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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.

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.

FUNERAL SERVICES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED - Memorial Service will be rescheduled at a later date...

Marie E. Smart, (nee O'Donnell) of Mayfair passed away unexpectedly on March 11, 2020 at Nazareth Hospital at the age of 87.

Beloved wife of 63 years to James J. Smart Sr. Devoted mother of James J. Jr. (Maryanne) William (Stacey), Maureen Crosby (James), Rita Marinari (Dominic) and Carol Schwab (Ryan). Loving grandmom of Anne Marie Kauler (Eric), Theresa Velasquez (Marty), Joseph Smart (Larissa), Catherine Hill (Jon), Marybeth Buesching (Juergen), J. Christopher Smart, Jennifer Smart, Lauren Smart, Kelly Delisi (Derek), Patricia Czyzewski (Korye), James Crosby, Katherine Ogin (Mat), Christina Marinari, Dominic Marinari, Erin Schwab, Alyssa Schwab and Ryan Schwab; great grandmother of 15. Loving sister of Dolores Hampson, Catherine Ramirez and William O'Donnell.

Marie was a life-long Mayfair resident. Growing up on the 3400 block of Tudor St just a short stroll from all the shops along “The Avenue”. She attended St Matthew’s grade school and, in the fall of 1946, became a St Hubert’s Bambi. Upon graduation in 1950 she entered the workforce as a secretary for a Real Estate office.

The next chapter began when she met Jim Smart, a recently discharged US Navy Corporal, on a blind date. Marie and Jim dated continuously until they married on May 5, 1956. In January of 1958 James Jr. was born and so began Marie’s life as a devoted, loving, full-time mother. Bill was born in ‘59, Maureen in ’60 followed by Rita in ‘64 and finally Carol in 1967. Raising this handful kept Marie busy at home.

Eileen E. Crerand, (nee Erkert) passed away on Wednesday March 11, 2020 at her residence in Hollywood,PA after a lengthy illness at the age of 91.

Beloved wife of the late George Crerand. Devoted mother of Deirdre Hottinger (Stephen), Ceila Reilly (Kevin) and Jeannine Crerand. Loving grandmom of Kevin Jr., Bridget and Timothy. Dear sister of John "Jack" Erkert. She is survived by many nieces, nephews and her beloved cat Mickey. Eileen graduated in the first graduating class of St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in 1946. She worked for over 20 years as a secretary in the School District of Philadelphia.

Services and Interment will be hold privately at the convenience of her family.

Sienkiewicz Constantine S. "Stanley" of Mayfair. A U.S. Army Veteran, passed away on Thursday February 13, 2020 at the Vitas Hospice at Nazareth Hospital after a brief illness at the age of 86.

Beloved husband of the late Arline E. Sienkiewicz (nee Arko) who passed away on September 14, 2004 at the age of 70. Devoted father of Stanley Sienkiewicz and his wife Penny.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Gathering celebrating both Stanley and Arline Wednesday, March 4, 2020 9:45 - 10:15 AM. at St. Matthew Church (Upper) 3000 Cottman Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19149, followed by their Funeral Mass 10:30 AM. Rite of Committal Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Stanley and Arline's memory to St. Matthew Church at the above name address would be appreciated.

Wanda R. Colquhoun, (nee Papuga) of Mayfair passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2020 after a brief illness at the age of 95.

Beloved wife of the late Thomas D. Colquhoun. Devoted mother of Susan A. Barringer (William). Loving grandma of Dana Barringer. She is predeceased by her siblings John Papuga, Helen Balzer, Jean Schmidt and Angela Muscarella; also survived by her nieces and nephews.

Wanda was a member of Court St. Matthew of Mayfair #1828 Catholic Daughters of America. She spent her free time crocheting and solving jigsaw puzzles.

Elizabeth J. Lacey 'Betty" (nee Klein), of Mayfair, passed away on Tuesday February 18, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 73.

Beloved wife of 38 years to Michael J. Lacey. Devoted mother of Collen Lacey and Michael S. Lacey (Angela) . She is predeceased by her siblings; Jane Singer, John Klein, James Klein and Joanne Klein. She is survived by her nieces and nephews.

Betty was a retired crossing guard for the City of Philadelphia and a cashier at the Shop Rite in Mayfair. She was an avid bowler, country music enthusiast and photographer but she will be mostly remembered as a lunch moderator at St. Matthew School for years.

Dorothy Gawinowicz, (nee Greener) passed away on Sunday,February 16, 2020.

Beloved wife of the late Stanley A. Gawinowicz. Loving mother of Glenn (Claire), Joanne Scanlon (John), Gregg (Kathy) and Keith (Tina) and her late son Ray. Loving Nana of 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Dear sister of Joyce Neill; also survived by her nieces and nephews.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend her Viewing and Funeral Friday February 21, 2020 10:00 - 11:00 AM at the Philadelphia Protestant Home 6500 Tabor Road, Philadelphia PA 19111 followed by her Funeral Service 11:00 AM. Interment Hillside Cemetery.

Josephine B. Keiter, (nee Zappacosta) on February 16, 2020 age 89 of Philadelphia, PA.

Beloved wife of the late George "Jack". Dear sister of Ann Fanucchi, Rose Marino and the late Andrew and Carmen Zappacosta. Loving aunt of Nancy Fanucchi, Edward Marino and Maryann (Marco) Aloisi.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend her Viewing and Funeral Friday, February 21, 2020 9:15 - 10:15 AM at St. Matthew Church (upper) 3000 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19149 followed by her Funeral Mass 10:30 AM.

Rite of Committal Holy Cross Cemetery.


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