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Sr. Cecelia Rotundo, MPF

Our former Principal, Sr. Cecelia Rotundo, MPF died November 5, 2006 at the Motherhouse in Morristown, New Jersey.  She was Principal of St. Peter from 1968 to 1974.  Her obituary is below:

ROTONDO Sister Cecilia Rotondo, MPF Elementary educator and principal, 83
Star-Ledger, The (Newark, NJ)
November 7, 2006

OBITUARY

Sister Cecilia Rotondo, MPF, died on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, in Morristown Memorial Hospital.

A Mass for Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at 4 p.m. in the St. Lucy Chapel at Villa Walsh, Morristown. The viewing will be on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Villa Walsh. Arrangements are by the Doyle Funeral Home, Morristown.

Born in Trenton, Sister Cecilia entered the Religious Teachers Filippini in 1943, received the habit in 1944, and made her religious profession in 1947.

She was awarded a B.S. degree in elementary education by the College of St. Elizabeth, and a M.S. degree in speech and a minor in special education from Fordham University, where she pursued further studies in psychology. She also attended Cardinal Stritch College, and received training at St. Coletta School for Exceptional Children in Jefferson, Wisc.

An outstanding and much loved primary grade teacher for many years, Sister Cecilia taught in the following schools - Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Orange, Our Lady of Sorrow School in Jersey City, Holy Redeemer School in Cleveland, Ohio, Holy Rosary School in Jersey City, Holy Trinity School in Long Branch, St. Mary of Mount Virgin School in New Brunswick, St. Bernadette School, Brooklyn, N.Y. and St. Ann School, Raritan.

Sister Cecilia also served as principal at St. Peter School, Merchantville, and at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Orange.

From 1960 to 1965, she taught children in special education under the auspices of the Mount Carmel Guild of the Newark Archdiocese. She was principal of the Program for Exceptional Children at St. Philip Neri School in Newark. From 1999 to 2002, Sister Cecilia taught remedial reading at St. Bartholomew School, Scotch Plains.

In 2004, Sister Cecilia entered the infirmary at Villa Walsh. She was admitted to Morristown Memorial Hospital on Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, and died on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Sister Cecilia was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Charles, and by two sisters, Jennie Tramontano and Mary Cataldo. She is survived by a brother, Frank of Trenton, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sister Cecilia's memory to the St. Joseph Hall Infirmary Fund, c/o Sister Ascenza Tizzano, MPF, Villa Walsh, 455 Western Ave., Morristown, N.J. 07960.

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John J. Vitkunas

OBITUARIES
Courier Post
August 25, 2000

VITKUNAS
Suddenly on August 21, 2000, John J., age 42 years, formerly of Pennsauken, NJ. Son of the late John J. and Virginia A. (nee Gelzunas). Brother of James (Stephanie) and Joseph, both of Pennsauken, 3 nephews, Josh, Tommy and Anthony John. A memorial Mass will be Monday 10AM at St. Peter's Church, Merchantville, NJ. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter's Church. (ALLOWAY FUNERAL HOME, Merchantville, NJ)

Publication date: 8/25/00
 

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Msgr. John P. Fallon

OBITUARIES (CUMBERLAND COUNTY EDITION)
Press of Atlantic City, The (NJ)
March 26, 1992

MSGR. JOHN PATRICK FALLON, 85, OF CAMDEN, DIED TUESDAY.

MSGR. FALLON WAS ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD IN 1931.

HE SERVED AS AN ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF ST. JAMES PARISH IN RED BANK, ST. JOHN PARISH IN LAMBERTVILLE AND ST. ANN PARISH IN WESTVILLE.

MSGR. FALLON SERVED AS PASTOR OF SACRED HEART PARISH IN MT. EPHRAIM AND WAS PASTOR OF ST. PETER'S CHURCH IN MERCHANTVILLE FOR 31 YEARS.

IN HIS MANY YEARS AS A PRIEST, MSGR. FALLON SERVED AS DIOCESAN DIRECTOR OF THE LEGION OF DECENCY, AS A PRO-SYNODAL JUDGE AND AS CHAIRMAN OF THE INTER-PAROCHIAL COOPERATION PLAN BOARD. HE ALSO SERVED AS A DIOCESAN CONSULTOR AND MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION TO PREPARE FOR THE FIRST DIOCESAN SYNOD.

HE WAS MADE A PAPAL CHAMBERLAIN IN 1954 AND A PRELATE OF HONOR IN 1957.

MSGR. FALLON RETIRED FROM ACTIVE MINISTRY IN 1982 AND CELEBRATED HIS 60TH ANNIVERSARY AS A PRIEST LAST YEAR.

HE WAS THE SECOND OLDEST PRIEST IN THE DIOCESE AND THE SECOND IN LONGEVITY AS A PRIEST.

HE IS SURVIVED BY ONE SISTER, MARGUERITE T. CURRAN OF CHERRY HILL.

A MASS OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE HIGH PRIEST WILL BE CELEBRATED 8 P.M. FRIDAY AT ST. PETER CHURCH, MERCHANTVILLE. A MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL WILL BE CELEBRATED 10:30 A.M. SATURDAY AT ST. PETER CHURCH AND BURIAL WILL BE IN NEW ST. MARY CEMETERY, BELLMAWR.

FRIENDS MAY CALL 2 TO 8 P.M. FRIDAY AND 9:30 TO 10:15 A.M. SATURDAY AT THE CHURCH.

 

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James P. Deery ("Jimmy the Janitor")

The following is an excerpt from Keeping the Faith for 100 Years, A History of St. Peter Church, Merchantville, New Jersey by Maureen A. McLoone.

A True and Faithful Servant

A concelebrated Mass of the Resurrection for James P. Deery, age 33, was held on Monday, June 28, at 10:30 A.M. in St. Peter's Church.  Relatives and friends attended the viewing at the Alloway Funeral Home.  Jimmy had died, on June 24, 1971, as a result of injuries he suffered when he fell from a ladder on June 8 while cleaning the siding of the rectory.  One of eight children, Jimmy had graduated from St. Peter's School in June 1952.  In time he returned to St. Peter's as an employee.  In his custodial position, he came in contact with many parishioners and scores of school children,  He is forever remembered by many St. Peter's students because of his winning ways.  At the end of every school year, former students remember Jimmy climbing up onto the original school's flat-topped roof and throwing down the balls that had accumulated there during the school year.  Rarely in a lifetime does a special soul touch so many lives and thus Jimmy lives on in may parishioners' memories.  He did God's work on earth and had a heart of gold.  So many former graduates of St. Peter's are filled with joyous sentiments when they speak of Jimmy Deery.  He loved his work and the people he met every day and thy loved him in return.

 

 

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