Obituaries

Life

Father Hemler, Fallston pastor, dies at 74
Jul 26 2011
Father Edward B. Hemler, longtime pastor of St. Mark in Fallston and a former leader in Catholic education, died July 24 after suffering years of declining health. A 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass was to be celebrated at St. Mark July 28.

London priest returned prestigious medal after admitting he abused boys
Jun 25 2011
LONDON – A popular Catholic priest returned a prestigious award to Queen Elizabeth II after he admitted sexually abusing boys at a school in Africa more than 40 years ago.

Father Paulits, 88, guided Lake Shore parish with quiet dignity
Jun 07 2011
The story of Our Lady of the Chesapeake, Lake Shore, can’t be told without Father Walter J. Paulits. The founding pastor of the Anne Arundel County parish, however, would not have sought such credit.

Father Edward H. Nash, S.J. dies
May 18 2011
A funeral Mass for Jesuit Father Edward H. Nash was offered May 16 at Manresa Hall near Philadelphia. Father Nash died May 11. He was 94.

Vet cherishes his bit of Baltimore history
Nov 04 2010
Two blocks south of Patterson Park in East Baltimore, Ray and Helen Getzel, husband and wife for 57 years, maintain an immaculate rowhome.

Personnel file material released in long-settled California abuse cases
Oct 28 2010
SAN DIEGO – After a California court Oct. 22 ordered the release of documents from the Dioceses of San Diego and San Bernardino related to past cases of improper sexual conduct of four dozen priests, more than 10,000 pages of material was made public.

News of God’s demise greatly exaggerated
Oct 07 2010
I guess by now you’ve heard the bad news. God is dead. Again. I understand that God took the news pretty hard.

Disparate sources, unconditional love
Sep 23 2010
So what do Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu and Despina Siskos have in common? They both discovered that unconditional love is the way to joy.

Reflecting on Olive’s life
Sep 02 2010
It’s possible that you never knew that Olive Murdy lived. When she died this past July she had no “celebrity” obituary.

New York archbishop, cardinal recall generosity of Yankees late owner
Jul 14 2010
NEW YORK – New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan and his predecessor, Cardinal Edward M. Egan, mourned the death of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, recalling his kindness and generosity toward various charities, including Catholic agencies.

Priests bring different gifts
Jun 17 2010
In this Year of the Priest, I have written about various priests who have touched my life. How could I allow the year to end without remembering Monsignor Marty Schwalenberg and Father Jack Hooper?

Two Kennedy family members stand out among notables who died in 2009
Dec 27 2009
WASHINGTON – The deaths of two members of the Kennedy family two weeks apart in August stand out in a series of notable obituaries of Catholics who frequently made news headlines during their lives.

A Veterans Day thought
Nov 24 2009
The Baltimore Sun’s obituary paints a colorful picture of Christopher Coffland:

One man’s way to peace
Oct 08 2009
He was credited with having saved a billion lives in his lifetime.

Sister Mary Rosaria Baxter, R.G.S. dies
Aug 10 2009
A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Rosaria Baxter, a Sister of the Good Shepherd, was offered July 28 in Good Shepherd Center Chapel. Sister Mary Rosaria died July 23. She was 68.