Obituaries

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Elsa Bivacca (nee Vaserik) of N.E. Philadelphia on May 4, 2020 at the age of 94.

Beloved wife of the late Abert F. Bivacca. Devoted mother of Stephen J. and Richard J. Bivacca and Carla R. Veltrup (Michael). Loving grandmom of Andrea (Daniel), Nicholas (LaShawna), Brianna and Ashley; great grandmother of Daniel and Julianna. Also survived by her nieces and nephews.

Services and Interment Private.
Norma T Gwynn (nee Tancredi) lost her almost 35 year battle with recurring breast cancer at 1:20 AM on April 30, 2020.

She was born in South Philadelphia on January 23, 1930 and recently celebrated her 90th birthday. She lived at the same house on Cottman Avenue for almost 70 years of her life.

Norma was predeceased by her parents Pasquale & Maria Tancredi. Norma was the last surviving member of the 9 Tancredi siblings: Rachel, Rose, Pasquale, Sam, Lena, Louise, Rudy and Joe. She was also predeceased her loving husband of 58 years, Frank. She is survived by her 4 children: Bill (Mary), Sue (Joe), Frank and Michael (Liz); 10 Grandchildren (who lovingly knew her as ‘Cuckoo’): Bill (Casey), Katie Anne, Matthew, Megan, Colleen (Jason), Danielle (Mike), Nicole, Lexi, Gianna & Marco and 3 Great-Grandchildren: Gabi, Nicholas and Vito.

John Francis Codori died from COVID-19 in Philadelphia on 24 April 2020.  He was born in Philadelphia on July 25, 1932, the sixth and youngest child of Dr. Laurence Murray Codori, Sr., a Baltimore native, and his wife, Marie Agnes Silk.  He was reared in Philadelphia in the Irish neighborhood known as “Swampooldle,” and was educated in the Catholic School system. He attended grade school at St. Columba’s, across the street from his home on Lehigh Avenue, and graduated from Roman Catholic Boys High School in 1950, where he was a member of the Track Team and ran Cross Country. After graduation, he worked at the Nabisco Company for two years and then General Motors for 43 years. He was employed in the processing and packaging department and was responsible for assembling automotive part orders for shipment.

At a young age John developed a love of all sports, especially Philadelphia baseball. The old Connie Mack Stadium was only four blocks from his home. He was so engrossed with the Phillies that in eighth grade he was caught making Box Scores Cards during class. The nun said to John: “If you had been born closer to the Academy of Music rather than the ball park you might be a musical virtuoso” (She had him make 10 more score cards for the convent). John was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, Father Joseph C. Tomko Assembly #934 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and for many years attended retreats with The Men of Malvern. 

James M. Fay, 91, of Egg Harbor Township NJ, Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Uncle and Friend to all, died Saturday April 25, 2020 from natural causes at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland NJ.

Jim was born in Philadelphia to Michael and Madeline Fay in June 1928. He was a graduate of Roman Catholic High School, served in the US Army in Japan and Korea. He married his sweetheart T. Joan Hughes (1930-2016) on April 16th 1955. He was a long-time resident in St Matthews parish in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia where they raised four children. Jim worked for Reliable Sewer Cleaners, James Michael Fay Corporation and Reuter-Hanney until his retirement. He will be remembered as a great fisherman, conversationalist, smoker of fine cigars and card player.

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.




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