Obituaries

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Betty Alcaro (nee Lewis) passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at the Vitas Hospice at Nazareth Hospital after a long illness at the age of 72. 

Beloved wfie of Rocco Alcaro. Devoted mother of John Griffith (Gina) and Kelly Adair. Loving grandmom of  Samantha Johnny, Danielle and Joe.

A Memorial Gathering and Funeral Mass will be held at a later date.

ROGER A. DUGAN (ROD) 100 yrs young – recently of Lady Lake FL – passed away Thursday March 26, 2020 at home surrounded by loved ones. This was just 3 weeks after suffering his only heart attack. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather.

Born November 19, 1919 in Philadelphia PA. He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel F Dugan and Elizabeth A (nee Rossiter), three brothers Daniel, Bernard and John and 2 sisters Madeline and Martha.

As a young adult, because of his love for roller skating, he was often found at the local rink which at that time was Chez Vous near 69th St.

Being classified as 4F for military service, due to a severe sinus condition, he was sent to Arizona and spent approximately 10 years in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area where his only child Ruth Ann Dugan Barlow was born.

Jean K. Brightcliffe, (nee Barber) formerly of Mayfair passed away on Sunday March 29, 2020 at Temple University Hospital at the age of 90.

Beloved wife of the late William E. Brightcliffe. Devoted mother of Jeanne Brightcliffe, Kenneth Brightcliffe (Dorothy), the late William E. Brightcliffe and the late John E. Brightcliffe. Loving Nana of 12 and great grandmother of 15. Dear sister of the late Edward R. & Robert F. Barber.

Rose M. Boland, (nee Collins) passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Wesley Enhanced Living at the age of 95.

Beloved wife of the late William J. Boland. Devoted mother of William (Patricia), Gerard (Diane), Dennis (Lynda). Loving grandmother of 8 and great grandmother of 17.

A Memorial Gathering and Funeral Mass will be held at a later date.






Joan T. Bergiven. (nee Gallagher) of Mayfair on March 24, 2020 at the age of 84.

Beloved wife of the late Joseph P. Bergiven. Devoted mother of Michael J. (Carole), Paul G. (Lee), Joseph F., William J. and Robert V. Bergiven. Loving Nana of Kelli, Kaitlyn, Patrick, Michael, Matthew, Julia, Jessica, Isabelle, Christopher, Aidan and Nicholas. Dear sister of William Gallagher (Mary) and Barbara Frisco.

Services and Interment will be scheduled at a later date.


Lillian R. Pilla (nee Martino) peacefully on March 23, 2020 at the age of 85.

Beloved wife of the late Angelo A. Pilla, Jr. Devoted mother of Cynthia A. Zickel (Joseph), the late Stephen M. Pilla and the late Angela M. Pilla. Loving grandmom of Catherine Anania (Andrew), Juliet Zickel and the late Blake Pilla. Great grandmother of Harper Rose Anania. Dear sister of Rita Gizzio and Vincent Martino. Also survived by her nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Gathering and Funeral Mass at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lillian's memory may be made to St. Jude Hospital for Children, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.would be appreciated.








Rev. Msgr. Charles E. McGroarty passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Holy Redeemer Hospital, at the age of 86.

The Rev. Msgr. Charles E. McGroarty was the fourth child born to Edward and Margaret McGroarty on February 26, 1934.  He grew up, along with his siblings, Jane, Edward and William in Collingdale, PA.  He attended St. Joseph Grade School in Collingdale, PA, St. James High School in Chester, PA and Saint Joseph's College (University) where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree.  In 1953, the year his mother died, he felt a call to religious life, influenced by his pastor at St. Joseph Parish and the priests he'd known at St. James High School.  His father convinced him to wait until after his college graduation to enter Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.  While at Saint Charles Seminary, he also obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  In 1959, he was sent to Rome by Cardinal O'Hara to study at the Gregorian University with residence at the North American College.  He was ordained a priest in Rome on December 19, 1962 by Archbishop Martin O'Connor, rector of the North American College.  He finished his studies for his S.T.L. (license in Sacred Theology) in the spring of 1963 and returned to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Joseph V. Keys, Jr., "Joey" of Northeast Philadelphia passed away suddenly on Sautrday March 14, 2020 at the age of 31.

Beloved son of Tracy L. Rajkowski and Joseph V. Keys Sr. Devoted brother of Shawn Keys, Matthew Keys, David Rajkowski and Allie Rajkowski. Loving grandson of Linda Bogart and Lucille Keys. Also survived by his aunts, uncles and cousins.

Joe was a proud graduate of Upper Moreland High School, Class of 2007. He was an electrician, and a "Jack of all Trades". One of Joe's best talents was drawing, a hobby that filled his "free" time. He was a football and hockey enthusiast and an avid skateboader. Most of all Joe loved his family and his friends.

George E. Birkhead, Jr. of Quakertown formerly of Churchville passed away on Monday March 16, 2020 at the New Seasons at New Britan after a brief illness at the age of 87.

Devoted father of Jeanette Clemenson (Joe), Susie Birkhead (Harold), Beverly Clemenson (Jim), Cindy Gordon (Bob), Ginny Murphy (the late Bob) and George Birkhead III. Also survived by Jessie Birkhead. Loving Pop Pop to 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Harold Birkhead (the late Pat), Joan Ross, Eugene Birkhead (Frankie), Myrtle Dinda (Charlie) and the late Virginia Roy (Ron), and the late Leonard Birkhead. Also survived by his nieces and nephews.

Danny Ray Thompson of Philadelphia passed away on Thursday March 12, 2020 at the Holy Redeemer Hospice at the age of 72 after a long illness.

Beloved father of Darrell Thompson (Leslyn,) Gay Ojugbana and Loren Ojugbana. Former husband of Marilyn Ojugbana. Devoted brother of Dawne Thompson. He is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend his Graveside Service on Saturday March 21, 2020 12:00 PM at Northwood Cemetery 1501 Haines Street Philadelphia PA 19126.


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