**COVID-19 protocol. As Philadelphia starts a slow phase by phase re opening of the city, our funeral home is ready to serve families in the safest way possible. Please note that anyone attending any type of service must wear a face mask in our building. All local religious establishments and cemeteries are following the same guide lines. We ask that you keep social distancing measures in mind when waiting in any lines and when greeting other people. Any services in the funeral home you will enter under long canopy that faces Verree Rd. and exit the back doors under canopy into our parking lot. If you are uncomfortable signing the register book with provided pen after using hand sanitizer then please bring one from home and take it with you. There will be no congregating in our meeting rooms, we will be letting small groups in at a time and then no one else will be permitted to enter until that group leaves. Expect long lines that will be outdoors so plan accordingly, also plan that there will be a possibility that if there are large crowds you will be unable to get in. We suggest if you have pre-existing health issues or are immunosuppressed or have someone living in your home that is, please do NOT attend services. Hoping that soon we will be able to get back to normal but until then, this will be our procedure.
Barbara (Courduff) age 55, formerly of Fox Chase passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Barbara was born July 17, 1964, in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, PA. She attended St. Cecilia Grade School ’78 and Cardinal Dougherty High School ’82. She worked throughout the Holy Redeemer Health System for over 30 years.
To have met Barb once was to have loved her for a lifetime. She left her mark on everyone, whether it was sitting down to have a heart to heart conversation, simply giving a smile when someone needed it or a shoulder to cry on. Barb was there when you needed her, even when you didn’t know you needed it.
When Barb walked in any room, she brought smiles to the faces of everyone she knew and if you didn’t know her, someone would make sure you did. She had an energy that lifted everyone around her, she loved to celebrate life with her friends and family every chance she could. Barb may not have been the first one at the party, but she was sure to be one of the last; making sure she had enough time to hug and talk to everyone she knew.
Barbara enjoyed spending time at the beach and relaxing by the pool with her family and friends. She was the heart and soul of her family, the rock for anyone who needed her. She lit up a room when she walked in the door with her glowing smile and huge heart. She cared for both of her parents during their final years in her home with her undying love and compassion. Her sister and brothers always found her comfort and love whether it was a phone call, a long hug or a home cooked meal. She had a bond with her nieces and nephews like no other, she was a second mother to her son’s friends and knew how to make everyone she met feel like family. She will always be remembered for her glowing smile, her amazing sense of humor, infectious laugh and huge heart.
Barb shared her love for cooking with family and friends, whether it was patiently teaching the Cooking Class at St. Albert’s School or making sure her family knew how to make Matt’s favorite chocolate chip cookies and Mike’s peanut butter (Tandy) cake. She helped friends by making meals for their families while they were at work, “this way they can just pick it up hot and take it home to eat…”. Barb always cooked a meal for 3 to feed a family of 25, “just in case someone stops over”. Barb found a love for crafting after her father passed, which of course turned into Barb making jewelry and other gifts for everyone she knew.
Barb is survived by her loving sons Matthew and Michael and their father George. Loving sister of Maryann (Dave Redlinger), Ed Courduff (Clare) and Brian Courduff (Jeanette); niece of Patricia Dotzman; also survived by many loved nieces, nephews and cousins. Daughter of the late Ed and Mary Courduff (nee Scullin).
Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Monday, July 13, 2020, at Saint Albert the Great Church, 212 Welsh Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006, 9:00-10:45am followed by the funeral mass at 11:00am. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Floral deliveries may be made directly to the church by 8:30 AM on Monday July 13th.
Dorothy Marie (nee Brennan) passed away on June 18, 2020, of Port St. Lucie, FL, Spring City, PA and formerly of Germantown, PA. Beloved wife of the late William H. Kelso, Jr.; mother of Ellen Galczyk (John) and William F. Newell, III; grandmother of Madison; sister of Patricia Brennan and the late Joseph C. and William J. Brennan; sister-in-law of Elaine Johnson. She had many nieces, nephews and cousins who loved her dearly. Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Dorothy M. Kelso and William H. Kelso, Jr. on July 25, 2020, 10:00 am at St. Joseph's Church 3640 Schuylkill Road (Rt 724), Spring City, PA 19475. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to the American Cancer Society 1626 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 would be appreciated.
Kathleen (nee Hughes) passed away on July 6, 2020. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank; devoted mother of Barbara Kelly (Jim) and Michael (Kathleen); loving mom mom of Seamus, Kiera, Ian, Sean, Genevieve, Michael, and Conall; dear great mom mom of Noah; sister of Pakie Hughes (Joan), Mary Brennan (Bill), Rody Hughes (Kathleen), Sarah Walsh (Tom), Antoinette McKeough and Sean Hughes (Joan) also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. Relatives and friends may pay their respects to the family Friday July 10, 2020 9:15 AM- 10:15 AM St. Matthew Church 3000 Cottman Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19149 followed by Funeral Mass 10:30 AM. Interment will be private, at a later date, in Washington Crossing National Cemetery. In lieu on flowers donations in her memory to St. Matthew School 3040 Cottman Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19149 would be appreciated.
Floral deliveries may be made directly to the church Friday July 10th by 9 AM
Thomas passed away on June 28, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Angela (nee Caruso); devoted father of Angela Vorrasi (Vincent), Thomas Camano and Nancy James (Robert); loving pop-pop of Deanna, Robert, Vincent, Meghan, Elizabeth, Cassandra, Carson and Calianna; dear brother of Nancy Pace and Maria Camano. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing, Thursday, July 2, 2020, 9:30 am at Resurrection of Our Lord Church 2000 Shelmire Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19152 (Castor Ave. between Shelmire Ave. and Vista St.) followed by Funeral Mass 11:00 am. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations in his memory to Alzheimer's Association 399 Market St. Suite 102 Philadelphia, PA 19106 would be appreciated.
Floral deliveries to Resurrection of Our Lord Church Thursday by 8:45 am.
Martina L. Forcione passed away on Sunday, June 21,2020. Born in Miami Fl. 10/19/1960. She Graduated from St. Hubert’s Girls School. She was daughter to the late Ernest Forcione. She is survived by her mother Elsie Forcione (Sweeney), brother Jim McWhorter and his wife Judy, her sister Therese Sayers-Tartaglia and husband Joseph Tartaglia. Friends Martina was mother to her 5 children, Julianne, Jessica, Jeanine and Alexander Henderson, and her youngest Raymond Ziegler. Her grandchildren, Gino, Frankie and Jayden were her pride and joy. Her children were everything to her. She is also survived by her Godson Jason Sayers and many nieces and nephews. She was the Sunshine in their daily lives and the moon light at night. Tina always put everyone ahead of herself. She had a big heart and was a hard worker and good cook which she learned from her mother. Her sister Therese (and Joe) were not only family but best friends. Tina had many friends from her bartending days at Cahill’s and Shebeen’s. She was a huge animal lover, especially her dog Snowball. Her new furry friends Friday and Peanut will miss her. She loved the shore and taking long walks on the beach. She liked to fish too. Just ask her brother Jim. They were peaceful times for her when she was able to get away. We all are going to miss you dearly. We will NEVER forget you. You will always be in our hearts. There will be a Graveside service for Tina on Tuesday June 30th, at 11AM Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 3301 W Cheltenham Ave. Glenside, PA 19150. Please arrive 10 min. prior to the "old office" located at the Cheltenham Ave. entrance and stay in your cars. Keep your car pulled to your right hand side to make room for any other funeral processions that may be entering the cemetery.
Raymond on March 30, 2020. Beloved husband of Jennifer Appelgate (nee Evans). Devoted father of Ray, David, Jenny, Shane, Joseph and Dillon. Predeceased by his parents Raymond L. and Frances Applegate and his newborn daughter Frances. "Ray" was a die-hard mummer and loved to spend time fishing. He will be missed by many. Memorial service Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 10AM at St. Williams Church, Rising Sun Ave. and Devereaux Sts. Philadelphia, PA 19111. Interment Magnolia Cemetery.
Roy J., Sr. passed away on June 16, 2020. Beloved husband of Marion C. (nee Hefferon); devoted father of Roy Jr. (Deborah Schiffer) and Jay (Christine); loving pop-pop of Emma, Matthew and Jay, Jr.; dear brother of Arlene Hoffman (George), Joyce Meagher (the late Richard) and the late Deanna Thompson (the late Jack "Bready"). Roy was a Freemason, an avid fisherman and a devoted family man-son, husband, father, grandfather and brother. He will be sadly missed. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation, Saturday, June 20, 2020, 9:00-11:00 am at Wackerman Funeral Home 8060 Verree Road Philadelphia, PA 19111. Private family service will be held at 11:00 am. Interment George Washington Memorial Park 80 Stenton Ave. Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory to St. Hilary of Poitiers Church 820 Susquehanna Rd. Rydal, PA 19046 would be appreciated.
(Masks required. Please maintain social distance practices during the visitation. Funeral service will be private due to 25 person capacity during this phase of Covid 19. Funeral procession will leave Funeral Home at approximately 11:30 am for all who wish to attend the interment in George Washington Memorial Park at approximately 12:15 pm).
Floral deliveries may be made directly to the funeral home on Friday by 3:30 pm.
George passed away on May 8, 2020 in Delaware. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 22, 2020, 10:00 am at St. Cecilia Church 535 Rhawn Street Philadelphia, PA 19111. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery 2556 Susquehanna Rd. Roslyn, PA 19001.
Anne M. (nee Roussel) on June 16, 2020. Beloved wife of the late John J.; devoted mother of Eileen Loftus (David), Colleen Butler, Timothy, Terrence, Anne Marie Santucci, Jacqueline Harmon and the late Kathleen Hanna; dear sister of Leonard and the late Jack Roussel and Clare Romano; also survived by 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing, Monday, June 22, 2020 from 7-9 pm at Wackerman Funeral Home 8060 Verree Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19111 (masks required). Funeral Mass Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 10:00 am St. Cecilia Church 535 Rhawn St. Philadelphia, PA 19111 (masks required). Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to Eternal Word Television Network ewtn.com would be appreciated.
Floral deliveries may be made directly to the funeral home Monday by 3:30 pm.
Michael passed away on June 4, 2020. Beloved son of Lauren Diver Jacoby and Charles Jacoby, loving brother of Gina, Kaitlin, and Sophia Jacoby, also survived by grandparents, aunts, uncles, many friends and teammates. Relatives and Friends are invited to his viewing Sunday, June 14th, 2020 6-8 PM (please see requirements above) at Wackerman Funeral Home 8060 Verree Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19111. Funeral Mass Monday 10 AM St. Cecilia Church 535 (Church capacity approx. 260) Rhawn Street Philadelphia, PA 19111. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory to Daniel Sweeney Scholarship Fund P.O.Box 24600 Philadelphia, PA 19111 would be appreciated.
Floral deliveries may be made directly to the funeral home Sunday between 10AM and 3PM.
Sebastian R. passed away on June 6, 2020. Beloved son of Karen L. Bush and Gerald Plummer; dear grandson of Barbara Lento and Renee Plummer; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his loving girlfriend Kira Wible. Relatives and friends and are invited to his viewing Friday, June 12th, 11AM-1PM Wackerman Funeral Home 8060 Verree Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19111. A private funeral service will be held for the family. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory to Gift of Life Donor Program 401 N. 3rd St. Philadelphia, PA 19123 would be appreciated.
Any floral deliveries can be made directly to the funeral home by 3 PM on Thursday June 11th.
Sarah Margaret (nee Righter) passed away on June 8, 2020. She was the beloved wife of the late Ronald John Garcia; devoted mother of Jonathan, Justin, Kenneth (Concetta) and Stephen; loving grandmom of Justin, Jonathan, Meghan, Giavanna, Kenneth and Nicholas. Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 10:00 am at St. Cecilia Church 535 Rhawn St. Philadelphia, PA 19111 (Church capacity aprox. 260). Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to St. Cecilia Church would be appreciated.
Francis D. Sr. passed away on June 9, 2020. Husband of the late Ellen (nee Stewert); father of Helena, William, Francis and Gary; also survived by 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Predeceased by his great grandson, Otis. Interment 2:00 pm, Monday, June 15, 2020 at Forest Hills Cemetery 101 Byberry Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19116.
Maureen on June 1, 2020. Devoted mother of Brendan, Andrew and Kevin Neyer. Beloved sister of John and Robert McFadden (Kim). Loving Aunt of Robert Jr. and Shannon. Pre-deceased by her parents John and Nora McFadden. Family and friends may pay thier respects to Maureens family Tueday, June 9th 9:15AM at Presentation B.V.M. Church 100 Old Soldiers Rd. Cheltenham, PA 19012 followed by Funeral Mass 10AM. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.
Floral deliveries to Church Tuesday by 9:00 am.
James F., MD
Jim was born on May 24, 1947 in South Philadelphia to James and Marie (Robbins) Noone. His sister Nancy was born four years later while the family lived at North Fifth Street in the Olney section of Philadelphia. They relocated to Levis Road, in the Melrose Park neighborhood of Cheltenham in 1955. Jim graduated from Saint Joseph Elementary School in 1961. Highlights of his early years included playing Little League at Sonny McGwire field, football with the Cheltenham Jayvees, caddying at Melrose Country Club, and playing basketball for St. Joe’s and later at Sturgis Park. Many of his lifelong friends were classmates and neighborhood friends from Cheltenham.
Jim graduated from Cardinal Dougherty (1965), LaSalle University (B.S., 1969), Saint Louis University School of Medicine (M.D., 1973) and Georgetown University School of Medicine (1976). In his Junior year of Medical School, Jim met Mary Hussey of Goshen, IN. Jim and Mary wed on May 8, 1976 then moved to Panther Road in Rydal, Pa where Jim joined the Anesthesia Department of Holy Redeemer Hospital.
Jim has served as Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology at Holy Redeemer Hospital since 1989. Outside of the hospital, he was a highly regarded medical malpractice expert witness. He held many positions of leadership in and out of the medical community, including: President of Philadelphia Society of Anesthesiologists, President of Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists, Member of the House of Delegates of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Trustee at LaSalle College High School and President of The Men of LaSalle, among others.
Jim and Mary raised four sons in Rydal, Pa. Both parents were active in their children’s education at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy and Lasalle High School.
Family highlights include 25 consecutive years of weekend trips to watch football or lacrosse games where Jim could be found sitting at the 50-yard line, summers in Ocean City where Jim was an avid boat enthusiast, Nights in Venice parties, long bike rides with Mary, family vacations, backyard football, and long talks about the importance of personal drive over innate intelligence. Jim is remembered for his compassion towards all living things, his quick wit and sarcasm, and for having not missed a day of work for sickness in 44 years.
At the time of his passing, his loving relationship with Mary shined as bright as it had in 1976. Jim was proud of his sons and even prouder to be called “Pop Pop” by his 3 grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Jim, and his mother, Marie. He is survived by his wife Mary, his
four children, Jimmy (Rachel), Kevin, Brian (Kerry), and Michael, his sister Nancy, and grandchildren Jimmy, Mary, and
A viewing will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Wackerman Funeral Home at
8060 Verree Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19111. A private funeral mass and service will be held at Holy
Redeemer Provinciliate Chapel on Friday, June 5.
Anna Marie (nee Cassalia)
May 29, 2020. Age 98, matriarch and co-founder of Thackray Crane Rental, Inc., she passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side. Born on April 20, 1922 in Philadelphia to Sebastino “Benny” and Frances Cassalia, Anna later founded Thackray Crane Rental, Inc., along with her husband, Walter John “Bear” Thackray, Sr., who were visionaries ahead of their time. With an entrepreneurial determination, they established the commercial construction company from humble beginnings in their Fox Chase home in 1947 with the purchase of a couple of cranes. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 63 years in 2010 and she is survived by her six devoted children, Walter John, Jr. "Skip" (Diane, Sue), Maria Linda (Lloyd) Schmeusser, Robert (Assunta), Mark (Mary), James (Lisa) and Carole Anne (Gerald) Tadley. Anna felt the utmost joy in the company of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who all adored her for the doting grandmother she was. She is also survived by her loving sister, Frances Cassalia Castor, and her many cherished nieces and nephews, who will all miss her zest for life. Anna’s faith was a very integral part of her life as she prayed to the Blessed Virgin Mary daily. A devout, lifelong communicant of Saint Cecilia Church, it was a religious trip to Canada that sparked her passion for travel. Anna’s favorite traveling companions included her sisters and sisters-in-law, and together they explored the world through their many adventurous journeys, both domestic and international. An advocate for education and learning, Anna was known to have encouraged many, both emotionally and financially, to pursue their educational dreams. She was a motivator to those to reach their highest potential. She will be fondly remembered for her unconditional love and support that she extended to so many, for her sharp wit, and for her sincere generosity. Many would agree that Anna had a gift for making anyone feel like they were the most special person in the room. Her enduring legacy is one that will be treasured by her extended family, countless friends, many neighbors, the Thackray Crane Rental family and all whose lives were touched by Anna. The Thackray family is forever grateful for the compassionate care that Jose Díazprovided to Anna for many years. Due to the current restrictions, a private service was held and a beautiful life celebration will be planned by the family at a later date when circumstances permit. In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of a donation to either the Holy Spirit Sisters, 55 East Bristol Road, Feasterville 19053 or Saint Cecilia Church, 535 Rhawn St, Philadelphia, PA 19111. Services provided by Wackerman Funeral Home, 8060 Verree Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19111.
Gary W. passed away on May 28th 2020. He was the beloved husband of Jeri (nee Marthers) for 45 years; devoted father of Janine Spadaccini (Anthony), Jessica Slook (Bill), Jill Needham (Sean), and Gary Jr. (Brittany); loving Pop of Tyler, Alex, Abbi, A.J., Hailey, Aidan, Macayla, Aislin, Aubrey, Sean, Ashlyn, Seamus, Kaelyn, and Pop Bear of Jackson, Lilly and Sofia. Funeral Services to be scheduled in the near future.
Sandra M. passed away on May 14th, 2020. Beloved mother of Matthew Snow and the late Michael and Ryan Snow. Loving daughter of Joseph and Martina Duffy (nee Jordan); devoted sister of Eileen and Martina Duffy (David Wagenschutz); dear aunt of Madeline, Matilda and Maime.
Eugene F. Passed away on May 9, 202. He was the beloved father of Eugene Piccolo and Valerie Dangovetsky (Joseph); devoted grandfather of Dana Marie Cahill (Kerry), Michael Dangovetsky and Eugene Piccolo; dear great grandfather of Colin and Caden. Interment will be Thursday May 14, 202, 11:30 AM at St. Joseph's Cemethery, Fountian Springs, PA.
Edward J. III passed away on May 11, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Kris McGrory (nee English); devoted father of Brielle Leigh; loving son of Edward J. Jr. and Peggy McGrory (nee Dulisse); dear brother of Brian McGrory (Michele) and Matthew McGrory; survived by the English family, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and his dogs, Harlequin and Bane. Funeral services private. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery.
Nicholas L. passed away on May 8, 2020. He was the beloved husband of the late Judith (nee Rossi); brother of the late Joseph; brother-in-law of Ron Rossi, Barbara Campbell (William) and Terrie Kinzle; uncle of Ana Rossi Lanzendorfer (Josh), Alec Rossi, Lou Patrick Rossi and Tessa M. Rossi (Eric Shields); cousin of Josephine Ingeno, Rosemarie Ciccotello, Mariann Gentile, Rose Mustico, Phillip Mustico and Theresa Carter. Donations in his memory to St. Christopher Church 13301 Proctor Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19116 would be appreciated.
Carol A. passed away on May 3, 2020. She was the beloved daughter of the late John and Janice Beal; devoted sister of Jack Beal, Sylvia Alberton, Philip Beal, Wayne Beal, David Beal and Linda Engarde; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral services to be scheduled at a later date.
If you do not see the service details you are looking for please contact the funeral home at 215-342-5200 at any time to hear all current service information.