Ordering through the funeral home helps ensure your order will be placed through a local flower shop with whom the funeral home has a personal and trusting relationship with. Through this service, you will be able to leave a longer message of support to the family via a card with the picture of your selection that will be included with your thoughtful gesture. As well as a photo of your arrangement and message will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender, allowing you the opportunity to choose a different arrangement if you wish.
The price of these selections also include the funeral home caring for the flowers after the funeral and delivering them to the family, or various care facilities where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
This memorial currently does not have financial support enabled.
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Fr. Joseph Michael Alminde SJ., was born in Philadelphia PA on February 14th, 1931, the son of Frank Alminde and Agnes Haughey. He was baptized there into the holy Catholic faith in the Church of the Gnu on February 22”’, 1931. He graduated from St Joseph’s Preparatory School in 1949, and entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) on July 3t, 1949 at St. Isaac Jogues Novitiate in Wernersville PA. Here he made his first ascetical and literary studies from 1949 to 1953. On completion of his Licentiate in Philosophy (Ph, L.) program in 1956 at Loyóla. Seminary, Shrub Oak NY, Fr. Alminde was assigned to Philadelphia to teach Latin and English at his alma mater St. Joseph's Preparatory School from 1956 to 1959. He then wait to Woodstock College MD to begin theological studies. Here he was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on June I7, 1962 by Baltimore Archbishop Lawrence J. Shehan. Fr. Alminde was awarded an S.T.B. degree (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) by Woodstock in 1963, and completed his studies liz spirituality and ascetical theology at Our Lady of Martyrs Tertianship, Auriesville NY, in 1964. He made final profession in the Society on February 2”. 1981 at St Joseph’s University, Philadelphia PA. In September 1964 Fr. Alminde began his priestly ministry at Loyola High School, Towson MD, where he taught English until 1966 when be was called to the Wernersville Novitiate to be assistant to the Master of Novices and minister of the Jesuit Community until 1969 He then began a sixteen year ministry teaching Latin and religion to the students and acting as moderator for several activities at St Joseph’s Prep in, Philadelphia, Fr. Alminde returned to Loyola High School in 1985. for a fIfteen year ministry first for two years as minister for the Jesuit Community and then for the remainder as teacher of Latin and English. A well deserved sabbatical year at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley CA awaited him in 2000, Fr, Alminde served as parochial vicar at Old St Joseph’s Church, Willings Alley, Philadelphia from 2001 until 2004 when he was appointed as minister of the Jesuit Community at St. Joseph’s University. He served in this capacity until 2008 when health problems caused by diabetes forced him to reduce his activities. He nevertheless continued his pastoral work in the area and was appointed chaplain and confessor to the sisters at the nearby Monastery of the Visitation On the morning of his eightieth birthday Fr, Alminde suffered a severe pulmonary infection which put him into the intensive care unit of Lankenau Hospital Until God called him me on March 25th, 2011. He is survived by his brother Paul Alminde of Pocono Lake PA, and by his sisters, Catherine MacFarland of Flourtown PA, and Sister Joan Alminde, SSJ, of Philadelphia PA and several nieces. Rev, clergy, religious relatives and friends are Invited to his Con- celebrated Funeral Mass on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 pm in the Church of the Gesu, 18th & Girard Ave., Phija., PA 19121. A viewing will he held on Wed. afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. in Manresa Hall, 261 City Ave., Merion Station, PA, with a Prayer Service at 3 p.m. and also at the Church of the Gesu (address above) that evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Interment will be made in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery on Thursday April 7.
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