Betty Anne Gibbons

Elizabeth Anne Gibbons (nee Shaner), 84, passed away peacefully at home on April 6, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

Betty Anne worked at the Immaculate Mary Home as a housekeeper/aide, who was delighted to visit the residents daily, and was always up for a good time with her co-workers. She loved the beach and gossiping with neighbors. Betty Anne and her good friend Alice could constantly be found sitting outside having their coffee and an occasional ice cream from Mister Softee, while watching the dogs go by on their walks.

Elizabeth was born in Philadelphia to her parents (late) Mary L. (nee MacGillivray) and Norman Shaner. She was the beloved wife of William Gibbons for 67 years; loving mother of Kathleen Weckesser (late John), William (Patricia), Eileen, Steven, and Elizabeth Mary Gibbons (Robin). Betty was the proud Nan of John Weckesser and Shannon Goetz (Bob); Amber Gibbons and Sean McCloskey (Erin); and Mollie Gibbons; great-grandnan to Zander, Katie, Adam, and Jimmy. She was predeceased by her sister Jean Gilbert (Bob) and is survived by her in-laws Joan, Margie, Mary, Margie and James.

John R. Rehfuss

John “Jack” Robert Rehfuss, of Philadelphia, PA, died on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at Jefferson Torresdale Hospital where he was admitted for Covid-19. He was 81. 
Jack was born on June 2, 1939, to William and Madeline (Janzer) Rehfuss in the Olney section of Philadelphia, PA. He attended Thomas K. Finletter Elementary School, Elizabeth Duane Gillespie Middle School, and Simon Gratz High School’s agricultural program at the Wissahickon Farm School (now Philadelphia High School of Agriculture & Horticulture) where he further developed his life-long love of gardening. 

Cathryn McElvaney

Cathryn McElvaney (nee Carman), born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 2, 2021, peacefully and surrounded by family.

Cathy was the beloved wife of Gary for the past 39 years. She was the loving mother of Brian, Kevin (Megan), and Mary Kate (Patrick), and proud grandmother to Brie, Maura, and Addison. She is also survived by her mother Kathryn, brother Joseph (Linda), as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members, and predeceased by her father Joe and stepfather Larry.

Cathy was a proud retiree of the City of Philadelphia. She worked as a crossing guard for 35 years, almost entirely on the corner of Cottman and Roland Ave., before she retired in 2012. Cathy was also a devoted animal lover, proud St. Hubert’s alumna, a huge fan of The Beatles and the Philadelphia Eagles, and was rather infamous for her beautiful holiday decorating and love of over-the-top celebrations. She was incredibly devoted to her family and friends and was a fierce defender of those whom she loved. She was always ready to lend her experience and advice to those who needed it, which helped earn her the much-loved nickname “Chatty Cathy.” She will be incredibly missed, and her memory will live on in our hearts forever. We love you, Mom.

Russell A. Lucas Sr.

Russell A. Lucas Sr., 56, of Northeast Philadelphia, passed away on April 1, 2021 after faithfully battling an illness at home among his family.

He was born on December 20, 1964, to Phillip Lucas Sr. and Georganne (Hershey-Ball) Lucas in Philadelphia, PA and was raised as one of seventeen siblings by Sandra (Parks) Lucas. Russell touched the lives of so many people as an Associate Pastor of Faith Tabernacle Congregation beginning in December 2008. Additionally, he served the church in the role of International Secretary for approximately the last three years of his life. Previously, he provided for his family as a Master Carpenter for more than 30 years.

Joseph A. France

Joseph A. France, 80, passed away on Thursday April 1, 2021.

Joe emulated Frank Sinatra, and in his younger years would do his best to dress and look just like the performer. He also had a love for travel, seeing Europe, Vegas, and Atlantic City throughout his lifetime. Even though traveling was something he enjoyed doing, Joe made sure he based much of his travelling activities around the casino. He enjoyed gambling so much that he even published a book about the ever-popular card game, Blackjack.

Geri Bloh

Geraldine Bloh, 75, longtime resident of Rhawn Gardens passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021.

Geri happily retired from the IRS after 35 years. After retiring Geri enjoyed volunteering at St. Basil Academy. Whether it was helping in the kitchen or chaperoning on trips to Bermuda, they could always count on her to help out.

Geri loved food. You could always find her watching The Food Network. She was always surrounded by recipes that she wanted to try. She would write them down on the first thing she found. It was never unusual to find a random recipe on an envelope, or bill, receipt… She liked to try many of the ones she found. But, after a few bites she was done. She may have liked to make food, but she wasn’t a big eater. Only a little bit on her plate, eat one thing at a time, and don’t let anything touch. 

Kevin Walker

Kevin “Elvis” Walker, age 52, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Thursday March 11th, 2021.  He was a remarkable father, son, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Kevin was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He was a proud graduate of Northeast High School where he was known for his exceptional soccer skills and infectious smile. When he moved to North Carolina and started his family, his love for soccer led him into a coaching role for his children. Kevin was also known for his strong work ethic and his passion for sales and customer service. With his larger than life personality, Kevin was able to make people laugh and connect with every person that he met. The memories shared with Kevin will forever live in our hearts and he will be dearly missed. 

Shelly A. Mooney

Shelly A. Ellison-Mooney (nee) Kaufman, 56, originally from Gordon, PA passed away on Monday March 22, 2021.

Shelly was a huge fan of Jerry Garcia and was proud to be considered a Dead Head. She also had a love for Harleys and Rock & Roll. Anyone, who knew Shelly, would tell you she would do anything for those she loved. Shelly devoted her life to her kids and grandkids.

Edwin G. Greiner

Edwin G. Greiner, 86, longtime resident of Mayfair passed away on Monday, March 22, 2021.

Edwin served in the Korean War as part of the US Army and worked for the Reading Railroad and Conrail for 43 years.  He served as his Union District Chairman for 10 years with the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks and was a devoted member of the St. Matthew Men’s Choir and Bowling League for many years. Playing golf, traveling, and spending time with his family was what he loved to do the most.Affectionately known as Poppy Ed by his grandchildren and great grandchildren he was always quick to joke and could almost always be seen dancing or singing. With a strong zest for life, Ed, was always living his life to the best by being a fun-loving person. He will be unbelievably missed by his family, extended family and many friends.

Sr. Cora Marie McGuire, M.S.B.T.

Sister Cora Marie McGuire, Missionary Servant of the Most Blessed Trinity, native of Brooklyn, NY, died on March 22, 2021.

Burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on March 29, 2021.

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.

John F. Fluehr & Sons, Inc.

Funeral Home Serving Families Since 1898

3301 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19149


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