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James William Fricker III 1976-2024
James, 48, known as Jimmy to everyone, passed tragically and unexpectedly on July 2, 2024.
Beloved son of Carol and Jim Fricker, ever annoying but adored brother of Christine Fricker Moore (David) and Megan Jacquette (Christopher), and loving partner of Megan McDonnell. He doted on his equally creative nieces Gwendolyn and Oonagh Grace Moore who also share his love of baking. Jimmy enjoyed chilling with his Uncle Bernie, Aunt Alice, Ryan, and Katlin Johnson. He delighted in time spent with Christian and Mandi Johnson and their daughters, Riley and Hannah at their "farm."
Jimmy will always be remembered for his many travels, his adventurous spirit, and enduring devotion to his friends and family. He was passionate about chess, biking, scuba diving, poker and various artistic mediums. He was a Philly boy at heart though he detoured to Las Vegas, NV and Shanghai, China, before returning home to Philly.
Jimmy was a successful pastry chef in Las Vegas and Shanghai, having graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. He shared his talents teaching at UNLV and worked with many chefs around the country. Rarely did a family dinner go by without his talents.
Funeral arrangements: Saturday, July 6, 2024, 10-11am; Wackerman Funeral Home, 8060 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111. Followed by lunch at Roberts Block, 2 Roberts Ave., Glenside, PA 19038.
To Honor Jimmy's memory, the James William Fricker III '00 Memorial Scholarship has been established for the Culinary Institute of America.
The Culinary Institute of America
Accounts Receivable/James William Fricker III '00
Memorial Scholarship
1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538
George F. Jr. passed away on June 30, 2024. He was the beloved husband of the late Patricia (nee Kovacs); devoted father of John and George (Beth). Relatives and friends may pay their respects to George's family on Monday, July 8, 2024, from 10:00am until 11:00am at Wackerman Funeral Home, 8060 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111.
Floral deliveries to funeral home Monday by 9:30 am.
Daniel passed away on June 26, 2024. He was the beloved husband of Norma (nee Rivera) for 54 years; devoted son of Guillermina Rosa and the late Antonio Rosa; loving brother of Jose (the late Sonia), Cecilio, Ramon, Ernesto (Bianey), Herminio (Lucy), Maria Riesa (Terry), Agustin (Carmen) and the late Domingo; also survived by many nieces, nephews, Godchildren, great-nieces and great-nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing, Monday, July 1, 2024, 9:30am at St. Cecilia Church, 535 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111, followed by Funeral Mass, 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations in Daniel's memory to The American Cancer Society, 1818 Market Street, Suite 2820, Philadelphia, PA 19103, www.cancer.org, would be appreciated.
Floral deliveries to church, Monday by 9:00am.
Loretta Helen Ferry (née Kleschick), aged 88, passed away on June 22, 2024, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born on December 21, 1935, in Philadelphia, she remained a lifelong resident of the city she loved.

Loretta is survived by her children, Clare Ewing, Meg Winkler (Pete), Loretta Foraker (Will), Rita Ferry, and Mary Whitacre (Erik). Her legacy continues through her eight grandchildren, Amy, Katie, John, Matthew, Jake, Christopher, Emma and Ben, as well as her four great-grandchildren, Dominick, Timothy, Cole, and Maddie.  Loretta was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bernard J. Ferry; her son, Bernard T. Ferry; her son-in-law Thomas F. Ewing (Clare); and her grandson, Thomas C. Ewing.

Loretta was a mother of six children and spent years as a homemaker before going to work later in life.   Her love of God and unwavering faith was like no other.  She loved to spend time with her grandchildren, shop, read, eat at nice restaurants, and go to the casinos when she was still able. 

Loretta was a Philadelphia native with a life marked by community involvement and dedication to social causes. When her career started later in her life, she was known for her role in founding an organization called CST, because of her son being diagnosed with schizophrenia and realizing how little means there was in the world for people with mental illness.  This led to her great service and commitment to the community. Her efforts with CST are a significant part of her legacy, reflecting her passion for helping others and making a positive impact in her community.

Throughout her life, Loretta was recognized as a figure of strength and compassion within her family, remembered fondly by her siblings, friends and extended family members.

Loretta’s life story is one of connection—connection to her family, her community, and the causes she cared deeply about. Her work with CST was an extension of her values, showcasing her commitment to service and the betterment of society.

A service to celebrate Loretta’s life will be held at Saint Cecilia Church on Tuesday, July 2, 2024. Visitation is at 9:30AM, and Mass will begin at 10:30AM. Wackerman Funeral Home will be assisting with services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations are made in memory of Loretta Ferry to the following organization:
Checks should be made payable to “The Consumer Satisfaction Team.”
Mail to:  The Consumer Satisfaction Team (CST)
c/o  In Memory of Loretta Ferry
520 Delaware Avenue
7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Contributions will honor her memory and support a cause important to her and close to her heart.


Floral deliveries may be made directly to the church Tuesday morning by 9 AM
Marie L. (nee McNichol) passed away peacefully on June 7, 2024. She was the beloved wife of the late Stephen J.; devoted mother of Robert, Gail (Michael) and the late Stephen P. (Jacqueline), Gary M. and Kevin; also survived by 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing, Friday, June 14, 2024, 11:00am at Wackerman Funeral Home, 8060 Verree Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19111, followed by Funeral Mass, 12:00pm, St. Cecilia Church, 535 Rhawn St., Philadelphia, PA 19111. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marie's memory to The Salvation Army, 701 N. Broad St., Philadelphia., PA 19123, would be appreciated.
Floral deliveries to Funeral Home, Thursday by 3:30pm or Friday between 9:00-10:00am.
'Up-up-up,’ said the morning sun,
‘Chirp, chirp, chirp,’ said the morning bird,
‘WOW,’ said the worm.”
This is just one of many poems and memories of our dad, grandpop, and friend, John Malone. A loving husband of 62 years to Betty, a brother to David (Nancy) and Sister Kathryn, best friend to Uncle Reverend Ed Maher and son of  Sarah and David, he was the chief of the van, the head of the table set for 16, North Catholic proud alum, Professor or Mr. Malone in his classroom, Rocky Falls Camp Director disguised as the Great Swami, and Grandpop - the man, the myth, the legend himself to 56 grandchildren and an additional 27 greats. For every person he met, he had a story. For every event he attended, he raised his glass with a poem. And when he went home at night, always a prayer. His endless love and voice will forever be in our hearts and minds, and we will carry his great spirit with us forever remembering our good old times.  
John J. passed away on June 1, 2024. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Frances (nee Fox) for 62 years; devoted father of John G. (Susan), Elizabeth M., Mary Kay Veasey (Dennis), Joseph M. (Cindy), Patricia M. Farrington (Stephen), Christopher M. (Nidia), Sharon B. McCormick (Daniel), Peter P., Regina E. Mullin (Joseph), Kathleen A. McCrea (Christopher), Margaret M. Gourley (David), Sarah E. Majkut (Stanley), Charles M. (Sarah) and Terrence A. (Jennifer); brother-in-law of Anna Marie Malone; also survived by 56 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren; loving son of the late Sarah E. and David P. Malone; dear brother of the late Sr. Kathryn Malone SSJ and David Malone.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing, Friday, June 7, 2024, from 6-8pm at Wackerman Funeral Home, 8060 Verree Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19111 and Saturday, June 8, 9:00am at St. Hilary of Poitiers Church, 820 Susquehanna Rd., Rydal, PA 19046, followed by Funeral Mass, 10:00am. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory to Northeast Catholic Alumni Association, Inc., P.O. Box 7005, Philadelphia, PA 19149-0005 (noting the Scholarship Fund) or St. Hilary of Poitiers Church, would be appreciated.
An Ode to Grandpop
While John went by many names including Dad and Jack, 
We believe our name “Grandpop” is the best - our guy with a superior paper grading stack.
With Pepsi in the closet to pour in Welch’s Tom & Jerry Jam jars, 
We knew we were in for a treat with memories that would go very far. 
Outside of the classroom, he was a Rocky Falls Day Camp wiz.
Truly the “Great Swami” who understood the grandparent biz.
Through crusted eyes Gwen, Abby and Coileán (Joe & Cindy) would stumble through the Borbeck house door, 
Sipping his coffee Grandpop was at table with his paper, while Grandmom Betty helped to prepare for the great summer we all had in store.
Combing his mustache, he would load us up into the big, red van abound for the day, 
His adventures taught us how to blow the biggest bubble while crossing treacherous kissing bridges and exploring the fishes swimming up and down the bay.
Never a man of few words, Grandpop would grace us with a mischievous tale, 
and jokes about Grandmom pinning his socks to his legs to avoid an epic shoe fail.
To this day, so many Day Campers’ memories and our Great Swami fill our minds, 
including Jill, Brennan and Pat’s (Sharon and Dan) fond memories of “Blood on the Saddle” songs sitting under a tree, and smiley times.
But non-day campers have also experienced Grandpop’s summer thrill.
Especially Amanda, Dennis and Owen (Mary & Dennis) who know the drill.
During Tuckerton shore house trips, Grandpop would take many of us out on a boat ride, 
Where we would scream with joy and fright as the boat bounced against the tide.
But outside of New Jersey the Majkut girls (Sally & Staś) will never forget, a trip to Ireland - the best trip yet. 
Grandpop tried to wheel Grandmom around, 
His laughter echoed and love profound. 
While his efforts were clumsy, they were oh so sweet, 
Boundless love for Grandmom Betty made the trip for Grace, Tess, and Sophia complete.
From those summertime days 
To school hall plays, 
Weekend donut visits 
To long weekends in Mystic, 
The Mullin Eight (Jeanie & Joe) want Grandpop to know, 
He always made Joey, Maura, Tommy, Matt, Katherine, Pat, Tim & Meghan feel like the stars of the show.
During the holidays, we have been honored by his greatness and also some bribes. 
Beyond a dollar for a report card, but something special for those in his tribe.
For Sean, AnnaMae and Kevin (Margaret & Dave) they had to dress in their Sunday best for Easter Basilica cheer, 
To be treated to an Irish Pub brunch that many of us have held so dear.
Those Borbeck Street Easter egg hunts were always so fun, 
Especially when Michael, Liz, Stewart, Luke, Damien, or Courtney (Pete) found the golden egg and won.
When Thanksgiving came, Aiden and Brendan (Terry & Jen) have needed to remind their dad, interjecting “yakamadush!” to pipe down, 
To allow Grandpop to be the ”toastest with the mostest,” the best grace giver in town.
The Malone Family Christmas “Eve before the Eve” brought Grandpop holiday cheer, 
With Lydia in Santa’s lap dreaming of flying reindeer.
Sunday dinners were Grandpop’s specialty making the rounds to his crew, 
Taking his seat at the head of the table, chatting over favorites like rhubarb pie and beef stew.
He was a one-of-a-kind Grandpop. He had a heart of gold. 
With Jack, Brian, Caroline, and David, he made Sunday dinners at Johnny & Sue’s more interesting, fun and loud we are told.
To include others in conversations he’d change the topic on a dime.
But his love for Grandmom and their stories will always stand the test of time.
To Tara, Ryan, Kyle and Kelly (Chris & Nidia) Grandpop always shared his wit amidst great stories, Including tactics for ending the suffering of a squirrel - don’t worry not too gory.
While ensuring not a single drop of wine goes to waste, 
Grandpop provided clear instructions of how to obtain a “Fox drop” to taste. 
At Chuck & Sarah’s, Grandpop found his seat in the recliner ready with white wine, recalling Connie Mack Stadium in its Phillies prime.
His conversation about how Wilt Chamberlain would always shine, making Shane, Brady, Riley and Cullen feel welcome every time.
From Sunday Funday Eagles games and sharing a Tastycake or two, 
Every weekend he’d finish his night with a hymn and psalm outside of the pew.
Evenings on the Farrington’s patio (Patty & Steve) would turn into late nights discussing Barney the Gravedigger and the whiny neighbors of Latches Lane, 
Amidst his allegations that his second martini looked smaller, although nobody was taking that blame.
Through Grandpop’s jokes about “Muffin” the stuffed animal collecting dues, 
He hired “Mike the lawnmower” and loved to debate Phillies baseball with Steve and Danny too. 
With a mustache twirl and Betty back by his side, 
The McCrea kids picture a heavenly Grandpop with an endless bag of Peanut Chews looking down on us with great pride.
Our La Salle professor has always been ready to begin dinner with two Hail Mary’s and a toast, 
But his love and table side comments to Toph’s dinner perfection despite Chef Kathy’s labor is what Kaitlyn, Emily, Chris, Maddie and Ava will miss the most.
With OG grands Chris, Leigh + Tatiana (Betsy) as our lead, 
The 56 grands and 27 greats share the following “Irish Blessing” in honor of our Malone Family steed.
May your “Blood on the Saddle” be loud enough to keep the Headless Horseman at bay, 
May your frozen solid claps strong enough to win the Hoochie Coochie Dance 
And until we meet again… 
May Grandpop be ready to introduce us to Isaac, Jacob and Abraham-ham-ham-ham.
Floral deliveries to Funeral Home, Friday by 3:30pm.