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Patricia Ann DeLaurentis, age 57, a resident of Levittown, PA, died on February 1, 2023.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Anthony DeLaurentis and the late Anna May Donahue.

Pat attended Northeast High School and Our Lady of Confidence Day School. She was employed as a Specialty Worker at Path Vocational Workshop. Patricia was a member of Resurrection of Our Lord Church.

Pat enjoyed bowling at Thunderbird Lanes with Spin Community & Fitness. She had a true love of 70’s and 80’s Pop Music following Barry Manilow, Dolly Parton and many of the Boy Bands. She was a true Philly Sports Fan who cheered on the Eagles and especially her Phillies.

She is survived by her four brothers and their spouses: Bill and Rita DeLaurentis, Larry DeLaurentis and Tom Cieslinski, Anthony and Fran DeLaurentis and Jim and Donna DeLaurentis. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Chris DeLaurentis, Caitlin DeLaurentis, Clare DeLaurentis and Brian DeLaurentis.

Relatives and friends will be received from 10:00 AM on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at Resurrection of Our Lord Church, 2000 Shelmire Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, immediately followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Our Lady of Confidence Day School, 314 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090.

Donald John Small, age 84, a resident of the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia, PA, died on February 1, 2023. He was the beloved husband of Doris Marie Brinkman Small.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late John Small and the late Clara Mawhinney.

After high school, Donald served in the United States Army, where he was stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1964 with the rank of SP4.

Donald was employed as a plumber for the Philadelphia School District for nearly 38 years, from where he retired.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons and their spouses: Scott A. and Jennifer Small, and David S. and Danyale Small, and by his three grandsons: Matthew Kaplan-Small, Austin Small and Cameron Small.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 6, 2023, John F. Fluehr & Sons, 3301 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, where relatives and friends will be received from 10:00 until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Disabled American Veterans (DAV), P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 DAV : Disabled American Veterans Charity - FIND, DONATE, JOIN and VOLUNTEER.

Sister Margaret Mary (Peggy) Cosgrove, Missionary Servant of the Most Blessed Trinity, native of Bayonne, NJ died on January 27, 2023. Wake will take place at Blessed Trinity Motherhouse on Thursday evening, February 2, 2023 at 6:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the Motherhouse Chapel on Friday, February 3, 2023, at 9:30 AM. Burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

William (Bill) J. Fenerty 81, peacefully passed away January 26, 2023. He was born and lived most of his life in Philadelphia, PA. Bill was preceded in death by his wife: Alexandria (Sandra); his son: Christopher; his parents: Raymond and Elizabeth; and sister Elizabeth Laphen.

Bill was a devout Catholic and a proud Irishman. He was a longtime member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and an Officer with the Knights of Columbus. Bill was thrilled to visit Ireland twice and he also went on an African Safari.

He was a graduate of Drexel University taking classes at night while working full time and raising a large family. Bill and his late wife were married 38 years. They enjoyed spending time with family at their home in Brigantine, NJ.

He is lovingly remembered for his love of attending his children and grandchildren’s sports and English television series.

Bill leaves behind his sons: William J. Fenerty Jr. and Jeffrey Fenerty (Tammy); daughters: Alison Dickinson (Eric) and Alicia Farnell (Tom); nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attenend William's funeral mass February 1, 2023 10:30 AM at St. Matthew Church 3000 Cottman Ave, where a visitation from will take place 9:15-10:15 AM. Interment well be held at Resurrection Cemetery.

Geraldine Mary Paulits, age 72, a resident of the Mayfair Section of Philadelphia died on January 27, 2023. She was the beloved wife of Kenneth Martin Paulits for 46 years.

Born on June 9, 1950 in Philadelphia, PA, She was the beloved daughter of the late John Palys and the late Dolores Wawroski Palys and sister of the Larry Palys.
She graduated from St. Hubert’s High School in 1968.

Geri was a devoted wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother. She was an avid collector of stuffed animal and knick-knacks and enjoyed shopping. She also loved animals, especially cats.
She was a member of St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church.

In addition to her husband, Geri is survived by her son, Eric Palys, Sr.; grandson Eric Palys, Jr. who affectionately called her Nana; sister, Christine Stefankiewicz(John); nephews: Christopher Stefankiewicz(Lynette), Adam Stefankiewicz (Cheyenne) and John Palys (Kate) who called her Ciocia; and by her brother-in-law, Bob Pollock.

"DIONNE IS IN HEAVEN WITH OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST"

Dionne Bernice Wright was born to Diane Lois Cephas and Don A. Wright on 8/4/83 at Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia Pa. My beautiful baby Dionne was born with a head full of hair. She had so much hair that I decided to enter Dionne in a baby contest at Kirkland Air Force base in New Mexico. And Dionne won for the most hair. Dionne was a very loving, caring and beautiful mother, daughter, sister and niece. Dionne was a single parent. She raised her son Alex all by herself. Dionne loved her son very much and Alex loved his mother very much. There was nothing that she wouldn't do for her son, Alex. Dionne was very intelligent in school, Dionne graduated as Valedictorian in high school from Blair Christian Academy. Dionne received her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Temple University in 2005, and graduated with honors. Dionne then went to further her education at Howard University where she received her MBA Degree. Dionne went on to get her Esthetician license for the states of Maryland, Washington, and Delaware. Dionne is also the owner and founder of her own business called Djimon LLC. Dionne made so many accomplishments in her life. In high school, Dionne was a tutor and mentor of the YMCA, the Black Achievers program where she was a honorary guest with Don Lemon and Rich Williams. Dionne volunteered a lot to feed the homeless and also to tutor older adults. Dionne, came to know the Lord, Jesus Christ and accepted him as her personal savior and Dionne and I were baptized together at Impacting your World Christian Center. During the time that I was with my beautiful daughter in the ICU for ten days, I was praying to Jesus, that the Lord would heal Dionne, everyone was praying. My son Seany, my friend Steve, Alex, Dionne's son, my daughter Brittany. Ralph, everybody was praying. One thing that two people told me is that no matter how hard you pray, the Lord is with that individual and ministers to them. And asks them, do you want to go back to earth or do you want to come home with me? Dionne chose to go home with Jesus. I remember playing worshiping music through out the day when I was with Dionne in the ICU. I played Raising up a hallelujah, The Blessing,

Margaret “Marge” Bebco, age 93, a long-time resident of Northeast Philadelphia died on January 19, 2023. She was the devoted wife of the late Joseph A. Bebco, a veteran of the Korean War.

Born on Philadelphia, PA on March 24, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth and Charles Ferris.

She was a devoted wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother.

Marge had a natural talent for home design and decoration.  According to her daughter, Debra, Marge was constantly redesigning their family home.  She would often tell her husband, Joe, that whatever purchase she made, for her home upgrades and projects, that the cost was $25.00. Joe, being a smart man, never questioned Marge’s purchases and was always appreciative of her talent.  Marge was also a gifted artist.

Her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She was most happy when there was a child in her arms.

She is survived by her loving children: Debra A. Dorsett and Joseph S. Bebco and by eight grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughters; Lisa Kawalski, Tracy Dahms and Pat Trochin.

Services will be held privately.

On January 23rd, 2023, at the age of 81.

John was the loving husband of Barbara McGinley (nee McGrogan). Dear father of Jennifer McCann and her husband Marc and Poppa to his dear Megan McCann. John is also survived by his sisters, Kay Hurley and her husband Dan, and Janet Peterson and her husband Sam.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend John's Mass of Christian Burial at St. Matthew's Catholic Church 3000 Cottman Ave Phila. PA. 19149 on Thursday, February 2nd, 11:30AM where a visitation will take place 10:15-11:15AM. Interment will be held at Washington Crossing's National Cemetery immediately after. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Matthew's Church.

Marion Lea Kauffman, beloved wife, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023. She was eighty. Born to Sidney and Mary Kauffan, Marion graduated from Lincoln High School and was then hired to Charles Schober Co on North 2nd street in 1960 where she continued for fifty-one years before retiring. While working she met Robert in 1983 when he delivered a stereo system and turntable to her home. They were together for 39 years.

Marion was an avid thrift and flea market/garage sale bargain hunter. She would go as far as Connecticut or Virginia in circuitous routes to visit her favorite thrift stores. She kept a binder with a list of dates and areas for all the "local" community sales and searched the weekly papers. Marion supported many local charities and individuals in this manner but also more directly. Marion made donations to many churches and Charitable Organizations on a regular basis. She would also bless individuals through purchased meals or clothing donations or even the gifting of a bicycle to a young boy at the local thrift store. She spent the remainder of her time listening to audio books and binge watching her many favorite drama/mystery shows and romance movies.

Jane (Keefe) Cheeseman passed away peacefully on January 16, 2023 at the age of 93.

Born in Philadelphia, to John and Catherine (O’Connor) Keefe.

A lifelong resident of Upper Darby, PA and Sea Isle City, NJ.

Jane is preceded in death by her beloved husband Thomas and cherished daughter Susan Lentz (Robert).

Jane is survived by her loving children, Thomas (Cathy), Mary Jane, Tricia Liberi (Michael), Kathleen Gibbons (Michael), and Michael (Jennifer). Jane is survived by her adored grandchildren Gabrielle, Patrick, Dan, Katie, Michael, Morgan, Bridget, and Devon and two great grandchildren Harper and Smith. Funeral and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org)


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