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Jacques Michel Estriplet, nicknamed Jacquot, was born on September 6, 1950, in Jacmel, Haiti. His parents were Emilio and Lourdes Ada Estriplet. The family resided in the neighboring southeastern town called Belle-Anse, Haiti.

Jacquot was one of 16 birthed children. He was a miracle male child because his mother Ada had difficulty not only giving birth, but keeping her male children alive. When was approaching the time to deliver Jacquot, his parents travelled to Jacmel, in order to save his life. After Jacquot’s birth, his mom Ada kept Jacquot in dresses and braids for 2 years, to make him look like a girl, as a way to fool the loup-garous (werewolves) who were constantly seeking to mysteriously kill baby boys in the region. After the family lost 10 babies and children, Jacquot became the 2nd surviving child after his older sister Micheline.


Nimia Bondad Gesmundo-Gapaz, 93, born on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, December 6th, 1926 in San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines and was granted her wings on Tuesday, April 21st, 2020. Inay Nimia's final days were surrounded by her family in her Northeast Philadelphia home.
  
Inay Nimia was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She was also an excellent caregiver, cook and seamstress in her younger years. 
Marie Riccio passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Riddle Hospital, Media, at the age of 77.

Marie Riccio was born a twin to Michael and Jennie Riccio on September 7, 1942.  She grew up, along with her siblings, Margaret, Evelyn, Carolyn, Vincent and Lorraine in Philadelphia, PA. 

She attended Our Lady of Consolation Grade School and received her sacraments at Our Lady of Consolation Church.

Because Marie was born with special needs, Marie lived at home where her parents and siblings cared for her.  For the last ten years of her life, Marie was cared for at Elwyn.  There she contracted the Covid virus,  was hospitalized, and died.

I, Nick Fafalios write this in loving memory of my Father, John N. Fafalios born in 1931, who passed away at age 89 on April 15th, 2020.

My father, the Son of Nick and Athina Fafalios, was born in a small village on the island Xios, Greece. He lived with his Mother and younger Brother Jim and they endured the grim times and suffered many sacrifices during the 2nd World War. Due to the grueling conditions imposed by the war, my father was brought to Philadelphia, PA by his Grandfather, “Big” Nick Costalas, circa 1945.

He worked alongside family members in the family luncheonette. He then continued to work in and grow the family business into some seven various locations in the North Philly area, where he would manage the daily operations.

Thomas J. Day, Sr   (1933-2020)

Retired Philadelphia Fireman and Fireboat Pilot Thomas Day, 87, succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, 11 April 2020. 

A native of Brookline, MA, he was a 1950 graduate of Brookline High School just outside of Boston, prior to entering the US Army and being deployed in Korea.  For extraordinary service there as an MP Staff Sargent, he was eventually awarded the Medal of Peace by the Republic of Korea. 

Sister Patricia Kelly Missionary Servant of the Most Blessed Trinity, a native of Scranton PA died on April 13, 2020.

Burial will take place at Holy Sepluchre Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at some time in the future at Blessed Trinity Mother House Chapel to which family and friends will be invited.



William P. Christiansen of Lexington Park on April 8, 2020 at the age of 93.

Beloved husband of the late Nancy M. (nee Wazalis). Devoted father of William J. (Lisa), Mark W. and Suzanne N. LeValley (Mike). Loving grandfather of Dana E .Livingston (Matt), Caroline M. and W. Daniel. Great grandfather of Benjamin and Blake Ellie.

Bill was the last child born to Philip and Emma (nee Gormley). His father emigrated from Copenhagen in the early 1900s and he married a daughter of former constable from Northern Ireland.

He was born in 1926 and was of the depression era generation. He went to old NorhEast High School on Lehigh Ave was drafted in WWII. After basic training he entered the European theater after D- Day; his experience involved campaigns to Central Europe in Czechoslovakia. At the war's end he returned to the states where he trained as a medic and received an Honorable Discharge in August of 1946 as a Technician Fifth Grade, Med Det 23rd INF 2nd Div from Fort Lewis in Washington. He was just five days shy of his 20th birthday.


Anna “Annie” P. McDowell (nee Dimitroff) passed away on April 8, 2020 at the age of 89.

Devoted mother of Ann Lepkowski (Stephen) and loving grandmother of Andrew, Lauren, Nicholas and Brian. Annie was the daughter of Greek immigrants, Elia and Domenika (Misiolidis) Dimitroff, dear sister of Mary, Nicholas (D), Dorothea, Catherine Heany (Richard (D)), and Deanna Sarkioglu (D) (John), and loving aunt/great-aunt to her nephew, nieces, and great nieces and nephews.

Elsie Marie Sheets (neePagliei) On the evening of March 31, 2020, Elsie passed away, peacefully, of natural causes. Elsie was comforted by her family members at Brandywine Dresher Estates in Dresher, PA. She was 98 years young.

Beloved wife of the late Everett Osborne Sheets M.D. Devoted mother of Deborah Shaffer (Ron), Raymond Sheets (Mary), Michele Pettinelli (Frank) and Lisa Sheets. Loving grand mother of Vanessa Paddock (Joe), Lauren Sheets (Adam), Brielle Pettinelli, Jonathan Shaffer, Andrew Pettinelli and Christian Pettinelli. Treasured great grand mom of Genevieve, Joey, Lachlan and Luke.

Elsie was born and raised in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. She was the daughter of Italian immigrants, Luigi and Michelina (Gagliardi) Pagliei. She had four brothers, Joseph (D), Vincent (D), Frank, age 96, of San Antonio, Texas and Louis (D). Elsie attended Our Lady of Consolation elementary school and Hallahan High School. She worked as an Administrative Assistant in center city, Philadelphia until she met the love of her life, Ossie, a medical resident at Hahnemann hospital. They were married in 1948 and later moved to Ossie’s hometown, Beaver Falls, PA where he practiced medicine beside his father. After Ossie’s return from The Korean War, the couple settled in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia where they lived, worked, and raised their family as members of the St. Matthew Church parish community for 47 years.

Mary Hubbard, 76, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 6, 2020 at her Philadelphia home surrounded by her loving sister and loving nephew and nieces.

She was born on June 18, 1943 in Camden, NJ. She was the second twin daughter of Kennard Norman Hubbard and Cordelia Martin Hubbard. She graduated from Faith Tabernacle School and then attended Camden County Vocational where she took up sewing. After finishing the course, she was employed in Berlin, NJ where she did embroidering. She also worked for Avery Soabar Company in Philadelphia and Marshall’s retail before cleaning at Faith Tabernacle Church.


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