Obituaries
Obituaries

Robert S. Korach, 95, PATCO executive and national transit expert

Mr. Korach started out checking bags at Cleveland Union Terminal, so he could follow what trains were arriving and departing. He worked as a manager in various transit systems before being recruited in 1967 to create PATCO.

Nancy Catelli Frasca, 92, artist and mother of seven

Mrs. Frasca had dreams of being an artist. But growing up in the Depression, she had to care for her eight brothers and sisters, as well as work in the family store and pick asparagus on a farm in Jersey. She never got the chance to train as an artist, but found other ways to express her talent.

Nancy Catelli Frasca, 92, artist and mother of seven

Mrs. Frasca had dreams of being an artist. But growing up in the Depression, she had to care for her eight brothers and sisters, as well as work in the family store and pick asparagus on a farm in Jersey. She never got the chance to train as an artist, but found other ways to express her talent.

Joseph J. Sullivan Sr., 80; rose from heavy equipment operator to president of Teamsters local

Mr. Sullivan worked his way up through the union ranks and knew the work, the pay, and the benefits. His knowledge was reflected in his representation of the rank in file, an official said.

Joseph J. Sullivan Sr., 80; rose from heavy equipment operator to president of Teamsters local

Mr. Sullivan worked his way up through the union ranks and knew the work, the pay, and the benefits. His knowledge was reflected in his representation of the rank in file, an official said.

Joe ’Terry’ Terranova, 78, lead singer of Philly-based Danny & the Juniors

In 1992, Danny & the Juniors were honored by the Philadelphia Music Alliance and inducted in the Walk of Fame.

Joe ’Terry’ Terranova, 78, lead singer of Philly-based Danny & the Juniors

In 1992, Danny & the Juniors were honored by the Philadelphia Music Alliance and inducted in the Walk of Fame.
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Audrey R. Johnson-Thornton, 93; led Belmont Mansion restoration

Mrs. Thornton was determined to save Belmont Mansion after it became dilapidated in 1986. She reframed its history by focusing on an Underground Railroad stop on the grounds in the 1800s.

‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ actress Georgia Engel dies at 70

A friend of Georgia Engel, the actress who was part of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," says she has died at age 70

William Larson, 76, artist who bent the rules of static photography to foreshadow digital art

Mr. Larson started out working in a commercial art studio, but his experiments with the medium took him far afield.

Services set for Maj. Matthew M. Wiegand, 34, Marine pilot killed in helicopter crash

Major Matthew Wiegand graduated from Hatboro-Horsham High School in 2003. His passion for aviation was sparked by the annual air show at the Naval Air Station at Willow Grove, where his father was the commander.

Cpl. George T. Gray, 94, made history as a Montford Point Marine

Cpl. Gray was one of the first African Americans to join the Marine Corps after President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a special order in 1941. The men who trained in North Carolina became known as the Montford Point Marines.

Ella Pridgen-Best, 58, of Grays Ferry, creator of group Don’t Shoot, I Want a Future

In 2007, Mrs. Pridgeon-Best got fed up watching Gray's Ferry children die from gun violence. She and her husband founded a program to keep the youngsters off the streets.

Charles Van Doren, figure in game show scandals, dies at 93

Charles Van Doren, the central figure in the TV game show scandals of the late 1950s, has died at 93.

Richard Cole, last WWII Doolittle Raider, dies in Texas

Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring U.S. attack on Japan during World War II, has died at a military hospital in Texas.

Stephen T. Takats, 88, former Temple biology professor and urban landscapes painter

Dr. Takats spent 34 years in academia before devoting himself to art. He set up an easel and painted North Philly neighborhoods, transforming blight to beauty.

Jeannette F. Maitin, 91, advocate for Montgomery County’s developmentally disabled

Mrs. Maitin believed that special needs students could succeed at jobs, despite challenges. She created programs in Montgomery County to make that happen.

Michael Busch, long-serving Maryland House Speaker and star Temple RB, dead at 72

Michael Busch, the longest-serving Maryland House speaker in the state's history, has died at the age of 72.

Co-founder of chart-topping The O’Jays dies of cancer at 78

Bill Isles, an original member of the chart-topping R&B group The O'Jays, has died at his Southern California Home

Wendell Pritchett, 87, Philadelphia music teacher

Wendell Pritchett, a classical pianist, public school teacher, and father of the University of Pennsylvania’s first African American provost, died on Saturday morning. He was 87.

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