Berngen! We miss you!
Sophie Perone Billey
A beloved neighbor, mother, parish volunteer, Girl Scout leader, my own mother's best friend. Please honor Sophie's memory by planting flowers, baking cookies, or gathering loved ones for a game of Bridge and a group hug (even if it's virtual!).
John Prine
Thank you! John Prine. Your music continues to inspire. “When I get to heaven, I'm gonna shake God's hand Thank him for more blessings than one man can stand…..Then I'm gonna get a guitar and start a rock-n-roll band…Then as God is my witness, I'm gettin' back into show business I'm gonna open up a nightclub called 'The Tree of Forgiveness... Read more
Sister Monica Fumo and Sister Gabriella Nguyen, SCSJA
Two beautiful souls who taught at St. Joan Antida High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for many years, - brought light and laughter to hearts in most need. Their kindness and unshakable faith have been an inspiration to everyone who knew them. They leave a thousand stories, memories and images that will remain with us forever.
Betty Blackshere McDonald
Always exuberant, she was an organizer. Mother of 7, grandmother of 21, she died 6 days short of her 97th birthday. She worked as a nurse, usually in the operating room; travelled to Sri Lanka with friends after her husband died; was the "sunshine lady" in any group; loved bridge, golf, travel, and root beer floats. Her sparkle will be missed.
Joseph Basara
Joseph Basara passed away on April 19, 2020 in New Jersey. He considered his greatest accomplishment to be his four children. He was the constant entertainer for his 11 grandchildren, and he adored his extended family, including many nieces and nephews. Joe lived for the baseball fields and dedicated much of his life to the sport, passing it forward to future generations.... Read more
Mary Duggan Philbin
Mary was deeply committed to her Catholic faith. She and her husband spent years volunteering with the Christian Family Movement and Cana Conference. They were longtime members of St. Edmund Parish in Oak Park IL and staunch supporters of Catholic education, sending all seven children through Catholic grade school and high school.
Bob Szeigis
Dear friend and neighbor. An icon in our neighborhood who loved his family. A vet and retired NY Port Authority worker. Loved his church, the sacraments and his God. We grieve him with heavy hearts.
Louis Gonzales
Louie was our parishioner, husband and father who worked for the city. But Louie was also kind, friendly & generous with his time and skills. He was a volunteer football coach for many years before, during and after his son’s time on our team. He spent many hours helping with repairs to our aging buildings. He had time for everyone and was loved by all. A 50 car motorcade... Read more
John K. Pastor
John and I were classmates for 9 years in the 1960's from high school through a year of novitiate and on through graduation from Catholic University of America. We were roommates in the '64-'65 school year. We were friends who lost track of one another over the years. John was a wonderful man. He was a strong basketball player. He was an amazingly hard-... Read more

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