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**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. 




George Medzigian passed away in his home on July 29, 2020.

George was born in Philadelphia on September 12, 1941, son to the late Krikor and Angelle Medzigian.  He attended Simon Gratz high school and then apprenticed as a tool and die maker, a profession he would work diligently at until he retired.

George was also a member of Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cheltenham, PA and a member of the Knar choral group.

George lived most of his life with his mother Angel who passed in 1976 and with his father Krikor.

George was a passionate supporter of the Armenian genocide recognition and often spoke about it and attended functions.

George never married and had no children.  To simply state the simple facts of someone is never enough to understand that each of us has a role to play in this lifetime.  Although he lived alone and preferred that style of life, he was a highly sociable guy. He had his own style of communication and he enjoyed just being part of the Armenian community remaining at the periphery but interactive with his close friends.  When he was younger and even into his older age, he was like an Armenian James Brown- superbad, a man with a larger than life personality. While he loved such alpha male activities as guns, machines, motorcycles and cars, George also loved animals and inside, away from his sometimes-rough exterior, there was a vulnerability from a man who deeply loved his friends and family as well and his Armenian heritage and wanted fairness and justice in the world. George was unique and he stayed true to himself, he spoke frankly and freely without pretense and that is another reason why we love him.  

Being a person whose spirit and DNA are embedded in an ancient culture that has been through so much makes losing a unique Armenian family member difficult and yet it is a reminder to us in these days of rapid, fast paced technology and out of control destructive world events, that a real life requires reflective wisdom, compassion, and the strength to be authentic as this is what makes us human and knits communities together. Accepting people for who they are creates a diverse, loving world. What really matters is never how much stuff we have accumulated, or wealth, or the car we drive, fitting in, or showing off, but that each of us is a unique expression of the Creator and we are here as part of creation and to create ourselves, and celebrate each moment, expressing  companionship, love, and compassion to each other and to all life as part of our eternal experience- and there are many ways to do this.  His energy and soul were unaffected and candid, he had no airs or veneer, he was a free spirit and still is. He was true to himself; he made the most of who he was in this time and space and we know he knows we love him deeply and always will for being that.

He leaves his sister Sarah and brother in law Thomas Babaian, nephew Haig Thomas, Jaymie and Thomas Babaian, niece Caryn Babaian and nephew Ara Babaian.  Relatives and Friends are invited to the gravesite funeral mass performed by the Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Cheltenham.  Service will be Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:00 p.m. Lawnview Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations in George’s memory to Holy Trinity Armenian Church 101 Ashmead Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012.  Arrangements by Wackerman Funeral Home 8060 Verree Road, Philadelphia, Pa 19111.



Kathleen "Kate" (nee Matthews) passed away on July 18, 2020. Beloved wife of David, loving mom of Alyssa, devoted daughter of John Matthew and the late Margaret Matthews. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing Monday July 27, 2020 8:30 AM Wackerman Funeral Home 8060 Verree Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19111 followed by funeral mass 10AM St. Cecilia Church 535 Rhawn St. Philadelphia, PA 19111. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 30 S. 17th Street Suite 800 Philadelphia, PA 19103 or online to www.nationalmssociety.org would be appreciated. 

Floral deliveries may be made to the funeral home Sunday 12-3 PM or Monday morning AT 8 AM. 




Finally, we will be burying my brother, Bernie, who sadly passed away on April 6th.  On Thursday, August 20th, the family will receive visitors at Wackerman Funeral Home, 8060 Verree Road in Philadelphia, from 8:30-9:45 AM with Mass following at 10:00 AM at Saint Cecilia’s Church on Rhawn Steet.  Internment will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery immediately following Mass.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the CST Consumer Fund would be appreciated and can be mailed to CST, 520 N. Delaware Avenue, 7th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

Thank you all so much for your beautiful messages, positive thoughts and prayers. My family and I appreciate them all so much!!

Bernard T. Ferry passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020 after a nine month battle with cancer. He was 56 years old. He was the beloved son of Loretta H. and the late Bernard J. Ferry; devoted brother of Clare Ewing (the late Tom Ewing), Meg King, Loretta Foraker (Will), Rita Ferry and Mary Whitacre (Erik). He was also survived by many nieces and nephews who adored him. At the age of 19, Bernie was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and struggled in mental hospitals for quite a few years until the drug Clozaril became available. He went from being in a mental hospital 21 times in a year to zero times once properly medicated. He graduated to living independently and became involved in the Fox Chase Town Watch, helped out in St. Cecilia's Church, did gardening work and was a lover of life. Funeral services and a Christian burial will take place after the pandemic. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bernie's memory may be made to the Consumer Fund c/o CST Inc., 520 Delaware Ave., 7th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19123. The fund provides grants for those with behavioral health issues moving into independent living.



Floral deliveries may be made to Directly to the funeral Home Wednesday, August 19th by 3 PM




Nelson James passed away on July 19, 2020. He was born in Philadelphia, PA. Nelson married Charon Benton in 1995. They were together for 32 years and celebrated 24 years of marriage. He was the brother of Tom, John, Lorraine and Bill; father of James Gallagher (Beth) and Michael Gallagher (Sarah); grandfather of Jimmy C., Michael, Fiona and Patrick; also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Nelson attended Willis and Elizabeth Martin School and Bok High School. He graduated in 1961. Nelson retired after working for After Six Tuxedo for 29 years. He enjoyed Bowling League in Philadelphia, PA and Eastern Bowling, Shutterboard Bar 76th St. Philadelphia, PA, Silent Athletic Club Philadelphia, PA and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Senior Citizens of Delaware Valley. He was in Belmar Fife and Drum Corp. He was the drummer and South Phladelphia String Band and he was the drummer. Relatives and friends may pay their respects to the family, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 10:00 am at Wackerman Funeral Home 8060 Verree Road Philadelphia, PA 19111 followed by service at 11:00 am.

Floral deliveries to Wackerman Funeral Home Tuesday by 3:30 pm. 



Charles H. on April 4, 2020. Beloved husband of Lois (nee Brucker); devoted father of Charles W., Erik H. (Mary), and Tammy E. (Brian Patterson), Loving son of Charles F. and Dorothy; dear Pop pop of Brittany, C.J., Emma and Ben; great pop pop of Oliver and Concetta. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects to the family Friday July 24, 2020 at St. James Lutheran Church 5185 Castor Ave. Philadelphia, PA 111 followed by service 11 AM. Interment Sunset memorial park. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory to St. James Lutheran Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated.


Any floral deliveries should be made directly to the church Friday by 9:30 AM.


John P. on July 18, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Bonnie E. (nee Krupsha); devoted father of Jennifer A. (Christopher Hansen) and Timothy P. (Brittany Casler); Loving Pop Pop of Colin; dear brother of James (Kitty); companion of Elena Cupsie. John was a proud graduate of North Catholic High School Class of 1970 and served in the National Guard Reserves from 1971-1977. He was a former employee of the United States Postal Service and an outreach specialist for the House of Representatives. John also served as the Vice President of the Fox Chase Townwatch and helped to organize National Night Out. He was a avid Philadelphia sports fan. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Thursday July 23, 2020 8:30 AM Wackerman Funeral Home 8060 Verree Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19111 followed by funeral mass 10 AM St. Cecilia Church. Interment Our Lady of Grace Cemetery. 

Floral deliveries may be made to the Funeral Home Wednesday by 3 PM. 


Raymond R. passed away on July 14, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Alberta (nee Stiegler); devoted father of Patricia DeLiso (the late Thomas), Linda Znotens (the late Jack) and Michael Dempsey (Jayne); loving companion of Joyce Strawn; also survived by 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing, Tuesday, July 21st 8:30-9:30 am at Wackerman Funeral Home 8060 Verree Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19111 followed by Funeral Mass 10:00 am at St. Cecilia Church 535 Rhawn St. Philadelphia, PA 19111. Interment Lawnview Cemetery.

Floral deliveries may be made to the funeral home Monday, July 20th by 3 PM. 



Tiffany M. passed away on July 11, 2020. She was the beloved daughter of John Boccalupo and Denise Chapkylo; devoted sister of Pat (Jamie); loving grandaughter of Eleanor Chapkylo and the late Michael Chapkylo, Virginia and Frank Boccalupo; also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing, Monday, July 20, 2020, 11:00 am Wackerman Funeral Home 8060 Verree Road Philadelphia, PA 19111 followed by service 12:30 pm.

Floral deliveries to Funeral Home Monday by 10:00 am.



 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.






































































































































































































































































































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