Bonnie L. Cook

7073彩票登录Bonnie writes the life stories of the movers and shakers in the Philly area and South Jersey who have died.

Latest Stories

Angelo Rucci, aspiring doctor who gave up medicine to head the family business, dies at 91

When his father died in the early 1950s, Mr. Rucci quit medical school to run Rucci's Quality Meats on 12th Street in South Philly. He was honest, elegant, and kind.

Barbara S. Feldman, a public-school educator and pilot, dies at 81

Mrs. Feldman wanted to fly on the Space Shuttle Challenger, but wasn't the teacher selected. The Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into flight on Jan. 28, 1986, killing all aboard.

John P. Callahan, an executive who led the New Jersey division of state auditor, dies at 86

Mr. Callahan was a dedicated church volunteer. "He helped a lot of people," his son said.

Ethel Schwartz Weinberg, groundbreaking physician and administrator, dies at 83

Dr. Weinberg noticed that women were training as physicians, but leaving the field to raise families. She did something to help them.

Rev. John J. Farry, Catholic priest known for his kindness and sense of humor, dies at 79

Rev. John J. Farry liked to begin a sermon with some humor, then segue to a Bible passage to make his point. His colleagues and parishioners loved it.

Roberto Rendón, pediatric neurologist and honorary consul of Guatemala in Philadelphia, dies at 88

Dr. Rendón enrolled in medical school at age 15 and ran a hospital in Guatemala at 22. After coming here, he never forgot his Guatemalan roots.

Esther Dingle Dove, a retired educator and church worker, dies at 91

In the classroom, Mrs. Dove was a task master and a strict disciplinarian. But she also loved her students and was dedicated to their development.

Marilyn Kleinberg, communications specialist who worked to empower women, dies at 59

Mrs. Kleinberg knew how to connect people and to encourage them in business. She helped hundreds of women, her husband said.

Jacqueline Bigar, astrologist and author of ‘Bigar’s Stars,’ dies at 72

Ms. Bigar wrote a popular astrology column that was widely read in newspapers nationwide and online. She lived in Jenkintown before moving to Arizona.

John P. Mullen Sr., World War II veteran and St. Joseph’s University professor, dies at 93

Mr. Mullen was known for his colorful style in the classroom. Some students found him unforgettable. One mentioned him in a memoir.