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William (Bill) J. Fenerty 81, peacefully passed away January 26, 2023. He was born and lived most of his life in Philadelphia, PA. Bill was preceded in death by his wife: Alexandria (Sandra); his son: Christopher; his parents: Raymond and Elizabeth; and sister Elizabeth Laphen.

Bill was a devout Catholic and a proud Irishman. He was a longtime member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and an Officer with the Knights of Columbus. Bill was thrilled to visit Ireland twice and he also went on an African Safari.

He was a graduate of Drexel University taking classes at night while working full time and raising a large family. Bill and his late wife were married 38 years. They enjoyed spending time with family at their home in Brigantine, NJ.

He is lovingly remembered for his love of attending his children and grandchildren’s sports and English television series.

Bill leaves behind his sons: William J. Fenerty Jr. and Jeffrey Fenerty (Tammy); daughters: Alison Dickinson (Eric) and Alicia Farnell (Tom); nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attenend William's funeral mass February 1, 2023 10:30 AM at St. Matthew Church 3000 Cottman Ave, where a visitation from will take place 9:15-10:15 AM. Interment well be held at Resurrection Cemetery.

Geraldine Mary Paulits, age 72, a resident of the Mayfair Section of Philadelphia died on January 27, 2023. She was the beloved wife of Kenneth Martin Paulits for 46 years.

Born on June 9, 1950 in Philadelphia, PA, She was the beloved daughter of the late John Palys and the late Dolores Wawroski Palys and sister of the Larry Palys.
She graduated from St. Hubert’s High School in 1968.

Geri was a devoted wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother. She was an avid collector of stuffed animal and knick-knacks and enjoyed shopping. She also loved animals, especially cats.
She was a member of St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church.

In addition to her husband, Geri is survived by her son, Eric Palys, Sr.; grandson Eric Palys, Jr. who affectionately called her Nana; sister, Christine Stefankiewicz(John); nephews: Christopher Stefankiewicz(Lynette), Adam Stefankiewicz (Cheyenne) and John Palys (Kate) who called her Ciocia; and by her brother-in-law, Bob Pollock.

"DIONNE IS IN HEAVEN WITH OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST"

Dionne Bernice Wright was born to Diane Lois Cephas and Don A. Wright on 8/4/83 at Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia Pa. My beautiful baby Dionne was born with a head full of hair. She had so much hair that I decided to enter Dionne in a baby contest at Kirkland Air Force base in New Mexico. And Dionne won for the most hair. Dionne was a very loving, caring and beautiful mother, daughter, sister and niece. Dionne was a single parent. She raised her son Alex all by herself. Dionne loved her son very much and Alex loved his mother very much. There was nothing that she wouldn't do for her son, Alex. Dionne was very intelligent in school, Dionne graduated as Valedictorian in high school from Blair Christian Academy. Dionne received her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Temple University in 2005, and graduated with honors. Dionne then went to further her education at Howard University where she received her MBA Degree. Dionne went on to get her Esthetician license for the states of Maryland, Washington, and Delaware. Dionne is also the owner and founder of her own business called Djimon LLC. Dionne made so many accomplishments in her life. In high school, Dionne was a tutor and mentor of the YMCA, the Black Achievers program where she was a honorary guest with Don Lemon and Rich Williams. Dionne volunteered a lot to feed the homeless and also to tutor older adults. Dionne, came to know the Lord, Jesus Christ and accepted him as her personal savior and Dionne and I were baptized together at Impacting your World Christian Center. During the time that I was with my beautiful daughter in the ICU for ten days, I was praying to Jesus, that the Lord would heal Dionne, everyone was praying. My son Seany, my friend Steve, Alex, Dionne's son, my daughter Brittany. Ralph, everybody was praying. One thing that two people told me is that no matter how hard you pray, the Lord is with that individual and ministers to them. And asks them, do you want to go back to earth or do you want to come home with me? Dionne chose to go home with Jesus. I remember playing worshiping music through out the day when I was with Dionne in the ICU. I played Raising up a hallelujah, The Blessing,

Margaret “Marge” Bebco, age 93, a long-time resident of Northeast Philadelphia died on January 19, 2023. She was the devoted wife of the late Joseph A. Bebco, a veteran of the Korean War.

Born on Philadelphia, PA on March 24, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth and Charles Ferris.

She was a devoted wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother.

Marge had a natural talent for home design and decoration.  According to her daughter, Debra, Marge was constantly redesigning their family home.  She would often tell her husband, Joe, that whatever purchase she made, for her home upgrades and projects, that the cost was $25.00. Joe, being a smart man, never questioned Marge’s purchases and was always appreciative of her talent.  Marge was also a gifted artist.

Her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She was most happy when there was a child in her arms.

She is survived by her loving children: Debra A. Dorsett and Joseph S. Bebco and by eight grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughters; Lisa Kawalski, Tracy Dahms and Pat Trochin.

Services will be held privately.

On January 23rd, 2023, at the age of 81.

John was the loving husband of Barbara McGinley (nee McGrogan). Dear father of Jennifer McCann and her husband Marc and Poppa to his dear Megan McCann. John is also survived by his sisters, Kay Hurley and her husband Dan, and Janet Peterson and her husband Sam.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend John's Mass of Christian Burial at St. Matthew's Catholic Church 3000 Cottman Ave Phila. PA. 19149 on Thursday, February 2nd, 11:30AM where a visitation will take place 10:15-11:15AM. Interment will be held at Washington Crossing's National Cemetery immediately after. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Matthew's Church.

Marion Lea Kauffman, beloved wife, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023. She was eighty. Born to Sidney and Mary Kauffan, Marion graduated from Lincoln High School and was then hired to Charles Schober Co on North 2nd street in 1960 where she continued for fifty-one years before retiring. While working she met Robert in 1983 when he delivered a stereo system and turntable to her home. They were together for 39 years.

Marion was an avid thrift and flea market/garage sale bargain hunter. She would go as far as Connecticut or Virginia in circuitous routes to visit her favorite thrift stores. She kept a binder with a list of dates and areas for all the "local" community sales and searched the weekly papers. Marion supported many local charities and individuals in this manner but also more directly. Marion made donations to many churches and Charitable Organizations on a regular basis. She would also bless individuals through purchased meals or clothing donations or even the gifting of a bicycle to a young boy at the local thrift store. She spent the remainder of her time listening to audio books and binge watching her many favorite drama/mystery shows and romance movies.

Jane (Keefe) Cheeseman passed away peacefully on January 16, 2023 at the age of 93.

Born in Philadelphia, to John and Catherine (O’Connor) Keefe.

A lifelong resident of Upper Darby, PA and Sea Isle City, NJ.

Jane is preceded in death by her beloved husband Thomas and cherished daughter Susan Lentz (Robert).

Jane is survived by her loving children, Thomas (Cathy), Mary Jane, Tricia Liberi (Michael), Kathleen Gibbons (Michael), and Michael (Jennifer). Jane is survived by her adored grandchildren Gabrielle, Patrick, Dan, Katie, Michael, Morgan, Bridget, and Devon and two great grandchildren Harper and Smith. Funeral and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org)

Joan Patricia Berk, age 86, a 25-year resident of the Mayfair Section of Philadelphia and formerly of the Kensington Section of Philadelphia died on January 14, 2023. She was the devoted wife of the late Louis W. Berk, Sr.

Born in Philadelphia, Joan was the daughter of the late Harry Foley and the late Rose Drobel Foley. She was also preceded in death by her sisters: Marian, Catherine, Dorothy, Rose Marie, Dolores and Mary and by her brothers: John and Robert.

Joan attended Little Flower High School.

She was a devoted wife, homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was a member of St. Timothy’s Roman Catholic Church since 1998 and was a former member of Ascension of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church.
She especially enjoyed spending time with her dear friends; Cassie, Annie, Marie, Loretta and Rita.

She is survived by her loving children: Catherine Berk and Louis W., Jr. and his wife Michele A. Berk; brother Joseph Foley; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Horace W. “Pete” Feyhl, III, age 76, a resident of the Mayfair Section of Philadelphia died on January 5, 2023.

Born on February 7, 1946, He was the son of the late Mary Smith and Horace W. Feyhl, Jr.

At a young age, Horace played soccer for The Germantown Boys Club. He later became a semi-professional soccer player.

He graduated from Germantown High School. He continued his education by studying at Spring Garden College, Temple University and The University of Michigan.

Professionally, Horace was a Metallurgical Engineer. He retired as Director of Quality Assurance of North America Heraeus Electro-Nite, after a career that spanned 35 years.

Catherine E. Jackson, Oct. 31, 1937 — Jan. 1, 2023

Catherine E. Jackson died peacefully and quietly in the early hours of 2023. She was 85 years old and leaves behind three daughters, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, as well as a daughter-in-law, three sisters, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Catherine, known as Cass or Cassie for most of her life, was the very definition of small but mighty. She was the oldest in a family of seven kids—six girls and one boy (he got his own room)—and two loving parents, Thomas and Catherine Gilday. Cassie and her siblings grew up in Philadelphia, and she graduated from Little Flower Catholic High School in 1955 with her best friend Cassie Plover (now Laughlin), with whom she remained lifelong friends. Even then, Catherine longed to travel and have adventures.

Catherine was the first in her large Irish Catholic family to fly on an airplane (to Florida in the late 1950s, but not to Cuba as planned after her flight was cancelled because of events related to the Cuban Revolution). Her adventures took a new direction when she met Dad, fell in love, and the two created a family together. In the early 1960s, they moved from Philly to the Jersey Shore town of Toms River—and Cass had to learn how to drive.


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